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Remembering 9/11, 10 Years Later Elaine Teng ’12 Senior Editor

On a chilly morning this past Sunday, students, faculty, staff and members of the Amherst community gathered at Memorial Hill to remember a morning that was like any other ³XQWLODKRUULÀFWUDJHG\URFNHGWKH nation, the aftershocks of which can still be felt today, 10 years later. Director of Religious Life Paul Sorrentino led the memorial for the 10th anniversary of 9/11, which began with the playing of the bells of Stearns Steeple. Built to honor the alumni lost in the Civil War, the bells rang through campus as students gathered at the war memorial to commemorate the most recent tragedy in American history. It was one that they all remember, despite the fact that many were only in grade school at the time. At 8:46 a.m. — the minute when WKHÀUVWSODQHVWUXFNWKH1RUWK7RZHU RI WKH :RUOG 7UDGH &HQWHU RQ 6HSW 11, 2001 — the bells of Johnson

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The Choral Society performed “You are the New Day� to commemorate the Sept. 11, 2011 events. Chapel rang to mark the beginning of two minutes of silence. President Biddy Martin spoke afterwards, remembering the three Amherst alumni

who perished in the attacks that day: Frederick Rimmele ’90, a passenger aboard United Airlines Flight 175; Brock Safronoff ’97, a computer

Expo Spotlights Involvement Darrian Kelly ’15 Contributing Writer

7KH &HQWHU IRU &RPPXQLW\ (QJDJHPHQW &&( KHOGDQHYHQLQJIXOORIVRDSER[VSHDNHUV organization representatives and school faculty to expose students to the possibilities of commuQLW\LQYROYHPHQWODVW7KXUVGD\ Unlike past iterations of this past event knows as Community Action Day or Action :HHN WKH &RPPXQLW\ (QJDJHPHQW ([SR SURYLGHG VWXGHQWV ZLWK ´D PXFK EURDGHU GHÀQLWLRQ of community engagement,� said Molly Mead, GLUHFWRURIWKH&&($ERXWVWXGHQWVDWWHQGHG the event, designed to expose students to the dif-

ferent ways in which they can engage in the community effectively. “We wanted students to understand that there are more ways to engage in a community than they can even imagine and we wanted students to begin to see both the excitement and the complexity of engagement,â€? Mead said. $LPLQJ WR DFFRPSOLVK WKLV WKH &&( XWLOL]HGWKHĂ RRUSODQRI.HHIH&DPSXV&HQWHU,W allowed students to tour the headquarters of the &&( JHW LQIRUPHG DERXW FRPPXQLW\ RUJDQL]Dtions in the atrium, learn about internships in an upstairs lounge, converse with faculty about their involvement in the community and learn about See Inaugural, page 2

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The Peruvian Education Initiative group was among the organizations that tabled at the expo.

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Martin spoke of “the loss to all of us of a sense of securityâ€? and “the passing of a certain American innocence.â€? Citing Sigmund Freud, Martin warned of the difference between mourning and melancholia. “Mourning takes courage. Mourning allows us to see what we value, to honor our attachments to people, but also to Ă€QGIRUPVRIUHQHZDODQGWRUHDWWDFK to people, ideas and principles having tested them, and having digested what was lost,â€? she said. “Melancholia is the inability over periods of time to do those things. While individuals have done the extraordinary work of mourning, I sometimes worry this country remains locked in a kind of melancholia, a failure to acknowledge our wounds, our changes and to move forward with hope.â€? Sorrentino followed Martin’s words with a hope that the College community would not only mourn,

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AAS Convenes Town Hall on Campus Social Scene Ethan Corey ’15 Contributing Writer

/DVW7KXUVGD\WKH$VVRFLDWLRQRI$PKHUVW 6WXGHQWV $$6 DQGWKH'HDQRI6WXGHQWV2IÀFH partnered to hold a meeting to discuss the impact of the new Massachusetts law on sprinkler V\VWHPVLQVRFLDOIDFLOLWLHVRQ7KH$PKHUVW3DUWLHV 7$3V %HFDXVHRIWKHODZWKHEDVHPHQWV of Crossett, Stone and Davis can no longer be used to host the college-sponsored parties. 7KH$$6EURXJKWWRJHWKHUDSDQHORI&ROOHJHDGPLQLVWUDWRUVLQFOXGLQJ'LUHFWRURI(QYLronmental Health & Safety Rick Mears, Senior $VVRFLDWH'HDQRI6WXGHQWV&KDUUL%R\NLQ(DVW 'HDQRI5HVLGHQWLDO/LIH7RULQ0RRUH&KLHIRI Campus Police John Carter, Legal and Administrative Council Paul Murphy, Dean of Students Allen Hart, Assistant Dean of Students Hannah Fatemi and Director of Facilities Jim Brassord to discuss solutions to the issue. 7KH DGPLQLVWUDWLRQ FDPH XS ZLWK D OLVW RI QLQHRWKHUSRVVLEOHORFDWLRQVIRU7$3VLQFOXGing Seelye House, Hitchcock House, the Alumni Gym, O’Connor Commons, the Morris Pratt Ballroom and others. During the meeting, however, concerns were raised about the suitability of many of these locations. $VWXGHQWSRLQWHGRXWWKDWWKHODVWWZR7$3V held at Seelye were broken up by the police due to over-crowding. Dean Hart conceded that some of the locations, including the dorms on WKH7ULDQJOHKDYHPXFKVPDOOHUFDSDFLWLHVEXW said that the responsibility is on the students and on the Social Council to organize parties in a

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way that met the needs of the student body. Several students raised the possibility of using dorms on the Hill to host parties, but Zack *HUGHV ¡ WKH 5HVLGHQW  &RXQVHORU RI 7\OHU Dormitory, said that the residents on the Hill are QRW HQWKXVLDVWLF DERXW KROGLQJ 7$3V DQG WKH neighbors close to the dorms are likely to obMHFWWRWKHLQFUHDVHGQRLVHIURPWKH7$3V'HDQ Hart said that discussions are underway with the College’s neighbors about the increase in parties LQSODFHVOLNHWKH+LOODQGWKH7ULDQJOHEXWKH maintained that the College cannot control if the neighbors make noise complaints. A common sentiment among students was that with the renovations of common space on WKH7ULDQJOHDIHZ\HDUVDJRDQGWKHFORVLQJRI Crossett, Stone and Davis, students are losing party space. Dean Moore said that new construction projects, such as the renovations in Seligman House, is taking into account these concerns and that the College’s construction plans included creating “neighborhood spacesâ€? for social events. Although the meeting produced no deĂ€QLWLYH VROXWLRQV WR WKH 7$3 SUREOHP VWXGHQW PRGHUDWRU*HRUJH7HSH¡FDOOHGWKHPHHWLQJ a success. “We allowed Dean Hart to explain the entire situation to the students and then we opened WKHĂ RRUXSWRTXHVWLRQVDQGFRPPHQWVÂľ7HSH said. “Students brought up some great new ideas and now the onus is on the AAS to attempt to implement them.â€? 7KH$$6 KDV FUHDWHG D WDVN IRUFH OHG E\ -HVV6LGKX¡WRĂ€QGDQGLPSOHPHQWVROXWLRQV WRWKH7$3SUREOHP


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Inaugural CCE Expo Connects Students to Community Involvement Opportunities Continued from page 1 more social organizations while listening to others speak about their unique involvement in the community. Destry Sibley ’09 spoke of her involvement LQWKH1R2QH/HDYHV,QLWLDWLYHDQRUJDQL]DWLRQ that raises awareness of the high foreclosure rates LQ6SULQJĂ€HOG0DVV3URIHVVRU%DUU\2¡&RQQHOO advocated for public education reform, acknowlHGJLQJWKDWWKHSKLODQWKURSLFDFWRIVWXIĂ€QJHGXcation systems with excess funds fails to yield the intended results of a better opportunity for HGXFDWLRQDO VXFFHVV .DWKHULQH %HUU\ ¡ LQformed others of her involvement in the Polaris 3URMHFW +XPDQ 7UDIĂ€FNLQJ +RWOLQH D UHVRXUFH for victims that addresses the fact that 20,000 $PHULFDQ \RXWK DUH WUDIĂ€FNHG HDFK \HDU %HQjamin Miller ’12 described his documentary on public education across America and his intent to develop the documentary into a theatric play. As students won prizes playing Jeopardy ZLWK &RPPXQLW\ (QJDJHPHQW /HDGHUV ZURWH their thoughts regarding feminism on a word collage set up by the Feminist Alliance and tested WKHLUNQRZOHGJHRIWKHĂ€UVWOLQHVRIQRYHOVZLWK .DWKU\Q/LEE\¡RIWKHQRQSURĂ€WRUJDQL]DWLRQ Reader to Reader, they also were exposed to community volunteering representatives. .LPEHUO\6WHQGHULVWKHYROXQWHHUFRRUGLQDtor of Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools, where WKHLU VWXGHQWV ´GLUHFWO\ EHQHĂ€W IURP WKH PHQtorship and positive role models Amherst College students provide each day.â€? According to 6WHQGHU WKH &&( LV D YLWDO ´SDUW RI D VWXGHQW¡V college experience and provides many unique altruistic vehicles from which an individual can grow and contribute to society whether local or global.â€? “It is essential for Amherst College students to realize that there is a world just outside the

campus parameters which eagerly welcomes WKHLUHQHUJ\DQGLGHDVÂľ6WHQGHUVDLG´7KHJUHDWer Amherst community serves a diverse population with various needs.â€? She explained that a student’s years at the College should not be spent solely within the campus but also become involved with organizations and networks aimed towards human services in the Pioner Valley area. Mead considered the event successful as she thought that every organization that was part of the expo had something different to offer for the students. “We had a variety of passionate, articulate soapbox speakers who did a fantastic job of conveying why they are involved in the work they are, whether that is the arts, public education, community organizing or the environment,â€? Mead said. “Any Amherst College student should KDYHEHHQDEOHWRĂ€QGDWOHDVWRQHRUJDQL]DWLRQ that spoke to their interests.â€? According to Mead, the exposition would not have possible without the Campus Center Staff and the Dean of Student Activities, Hannah Fatemi. She also credited the community groups and student groups who came to display their work as well as the faculty, community leaders, alumni and students who informed the attendees about their accomplishments. For future events, Mead plans to “keep all the elements of this year’s event and make some modest changes.â€? ´7KHUHZDVVRPXFKH[FLWHPHQWLQWKHDWULum...that some students did not make it to the VHFRQGĂ RRUÂľ0HDGVDLG Another among the speakers on the second Ă RRU ZDV 0LFKDHO +D\HV SULQFLSDO RI$PKHUVW Middle School. While informing attendees of the Vela Scholar Program, he reminded them of the Amherst mission to carry out lives of consequence.

