MERRILL SCIENCE CENTER – Amherst College physics majors were stunned to learn of a sexual assault crisis on their own campus Wednesday, saying they were horrified by the news now spreading among their friends. “This is terrible,” said major Daniel Bell ’13. “I’m going to tell my friends as soon as I finish lab.” Calling herself “furious,” major Sarah Hu ’14 said she would demand the school take action, perhaps including a forum or meeting for students to address the situation. “President Marx needs to do something about this,” said Hu, adding that she would personally pass the news to her friends if she didn’t have a problem set due Monday.
Michael Bergman ’15 expressed similar outrage but argued that the situation revealed a broader need for physical changes to the campus. “I think it’s time the college considered an initiative to support our cultural or sexual minorities, and perhaps gave that office a place of prominence on campus,” said Bergman. “And, frankly, a review of our dormitories is far overdue. I know a student who attended a party in the Davis social hall several months back, and suffice it to say, it’s time to tear that whole thing down.”