My uncle’s family and grandparents are pretty damn racist. I love them, but the inevitable fact is that most first-generation Asian immigrant families are. I remember being pulled away from my best friend in first grade: my parents accused her of stealing my pencil case, their logic being that she was Mexican, so she must be sneaky. I had probably just dropped it somewhere into the void that was the school playground.

I’m all for critiquing Amherst. In fact, I think part of the liberal arts mission is to train students to be critical of power structures, institutions and arguments. But sometimes, when I take a moment and reflect on my classmates, our thoughts and discussions, I’m eternally grateful for what we can achieve together.

Steven Lee ’01E gave a talk titled “Beyond Interference: Soviet and Russian Lessons for American Multiculturalism” on April 5. The talk was co-sponsored by the Amherst College Corliss Lamont Lectureship for a Peaceful World and the Amherst Center for Russian Culture.

Charles Hamilton Houston Visiting Scholar Mark Anthony Neal gave a talk titled “Love in the Stax: Death, Loss and Resurrection in Post-King Memphis” on Thursday, April 5 in the Center for Humanistic Inquiry. The event was hosted by the black studies department and supported by the Charles Hamilton Houston Lecture Fund.

Hikaru “Karu” Kozuma will join the college as the new Chief Student Affairs Officer (CSAO) starting July 1, according to an email announcement sent out on Monday, April 9 by President Biddy Martin.

Kozuma, who previously worked at the University of Pennsylvania as associate vice provost, will replace current CSAO Suzanne Coffey, who announced her retirement on Oct. 17, 2017.

The college launched “Promise: The Campaign for Amherst’s Third Century” on Friday, April 6 with a weekend of events, including the dedication of Ford Hall. The campaign aims to secure Amherst’s future as it moves into its third century starting in 2021.

The campaign plans to raise $625 million over the next five years, according to Suzanne Newby-Estes, the executive director of advancement and campaign operations. The college has already raised around half of the money through “quiet” fundraising leading up to the campaign launch.

In 2012, Kanye West’s record label, G.O.O.D. Music (short for Getting Out Our Dreams), released one of the most emphatic label-wide collaborations ever with “Cruel Summer.” Though it was not critically acclaimed — few compilation albums are — “Cruel Summer” spawned some of the most ubiquitous songs of the decade, namely “Mercy” and “Clique,” and effectively positioned G.O.O.D. Music as the premier record label in hip-hop in the early 2010s.

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