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The Expo organized community involvement opportunities for students.

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1:14 a.m., Off-Campus Locations 2IÀFHUV UHVSRQGHG WR D UHSRUW RI D ÀJKWQHDUWKHEXVVWRS8SRQDUULYDO they found approximately 100 people LQWKHDUHD2IÀFHUVGHWHUPLQHGWKDW the altercation involved people in a passing car and several people walkLQJDORQJ&ROOHJH6WUHHW7KHSHRSOH in the car had already left the area. 1RIXUWKHUDFWLRQZDVWDNHQ 3:52 a.m., Stone Dormitory 2IÀFHUVUHVSRQGHGWRDFRPSODLQWRI glass bottles being thrown into the 6RFLDO 'RUP TXDG 2IÀFHUV ORFDWHG many smashed glass bottles outside of Stone, but were unable to determine where they were thrown from. September 12, 2011 12:28 a.m., Converse Hall A student and visitor were found on the roof after exiting a classroom ZLQGRZ7KHVWXGHQWZDVÀQHG for the safety violation.


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College Remembers, Reflects on Lessons of 9/11 Continued from page 1 but also use their grief for good. ´7RGD\ ZH UHPHPEHU QRW RQO\ WKRVH ZKR GLHG EXW WKRVH who miss them,â&#x20AC;? he said, hoping that those gathered before him would take away the following message. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Who is important in your life, and do you let them know? What will you do with your life to make the world better, and how will you do it?â&#x20AC;? 7KH FHUHPRQ\ FRQFOXGHG ZLWK PHPEHUV RI WKH &KRUDO 6RFLHW\ VLQJLQJ ´<RX DUH WKH 1HZ 'D\Âľ D VRQJ WKDW 0DOORULH Chernin, the director of the choral music program, hoped would SURYLGH´UHOLHIUHĂ HFWLRQ>DQG@ORYHÂľLQWKLVWLPHRIJULHI6KH

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t support the war, you have to support the troops because a lot of them donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the option to not be there. And people donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t realize that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re actual humans, and their lives will be changed forever.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Angie Epifano â&#x20AC;&#x2122;14 HVSHFLDOO\UHPHPEHUHG7DPZKRKDGEHHQDGHGLFDWHGPHPEHU of Choral Society. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She loved to sing, so much so that her mother called her ÂśKHUOLWWOHVRQJELUG¡¾&KHUQLQVDLG´7KLVRQFHEHDXWLIXOOLYHO\ intelligent and talented creature was reduced to a fragment â&#x20AC;&#x201D; all that was recovered was a jawbone. I think of her so often. We have a plaque devoted to her memory in room three of the music EXLOGLQJDQG,NHHSDSLFWXUHRIKHUQHDUP\RIĂ&#x20AC;FHÂľ For those who did not make the early morning ceremony, WKHUHZDVDVLOHQWSURFHVVLRQRQWKH$PKHUVW7RZQ&RPPRQDW 4 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, as well as an interfaith service at *UDFH(SLVFRSDO&KXUFK All members of the campus community were invited to share their thoughts and memories throughout the week on large SRVWHUVKHHWVVHWXSLQWKHDWULXPRI.HHIH&DPSXV&HQWHU7KH messages ranged from simple notes of love to memories of fear and confusion from young children who simply had not understood.

2WKHUVUHPHPEHUPXFKPRUHYLYLGO\7LP&ODUN¡ZKR lived outside Washington, D.C. in Virginia, recalled his fear and concern at having multiple family members in the city. His EURWKHU ZHQW WR VFKRRO QHDU WKH 1DWLRQDO &DWKHGUDO KLV IDWKHU ZRUNHGĂ&#x20AC;YHEORFNVIURPWKH:KLWH+RXVHDQGKLVFRXVLQZDVLQ 1HZ<RUN+HH[SUHVVHGKLVJUDWLWXGHIRUWKHPHPRULDOVHUYLFH which he felt allowed people to mourn in their own way. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was simple, it was to the point,â&#x20AC;? Clark said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I rememEHUHG>DIULHQG@PHQWLRQLQJWKDWLWZDVWKHTXLHWHVWVKHKDGHYHU heard the campus. I mean, what do you say? When we were ZDLWLQJIRUWKHPRPHQWRIVLOHQFHWRKDSSHQ,PHQWDOO\SOD\>HG@ LQ P\ PLQG ZKDW ZDV KDSSHQLQJ LQ 1HZ <RUN WKDW GD\ WKH planes coming in, and the bells rung, and this was the moment the world changed, and we entered a whole new way of doing things.â&#x20AC;? For Robert Doran, Samuel Williston Professor of Greek and Hebrew, who was in rehab at the time after a car accident, the horror of the attacks gave him a new outlook on his own situation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was training myself to slide out of bed into a wheelchair so I could at least leave the room,â&#x20AC;? he recalled. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I did not have 79VRLWFDPHDVDFRPSOHWHVKRFNWRPHZKHQP\ZLIHWROG me the news. Suddenly my pain was put into perspective, as I thought of the terror those people in the towers must have felt.â&#x20AC;? $QJLH (SLIDQR ¡ ZKR OLYHG LQ 7H[DV DW WKH WLPH RI WKH attacks, was not directly affected by Sept. 11 itself, but by its consequences. Her father, a long-time military man, was sent WR,UDTIRUWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVW\HDURIWKHZDUDQGUHWXUQHGDFKDQJHGPDQ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once he came back he was very different, which changed our family dynamic,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He became disillusioned with the military and very fed up with the war, with Bush at the time and just how the military was run. He said it was really hard to have to send these young guys out knowing that they were going to get blown up. Having it on his conscience, that he sent out these orders that have ruined peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lives or have drastically changed their lives, he just couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t deal with that anymore.â&#x20AC;? An outpouring of wishes for peace and for distance from the bitter partisan politics the country is currently mired in came out RIWKLVWKDQQLYHUVDU\(SLIDQRIRURQHKRSHGSHRSOHZRXOG remember those who are still giving their lives for their country. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People get very disconnected with the war, and they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t UHDOO\ XQGHUVWDQG ZKDW VDFULĂ&#x20AC;FH DQG VWUXJJOHV WKH WURRSV KDYH WR JR WKURXJKÂľ VKH VDLG ´(YHQ LI \RX GRQ¡W VXSSRUW WKH ZDU you have to support the troops because a lot of them donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the option to not be there. And people donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t realize that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re DFWXDOKXPDQVDQGWKHLUOLYHVZLOOEHFKDQJHGIRUHYHU(YHQLI

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Members of the community gathered for a silent procession on the Amherst town commons. theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not injured or killed, they will be different.â&#x20AC;? ,ODQD 9HQWXUD ¡ ZKR ZDV DW KHU -HZLVK VFKRRO LQ 1HZ York at the time of the attacks, called for cooperation and understanding between people of various backgrounds, and especially a de-escalation in Islamophobia. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the past 10 years whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really scared me is the extent of the Islamophobia that has grown in this country and in other Western nations,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If nothing else, I think from 9/11 Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve learned that we need to put forth way more effort in creating bonds between people who are â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;different,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; because weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not actually all that different after all. If you bring kids together from Jewish communities, Muslim communities, Christian communities, whatever communities youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to be able to breed understanding and friendship and not hate and fear, which I think caused and was the result of 9/11.â&#x20AC;? Clark echoed Venturaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sentiments and hoped that the nation could learn from the day of mourning and move forward to a better future. ´7KHRQHWKLQJWKDWUHDOO\VWLFNVRXWIURPWKDWGD\ZDVWKDW there was a sense of unity in the country afterwards,â&#x20AC;? he said. ´7RGD\HYHU\WKLQJLVLQJULGORFN(YHU\ERG\VHHPVUHDG\WRNLOO HDFKRWKHU:HZHUHVRXQLWHGLQWKDWVHQVHÂŤ>EXW@ZH¡YHORVW WKDW,WKLQNLIZHFDQUHFRYHUWKDWĂ&#x20AC;QGVRPHZD\WRUHWDLQLWLW would go a long way to helping us.â&#x20AC;?

Students Offered Alternative Social Scene Meghna Sridhar â&#x20AC;&#x2122;14 News Section Editor

Students gathered near the Merrill Science Building on the night of Sept. 8 for a SOHDVDQWEUHDNIURPDGGGURSK\VWHULD7KRVH who headed to the freshman quad were in for a sweet surprise as they discovered parked in front of Stirn Auditorium an ice cream truck

handing out free Ben & Jerryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Peace Pops, Dove bars, Hoodsie Cups, Häagen Dazs bars and other assorted frozen goodies. Continuing onward, students found their way to Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor Commons, located in the Charles Pratt Basement, where a mini golf course had been laid out for friendly competition. 7KLVXQLTXHHYHQLQJRUJDQL]HGE\6RFLDO Council and sponsored by Social Council and

Student Activities, was a part of a pilot program entitled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Amherst After Dark.â&#x20AC;? Students responded positively to the inaugural event WKLVSDVW7KXUVGD\ZKLFKZDVZHOODWWHQGHG â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a really great way to bring people together and relax after a hectic week of FODVVHVÂľ VDLG %ULDQD +DQQ\ ¡ ´,W¡V YHU\ good of the College to organize something like this for us.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;It really brought out the child in me,â&#x20AC;?

