AAS: The Association of Amherst Students; specializing in election scandals, infighting, obscure bylaws and referendums.

A capella: The best way to kill many, many hours with your parents during Parents’ Weekend.

AC Voice: Polemical online-only publication; favorite topics include bathrooms, Keefe Campus Center, privilege.

AmCo: Abbreviation of Amherst Coffee, home to English and philosophy majors. [q.v. David Foster Wallace ’84]

The strategic planning steering committee continued to make strides this summer, meeting in July for a retreat to review feedback, further define goals and prepare for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Launched in October 2013 under the direction of Provost Peter Uvin, the strategic planning committees are tasked with defining overarching goals for the college’s future.

Despite the symphony of Converse construction echoing throughout the Red Room, the faculty met last night for their monthly faculty meeting in what proved to be the shortest meeting of the semester. Finals, it seems, affects both those submitting and those grading.

The faculty braved the elements last night to convene in the Red Room for their monthly faculty meeting, which included — among many other things — discussions of the position of the Provost, a presentation from Professor Amrita Basu regarding the Strategic Planning Committee for the Internationalization of Liberal Arts Education and an update on the process of book removal in order to accommodate the construction of the Humanities Center in Frost.

The Red Room reached full capacity last night as the faculty turned up in full force for their second meeting of the spring semester.

The tweed blazers and snow boots were out in full force at last night’s faculty meeting, the first of the spring semester and the first since the sudden departure of former Dean of Students Jim Larimore.

President Biddy Martin began her remarks to the faculty with an update on the forthcoming Humanities Center, to be constructed in Frost Library, and noted that she announced to the Board of Trustees that the College will support its construction.

Amherst Fire Department (AFD) arrived on scene late Monday night in response to to a pulled fire alarm within Valentine Dining Hall after three students noticed smoke coming from within the dining area. While cutting through the Dining Hall on their way back from a mock trial meeting, juniors Dan Kang and Joy Huang and sophomore Sirvet Bayimli immediately smelled smoke and quickly called Amherst Campus Police.