AAS Amherst Student Government

AAS Amherst Student Government Official AAS page. Meetings 8.30pm Red Room. Follow us on IG @aas.amherst Check out our webpage: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/aas
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Amherst College Student Government The AAS is the student government that serves the Amherst College community. Its purpose is to represent the student body and be a liaison between students and administration. It consists of three branches--legislative, judicial, and executive, as laid out in the AAS Constitution. A President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Judiciary Council Chair serve as the Executive Branch. A 32 member Student Senate makes up the Legislative Branch. Finally, the judicial branch is comprised of the Judiciary Council, headed by the Judiciary Council Chair.

Mission: We, the students of Amherst College, acknowledge our responsibilities to ourselves as individuals, to the community, and to each other, and shall pursue the ideals of all without denying the ideals of one. We shall establish a community in which each individual is accepted and in which each individual participates. Promoting the free interaction and exchange of ideas, we declare our commitment to articulating student voices for advancing action and change. We shall use our collective voice to take an active role in affecting the College’s policies and priorities. In affirmation of these principles and to ensure fair representation for all Students we hereby establish the Association of Amherst Students.

Operating as usual

Billions of food is wasted each year in the US, fills up our landfills, and contributes significantly to climate change....
04/21/2019

Billions of food is wasted each year in the US, fills up our landfills, and contributes significantly to climate change. In response to this, Val is hosting the NO FOOD WASTE Challenge!

For the past week (4/14-4/19), the compost at Val will be weighed each day, and the results will posted on the whiteboard between the Drinks and Smoothie stations. During the following week (4/22-4/26), we challenge each student to take only as much food as they need, while continuing to compost what they do not finish. If, at the end of the second week, our average is LESS than the previous week’s, indicating that students are disposing less food, Val will have a FONDUE STATION on April 29th!!

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Angelina Han ’22 at [email protected].

04/01/2019
As their 2019 Senate Project, two of our Senators have made printing free up to $7.50 for this semester! Look out for an...
03/06/2019

As their 2019 Senate Project, two of our Senators have made printing free up to $7.50 for this semester! Look out for an email from us on additional details about this pilot program.

Working before class and need to print? Now you can do it right from Val!Every year Senators are required to complete a ...
02/03/2019

Working before class and need to print? Now you can do it right from Val!

Every year Senators are required to complete a Senate Project that is meant to enhance the lives of Amherst students. We are excited to highlight Ben Gilsdorf '21 and his amazing Senate Project providing a huge need for accessible printers in a popular spot on campus to do work: Val!

Pro Tip: email your documents to [email protected] to send them right to all the printers around campus.

The “Commitment to Amherst’s Third Century” means nothing if we stand idle in the face of global climate change. Now mor...
01/14/2019
The Real Promise for Amherst’s Third Century

The “Commitment to Amherst’s Third Century” means nothing if we stand idle in the face of global climate change. Now more than ever, the Association of Amherst Students believes that Amherst College must rise to the challenge and adopt the Climate Action Plan, so that we can reduce, and ultimately nullify, our carbon footprint.

The Association of Amherst Students calls on the Board of Trustees to adopt the Climate Action Plan.

Have a dirty water bottle? Val is now offering a water bottle cleaning service! Just drop off your water bottle in the d...
11/30/2018

Have a dirty water bottle? Val is now offering a water bottle cleaning service! Just drop off your water bottle in the dirty dishes carousel, and a Val worker will put it through the dishwasher. Then, in less than 20 minutes, you can pick up your cleaned water bottle in the racks near the trash/compost bins by Val's entrance.

Thanks to Matt Sanders '21 and Dining Services for leading this project!

11/27/2018

Many students have voiced concern about Amherst's lack of accessibility, and we hear you. We wanted to share some information that the President's Office recently shared. Accessibility Consultants will be on campus in the coming days and will be hosting open forums to hear student/faculty concerns. The schedule is:

Tuesday, November 27, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Open session for students – Fitch Room, Converse Hall
Wednesday, November 28, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Open session for faculty and staff – Mullins/Faerber, Valentine Hall
Wednesday, November 28, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Open session for faculty and staff – Porter Lounge, Converse Hall
Thursday, November 29, 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Open session for students – Porter Lounge, Converse Hall

If you cannot attend any of these sessions, or prefer to provide feedback in writing, please write directly to Jeanne and Bill at [email protected] and [email protected].

