Winter 2023 Issue

The cover of the Amherst Magazine with a digital trashcan against a yellow background Editor

Emily Gold Boutilier

Alumni Editor
Betsy Cannon Smith ’84

Print Design Director
Ronn Campisi

Assistant Editor
Katherine Duke ’05

Senior Writer
Katharine Whittemore

Online Designer
Michael Reid

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Feature Articles

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No Likes. No Shares. Nothing.

She swore off social media for a year, then asked other Amherst people what they liked/unliked about their own online presence.

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Picking Apart the Rankings

As a university dean and then as a college president, Colin Diver ’65 grew ever more certain that the college-ranking industry in our country is deeply problematic.

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“We Were Racing Against Time for Mila”

Could an ultra-customized medicine for one child offer answers for millions of others?

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Community News

Waiting outside the Supreme Court, posing for Annie Leibovitz, reopening the Drake and more.

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Amherst Creates

’80s teen horror from Jenna Lamia ’00E; Ted Conover ’80 goes off the grid; Catherine Newman ’90 takes on Impossible Things; and three novels from alumni.

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