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AC Voice Appreciates: Rao’s

(Liya Rechtman)– “Hey! Hey! Are you from Newbury town? Yeah! You!” Belle and Sebastian has stopped softly playing in the background and I am forced to swivel around in my … Continue reading

March 30, 2014 · 1 Comment

Feminist Until Graduation

(Liya Rechtman)– Last year after presenting at the Hampshire College Queer Gender and Sexuality Conference I felt activated against systemic oppression, infuriated by the gendered constraints imposed on us by … Continue reading

January 29, 2014 · 5 Comments

Action: A Response To BSU

(Liya Rechtman)– “Racial intolerance in the Amherst community is hardly an emerging phenomenon.” As Andrew Lindsay pointed out to us in an open letter to The Student this week, we’ve … Continue reading

October 4, 2013 · 3 Comments

Do Not Take That Arkes Class

(Liya Rechtman)– I know that smug smile and I stand unimpressed by it’s deviant, contrarian charm. This is your first semester at Amherst and you’re taking Politics, Statecraft and the … Continue reading

September 12, 2013 · 18 Comments

Amherst As Survivor: Next Steps

(Liya Rechtman)– Last summer, I sat down with lawyers from the National Women’s Law Center and listed out the ways in which the sexually disrespectful culture of Amherst College made … Continue reading

August 28, 2013 · 3 Comments

And Daughter, Still Water: Fiction

(Liya Rechtman)–You are a graduate student and a recent mother of two. For you, sleep has become the rare bead of sweat off a water bottle soaking the packed, parched, … Continue reading

August 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

Feminist is to Internship as Macbeth is to Mental Hospital

(Liya Rechtman)– Copy. Paste. Copy. Paste. Code yellow: we will monitor media on this issue but at current time it does not constitute a crisis. According to my research, stevia … Continue reading

July 4, 2013 · 2 Comments

On Anonymity: One Writer’s Name

(Liya Rechtman)– Those of you who have been reading ACVoice for long enough may remember my previous incarnation as the anonymous ConstantLy back on SheBomb dot com. ConstantLy was my … Continue reading

May 3, 2013 · 2 Comments

My Dad: “The Terrorist”

(Liya Rechtman)– “Eez not bomb. Is radio. I have license.” I can hear the roll in his “r” and the slight guttural “ch” aftertaste of his “h.” The TSA officials … Continue reading

April 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

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