The AAS is committed to supporting ALL students. If you have accessibility concerns that you are not comfortable sharing directly, you can message us and we will share on your behalf. Best wishes.

Hello Mammoths! For the many students staying on campus during the break, there will be limited dining options through V...
11/15/2018

Hello Mammoths! For the many students staying on campus during the break, there will be limited dining options through Val and our other common dining venues. Lewis Sebring and the Science Center cafe will also be closed for the break. However, Grab & Go will still be operational with extended meal hours (including breakfast and dinner.)

President Martin will be hosting a meal at 30 Boltwood, the restaurant that operates out of the Inn on Boltwood, on Tuesday, November 20. Many student organizations will also be hosting Thanksgiving dinners throughout the week, which we will post as they are announced.

Feel free to reach out with any questions, and have a fantastic November break!

09/20/2018

AAS SENATE SPEECH NIGHT

04/18/2018

Just a reminder that Speech Night for Senate Elections is TONIGHT, Wednesday, April 18 in the Red Room!!
~some of the posters have an error and say it's tomorrow~

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04/02/2018
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03/19/2018

There will be an open community gathering tonight (3/19) in Cole Assembly Room (Converse Hall) at 8:30 p.m. to share remembrances of Andrew Dorogi '18.

Cards and boards for messages, remembrances and flowers will be placed outside Chapin Chapel, the Founders Room in Alumni Gymnasium, and Keefe Campus Center.

We are keeping Andrew's friends and family in our thoughts during this extremely difficult time.

02/15/2018
The Amherst Student

The Amherst Student

During this meeting, which aimed to facilitate conversation about changes to the college's party policy, students asked administrators about these alterations and voiced older concerns about social life on campus. The first hour of Q&A was followed by a time for student feedback.

02/07/2018

The AAS is hosting a Town Hall on Party Policy and Social Life on Monday 2/12 from 7-8:30 pm in the Red Room. Suzanne Coffey, Dean Gendron, and several members of their team will be in attendance to answer your questions and to hear your feedback on existing policies and suggestions for new ones. Come get your voice heard!

01/26/2018

Hi all. The administration has temporarily suspended the registration of all social spaces until new party policies are released in the next week or so. The AAS was not consulted in or informed of the decision to suspend registration.

We reached out to Dean Coffey this morning requesting more information (text below), and will keep everyone updated.

“Hi Dean Coffey,

I am writing on behalf of the AAS and student body to request an official statement or note regarding the temporary suspension of social space registration. I understand that this action has been taken in anticipation of the release of new party policy, but am looking for a timeline/more information about the reasoning behind not releasing these policies at the beginning of the semester.

Many students are looking to the AAS for more information and a response on this. I look forward to hearing from you so that I may better respond to their queries.

Best Regards,
Aditi Krishnamurthy
AAS President"

The AAS has sent a letter to the administration addressing the events of last night. *Update: 205 signatures in an hour!...
12/10/2017
Regarding December 9th, 2017

The AAS has sent a letter to the administration addressing the events of last night.
*Update: 205 signatures in an hour!! Keep it coming!!*

Find the letter here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1eQB865MTbt3Y8o4nYKlP_ktNiq7u9Fb0SU2w7v1wIPM/edit?usp=sharing

Show your support by signing the letter here: https://goo.gl/forms/oCyxcDY5zVdTj1ud2

December 10, 2017 Dear President Martin, Dean Coffey, and Dean Gendron, We write to express our dissatisfaction with the administration’s handling of the events of the evening of December 9th, 2017. This has been just one in a growing list of administrative actions that uses policy in a manner ...

11/07/2017
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10/31/2017
Transportation | AAS Boston, Bradley & NYC Shuttles | Amherst College

Registration for the free shuttles to NYC, Boston and Bradley for Thanksgiving break is available now!

Sign into your Amherst account and reserve a seat now!

https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/aas/transport/shuttle

Thanksgiving Break Shuttle Destinations & Times Please click the time(s) you would like to signup for New York City Shuttle Amherst (Converse Hall) to New York City (42nd St between 5th & 6th): Friday, 11/17: 5pm Saturday, 11/18: 11am New York City (42nd St between 5th & 6th) to Amherst (Converse Ha...

04/19/2017

We're live streaming Speech Night. Tune in to hear your classmates' ideas for next year!

04/03/2017

AAS Eboard Speech Night!

