The Amherst Student ArchiveAmherst College
As a senior, I am shocked by the level of vitriol in nearly all campus debates this year. I don't know if this is a product of Amherst admissions letting in more opinionated people, or if the underlying tensions between groups on the Amherst campus has just boiled over. But I do know that now, for nearly all debates, campus dialogue hits a tone that was previously reserved for Hillel-SJP spats. The disrespectfulness on the part of Fernald AND his attackers in an all-school chain is all too reflective of that. The all-school e-mals were not a big deal. They were maybe 3 or 4 each week, and they were reserved for important events. Most of all, they were cheerful, and all it took to get rid of them was one click of a button. It is sad that because people who decided to show the entire school their jerkitude (is that a word?) and intolerance, we have now lost this great resource. Shame on those who bring Amherst down to the combative, competitive atmosphere of a high-pressure Ivy.
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