March 2, 2017
Amherst College Announces Residential Changes:
Amherst announced a number of changes to housing for the 2017-2018 school year. 75 percent of dorm rooms will be designated as single-sex to improve a gender balance in the residence halls. Therefore, students will only be able to choose rooms designated for their gender. This has caused some controversy due to the implications for transgender or gender-nonconforming students, but 25 percent of the rooms will still be available for any student regardless of gender identity. They also increased the substance-free and quiet residences available.
Charlie Baker interrupted by protesters during talk at Tufts:
Protesters interrupted Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker three times during a recent forum at Tufts University. The protesters urged Baker to take a stronger stance against the immigration policies of Donald Trump. The protesters, organized by a few student groups, chanted, “No ban! No wall!” after Baker said he would not make Massachusetts a sanctuary state. Baker said he thought that status should be left up to local governments. At least 60 students walked out of the speech in protest. Though Baker has been critical of some of Trump’s policies, he has also been criticized for not taking as strong a stance as other Massachusetts politicians.