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Students enjoyed an alternative social evening featuring ice cream from Ben & Jerryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and a nine-hole mini golf course.

added Bianca Routt â&#x20AC;&#x2122;14. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great to connect with that side of you at college sometimes, in a social and fun manner. Plus, free ice cream is something every college student appreciates!â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m enjoying the mini golf a lot, we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do a lot of things like this on campus often,â&#x20AC;? said Maia Cole â&#x20AC;&#x2122;14. Amherst After Dark aims to offer opportunities to registered student organizations to host other such events on Saturday nights between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m., offering collaborations with Student Activities and limited funding for event proposals. 7KHDLPRIWKLVSURJUDPLVWRSURYLGHFRQ sistent social options to students of the College with interesting and interactive events. Conditions for inclusion of an event in the program require that the event must include interactive or social components, maintain free admissions, use the AC After Dark logo in their publicity and be open to all students. (YHQWV PXVW DOVR SURYLGH IUHH IRRG WR WKRVH in attendance and ensure no alcohol will be served. A list of available dates as well as an application form for inclusion of an event in the program is available in the Amherst website, under Campus Life. 7KH QH[W IHZ HYHQWV SODQQHG XQGHU$P herst After Dark include a Letter Writing Social on Sept. 16 at the Friedmann Room DW .HHIH &DPSXV &HQWHU ZKLFK ZLOO LQFOXGH typewriters, wax seals and quill pens and tea and snacks, organized by Student Activities, and Crafts and Cookies on Sept. 24, also at .HHIH 2Q 6HSW  WKH\ ZLOO IHDWXUH7ULYLDO Pursuit and Pie.


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Letters to the Editor Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011

Editorial

Remember 9/11, Both in Tragedy and Unity

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his past Sunday, Americans gathered to memorialize the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001. As a nation, we collectively remembered the shock, the anger, the grief and the loss felt when we saw the World Trade Center towers collapse â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but we also remember the solidarity emerging in the midst of that dark day. It was the first domestic tragedy of our generation, and 9/11 went down as the worst act of terrorism on U.S. soil in history. At 8:46 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, terrorists flew American Airlines Flight 11 into the North Tower of the World Trade Center; the first plane was followed 17 minutes later by United Flight 157, which crashed into the middle of the South Tower. At 9:37 a.m., American Airlines Flight 77 was flown into the Pentagon by five hijackers. But the passengers of the fourth intended flight, United Flight 93, upon realizing that their plane was being hijacked and hearing what had happened with the three attacks earlier in the morning, banded together to fight back against the terrorists. Their efforts resulted in the terrorists being diverted from their course towards Washington, D.C., crashing the plane instead into a field

near Shanksville, Penn. The passengers and crew of United 93 were not the only heroes on that day. Legions of public servants â&#x20AC;&#x201D; firefighters and police officers, in particular â&#x20AC;&#x201D; gave tirelessly of their time, and even gave their lives, to rescue people from the blazing heaps of metal that littered the World Trade Center. America came together on that day and in the weeks that followed, putting aside whatever differences they had in favor of uniting in action and in support of the nation and the lives that had been lost. That sense of unity, of a higher calling, enabled this country to endure the terror of 9/11. Much has changed in the last decade because of those attacks, and the events that have unfolded in this time reveal, however, that many of the lessons of 9/11 attacks have been ignored or forgotten. It didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take long before America returned to political infighting, unnecessary wars and the hatred of a people whose only crime was to share the same color or religion as those who had attacked us. When we remembered 9/11, it seemed, what we called to mind was fear rather than strength; vengeance rather than solidarity. We all have our own memo-

ries of that fateful day. But however varied our remembrances may be, however young or uncomprehending we were on that day, one common thread connects us all as we look back on 9/11 a decade later: a longing for security in the face of terror, for peace born of the ashes of Ground Zero. In the days immediately following Sept. 11, 2001, America and the free world stood united against such reckless acts of violence. The anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center is a time to remember and stand for not only the 2,996 that died that day, but all victims of terror. It is a time to remember that terror did not begin and it certainly did not end with Sept. 11, but grows where ignorance and fear hold free reign. Terror begets terror, whether it is committed by fundamentalist car bombs or drone air strikes on remote villages. For thousands upon thousands still, our 9/11 is their 24/7. For too many, terror is not merely a memory or a list of names. So for all who remember, in all our varied ways, let that memory be a call to not only mourn the past â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but a call to stand for the future, so that present horror may, too, one day become only memories.

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Correction: In the Sept. 2 issue of The StudentWKHDUWLFOHHQWLWOHG´5HOLJLRQ5HGHĂ&#x20AC;QHGÂľUHferred to Unitarian Universalists as Unitarians. The author wishes to make it known, however, that the Unitarians are not the same as the Unitarian Universalists; the Unitarians comprised a sect that merged with the Universalists in 1960 and which has been extinct since. Irene Berwick, the Collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Summer Programs Coordinator, writes a Letter to the Editor in response to the Sept. 2 article â&#x20AC;&#x153;Martin Brings New Dimensions to Presidency.â&#x20AC;? Hello, as a member of the Employee Council I am a bit dismayed to see you describe the Search Committee as â&#x20AC;&#x153;composed of students, alumni and facultyâ&#x20AC;? in your very nice article about Biddy Martin, when the Committee also included members of the Collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s staff and administration. This seems a small error, but I assure you that

for the non-faculty employees who have worked very hard for inclusion in the governance of the College, recognition of our part in Biddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s selection is extremely important. I know that students appreciate the services that are provided by the staff and administration and I am certain that you would not intentionally render us invisible but unfortunately that is what happens all too often. Thanks for your attention to this and I hope we can move forward, appreciating everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contribution to the life of the College.

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hat was interesting to note about President Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s speech last Thursday night was that it was perhaps more partisan than any speech heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s given so far. There were both direct and indirect, subtle and obvious attacks on the Republican Party and the Tea Party. The President attacked openly the theoretic foundation of the Republican movement with his talk about the reduction of the size of government. Moreover, his tone was sterner and more aggressive than in previous speeches. +HZDVGHĂ&#x20AC;DQWZK\" The President has been criticized as â&#x20AC;&#x153;softâ&#x20AC;? under the attack of Republican leadership. One supporting example would be his choice to reschedule this very speech when the Republican leadership requested that it be rescheduled â&#x20AC;&#x201D; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unusual for a President to give way to the opposition partyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s demands on so trivial a matter. 6RZKDWGHĂ&#x20AC;DQFHZDV,VSHDNLQJRI"%\ refusing to yield in his speech, the President is shoring up support with his Democratic base, which will assist him in the next election. Given that Democrats and Republicans waited until the last minute in the face of national crisis this summer in the Debt Debate, it would appear that they are exceptionally unwilling to cooperate. That debate is centered around the issue of taxation. Our President did not concede this point of extreme contention, however. Rather, he spoke out again about increasing taxes. This is a position, as he mentioned, some Republicans have sworn never to waver on. Why did he include such aggressive ZRUGVLQWKLVVSHHFK" Recent polls have suggested that the idea of raising taxes on billionaires is supported by much of the populace. Raising taxes on the rich is not a complicated idea, and certainly it is one the jobless can embrace. Therefore, the summary reads thus: factually, the Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s declarations concerning tax hikes are an exercise in futility; politically, the Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s declarations will provide traction and assist him in the next election. Now, let us consider the funding of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Jobs Act.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an act proposed by the President aimed, via many avenues, at job creation. It will be funded by increases in spending cuts, which are already taking

Elson Browne-Low â&#x20AC;&#x2122;15 is a contributing writer. place as part of the fallout from the Debt Debate. Thus, the President is relying on DFRPPLWWHHDSSRLQWHGWRĂ&#x20AC;QGPRUHWKDQD trillion dollars in government spending cuts. +HDVNVWKHPWRĂ&#x20AC;QGRYHUELOOLRQLQIXUther cuts to pay for his bill. This is a bipartisan committee, and though knowledge of its particular machinations may be unknown, it is hard to imagine such a committee laying claim to much success in excess of the enormous amount already mandated by the results of the Debt Debate. Why propose a SODQZLWKVXFKVHHPLQJO\ZHDNIRRWLQJ" It has been clear through common consensus on Main Street, through repeatedly dismal job reports on Wall Street and through informed economic opinion that job creation is of utmost importance for the American economy. Could the President, one must ask, not have put forward such D SODQ" &RXOG KH KDYH VWRRG SDW ZLWK DQ election only 14 months away, and at least QRWSURYLGHGDVHHPLQJO\IHDVLEOHSODQ"$W the very least, however, there appears to be weak footing for the plan heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposed, even if it is a plan that was desperately required. Putting it forward may be futile, but it certainly assists the President in his reelection aims. Finally, consider that the Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s term is coming to a close, and recall all the political wrangling that has taken place. There have been repeated attempts to gain political power through populist action in Congress. The President cannot continually SHUSHWXDWHWKLVFRQĂ LFWLIKHLVWRVROYHDQ\ of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s problems. What he lacks, in this goal, is the ability to force change. By leaving the ball in the Republican court with his proposal and attacking Republican theRU\LWVHOIEXWKHQRWRQO\HQĂ DPHVGHEDWH EXWDOVRWDNHVDĂ&#x20AC;UPVWDQFH+HKDVFKRVHQ the stance, it would appear, most Americans feel comfortable with. This stance throws the Republican partyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actions up against popular opinion and, therefore, in sharp relief. The President has shored up his political position in the hope that Republicans will fail in the eyes of the people. That, perKDSV LV WKH PRVW HIĂ&#x20AC;FLHQW ZD\ IRUZDUG LQ this deadlock. He awaits political mistake, and the cards are on the table.


