Kim Phuc Phan Thi, the subject of the famous “napalm girl” photograph from the Vietnam War, spoke to students, staff, faculty and members of the community in the Cole Assembly Room on April 28. The event, titled “Life Lessons,” was free and open to the public.

Phuc is known for being the subject of the iconic photograph taken as she was fleeing a napalm bomb during the Vietnam War. The photo, titled “The Terror of War,” was taken by Nick Ut and won the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for Photography. It remains one of the most iconic images of the war.

Students participated in an online poll on Jan. 27 to determine which proposals for Branches would be implemented for this semester’s trial period. Three hundred and seventy-one students responded to the poll and selected four Branches to be formed. Enrollment for Branches will be open through Wednesday, Feb. 10.

Assistant Professor of English in Film and Media Studies Pooja Rangan earned her bachelor’s degree at Oberlin College and her master’s and doctorate degrees at Brown University. Her specialties include documentaries and critical theory.

The Social Project Work Group met with the Office of Student Affairs on Oct. 23 to work out plans for the upcoming social club trial period. The meeting followed the Oct. 5 vote in which 64 percent of the student body voted in favor of holding the trial period.

“To have 1,200 students actually vote was huge,” said Dean of Students Alex Vasquez. The four classes were almost equally represented in the vote.

“The point of the discussion was to lay out a general timeline for implementing the clubs by next semester,” said Tom Sommers ’16, a member of the work group.

Sixty-four percent of the student body voted on Oct. 5 in favor of holding a trial period for social clubs this spring semester.

Members of the Social Project Work Group, the organization responsible for writing the proposal, said the vote was intended to gauge student opinion of the proposal, but the results do not mean that Amherst is required to create social clubs.

Since Sept. 16 the Association of Amherst Students Budgetary Committee has been enforcing stricter budgetary guidelines for clubs that request funding for their activities.

“There are really only three policy changes this year, and they’re all beneficial for the students,” said AAS Treasurer Paul Gramieri.

The AAS has changed funding guidelines for club transportation, limited funding for food and instituted a new event publicity requirement.