Robert Lucido '15, the president of Amherst College Republicans, writes responding to the controversy surrounding the "All Lives Matter" campaign.

Last week, a new student group on campus called Black Lives Matter showed great initiative by organizing a series of events highlighting police brutality against persons of color. Not only was it encouraging to see such activism, but their events and corresponding social media efforts also garnered attention for a troubling issue that disproportionately affects individuals of color.

The college announced on Oct. 21 that the new Amherst Campus app is available for download from the Apple Store and Google Play. Since the announcement, the app has been downloaded more than 700 times.

The Amherst Campus app is available for free and features a home page through which students can quickly check up on their AC dollars balance, campus events, Moodle, latest campus news, PVTA bus schedule, and the Valentine dining menu for the day.

Earlier this semester, the Consortium Assault Services App, or CASA, was released to students in the Five College Consortium. The new mobile app is a collaborative project involving Judd Liebman ’16, the college’s Counseling Center and a private technology firm named Last Call Media, which has developed websites and apps for other colleges and private organizations.

The purpose of the app is to consolidate and simplify information and guidance resources for victims of sexual assault as well as bystanders.

Laura Draucker started work as the college’s first ever director of environmental sustainability this month, leading the recently founded Office of Environmental Sustainability.

Following the screening of the film “Fruitvale Station” at the Multicultural Resource Center on Monday, Oct. 20, members of the college community found posters for Black Lives Matter Awareness Week replaced by posters advocating against abortion, using the slogan “All Lives Matter.”

In a college-wide email, President Biddy Martin directly addressed the incident and called for an appropriate forum to further discuss the topic.

On Friday, Oct. 24, the men’s lacrosse team ran nearly 16 miles up and down the “Seven Sisters” mountain range to help raise money and awareness for Students Bridging The Information Gap (SBIG). This nonprofit organization was founded by Matthew Killian ’17 of the men’s lacrosse team with the help of family and friends and provides technological and infrastructure resources for students in Ghana. Friday’s 16-mile “Sprint for SBIG” consisted of 14 peaks and more than 4,000 feet of vertical climb of rocky terrain along the Holyoke Range.