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Obama Should Be The Bully That America Elected

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t is Sept. 14, 2011, and we are at war. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not talking about the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan; the secret CIA-lead wars in Yemen, Pakistan, or Somalia (and who knows where else); or even the â&#x20AC;&#x153;War on Terror.â&#x20AC;? No, the United States is in the middle of a civil war â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a political civil war, ironically fought along many of the same geographic, racial and ideological lines that still stem from the last. Although the consequences are perhaps not as clear-cut as the physical division of our nation, they are nonetheless grave. We are faced with a rabid right wing that for two years has shown that it is willing to hurt this country to win politically. Even before Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s election it was clear that both the Republican Party and a large portion of this country â&#x20AC;&#x201D; for reasons ranging from political strategy, to ideology to, yes, Barack Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s race â&#x20AC;&#x201D; would never regard his presidency as legitimate. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not something they have ever been secret about; note the many examples, from Rush Limbaughâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s post-inaugural â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hope he fails,â&#x20AC;? to the political terrorism of the debt ceiling crisis and Senator Mitch McConnellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expressed intentions to use hostage taking as a modus operandi for the future. This isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a rant about the Tea Party. What I am concerned about is Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lack of response to this small but determined foe that has neither the desire, nor in truth, the political self-interest in compromis-

ing and responsible cogovernance. Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s desire to be the president not of a blue nor red America, but a United States of America, where politicians from both parties put aside their differences and embrace rationality and compromise was and is a fantasy about being president of a nation that does not exist. For two years thus far, Obama has been content to play George McClellan when we really need a fullĂ HGJHG :LOOLDP 7HFXPVHK 6KHU man. Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1936 knew who his opponents were, and recognized the reality he faced. He said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Never before in all our history have these forces been so united against one candidate as they stand today. They are unanimous in their hate for me â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and I welcome their hatred.â&#x20AC;? Obama has shirked from his enemyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hatred, and thus from the duty that his historic moment called him to. The list of caves, concessions, pre-concessions and one-sided compromises goes on and on â&#x20AC;&#x201D; too numerous to chronicle in detail in this limited space. They paint the story of an administration that from the beginning was too timid to marshal its enormous electoral mandate in support of the bold changes it promised â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an administration that was focused on process when what mattered was policy, that plays into bully dynamics yet refuses to play the bully pulpit â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an administration that refuses to play ball on itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own home turf, and instead cedes the

ideological debate from the onset by adopting right-wing rhetoric where the government is analogous to a family tightening its belt. The result has been an increasingly emboldened opposition that has learned to demand more concessions and move the goalposts because it knows that when push comes to shove, Obama folds. For example, when he extended the Bush tax cuts, he was asked by a reporter why he did not include a debt-ceiling raise in the agreement to prevent Republicans using it as leverage. 2EDPD¡V UHVSRQVH" ´,¡OO WDNH -RKQ Boehner at his word â&#x20AC;Ś once [he] is sworn in as speaker, then heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to have responsibilities to govern.â&#x20AC;? Will someone remind me how that RQHZRUNHGRXWDJDLQ" Obama may want to be the adult in the room, but what most Americans want are results. We want to see a president who stands for something, draws a line in the sand when WKH LVVXH GHVHUYHV LW DQG Ă&#x20AC;JKWV IRU what he believes in. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tell me its all about Congress either â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the recent Congress-less cave on EPA regulations that once again plays into false conservative talking points says otherwise. Had his administration spent half as much energy pushing an LGHRORJ\ DQG Ă&#x20AC;JKWLQJ WKH SROLWLFDO opponents that see the President as an evil threat to America as Rahm Emmanuel did calling his supporters an unprintable obscenity for trying to keep alive a politically popu-

Hurstâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s House Alex Hurst â&#x20AC;&#x2122;12 Alex Hurst â&#x20AC;&#x2122;12 is a Political Science major who writes a bi-weekly column on the subjects of domestic politics and world events. lar public option component in his Heritage Foundation-based health care bill, maybe we wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be in this mess. The real sadness is that, like McClellan, Obama is so afraid RIĂ&#x20AC;JKWLQJDUHDOEDWWOHWKDWKH DQG we) will never have a chance to win the war. Will progressives desert him en PDVVHLQ"0RVWDUHWRRVFDUHG of Rick Perry to consider sitting the

Still Representing the Student Body and Being a Pain in the AAS Last year, then-AAS Senator (and now current President) Romen Borsellino started a column in The Student to keep the student body in touch with the weekly doings of the AAS. Romen sensed (correctly) that few outside of the Senate understood what went on in Senate meetings, and even fewer believed that the AAS was serving a real, valuable purpose on campus. And so, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pain in the AASâ&#x20AC;? column began to run in The Student. Much of the inspiration for originally starting the column a year ago remains. Students are still genuinely confused as to what exactly the AAS does other than handle bureaucratic budgetary issues. When the Senate actually does accomplish something, few on campus know who to credit. The Senate agreed that the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pain in the AASâ&#x20AC;? should continue this year, DQG , ZLOO ZULWH LW Âł DW OHDVW XQWLO , FDQ Ă&#x20AC;QG something better to do in the 30 minutes between my 2pm class and ultimate Frisbee pracWLFH VOHHS" 

This week is as good as any to advertise that, alas, we are really doing things! Much of the discussion at Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting centered on the administrationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent decision to cut Social Council funding of Senior Bar night. Many senators who attended the ´:KHUH GD 3DUW\$W"Âľ PHHWLQJ ZHUH GLVVDWLV Ă&#x20AC;HGE\WKHDQVZHUVWKDW'HDQ)DWHPLDQGRWK ers gave for their decision to cut funding for the event. For those not up to speed on all of this, the LVVXHDWKDQGLVDERXWRI6RFLDO&RXQFLO (SoCo for the cool kids) funding that had previously been used to pay for bar covers, DJs and room space at local bars for seniors. The funding had never explicitly been used for alcohol. Senator Alexander Hurst â&#x20AC;&#x2122;12 raised the idea that the AAS could cover senior bar night expenses in order to preserve one of the few senior traditions on campus. Some senators wondered if a move like this â&#x20AC;&#x201D; especially on the heels of meeting on this issue â&#x20AC;&#x201D; would serve

next election out, or trying to mount a primary challenge. Indeed the most persuasive argument Obama has left to offer his trampled base is to point WR WKH FXUUHQW Ă&#x20AC;HOG RI 5HSXEOLFDQ candidates, something that should make any reasonable person cower in fear. But as far as campaign slogans go, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Either Me or Michelle Bachmannâ&#x20AC;? is a far cry from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yes We Can,â&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yes We Did.â&#x20AC;?

Pain in the AAS John Yarchoan â&#x20AC;&#x2122;13 Senators from the Association of Amherst Students are writing a weekly column to keep the student body informed about the goings-on in the Senate.

as a direct shot at the administration. One senaWRU ZRUULHG WKDW WKHUH PLJKW EH VHYHUH UDPLĂ&#x20AC; cations if the AAS angered the administration, since technically the administration allots the AAS budget. Another senator stated that â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is nothing personal against the administration; we are simply speaking on behalf of the students as we were elected to do.â&#x20AC;? Others took a more aggressive tone, noting that the administration didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t consult us on their decision. After much debate, senior Alex Hurstâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposition gained traction among senators of various classes, and a general consensus emerged that this was a battle â&#x20AC;&#x201D; albeit a small RQHÂłZRUWKĂ&#x20AC;JKWLQJRQEHKDOIRIWKHVWXGHQW body. Various senators also used socioeconomic and budgetary arguments to justify funding the measure. Ultimately, the Senate voted to send the entire senior class a survey about how they would feel about the AAS covering senior bar night expenses, and we will potentially vote on the VSHFLĂ&#x20AC;FDOORFDWLRQRIPRQH\QH[WZHHN

Romen, keeping a neutral tone, served up the most quotable and un-paraphrasable line of the night at the end of the discussion, noting that â&#x20AC;&#x153;[addressing these contentious issues] is exactly what we should be doing in the AAS, and not wasting our time squabbling over ZKHWKHURUQRWWRJLYHVRPHFOXEDQH[WUDĂ&#x20AC;YH dollars. We speak for the students, and regardless of where you stand on this issue, it is one that concerns all of us.â&#x20AC;? Couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have said it better myself. Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting also introduced several other issues that will be on the agenda in the coming weeks. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m working with the administration to start an Amherst bike share program. Several other senators also joined Romen on the Speakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Board, and will try in the coming months to attract more big name speakers to Amherst. Oh, and we also agreed to give Val a very friendly â&#x20AC;&#x153;declaration of appreciationâ&#x20AC;? letter in recognition of the improved service and food quality. We are just nice like that.


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Arts&living

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Mixed Martial Arts Drama Scores a Winning Blow Ethan Gates â&#x20AC;&#x2122;12 Staff Writer

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Film Review â&#x20AC;&#x153;Warriorâ&#x20AC;? Directed by Gavin Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor Written by Gavin Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor, Anthony Tambakis and Cliff Dorfman

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Students Leaving their Marxâ&#x20AC;Śin Val? Maria Kirigin â&#x20AC;&#x2122;14 Contributing Writer

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Over 50 photographs were stolen from the dining hall and replaced with new photographs featuring Tony Marx in the span of a few hours. WLPHZKHQWKHODVWPHDOZDVVHUYHG WR ZKHQ WKH ZRUNHUV OHIW ODWHU WKDW QLJKW7KH9DOHQWLQHVWDIIKRZHYHU did not see anyone suspicious during their night shifts. Charlie Thompson, Director RI 'LQLQJ 6HUYLFHV VDLG WKDW D IHZ hours after Val closed one evening, the staffers returned in the morn LQJWRĂ&#x20AC;QGDOOWKHSLFWXUHVVZLWFKHG

