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Diversity on Athletic Teams

The New York Times has an interesting article on amHerst and their efforts to increase diversity on their athletic teams. The article has a lot of good information about the recruiting process and the efforts that amHerst has made to find student-atheletes of color, especially in sports that are traditionally dominated by white students. I think the article presents a realistic and balanced look at what amHerst is doing. For example, they point out that amHerst has the resources to dedicate to this goal that other schools do not possess.

I think the article is worth the read but if you don’t have the time or the interest, here is the closing quote from the men’s soccer coach, “I want someone who makes us different. Because that’s how everybody gets better.” I believe he is talking about on the field and off and I applaud him and amHerst for this kind of thinking.

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#1 Comment By David Dudley Field ’25 On November 8, 2019 @ 1:34 pm

Is the “amHerst” capitalization a common joke/insult of which I am unaware?

#2 Comment By abl On November 8, 2019 @ 1:44 pm

@DDF – yes.

#3 Comment By David Dudley Field ’25 On November 8, 2019 @ 1:47 pm

What is the history/meaning?

#4 Comment By Frank Abagnale, Jr. On November 8, 2019 @ 3:25 pm

#5 Comment By David Dudley Field ’25 On November 8, 2019 @ 3:56 pm

Well, that suggests the usage is by the Amherst teams themselves. So, how is it a joke/insult for us to use it?

#6 Comment By thegoodson On November 8, 2019 @ 5:10 pm

ABL may have a more informed and intelligent answer (as usual) but in my case “amHerst” is how it was spelled on the schedule the WRFC would put out each year back in the day. I always assumed it was an insult in a general way – ie not capitalizing the name.

#7 Comment By 89’er On November 8, 2019 @ 11:34 pm

I think it is a dig at Amherst as most Defectors pronounce Amherst with a silent “H”.

At least that is my recollection.

Crush the Defectors.

#8 Comment By AIDAN FINLEY On November 9, 2019 @ 12:29 am

I think it signifies the deliberate mispronunciation.

#9 Comment By 1980 On November 9, 2019 @ 6:03 pm

I think 89’er and Aidan are correct. Yard by yard!