Khalil Flemming’s theater and dance thesis was an original comedy called “Equal Weight.”

The inspiration for the title came from a weekly tradition in Mr. Gad’s House of Improv, in which members tell stories for their week. During one session, Will Savino ’14 noted that when Flemming told stories, he gave “equal weight” to each part.

Juan Gabriel Delgado Montes and I were sitting side by side on a bench overlooking Memorial Hill, witnessing a too-perfect Amherst College scene. Everywhere around us, members of the class of 2016 were taking advantage of the tentatively sunny weather to have their senior portraits taken, all dressed up and grinning in front of the Holyoke Range. Speakers from the baseball stadium blared loud music in the background.

A captain of the football team and a leader Amherst’s Christian Fellowship, Chris Gow fulfills his roles with a combination of purposeful direction and easy charisma. In addition to being a natural leader, he has sought academic challenges, double majoring in religion and mathematics. His dedication to playing passionately, learning deeply and serving wholeheartedly is clear to the many whom Gow has influenced in some way.

When considering the time and care that California native Raizel DeWitt has invested in Amherst, it is clear that the community is lucky to have her. A keenly empathetic intellectual, DeWitt has distinguished herself not only on campus in a multitude of student groups — from the mindful to the musical — but also in the wider world.

Miu Suzuki is well known among her peers for her impressive performances in Dance and Step at Amherst College (DASAC) and her strong commitment to building community and fighting for progressive causes on campus — both officially and unofficially. Her friends agree that she has an infectiously friendly, conscientious and insightful air about her. When asked to describe Suzuki, her close friend Andrew Lindsay ’16 said, “Sublimity connotes a type of majesty that exceeds representation. Miu Suzuki is sublime.”

In the middle of our conversation, John He apologized for his hesitant answers. “I feel lost,” he admitted. “That may be my most central theme here.”

I was taken aback, because He has many reasons to feel confident about his achievements — editor-in-chief of The Indicator, leader of the FOOT orientation program, founder of spring break trips to Zion National Park, among others. Yet here he was, shifting in his seat, genuinely unable to talk about his accomplishments.

A Wise and Caring Voice
Becky Danning loves people, and people love Becky Danning. That sentence may sound rather trite, but it truly describes Danning’s relationship with the world around her. When I tell my friends that I’m writing a profile on Danning, they ooh and ah in a way that would make her incredibly uncomfortable. But these reactions make plenty of sense when you observe Danning, whether she’s surrounded by friends on the first floor of Frost or inspiring an awed silence while singing at Coffee House or a Sabrinas concert.

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