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.

Everyone knew it was going to snow on Saturday, October 29, but no one expected the “Snowpocalyse” that followed. At Amherst College, most students crammed into Valentine dining hall, connecting power cords to power cords, waiting for the lights to come back on in their rooms. Many of us felt more than just inconvenienced – especially those living in Marsh, Plimpton, Tyler, and Newport, who had to evacuate their dorms.

Amherst has many things to be thankful for: the Halloween-weekend Nor’easter affected a limited area, and the response took place immediately. Even though Facilities and our staff got Amherst back on track, we must admit: Amherst got lucky.

This was supposed to be your typical intro-to-column article. You know, the ones where the author talks for 1,000 words without saying anything, trying to express his general thoughts about general topics?

Of course, the article was also supposed to be submitted on time, rather than 13 hours past due. I’m a former Managing Editor at The Student so I should be more considerate.