Professor William H. Pritchard ’53 wrote a Letter to the Editor to discuss Amherst traditions.

Let’s face it: students are assigned a lot of work over break. This time every fall, professors dole out papers, problem sets and readings, each professor expecting students to prioritize the coursework she assigns over the others.
In fact, many students have come to expect getting assigned extra work for the extra time they have off over break. A majority of these students say that it interferes with their family plans and holiday travels.

Amherst has recently seen a huge push to organize more community-oriented events: from alternate locations for TAPs, to evening social events such as AC After Dark, to more senior-tradition oriented events. At the same time, we face a greater restraint on social spaces on campus, with a growing student body and a restriction on party locations due to Massachusetts fire regulations.

Monday’s meeting opened with a special guest: Green Dean Jessica Mestre ’10 as a representative of our very own administration. As the Student Life Program Coordinator, she came to discuss two different propositions in which the administration was looking to coordinate with the student body via the Senate.

The first proposal was about a campus-wide “Community Hour.” The impetus behind this idea was that the campus rarely has events where faculty and students across class and dorm can get together.

Aging conservatives like Newt Gingrich love to pontificate about our national need to return to the good old days circa 1950 (hey, it wouldn’t be me without one snarky political comment, but no more, I promise). But in some ways, they have a point—at times it seems we are living in an age where fear of liability reigns supreme, and causes institutions to err on the extreme side of caution at the expense of traditions and even just plain old fun stuff.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16).
This sentence commonly sums up the Christian faith, which also has deep ecological implications.

We are Amherst College students. Together, we make up a unique group of people coming from very different backgrounds. From Amherst legacies to first-generation college students, Amherst brings together a diverse bunch. No matter where we come from, we are all attending the same fine institution endowed with much to offer. Sadly, however, many of the privileges that we as Amherst students have go unrecognized. We may get caught up with our own lives, schoolwork and extracurricular activities, but this is no excuse for us to forget or ignore all the privileges Amherst has to offer us.

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