The possibly racially-motivated killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, an African-American, by 28-year-old George Zimmerman, a white Hispanic neighborhood-watch volunteer, sparked outrage around the nation and student response at the College and its fellow Five-College institutions.

Jeremy Koo ’12
Major: Music
Thesis Advisor: Eric Sawyer

Tell me about your thesis project.

ARENA of El Salvador Regains a Majority

This week, the Student Health Educators (SHEs) hosted “My Body is Beautiful” Week.

“The week [is] centered around the idea that Amherst students should support one another in feeling confident and beautiful in our own skin,” said Katherine Blumstein ’13, one of the lead SHEs organizing this week.

On Friday Feb. 24, Matt Hartzler ’13 screened his film at the Five College Film Festival held at Smith College. Hartzler’s film about the artistic process, simply titled “The Process” won Best of the Festival, Best Documentary and Best of Amherst. Hartzler’s submission, which he made as a final project for the class “Cine-Eye” taught by visiting artist Ramon G. Rivera-Moret, was one of only a few submissions from an Amherst College student to win Best of the Festival in the 18-year history of the event.

A pooled fund comprised of resources designated for investment by donors or the Board of Trustees, there are a variety of budgets and strategies at the College yoked to the market performance of the endowment. After peaking at just over $1.7 billion in June 2008 (resulting in an endowment-per-student ratio of over $1 million), the endowment shed almost a quarter of its value in the ensuing financial crisis. It has bounced back over the past couple of years, with a 19.2 percent investment return last year leaving the College with $1.641 billion in its back pocket.

Warning: Sexually Violent Content

Students drifting into Valentine Dining Hall last Wednesday night were targets of a hard-hitting poster campaign organized by the Men’s Project in an effort to raise awareness about sexual assault on campus.