Dean of Students Charri Boykin-East and President “Biddy” Martin were very kind to come to one of our weekly AAS meetings a few weeks ago, making themselves available to the student body and answering any questions we might have. When it came my turn to ask, I chose a question that’s been on the minds of many Amherst students since the semester started: the salient changes to the College’s enforcement of its Alcohol Policy. Dean Boykin-East replied without hesitation: “There’s no change to the Alcohol Policy at all.”

Psychology Professor Julia McQuade hails from Wellesley MA, outside of Boston, and lived there her entire life. She completed her undergraduate degree at Bates College in Maine. She then lived two years in Somerville, Mass. where she worked as a research assistant at Massachusetts General Hospital studying clinical psychology. Following this, she completed her Ph.D. at the Univ. of Vermont. She then spent the last year completing her post-doctoral fellowship at Massachusetts’s General Hospital.

Q: How did begin studying psychology and what made you decide to pursue it?

Last night, Oct. 16, the faculty held their third meeting of the semester. The faculty approved sixteen new courses. They also discussed several things, including Amherst’s rating falling from AAA to AA+ according to S&P, a transition to Apple-friendly products and online education.

Ken Howard ’66 knows show business. A professional actor for more than four decades and the current president of the Screen Actors’ Guild (SAG-AFTRA), Howard returned to the College this semester as the Croxton Lecturer in Film and Media Studies, teaching “The Role and the Self.”

Clarification: the meeting reported in this article took place before the publication of Angie Epifano's story.

Last week, an article on AC Voice exposed a shockingly misogynistic shirt printed by members of an off-campus fraternity, Theta Delta Chi (TD), that was greeted with minimal punitive action by the administration, much to the author and students’ chagrin. However, it was not greeted with surprise. In a public meeting organized in response by President Martin, several women spoke out about experiencing sexual disrespect or sexism at the College. Sexism, and the less-than-pleasant experiences of survivors or women in general at the College, is an acknowledged norm.

Matt Fernald ’13 discusses the priorities of the AAS.