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HQFORVLQJZKDWVWXGHQWZRUNHUV LQ FOXGLQJ \RXUV WUXO\  UHFRJQL]HG DV the original photographs from Val. Apparently the pranksters left all WKH SKRWRJUDSKV RQ 7RQ\ 0DU[¡V GRRUVWHS DORQJ ZLWK D QRWH WKDW UHDG ´:H KHUHE\ UHQGHU XQWR \RX WKDWZKLFKLV$PKHUVW¡VÂłPD\\RX DOZD\V UHPHPEHU WKH )DLUHVW &RO lege. Sincerely yours, The students.â&#x20AC;? 7KH 3UHVLGHQW WKRXJK Ă DWWHUHG GLG QRW NQRZ ZKDW WR GR ZLWK WKH SKR tographs, and so sent them to the IRONVRYHUDW$UFKLYHV´7KDW¡VZKDW DORWRISHRSOHRQFDPSXVGRZKHQ WKH\ NQRZ VRPHWKLQJ VKRXOGQ¡W EH WKURZQ DZD\ EXW WKH\ GRQ¡W NQRZ ZKDW HOVH WR GR ZLWK LWÂľ H[SODLQHG WKH+HDGRI$UFKLYHV0LNH.HOO\ 6HYHUDO VWXGHQWV QRWLFHG 0DU[ KLPVHOI ZDONLQJ DURXQG 9DO LQ WKH days after the prank. He joked about LW ZLWK D IHZ VWXGHQWV LQ WKH IURQW URRP DQG ZDONHG RXW KDOIODXJKLQJ DQGKDOIFRQIXVHG Overall, most people found it The pictures stolen from Valentine Dining Hall last semester showed up on quite entertaining, but also did not Tony Marxâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s doorstep with this heartfelt note from the pranksters. UHDOL]HLWZDVDSUDQN'DQLHOOH7UH YLQR ¡ WKRXJKW LW ZDV 9DO 0DQ SXV.HOO\WRRNWKHMRNHZHOODQGSXW ZDOOVRI9DOWKDW¡VDJRRGWKLQJ,ILW DJHPHQW¡VGRLQJ´,FHUWDLQO\GLGQ¡W LW EHVW ´,W ZDV D SHUIHFWO\ IXQ DQG PDNHVVRPHRQHFXULRXVDERXWZKHUH WKLQN LW ZDV D SUDQN 7RQ\ 0DU[ KDUPOHVV SUDQN ,W ZDV REYLRXVO\ WKRVH SKRWRV FDPH IURP DQG ZKDW ZDVOHDYLQJDQG,VLPSO\WKRXJKWLW done out of affection for our depart other documents of College history ZDVDVLOHQWWULEXWHWRKLVGHSDUWXUH LQJ SUHVLGHQWÂŤ,I LW PDNHV SHRSOH H[LVW LQ WKH $UFKLYHV WKDW¡V HYHQ , DOVR WKRXJKW WKH\ ZHUH WU\LQJ WR think about the stuff hanging on the better.â&#x20AC;? EULJKWHQ XS 9DO EHFDXVH OHW¡V IDFH it, that bronzed man could illuminate D EODFN KROH LI KH ZDQWHG WRÂľ 6KH also noticed that in the hurried con fusion of replacing all the pictures, the perpetrators neglected chang ing the captions on the descriptive labels. For example, under a photo RI0DU[LQDVQRZEDOOĂ&#x20AC;JKWZLWKVWX dents hung a label titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Women in Athletics.â&#x20AC;? Although the students respon sible have not yet been found, there ZDV QRW PXFK GDPDJH GRQH DQG most people enjoyed the entertain LQJGpFRUZKLOHLWODVWHG,IDQ\WKLQJ the prank added a touch of humor to Ă&#x20AC;QDOVZHHN,WZDVDJRRGUHPLQGHU that even though Amherst students are a studious bunch, it is important WRKDYHDJRRGODXJKRQFHLQDZKLOH And it made students much more The stolen pictures were recovered by Tony Marx and subsequently sent to DZDUHRIWKHIUDPHGDUWDOORYHUFDP Archives and Special Collections.

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This Week in Amherst History: Sept. 16, 1982

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Sept. 17: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Masha Kabakow Rudman Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Literature Collection Launch,â&#x20AC;? UMass, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 6SRQVRUHG E\ 80DVV $PKHUVW /LEUDULHV WKLVHYHQWZLOOIHDWXUHJXLGHGWRXUVRIWKHFRO Sept. 15: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lecture by Rachel Simmons,â&#x20AC;? OHFWLRQ RQ )ORRU  RI 'X %RLV /LEUDU\ DQG Smith College, 7:00 p.m. PXOWLPHGLD SURJUDPV RQ WKH /RZHU /HYHO %HVWVHOOLQJ DXWKRU DQG HGXFDWRU 5DFKHO Jane Yolen and Jacqueline Woodson, both au 6LPPRQV ZLOO JLYH D WDON HQWLWOHG ´:HOFRPH WKRUVZLOOEHSUHVHQWWRFRPPHQWRQWKHFRO WR6PLWK&KHFN<RXU*RRG*LUODWWKH'RRU lection. Why Courage and Clear Communication are /HDGHUVKLS 6NLOOV IRU<RXU *HQHUDWLRQÂľ 7KLV Sept. 20: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fingernails and Factoids: The lecture is sponsored by the Smith College Cen Impact of Informal Learning on Formal WHUIRU:RUNDQG/LIHDQG)LUVW<HDU3URJUDPV Science Education,â&#x20AC;? UMass, 4:00 p.m. DQG ZLOO EH LQ WKH 1HLOVRQ /LEUDU\ %URZVLQJ 3URIHVVRU 'DYLG /XVWLFN 80DVV /RZHOO Room. Admission is free. ZLOOJLYHDOHFWXUHUHJDUGLQJKRZIRUPDOHGX FDWLRQFDQVWLĂ HOHDUQLQJLQVLGHWKHFODVVURRP Sept. 16: â&#x20AC;&#x153;What Can Green Do For You,â&#x20AC;? 7KH WDON ZLOO EH KHOG LQ WKH +DVEURXFN /DE Smith College, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Room 138 and is free to the public. Refresh 0HHW WKH IDFXOW\ VWXGHQWV DQG VWDII RI WKH PHQWVZLOOEHVHUYHGSULRUWRWKHOHFWXUHDW &HQWHU IRU :RPHQ DQG )LQDQFLDO ,QGHSHQ p.m. GHQFH /HDUQ DERXW WKH FRXUVH RIIHULQJV IRU WKLV \HDU DV ZHOO DV VSHFLDO HYHQWV VFKHGXOHG â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Ashley Hall â&#x20AC;&#x2122;14

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The Student published an article detailing an act of vandalism at the La Causa headquarters. A photo of JosĂŠ MartĂ­ (pictured), the namesake of the organization, was damaged, as was a poster of ChĂŠ Guevara. Because only a select collection of the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s objects were damaged, and the fact that other expensive objects, such as a radio, were left untouched, the College suspected a politically-fueled culprit â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the nature of the crime prompted an investigation. It was not the first instance of vandalism directed at La Causa.


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In Da Club Previews for the Club Sports Teams

  Sept. 17-18: Tournament at UMass Games vs. Williams, Tufts, Coast Guard Academy and UMass Photo courtesy of Ethan Balgley â&#x20AC;&#x2122;12

7KH<R+R3HQJXLQVUHWXUQĂ&#x20AC;YHRIVL[ starting players from last season, and are focused on building on last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success. The team placed second to Tufts in last years division championships, despite their coach getting a red card in the third quarter and having a captain out with a broken nose from the game before. It was a close and hard-fought game, and the <R+RV H[SHFW WR FRPH EDFN ZLWK D YHQ geance this year, ready to take the title. The teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s starting goalie is returning, DQGZLOOEHMRLQHGE\WZRSURPLVLQJĂ&#x20AC;UVW year goalies. This will be coach Chris Van Den Bergâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second year with the program, and the team will continue to implement

  Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Captains: Alex Stone â&#x20AC;&#x2122;12 and Richard Galuzzi â&#x20AC;&#x2122;12 Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Captains: Rachel Brickman â&#x20AC;&#x2122;12 and Leah Longoria â&#x20AC;&#x2122;12 Coxswainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Captain: Cindy Li â&#x20AC;&#x2122;12

Captains: Ethan Balgley â&#x20AC;&#x2122;12, Ben McBratney â&#x20AC;&#x2122;12 and Tim White â&#x20AC;&#x2122;12

the strategies he introduced last year and increase their comfort level with his style of play. &KDQJHV WR WKH <R+RV GLYLVLRQ ZLOO make this a challenging yet exciting season, as a couple of talented teams, Williams and St. Michaelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, were moved into the division. Williams and Tufts will be WKH<R+RV¡JUHDWHVWFRPSHWLWLRQWKLV\HDU 7KHWHDP¡VĂ&#x20AC;UVWWRXUQDPHQWLVWKLVZHHN HQG DW 80DVV DQG WKHLU Ă&#x20AC;UVW JDPH ZLOO be against rival Williams. There will be a tournament at Amherst Oct. 1-2 and the divisional championships will be at Bowdoin Oct. 29-30. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Carlyn Robertson â&#x20AC;&#x2122;14

The crew team has begun training hard and is looking forward to a strong season. They already have both a menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ERDWTXDOLĂ&#x20AC;HGWRUDFHLQWKH+HDGRIWKH&KDUOHVWKLV\HDUZKLFK is the second largest two-day regatta in the world and an incredible opportunity to face top competition. The team has at least two other regattas lined up for the fall season. A slew of novice rowers has joined the ranks, and they are learning the ropes before they start competing. The team will also be welcoming a new assistant coach. Andrea Morand is a former UMass womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rower, and is â&#x20AC;&#x153;very knowledgeable,â&#x20AC;? according to womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s co-captain Rachel Brickman â&#x20AC;&#x2122;12. Morand joins returning assistant coaches Jordan Brower and Dave Thomas, as well as head Coach Bill Stekl, who has been at the helm of the program for 21 years. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Carlyn Robertsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;14

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Last year the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rugby team followed up a 2-4 fall campaign with an undefeated spring campaign WKDW FXOPLQDWHG LQ DQ  YLFWRU\ RYHU :LOOLDPV RQ3UDWW)LHOG'HVSLWHORVLQJĂ&#x20AC;YHJUDGXDWLQJVHQLRUV who were consistently in the starting lineup and having two other starters abroad this fall, the team returns with one of the most experienced squads in recent years, with starting experience at 14 of 15 positions. The team also has a very favorable schedule with only one away game and four home games, starting with Keene State on Saturday Sept. 24th DQGĂ&#x20AC;QLVKLQJZLWK:LOOLDPVDWKRPHWKHZHHNHQGRI +RPHFRPLQJ´:HMXVWQHHGWRVWD\IRFXVHGRQJHW ting better and take it one game at a time. We came back from 14-0 to beat Williams in the spring, and WKDWZDVDELJFRQĂ&#x20AC;GHQFHERRVWHUIRUXVDVZHVWDUW WKHIDOOFDPSDLJQ,WWRRNDOOSOD\HUVRQWKHĂ&#x20AC;HOG to complete that comeback,â&#x20AC;? said club president Jon Christian Evensen â&#x20AC;&#x2122;12. With the season starting a week later than usual, the team has had the opportunity to focus on fundamentals this preseason. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even though several major contributors graduated and one of our captains is abroad this semester, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve started to gel as a team during our preseason,â&#x20AC;? said Mark Petros â&#x20AC;&#x2122;12, the starting outside center for the club. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our mentality is to work harder than any team in our conference. We know that the key to winning lies on the practice Ă&#x20AC;HOGDQGLQWKHZHLJKWURRP7KDWLVRXUQXPEHURQH priority right now during preseason.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Chris Payne â&#x20AC;&#x2122;12

