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Should queer campus groups protest discriminatory blood drives?

(James Hildebrand)– I was happy to discover that this week’s GlobeMed bone marrow donor registration drive actually accepted cheek swabs from queer men in the Amherst community. I say this … Continue reading

April 25, 2014 · 5 Comments

Scoring the Candidates’ Sexual Respect Initiatives

(James Hildebrand)– Speaking earlier this week at The Amherst Association of Students Speech Night, Presidential Candidate Amani Ahmed opened by emphasizing the outstanding nature of her three fellow candidates, Julian … Continue reading

April 2, 2014 · 4 Comments

AC Voice Appreciates: Joseph Hardy Neesima, Class of 1870

(James Hildebrand)– Joseph Hardy Neesima, aka Nījima Jō, was nothing short of a badass. Despite facing the threat of execution under the Japanese closed borders foreign policy of the Edo … Continue reading

March 29, 2014 · 1 Comment

Fear of Flying, Fear of Mujō

(James Hildebrand)– If you study the faces of the sleeping people around you, there’s a good chance you’ll get to see the exact moment when someone waking to unexpected turbulence … Continue reading

February 28, 2014 · 1 Comment

Confronting Genetics

(James Hildebrand)– I think my first encounter with the notion of fate came when I realized that I’d developed the same cowlick as my dad. This was an understandably traumatic … Continue reading

February 12, 2014 · 2 Comments

How Board Games Made Me a Better Advocate

(James Hildebrand)– It can be hard at times to find an activity at Amherst that doesn’t leave you thinking, “Well, I guess I’m just not good enough.” It doesn’t matter … Continue reading

January 26, 2014 · 6 Comments

Hiroshima and Nagasaki: A Lesson in Surviving Trauma

(James Hildebrand)– Standing at the summit of Mt. Inasa, you would never guess that the city below, famous today for its “10 Million Dollar Night View” was reduced to an … Continue reading

November 18, 2013 · 1 Comment

From Karate Kid to Pediatric Volunteer

(James Hildebrand)– I realize that fantasizing about going to the Orient and returning with forbidden battle techniques hardly makes me the poster boy for the merits of a liberal arts … Continue reading

October 17, 2013 · 1 Comment

Assimilation is Not an Option

(James Hildebrand)– The way I see it, you run into two major types of foreigners here in Japan. On one end, you have the kids whose ultimate goal is total … Continue reading

October 8, 2013 · 7 Comments
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