Amherst women’s volleyball enjoyed another successful week with two non-conference wins and a crucial victory in their match against NESCAC leader Bowdoin, boosting their overall record to 16-2. With these three wins in the books, Amherst is a perfect 8-0 at home in LeFrak Gymnasium and is riding a four game winning streak into this coming week of competition.

Faculty and staff filled the Cole Assembly Room in Converse for the second faculty meeting of the year. President Martin opened with her remarks to the faculty, describing her recent trip to East Asia. She mentioned reaching out to an extensive community of alumni in China, her visit being the first time that a president of Amherst has visited Korea, and talks of cooperation with Zhejiang University, in Hangzhou, China, to work on programs to advance the liberal arts in China.

The Office of Admission invited seven students identifying as Native American, Native Hawaiian or Native Alaskan to participate in the newly-created Native outreach programs as part of this past weekend ’s Diversity Open House (DIVOH).

Student protesters led by the Green Amherst Project walked out of a presentation by climate skeptic and ecologist Patrick Moore on Thursday, Oct. 9. The presentation, entitled “Confessions of a Greenpeace Dropout,” was sponsored by the Amherst College Republicans.

This week the newly formed student group Black Lives Matter launched its first campaign to raise awareness and facilitate conversations about issues relating to police brutality.

As my first year at Amherst was coming to its end, I began to reflect on my first-year experience in the Amherst community. More specifically, I thought about how much Amherst’s queer community had influenced me to grow and accept my identity. As I packed my things, preparing to go back “home,” to a place where my identity was neither accepted nor embraced, I realized how lucky I was, and am, to be at Amherst. It is here where I am given a safe environment to explore new realms of my queer identity.

When I was around 15 or 16 years old, I witnessed an extrajudicial killing by Jamaican policemen outside my mother’s workplace. A black man was running from the police and attempted to scale the wall leading to the entrance of the premises. The authorities quickly pursued the man, and instead of attempting to arrest the individual, the police fired a couple of shots at him. I remember the scene and how quickly this man’s death came. I remember no hostility from this man as he ran fleeing for his life.