Dear Mr. Borsellino and the Amherst Student Body,

Amherst College Emergency Medical Services (ACEMS) asks students to support a Senate initiative this Thursday.

ACEMS has been requesting funds for a new vehicle for some time now. Our current car, a Ford Crown Victoria obtained as a hand-me-down from the police, is critically unreliable. The car sometimes fails to start and often faces difficulty in getting up hills. Needless to say, it doesn’t meet ACEMS needs for a reliable response vehicle.

I remember the Monday nights when I would walk out of the Red Room at 11:30 p.m. and wonder where the last three hours had gone. I would reflect on them: there was bickering, boredom, hurt feelings and little more to show for it than the same club budgets that we allocate every year. To put it bluntly, Senate meetings were a waste of time. It was last week’s meeting that reminded me just how far we’ve come from those days.

The Williams Record gets $17,384 each year from their student government — in fact, the student government at Williams added $8 per year in each student’s activities fee, just to fund The Record; The Bowdoin Orient receives $22,668 a year from theirs; The Wesleyan Argus gets $39,476, and so on.

Welcome to The Student, now one of the only fully-independent newspapers in the NESCAC.

I should start with an introduction. Hi, my name’s Noah. I’m the RC of the second floor in Stearns, which, by the way, is a substance-free community. I consume alcohol. My residents know this – I told them on the first day I met them – and they seem to be okay with it. I made them a promise that I would strive to create the community they wanted, and that I would never bring any sort of negative attitude back to their living space. Some of my residents drink, and I expect them to do the same. I still consider myself part of the Stearns community, part of the substance-free community.

Ron Beaty, citizen activist of West Barnstable, Mass., calls upon elected officials to sign a pledge concerning taxation.