Department: Religion
Thesis Advisor: David Wills

Q: What is your thesis about?

When the College became coeducational in 1975, women immediately sought to make their presence known on campus. As per research conducted under the Provost’s Office by Tania Dias ’13, women began organizing for the creation of a women’s center within a few weeks of arriving at Amherst. But, 38 years later, female students still struggle to make their voices heard. Last school year unearthed a messy administrative policy concerning the handling of sexual assault, a trauma experienced by 1 in 4 college women.

Students clamoring to have their voices heard by the administration now have a new channel to express their concerns. Starting this month, President Carolyn “Biddy” Martin is holding regular office hours, available to all interested students.

Come Nov. 10, one lucky student will stand on stage with seven to eight of the Amherst community’s most disruptive innovators — alumni, faculty and staff — and give a TEDx talk on a topic of their choice in front of an audience of 350 people. Students competed for the coveted spot this Sunday in front of the TEDxAmherstCollege team and a panel of judges.
Five speaker candidates and two MC candidates showed up to display their verbal talent, although organizer John He ’16 stated that a few more students had initially applied.

The Amherst volleyball team had a very successful weekend after sweeping both Conn. College and Tufts in a pair of NESCAC matches.

“This was a huge weekend for the team in that we needed to win these two matches to put ourselves at the top of the NESCAC standings,” said Sammy Newby ’16.

Entering the weekend the Firedogs were 1-2 and in seventh place, but emerged from the weekend 3-2 and tied for fourth place in hot pursuit of NESCAC leader Williams.

Heading into their final stretch of regular season games, the No. 11-ranked Jeffs looked to keep their winning streak alive. They did just that, defeating both Keene State and Hamilton this past week.

The first win, over the Owls (9-2), came on Thursday, Oct. 3. The Jeffs played host in the match and dealt the Keene State squad just their second loss of the year.


The Amherst men’s tennis team had an excellent day on Saturday, shutting out MIT, 9-0. Nine different players represented Amherst in their three doubles and six singles matches on the day. Overall, the Jeffs performed very well, outscoring MIT 92-45 in total games.