On Oct. 5, students, professors and other members of the local community took part in the “Occupy Amherst” march. Chanting slogans such as “We are the 99 percent” and “Down with Wall Street,” demonstrators protested against what they saw as unfair political and economic inequality. The demonstration was inspired by the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protests in New York City, and came as part of thousands of other such “occupations” around the world.

After a festive inauguration weekend, President Biddy Martin enjoyed a productive second faculty meeting as the official College president last Tuesday, Oct. 18, in Converse Hall. The faculty approved 15 new courses for the spring semester, discussed the continuation of the capital campaign and the creation of a new fundraising program. Most importantly, they began the debate about the future diversification of the faculty.

Starting this Interterm, Amherst College Emergency Medical Service (ACEMS) will begin giving up-front tuition assistance to students who cannot afford the costs of the Interterm EMT course. ACEMS is a student-staffed and student-administered organization that provides emergency medical response, at no cost, to any member of the campus community at any hour, any day.

Brigitte Libby is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics. She received a B.A. in Classics from Columbia College and a Ph.D. in Classical Philology and Literature from Princeton University. Her research focuses on Latin literature.

How did you begin studying Classics, and what made you decide to pursue it?

Photo by Meghna Sridhar '14

Posters, emails, postcards, Facebook event pages, statuses and videos bombarded the freshman class last week with one clear message: “Vote for me!”

After a rigorous advertising campaign by the Association of Amherst Students (AAS) Elections Committee, the Class of 2015 had a record number of candidates in the first-year Senate elections, with 18 students running on the ballot.

Professors and students have noticed a great amount of noise caused by lawnmowers, trucks or construction that has been interrupting classes. The noise drowns out voices in the classroom, forcing professors to have to keep their windows shut despite the uncomfortable humidity that stays trapped inside buildings.

According to several students, the work usually happens at times that are inconvenient for classes.

Last week, Danny Lee ’13 was working on an essay in his Valentine Hall dorm room when he heard a rustling noise. When he looked down, he saw a rodent, which he was unable to clearly identify as either a rat or a mouse (the administration says that there are no rats on campus), sitting on a piece of paper on the floor. Before he could grab the creature, it bolted out of his room. When Lee reported the incident to the custodian, he was handed a mousetrap and caught the rodent a few hours later. Lee remarked, “It seems like rats can’t resist peanut butter.”

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