Mosab Hassan Yousef spoke on Thursday, Nov. 13 at Johnson Chapel about his experience of defecting from Hamas and joining the Israeli internal security force Shin Bet. At the event, Yousef shared his thoughts on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and his reasons for choosing to work as an Israeli informant. The Amherst College Republicans hosted the event, which was also sponsored in part by Association of Amherst Students, the Young America’s Foundation, the college’s Political Science Department and the Smith College Republicans.

A committee of students recently introduced an initiative to create new social clubs on campus. The committee plans to propose the initiative to the administration and hopes to launch the new social club system next semester.

“[The social club] is solely for people to come together and socialize — to have a place for those who want access to a consistent group of people they can hang out with as oppose to coming together to get a specific objective done,” said Association of Amherst Students President Tomi Williams ’16, one of the students spearheading this initiative.

Several hundred people gathered in Kirby Theater last Sunday for the second annual TEDxAmherstCollege event.

A social justice reformer of juvenile policy, a paralympian and an Amherst College junior were among the speakers.

Peter Crane ’15, a history and economics double major, is writing his senior thesis on debates over secularism in Pakistan immediately following its partition from India. His thesis advisor is Assistant Professor of Asian Languages and Civilizations and History Dwaipayan Sen.

This month, the Queer Resource Center, as well as a number of other resource centers and student groups on campus, have been working diligently to bring some of the initiatives of Hampshire County Trans Awareness Month to Amherst College. Through a variety of events, such as film screenings and dialogues, Trans Awareness Month seeks to direct attention to the lived experiences of trans and gender non-conforming people. A comprehensive awareness of marginalization in our community must include an appreciation of their unique experiences.

Faculty and staff met in the Cole Assembly Room of Converse Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 18, for the final faculty meeting of the semester.

Professor Adam Honig, on behalf of the Committee on Educational Policy, discussed the issue of overlapping class schedules between the 12:00 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. time frames on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. A motion to remove the 12:30 p.m. class block passed.

This week the Green Amherst Project is holding a week of action in an attempt to convince Amherst’s board of trustees to divest from the coal industry.