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Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tennis Aces Opponents at Trinity Invitational Tournament Justin Reindel â&#x20AC;&#x2122;14 captures â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;A Flightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; singles tournament to cap an impressive weekend Brenton Arnaboldi â&#x20AC;&#x2122;14 Managing Sports Editor

After capturing the NCAA championship this past spring, the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tennis team launched into its fall season with an array of impressive performances at the Trinity Invitational Tournament this past weekend. Justin Reindel â&#x20AC;&#x2122;14 stormed past the competition to win the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;A Flightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; singles title, while Eli Mlaver â&#x20AC;&#x2122;14 captured the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;B Flightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; singles championship. In doubles action, the tandem of Daniel Keolasy â&#x20AC;&#x2122;13 and Surainder Asokaraj â&#x20AC;&#x2122;12 secured the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;B Flightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; doubles title. From a broader perspective, the Jeffs put in a very solid team effort, as nine of the 10 $PKHUVWSOD\HUVZRQWKHLUĂ&#x20AC;UVWURXQGVLQJOHV match. As the Jeffsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; top player at the tournament, Reindel perplexed his opponents with his consistency, heavy topspin forehand and a dazzling variety of drop shots, lobs and angle winners. The Scarsdale southpaw cruised past KLVĂ&#x20AC;UVWWZRRSSRQHQWVZLQQLQJDQG EHIRUHHQFRXQWHULQJVWLIIHUUHVLVWDQFH LQWKHVHPLĂ&#x20AC;QDOV On the second day, Reindel grinded out a    WLHEUHDN YLFWRU\ RYHU 7ULQLW\¡V top player before dismantling Vassarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s An-

GUHZ *X]]LFN   LQ WKH FKDPSLRQVKLS match. Guzzick entered the tournament as the 1RUDQNHGSOD\HULQWKHFRXQWU\EXWZDVQR match for the in-form Reindel. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In general, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re coming out strong off our national title,â&#x20AC;? Reindel said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The NCAA title has made everyone on the team more conĂ&#x20AC;GHQWEHIRUHVWHSSLQJRQWKHFRXUWÂľHVSHFLDOO\ important given the challenging mental aspect of the sport, Reindel said. The tournament also enabled a handful of freshmen to gain early exposure to collegiatelevel tennis, and the new faces delivered impressive performances. Sean Rodriguez â&#x20AC;&#x2122;15 teamed with Eli Mlaver â&#x20AC;&#x2122;14 to reach the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;A )OLJKW¡ GRXEOHV Ă&#x20AC;QDO $QGUHZ 6FKHLQHU ¡ DGYDQFHG WR WKH VHPLĂ&#x20AC;QDOV RI WKH Âś$ Ă LJKW¡ doubles tournament with Reindel, and pushed *X]]LFNWRDWKLUGVHWWLHEUHDNLQTXDUWHUĂ&#x20AC;QDO singles action. Sam Ubersax â&#x20AC;&#x2122;15 progressed to WKHVHPLĂ&#x20AC;QDOVRIWKHÂś%Ă LJKW¡VLQJOHVEUDFNHW before losing a three-set nail-biter. Looking ahead to the upcoming schedule, the Jeffs will send a squad to Providence, RI this weekend to compete in the Brown Invitational Tournament. Amherstâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s starting lineup, on the other hand, is preparing for the ITA Regional Championships on Sept. 23-25, the premier individual tournament for Northeast Div. III schools.


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GAME OF THE WEEK

Schedule WEDNESDAY: Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Soccer at Mount Holyoke, 7 p.m. Volleyball at Emerson, 7 p.m.

Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cross Country at UMass, 11:30 a.m. Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Soccer vs. Bates, 12 p.m. Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Soccer vs. Bates, 1 p.m. Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Golf at NYU, Day 1 of 2 Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Golf at Middlebury, Day 1 of 2

FRIDAY: Volleyball at Wesleyan, 6 p.m. SATURDAY: Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cross Country at UMass, 11 a.m. Volleyball vs. Trinity, at Wesleyan, 11 a.m. Field Hockey at Bates, 11 a.m.

SUNDAY: Field Hockey vs. Middlebury, 2 p.m. Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Soccer vs. Middlebury, 2 p.m. Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Soccer vs. Middlebury, 2:30 p.m.

Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Soccer vs. Middlebury

IN DEPTH Time: Sunday, Sept. 18 2 p.m. Site: Hitchcock Field Key Players: Amherst Jill Kochanek â&#x20AC;&#x2122;12 Allie Horwitz â&#x20AC;&#x2122;12 Amanda Briscoe â&#x20AC;&#x2122;14

Middlebury Rachel Madding â&#x20AC;&#x2122;13 Scarlett Kirk â&#x20AC;&#x2122;14

The womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soccer players will begain their 2011 campaign with a bang this week. While their matchups DJDLQVW0RXQW+RO\RNHDQG%DWHVZLOOFHUWDLQO\SURYLGH DFKDOOHQJHWKHWHDP¡VĂ&#x20AC;UVWWUXHWHVWRIWKHVHDVRQZLOO come on Sunday against Middlebury. The Lady Jeffs will be looking to avenge a heartbreaking loss to the Panthers last season. The Jeffs built a 3-0 lead and were seemingly assured of the victory, before the Panthers stormed back. In a span of six minutes, Middlebury scored three goals, pushing the contest WRRYHWLPHDQGWKHQĂ&#x20AC;QLVKLQJRIIWKHLUFRPHEDFNLQWKH WKPLQXWH6FDUOHWW.LUNZDVWKHSULPDU\FDWDO\VWIRU the Panthers, scoring two goals in regulation and securing her hat-trick with the winning goal. The high stakes of this matchup go beyond the history between the rivals. Both teams suffered rather disappointing regular seasons last year, winning eight games apiece after combining for 27 wins in the previous season. Using this matchup as a springboard for greater things, the Lady Jeffs will be looking to set the tone for the rest of the season. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Varun Iyengar â&#x20AC;&#x2122;14

Players of the week Ben Norton â&#x20AC;&#x2122;14 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Soccer

Cristy Meier â&#x20AC;&#x2122;12 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Volleyball

Sophomore Ben Norton led the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soccer team to victory this Sunday, netting the game-winning JRDO LQ WKH WK PLQXWH RI WKHLU contest against Bridgewater State. 1RUWRQ¡VĂ&#x20AC;UVWJRDORIWKHVHDVRQ could not have come at a better time, as it gave Amherst the 2-1 double-overtime victory, perserving their undefeated 2-0-0 record this

season. Nortonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal came off a beautifully-struck free kick from Sam Kaplan. $IWHU EHLQJ GHĂ HFWHG E\ WHDPmate Alejandro Sucre, the ball found its way to Norton, who put it away cleanly just inside the back post. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Varun Iyengar â&#x20AC;&#x2122;14

The volleyball team opened their 2011 season this weekend at the Johnson and Wales University Invitational and Cristy Meier came UHDG\WRSOD\:LWKNLOOVRYHU the course of the weekend, the senior outside hitter helped lead the Lady Jeffs to a successful 3-1 record for the tourney. Notable among her perfor-

mances was her team-high 14-kill effort against Keene St. on Saturday, leading Amherst to the 3-1 victory. In fact, Meier led the team in kills in three of the four weekend contestsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;not a surprising fact, considering that she has had that honor 52 times in her collegiate career. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Varun Iyengar â&#x20AC;&#x2122;14

Field Hockey Edges Out Trinity in Season Opener

Bolstered by a stingy defensive effort and a talented rookie goalkeeper, the Jeffs kicked off a promising season that may result in their first NESCAC championship Brenton Arnaboldi â&#x20AC;&#x2122;14 & Varun Iyengar â&#x20AC;&#x2122;14 Managing Sports Editor & Sports Section Editor

After being dropped from the national rankings Tuesday morning, the Lady Jeffs responded in style, making a strong case for their reinstatement with a huge 1-0 win over Trinity later that day. The Bantams were the 15th-ranked team in the nation, but Amherst came into the matchup ZLWKFRQĂ&#x20AC;GHQFHKDYLQJZRQWKHODVW two matchups against Trinity.

$PKHUVW¡V ORQH JRDO FDPH Ă&#x20AC;YH minutes and 23 seconds into the contest, as Krista Zsitvaya â&#x20AC;&#x2122;14 capitalized on an early opportunity that ended up being the decider. Just as notable for Amherst was the outVWDQGLQJ HIIRUW E\ Ă&#x20AC;UVW\HDU 5DFKHO Tannenbaum, who made eight saves on her way to shutting out the Bantams in her collegiate debut. Tannenbaumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most impressive save of the evening came as she protected the Lady Jeffsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lead in the second half, making a leaping stop to deny the Bantamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Payson Sword an equalizer

Photo courtesy of Alec Jacobson â&#x20AC;&#x2122;12

Stephanie Clegg â&#x20AC;&#x2122;12 helped anchor the Jeffs defense against in a 1-0 win over the Bantams.

