Three months after the introduction of Amherst’s new party policy, college staff members say that the policy has made some progress in creating safer and cleaner party conditions. Interim Dean of Student Conduct Suzie Mitton Shannon will meet with a group of students today to discuss possible next steps for encouraging a safer social scene at the college.

“I think that many of the goals that we set out to achieve with the party policy are being accomplished,” Mitton Shannon said.

Ben Boatwright is a senior double majoring in geology and music. His geology thesis focuses on Martian terrestrial valley networks. His thesis advisors are Mt. Holyoke’s Visiting Assitant Professor of Astronomy Caleb Fassett and Amherst College Geology and Environmental Studies Professor Anna Martini.

Juniors Donna Leet and Xiaoling Yu have been honored by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship program, which supports undergraduate students studying mathematics, science and engineering. Leet, a biology and French double major, has received one of this year’s Goldwater Scholarships. Yu, a biochemistry and biophysics major, received an honorable mention.

Both come from families of scientists, and both are pre-med students interested in conducting biomedical research.

The search committee charged with replacing former Dean of Students Jim Larimore has identified a few promising candidates and hopes to bring the finalists to campus to meet with students, faculty and staff before the end of the academic year, Chief Student Affairs Officer Suzanne Coffey said.

The search for the new Dean of Students has changed to reflect the new role the Student Affairs office will play on campus. This year’s search, which features a slightly altered job description, will include greater student input in the search process, Coffey said.

Summer is coming. In about two weeks, we will all be celebrating the end of another semester in our own ecstatic ways. This end-of-the-year celebration may be loud, quiet, public, private, creative or even self-destructive depending on the individual, and it will definitely be a well-deserved occasion for all parties involved. After all, it marks the end of something dreadful, or so we feel. But what exactly will have ended then?

This is a slightly modified version of a speech given at the senior-speak off and intended to be a shortened version of a graduation speech.

A character in some obscure British film I watched once said something that really stuck with me: the best way to forget something, he said, is to commemorate it.

The U.S. Supreme Court last week issued a 6-2 ruling, upholding a Michigan constitutional amendment that prohibits state universities from considering race as part of their admissions process. The ruling in the case, Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, represents the second time that the Court has ruled on affirmative action in college admissions in the past year, the prior being its ruling in Fisher v. University of Texas last June.