I think am the single most qualified person on campus to present an accurate illustration of Tomi Williams. After all, I am his roommate of two years and (reluctant) best friend.

Amani Ahmed did not get us Ludacris, or Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and won’t be getting the band du jour that will rock LeFrak this year for Spring Concert. She has not aligned herself with a special group on campus nor previously served on the Executive Board. So why would she even deserve a mention, much less a hard look and even the cast of your vote for AAS President? While you should certainly check out every candidates’ platforms, what I would like to share with you is something that cannot be explained on a poster in your hallway or a post on Facebook.

Elections are one of my least favorite times of the year. They are a time when beliefs are asserted with nonchalant indifference to present and past behavior, people are uncomfortably lumped into “voting blocks” and everyone involved leaves feeling vaguely defiled. As a senator, I’ve definitely had to cope with my share of elections, so when one occurs in which I’m not a candidate, and therefore obliged to participate, I am more than happy to keep my distance. However, on the occasion of the upcoming presidential elections, I find myself compelled to participate.

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO LEARN? This is the latest question we will be grappling with around campus from Friday, April 4 to Friday, April 11. This question does not rely on expertise or facts, but on personal stories and experience. The answers we give this question define us as human beings. We asked four people around campus for their thoughts on this month's Big Question: What do you need to learn?

About a week ago, I walked into class reading an article about the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals’ unanimous decision to uphold a high school’s policy barring students from wearing American flag clothing on Cinco de Mayo. The largest court of appeals in the United States ruled that such a ban did not violate its students’ constitutional right to the freedom of expression, due process or equal protection under the law because it was intended to quell possible racial tensions.

Sophie Murguia’s article on the Humanities Center slated for Frost Library presents the project mostly from the viewpoint of its supporters. She notes, however, that the need to displace stacks and faculty carrels has aroused faculty concern.

The Amherst Bike Share is a project aimed at generating an on-campus student resource for bicycle rental. The goal behind its development is to promote sustainable travel and recreation to a student population that may not have the tools necessary to participate in an environmentally conscious platform of transportation.