on a penalty shot. In nosing out the victory, the Jeffs improved to 12-2 in the last 14 meetings between the teams. It was the sixth straight contest between the teams in which the outcome was decided by one goal. Amherst and Trinity met in the UHJXODU VHDVRQ Ă&#x20AC;QDOH ODVW \HDU ZLWK the Jeffs edging out the Bantams 2-1 in overtime. Both teams entered the game with identical 5-3 league records, but the victory propelled the Jeffs to a No. 3 seed in the NESCAC tournament. The Jeffs open their home slate with a pair of NESCAC games at Gooding Field this weekend. Amherst will take on Bates this Saturday, then Middlebury on Sunday afternoon. Last year, the Jeffs defeated the Bobcats 5-1 in Lewiston, ME, but suffered a dispiriting 4-1 loss to Middlebury in mid-October. The setback in Vermont was Amherstâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only loss during an impressive 12game stretch last season, as the Jeffs won 11 of 12 games after starting the season at 1-2. The result of the Amherst-Middlebury game could help determine the balance of power in the NESCAC this season. The Panthers and Jeffs were two of the top teams in the conIHUHQFH ODVW \HDU Ă&#x20AC;QLVKLQJ LQ WKLUG  UHFRUG  DQG IRXUWK  UHFRUG  place, respectively. Middlebury has also started the 2011 season with a bang, upsetting national powerhouse Tufts 3-2 this past weekend. The Jeffs, however, said they remained focused on defeating Bates in their home opener. The Bobcats struggled last season, but surged into the 2011 campaign with a 1-0 victory over Williams last weekend, and may prove to be a pesky test for the Jeffs on Saturday.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The NESCAC is incredibly competitive and anyone can beat anyone on a given day,â&#x20AC;? Dudzik said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are just trying to work as hard as we can to improve our stick skills, maintain our clean passing game, and foster the great team dynamic that we take so much pride in.â&#x20AC;? Led by a strong returning core, the Jeffs have welcomed back their top four scorers and two best defenders from last year. Players have said that this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s squad could contend for WKHSURJUDP¡VĂ&#x20AC;UVW1(6&$&WLWOH,Q 2010, the Jeffs came close to achiev-

ing that goal, but ended their season in gut-wrenching fashion, losing to Bowdoin 3-2 in overtime of the NE6&$&VHPLĂ&#x20AC;QDOV â&#x20AC;&#x153;Although last year did not end up as we would have liked and we are certainly motivated to change that outcome this year, we are approaching this season as a fresh start,â&#x20AC;? Dudzik said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to focus on what we can control as we move forward and try not to dwell on the past. We are just so excited to get going and work as hard as we can for the rest of this season.â&#x20AC;?


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Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Golf Manages Late Surge in Trinity Invitational Varun Iyengar â&#x20AC;&#x2122;14 Sports Section Editor

Last weekend, the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s golf team opened its 2011 fall season at the Trinity College InYLWDWLRQDO+HOGDWWKH7DOOZRRG and Blackledge country clubs, the tournament represented the Ă&#x20AC;UVWWHVWIRUWKH-HIIVVLQFHWKHLU impressive 2010-2011 season. /DVW\HDUWKHWHDPTXDOLĂ&#x20AC;HG for the NESCAC Championship IRUWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWWLPHLQWHDPKLVWRU\ and although the Jeffs lost two seniors from that team, they return eight players and have high expectations for this season. At Trinity, however, the season got off to a rather rough VWDUW$IWHUĂ&#x20AC;QLVKLQJWKLUGLQWKH tournament last year, the Jeffs found themselves in a deep hole after Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s round one play. Amherst shot 310, putting them in seventh place out of 12 teams. The Lord Jeffs, however, came back with a vengeance on Sunday, putting together an inspired team-wide performance WRFOLPEIRXUVSRWVDQGĂ&#x20AC;QLVKLQ an impressive third place. Their cumulative round of 301 tied for the lowest team score on Sunday. Notable among Amherstâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s scorers were Alex Butensky â&#x20AC;&#x2122;13 and Nicholas Koh â&#x20AC;&#x2122;14, both of whom led the Sunday charge with matching team- and career-best 73s. After both players VKRW  RQ 6DWXUGD\ WKH\ ZHUH

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Karan Bains â&#x20AC;&#x2122;14

As a loyal Cleveland sports fan, sophomore Karan Bains denounced /H%URQ-DPHVIRUKLVDUURJDQFHJUHHGDQGVHOĂ&#x20AC;VKQHVVLQIUHHDJHQF\ ODVWVXPPHU+HKRZHYHUFRQWHQGVWKDWWKHVLWXDWLRQLVGLIIHUHQWIRU NFL players in contract holdouts, arguing that stars like Chris JohnVRQDUHUHDVRQDEOHLQGHPDQGLQJĂ&#x20AC;QDQFLDOVHFXULW\LQVXFKDEUXWDO grueling sport.

NFL Holdouts: Not Your Normal Job Protest Photo courtesy of Justin Long

Nicholas Koh â&#x20AC;&#x2122;14 shot a team- and career-best 73 on Sunday. outstanding when it counted, OHDGLQJ $PKHUVW¡V Ă&#x20AC;QDO URXQG comeback. Butenskyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s effort is especially impressive considering his career improvement at this WRXUQDPHQW $IWHU FDUGLQJ  as a freshman and 157 last year, he was able to shave off another six strokes to be a real difference maker in the Jeffsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; comeback. $OVR LPSUHVVLYH Ă&#x20AC;QLVKLQJ only two strokes behind Butensky and Koh, senior captain Nate Belkin â&#x20AC;&#x2122;12 paced the team on Saturday with a round one 74 EHIRUHĂ&#x20AC;QLVKLQJZLWKDUHVSHFW able 79 on Sunday. Amherstâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s veterans, how-

ever, could not have pulled off their Sunday comeback without a little young help. First-year Jarvis Sill more than held his RZQDVKHVKRWDĂ&#x20AC;QDOURXQG   ZKLOH KLV IHOORZ freshman, Josh Moser, was very steady in his collegiate debut   +DYLQJ NHSW SDFH ZLWK ODVW \HDU¡V WHDP LQ WKHLU Ă&#x20AC;UVW WRXU nament, the Jeffs will look to build on their performance next weekend. The team travels to Middlebury to compete in the Duke Nelson Invitational. Building off their brilliant Sunday play, they will hope to continue their roll and put together another solid team performance.

If somebody offered you $1 million dollars to play one season in the National Football League (NFL), would you do it? Undoubtedly, the majority of readers with any interest in football would jump at the opportunity with unbridled enthusiasm. It is the NFL, after allâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;who wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take a chance to have the glory of playing on Sundays in front of a nation of rabid fans? In fact, if we had a million bucks lying around in the bank, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m betting many of us would give it all up for a chance to suit up for our favorite teams. Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson, however, saw things differently this year, staging an extensive holdout from his team to protest a contract that was slated to pay him slightly over $1 million this season. A word of caution before you rush off into an indictment of todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coddled and spoiled athletes, and lament that nobody plays for â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;the love of the gameâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; anymoreâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; &KULV-RKQVRQLVQRW\RXRUPH+HLVRQH of the best players in the NFL, and blessed with freakish athleticism that enables him WRGRWKLQJVRQWKHSOD\LQJĂ&#x20AC;HOGWKDWZHFDQ only dream about. Despite natural talent, he worked hard to get where he is today; this is not a character judgment of Johnson, who I neither like nor dislike, but simply a fact. Nobody makes it to the upper echelons of a sport (especially one as brutal as football) withRXW PDNLQJ P\ULDG VDFULĂ&#x20AC;FHV DORQJ WKH way. While he may have a massive advantage in athletic skill, Johnson has a limited window of time to maximize his gains from this skill. This is where the perspectives of the average person and people like Johnson, Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora and many other NFL holdouts diverge. We are inclined to think that climbing the ladder to Ă&#x20AC;QDQFLDOVXFFHVVLV a gradual, step-bystep process, with promotions and pay raises coming incrementally over the course of a career. In the real world, very few professionals can even imagine sitting out of work for a mere day to demand a higher salary. Yet applying this reasoning to holdouts is a mistake that people commonly make. Instead of looking at the multitude of differences between the two situations, they make direct comparisons. I often hear people casually dismiss holdouts by saying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re getting paid to play a gameâ&#x20AC;? or lamenting that normal people canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hold out of their jobs. Do they have a point at some level? Yes. It is strange that a teacher who educates our youth will take decades or even an entire career to make as much as a moderately successful big-time athlete. But, at the same time, professional sports are simply not a model of real life, something which we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t blame on the athletes themselves. Can we really fault players for taking advantage of their skills? Despite mainstream opinion, life is somewhat tenuous for NFL players who arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stars. Unlike

leagues such as the NBA and MLB, NFL players can be cut at any time, and their salaries are not guaranteed. If they start to underperform, they face the consequences. In the pressure-packed world of football, these are tough challenges. If a player manages to scale to the top of the pyramid, he might get one or two chances to negotiate D FRQWUDFW IRU OLIHWLPH Ă&#x20AC;QDQFLDO VHFXULW\ Take Johnson, for example; his new contract gives him $30 million in guaranteed PRQH\ HQRXJK WR NHHS KLV IDPLO\ Ă&#x20AC;QDQ cially secure for life if the money is handled sensibly. +H PLJKW QRW KDYH JRWWHQ VXFK D KLV toric contract, however, if he had not demanded one now, coming off three seasons as perhaps the most dynamic playmaker in the game. Running backs have notoriously short careers, even by NFL standards, and are at continuous risk of injury due to the pounding they take each and every time they get the ball. Even if they manage to avoid a major injury, backs inevitably wear down sooner than other players. Remember the name Larry Johnson? In the mid-2000s, he was one of the leagueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s PRVWSUROLĂ&#x20AC;FEDFNVIRUDVSDQRIWKUHH\HDUV with the Kansas City Chiefs, and now at the age of 31 is all but irrelevant, toiling as a backup for the Washington Redskins. The game is littered with such players, who burst out and ran well for a couple years but couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sustain their production for many reasons, including health and the quality of their teammates. Should Chris Johnson have taken the risk of getting hurt this season before signing a big contract? Those who respond that he must honor his contract need to take a closer look at the business of football. If Johnson had not held out and subsequently gotten hurt this season, chances are negligible that the Titans would think about paying him based on past contributions to the team. In an environment where players are nearly always replaceable to some extent, we must understand the need to strike while oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stock is high. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean this as an endorsement of holdouts in generalâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; sometimes players do get too greedy and lose focus on the ultimate goal of team success. Just like the general population, NFL players have some among them who look out for nobody but themselves, and cause DOOKROGRXWVWREHSHUFHLYHGDVVHOĂ&#x20AC;VK%XW there is a distinction between fair and selfish; while any player that wants a new contract is clearly asking for personal gain, it may sometimes be that he wants market value for his skills before they erode or are taken away by external forces. Johnson may have overstepped his bounds, holding out well into this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s training camp, but we should stop to think before labeling him as another spoiled athOHWH WKDW VLJQLĂ&#x20AC;HV HYHU\WKLQJ ZURQJ ZLWK professional sports. Remember, basic economics are at play in football just as in the real world, and many of us would do the same thing as these players, whether we want to admit it or not.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;...there is a distinction between fair and selfish; while any player that wants a new contract is clearly asking for personal gain, it may sometimes be that he wants market value for his skills before they erode or are taken away by external forces.â&#x20AC;?


