The first thing that strikes you about Carlos A. González is his disposition. The man is personable. I remember meeting him in Val at the beginning of spring semester. Instead of cursorily shaking my hand, he got up from his seat and gave me a hug. We conversed with the ease of long-lost friends. When I finally had to run to start my English paper, he gave me one final hug and we agreed to talk more soon. I would see González interact this way with others multiple times thereafter, whether he had just met them or not.

On Friday, Nov. 15, a mass e-mail informed the Amherst College community of the hiring of a full-time Title IX Coordinator. Just the day before, Angie Epifano and another former Amherst student filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education on the basis of mishandling their sexual assault cases.

Many have voiced, then, that the announcement of the new hire came at a convenient time.

On Sept. 20, first-years were expected to attend the first of a series of events known as “Extended Orientation.” But, out of the 466 members of the Class of 2017, a few dozen attended, according to a mass e-mail sent out by Dean of New Students Patricia O’Hara.

Debby Applegate ’89 began her relationship with fellow Amherst College alum Henry Ward Beecher as a student employee in Frost Library’s Archives & Special Collections Department. It was love at first sight: a love, in fact, that would span more than 20 years. Applegate recalls, “Henry was so open-minded and so open-hearted … He was funny and lovable, an example of an average American who rose to fame.” And, although their age difference was quite large (Beecher was a graduate of the class of 1834), Applegate made it work, winning the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Biography in the process.

When the College became coeducational in 1975, women immediately sought to make their presence known on campus. As per research conducted under the Provost’s Office by Tania Dias ’13, women began organizing for the creation of a women’s center within a few weeks of arriving at Amherst. But, 38 years later, female students still struggle to make their voices heard. Last school year unearthed a messy administrative policy concerning the handling of sexual assault, a trauma experienced by 1 in 4 college women.

To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA) is pairing up with the Counseling Center next Tuesday, Oct. 8 in honor of National Depression Screening Day. This is the first time Amherst College has celebrated National Depression Screening Day, although it’s been a regular event at other college campuses around the country. It’s also the first time the Counseling Center is pairing up with TWLOHA to host an event. On that day, TWLOHA members will be tabling in the Campus Center Atrium alongside the Counseling Center psychologists.

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