Darrian Kelly no longer has any affiliation with the Amherst College chapter of To Write Love On Her Arms.

People struggle with many things in silence. Depression, anxiety, addiction and trauma are a common few. While many students ache for genuine connections within their college community, their isolation with these unvoiced realities often leaves them unable to gain a true stable sense of belonging. Community is often where healing happens. For those struggling, community allows them to know that they are not alone.

Splash landed on the College’s campus this past Saturday, inviting middle and high school students to a day of unique classes with a curriculum created and taught by undergraduates. The College is among the dozens of institutions across the nation to host the program.

The event was a student-run production, designed and operated by members of the EDU, a campus organization that is part of the national education reform movement. Attendees of the event included home-schooled students, as well as students from charter, public and private schools throughout the Pioneer Valley.

Baghdadi Ali Mahmudi of Libya
Serving five years as the Prime Minister of Libya, Mahmudi officially resigned in August as a result of the newly-formed National Transitional Council. Regardless of his 2006 election, many countries — including the United States — recognized Muammar Gaddafi as the official ruler of Libya. Mahmudi unsuccessfully attempted to seek refuge in Tanzania during the high broadcast Libyan civil war, only to be extradited to Libya on Nov. 8.

Williams College closed on Monday as a precaution for the members of their community after the scrawling of a racial slur — “All Niggers Must Die” — in a dormitory hallway. A student reported the incident to Campus Safety and Security (CSS) of Williams around 12:30 AM on Saturday. Not only were the Williamstown Police notified, but CSS also launched a college investigation.

Tony Marx, who left the presidency of the College at the end of last year to become president of the New York Public Library, was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated in New York City on Sunday afternoon. According to The Wall Street Journal’s Metropolis blog, which first reported the story, Marx was driving a Library-owned vehicle around 5 p.m. Sunday afternoon when the 2009 Audi he was driving glanced off a parked car on 138th East Street.

Although work-study jobs may seem difficult to find for some, Valentine Dining Hall has many opportunities to earn money. Regardless, Val is still facing the issue of a lack of student workers.

“Students don’t have an interest in working in Val because they think it would be ‘gross’ or somehow uncool,” said Megan Duff ‘14, a student who’s worked in Val for over a year. “I also think it’s just a part of culture on campus that jobs during which you can do your homework are ideal. Honestly, I would just tell them it’s not that bad.”

The Center for Community Engagement (CCE) held an evening full of soapbox speakers, organization representatives and school faculty to expose students to the possibilities of community involvement last Thursday.

Unlike past iterations of this event known as Community Action Day or Action Week, the Community Engagement Expo provided students with “a much broader definition of community engagement,” said Molly Mead, director of the CCE. About 300 students attended the event, designed to expose students to the different ways in which they can engage in the community effectively.