03/30/2017

Our State of the College Address is happening now in Johnson Chapel! Come see Biddy Martin and Karen Blake, our AAS President, discuss the future of our college! Q&A session will follow

02/28/2017

Hey Amherst students! Tonight at Senate we approved our Budgetary requests, elected two senators, Olivia Mastrangelo '18 and Fernando Lopez '18, to our Honorary Degree Committee, and discussed ways to improve Senate outreach to students. Email [email protected] with any comments, questions, concerns, and be on the lookout for election information following spring break!

02/07/2017

Check out What our Senators and E-Board did this fall! If you have questions or any ideas for what Senate can accomplish this semester, reach out to me or any Senators you know

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Will Zaubler, Senator for the Class of 2019, organized a Town Hall on Social Life where dozens of students came to an AAS Meeting to discuss current problems and possible solutions for our college’s social life. Will and Pierre Alexander-Low are continuing discussions with Paul Gallegos and Alex Vasquez to tackle social life issues on campus.

Transportation Committee used Senate funds to organize free shuttles to and from Bradley, New York, and Boston. We were able to increase the number of shuttles from New York and maximize the amount of people able to take shuttles to Bradley for flights.

Paul Gramieri, Lauren Knight, Karen Blake and the rest of College Council are in the process of changing the language in the Statement on Respect for Persons to add bias-based behavior as unacceptable and generally editing the Honor Code.

Budgetary Committee shortened their meeting times this semester by voting on non-contentious requests outside of meeting times. BC also finalized club budgets for the spring semester, and you can look on their page to see numbers on that!

AAS, with the help of some political student clubs on campus, used TurboVote to register and request absentee ballots for 258 students, which is almost 16% of our student body.

Karen Blake, AAS President, organized our first ever campus-wide tea time on the first floor of Frost in October. Senators and E-board members were around to answer questions and members of our Mascot Committee also attended to explain the process for choosing a new mascot.

Maeve McNamara, a Senator for the class of 2019, organized Everybody has a Story Week as her Senate project. During the last week of September, faculty, staff and students shared meals together in Val with discussion questions available. 120 members of our community participated in 2016.

Each Senator has been assigned one or more dorms to attend tea times and be available to answer questions or make suggestions for the AAS.

11/01/2016

Hey everyone! Like our page to stay updated with events, senate projects, and everything else Senate is doing this year!

AAS Amherst Student Government's cover photo
10/05/2016

AAS Amherst Student Government's cover photo

09/19/2016

Just a reminder that BC at-large applications are due tomorrow at midnight. Don't forget to send in your statement of interest!

09/08/2016

Just a reminder to apply for at-large positions on Committees! There are openings on the Committee on Educational Policy, Dining Services, Arts Committee, and Sexual Respect Task Force! This is a fantastic opportunity to show your commitment to making Amherst a better place

09/05/2016

Just a reminder that the Get Involved Fair is on the Quad today from 11:30-2. Come see what clubs we have on campus and ways you can get involved!

05/10/2016

We're handing out boxes today at noon at Val!

04/14/2016

candidate statements for students who want to be on Curriculum Committee are due TOMORROW at midnight!! Read through the email sent out about it if you're interested in making some huge change on campus.
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The Curriculum Committee is seeking applications for a new at-large student member to join our committee. This student must not be a senior or a student planning to study abroad next fall. Additionally, applicants must be able to meet at 8:30 on Wednesday mornings both this semester and next semester. Students must be able to commit to serving on the committee for the remainder of this semester as well as the upcoming fall semester.

The committee has been meeting since the beginning of this academic year and is now in the midst of formulating recommendations that will be presented before the faculty next fall. We are seeking a student to replace a graduating senior and hope that this new member will provide valuable student perspective as we draft and finalize our recommendations. We encourage students from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences to apply.

Check out Everybody Has a Story, a project undertaken by a few senators to match a student, staff member, and faculty me...
03/29/2016
Everybody Has a Story | Amherst College

Check out Everybody Has a Story, a project undertaken by a few senators to match a student, staff member, and faculty member for a meal to share their life stories. You can sign up here: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/aas/announcement/story

Everybody Has a Story Spring 2016 What? April 4-8, 2016 a faculty member, staff member and student will share a meal together during the lunch period. Tables will be reserved upstairs in the Valentine Hall Mezzanine. Each person will have the opportunity to tell some of their story as well as to lis…

03/29/2016

We'll be seeking nominations for professors who have excelled in teaching and had a large impact on students so make sure to check your inbox in the next week for an email about the AAS Distinguished Teaching Award and start thinking about professors you want to nominate!

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