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Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Soccer Guts Out Double OT Win Andrew Kurzweil â&#x20AC;&#x2122;15 Contributing Writer

After an intense, rigorous and sweatdrenched preseason, the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soccer team MXVWLĂ&#x20AC;HGLWVQDWLRQDO1RUDQNLQJZLWKDSDLU of non-league wins over the weekend. On Saturday, the Jeffs handily defeated Colby-Sawyer College 3-0 to open the season on a victorious note. The team then continued its winning ways Sunday with a 2-1 double-overtime victory over Bridgewater State University. Led by the dynamic play of forward Jae Heo â&#x20AC;&#x2122;14, the Jeffs dominated Colby-Sawyer in a game that wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t nearly as close the score indicated. The team held decisive advantages in corners (7-1) and shots (24-6). ´7KHĂ&#x20AC;UVWJDPHRIWKHVHDVRQLVDOZD\VDQ electric atmosphere. That energy can manifest itself in a number of ways, but we were able to harness it effectively and put in a strong performance against a formidable Colby-Sawyer VTXDG7KH VFRUH OLQH RIWHQ IDLOV WR UHĂ HFW WKH nature of the game and that was certainly the case here,â&#x20AC;? said co-captain and defender Sam Kaplan â&#x20AC;&#x2122;12. 1HYHU DEVROXWHO\ VDWLVĂ&#x20AC;HG ZLWK KLV WHDP¡V effort, co-captain Thebe Tsatsimpe â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;12, said the team could play even better. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Against Colby-Sawyer, it was good to get the guys playing together again. A few combinations came through but thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s generally a lot that we still need to work on as a team offensively.â&#x20AC;? Head coach Justin Serpone, at the helm for KLV Ă&#x20AC;IWK VHDVRQ OHDGLQJ WKH -HIIV HFKRHG KLV PLGĂ&#x20AC;HOGHU¡V VHQWLPHQWV ´:H GLGQ¡W EULQJ RXU best to Colby-Sawyer and they played a heck of a game. Coach Steese has been doing this a long time and their game plan really frustrated us.â&#x20AC;? Against Colby-Sawyer, Heo opened the VFRULQJZLWKDEULOOLDQWWRSFRUQHUĂ&#x20AC;QLVKLQWKH 34th minute. The Jeffs quickly capitalized on the momentum, as Casey McNamara scored just four minutes later to extend the lead to 2-0. Brian Morgan â&#x20AC;&#x2122;13, making his collegiate debut, added an insurance goal in the 73rd minute to

Photo courtesy of Sam Masinter â&#x20AC;&#x2122;04

Wing midfielder Casey McNamara â&#x20AC;&#x2122;13 scored Amherstâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second goal in Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 3-0 win over Colby-Sawyer. With a wide array of skilled, talented playmakers, the Jeffs should boast one of the most prolific offenses in the NESCAC. seal the result. On Sunday, the team had more trouble handling Bridgewater State, as the Jeffs needed double overtime before emerging victorious. Ben Norton â&#x20AC;&#x2122;14 netted the game winner in the 108th minute, with just 2:48 remaining in the overtime session. The Jeffs again thoroughly bested their opponents in corner kicks (16-5) and shots (2611). The Bearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; goalkeeper, Joe Parsons â&#x20AC;&#x2122;14 played a noteworthy game between the posts to keep his team in it. ´7KH JDPH ZDV GHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\ FORVH EXW WKHLU goalkeeper also made some good saves which had he not, maybe the game could have ended in regular time. They were always threaten-

ing though but ultimately I think a 2-1 win LQ RXU IDYRU LV D IDLU UHĂ HFWLRQ RQ WKH JDPHÂľ Tsatsimpe said. Alejandro Sucre â&#x20AC;&#x2122;13 played a memorable JDPH RSHQLQJ WKH VFRULQJ ZLWK D FOLQLFDO Ă&#x20AC;Qish from Tsatsimpeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cross in the 49th minute. He threatened several other times late in the game and during the extra sessions, but stellar goalkeeping kept his tally at one. The Bears equalized the contest on a set piece in the 60th minute. The Jeffs, however, would get the last laugh in overtime. After the Jeffs earned a free kick in the 108th minute, Kaplanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ball was Ă LFNHGRQE\DQDLUERUQH$OHMDQGUR6XFUHWKH EDOO GHĂ HFWHG WRZDUG 1RUWRQ ZKR VORWWHG D shot into the back of the net.

In general, the team was happy but not overjoyed with their weekend performance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anytime you get a quality win against a good New England team like Bridgewater State, you have to be happy. However, we still have a long way to go in many phases of our play. I was VDWLVĂ&#x20AC;HG ZLWK RXU HIIRUW MXVW QRW RYHUO\ VDWLVĂ&#x20AC;HGDERXWRXUH[HFXWLRQ,W¡VKDUGWRZLQVRFFHU games, so weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll take the win,â&#x20AC;? Serpone said. The team now turns its attention towards hosting a pair of NESCAC games over the coming weekend. Bates and Middlebury travel to Hitchcock Field Saturday and Sunday, respectively, in what promises to be a pair of entertaining clashes. The Jeffs routed Bates on the road last year, winning 5-0 in what was arguably the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most impressive performance in the 2010 season. On the other hand, Amherst will be lookLQJ WR H[DFW UHYHQJH DJDLQVW 0LGGOHEXU\ WKH Jeffs compiled a 13-2-4 record last season, but both of their regulation losses came against the Panthers, including a disheartening 2-0 setback LQWKH1(6&$&VHPLĂ&#x20AC;QDOV The Amherst-Middlebury rivalry has intenVLĂ&#x20AC;HG LQ WKH SDVW IHZ \HDUV LQ  WKH -HIIV beat Middlebury in the NESCAC championship game, but in 2009 the Panthers knocked $PKHUVWRXWLQWKH1(6&$&TXDUWHUĂ&#x20AC;QDOV With that context in mind, the Middlebury game in particular holds special meaning for the seniors. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Middlebury is one of our greatest rivals,â&#x20AC;? Tsatsimpe said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are nationally and regionally respected so every game against them is special for the program. And this posVLEO\ EHLQJ P\ ODVW GHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\ KDV D VSHFLDO meaning as it would be great to come through on the victorious side.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are excited for these games and we hope that our fans are out in full force to help us out this coming weekend,â&#x20AC;? Kaplan said. Serpone said he would surely appreciate the support, too. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Middlebury is one of the top teams in the country and they dominated us last year. We have to play our best to avoid getting blown out. Coach Sayward is, in my opinion, the best coach in the country. I know heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have them ready to play.â&#x20AC;?

Volleyball Starts Season with 3-1 Record Kevin Hoogstraten â&#x20AC;&#x2122;15 & Karan Bains â&#x20AC;&#x2122;14 Contributing Writer & Sports Section Editor

The volleyball team got off to a strong start this weekend, JRLQJDWWKH-RKQVRQ :DOHV,QYLWDWLRQDOLQWKHLUĂ&#x20AC;UVWJDPH action since a record-breaking 2010 season that saw the team compile a stunning 25-4 record. The Firedogs opened tournament play by crushing Bridgewater State, despite being shorthanded due to multiple course FRQĂ LFWV7KHSOD\HUVZKRZHUHDEOHWRSOD\EURXJKWWKHLUEHVW efforts, however, and Bridgewater State had no chance from the beginning. 7KH-HIIVFUXLVHGWRDĂ&#x20AC;UVWVHWURXWDQGIROORZHGLWXS by winning the next two sets by scores of 25-16 and 25-12, respectively. Emily Waterhouse â&#x20AC;&#x2122;13 led the way in what truly

Recap: Johnson & Wales Invitational

Bridgewater  State:    W  3-­â&#x20AC;?0  (25-­â&#x20AC;?9,  25-­â&#x20AC;?16,  25-­â&#x20AC;?12) ^Ć&#x2030;Ć&#x152;Ĺ?ĹśĹ?ÄŽÄ&#x17E;ĹŻÄ&#x161;:  L  3-­â&#x20AC;?0  (14-­â&#x20AC;?25,  21-­â&#x20AC;?25,  17-­â&#x20AC;?25) Keene  State:  W  3-­â&#x20AC;?1  (19-­â&#x20AC;?25,  25-­â&#x20AC;?21,  28-­â&#x20AC;?26,  25-­â&#x20AC;?20) Wheaton:  W  3-­â&#x20AC;?0  (25-­â&#x20AC;?13,  25-­â&#x20AC;?17,  25-­â&#x20AC;?20) Special Stat: 66 assists dished out by Callie Neilson â&#x20AC;&#x2122;13 in two wins over Keene State and Wheaton on Saturday.

was a team effort, completing her return from a torn ACL with six kills, four aces and nine digs. Co-captain Cristy Meier â&#x20AC;&#x2122;12 was a force up front with nine kills, and Callie Neilson â&#x20AC;&#x2122;13 combined with Mary Reiser â&#x20AC;&#x2122;12 for 15 assists to set up the Jeff attack. The Firedogs, however, faced a tough, familiar foe in their next match as they took the FRXUW DJDLQVW 6SULQJĂ&#x20AC;HOG 6SULQJĂ&#x20AC;HOG DEUXSWO\ ended the Firedogsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; season last year with a 3-0 blowout victory in the NCAA Tournament, and Friday proved to be a repeat performance. While Amherst showed some mettle and battled with the Pride for the whole match, the Firedogs fell once again in straight sets, 14-25, 21â&#x20AC;&#x201C;-25, 17-25. Lauren Antion â&#x20AC;&#x2122;15 paced the team with eight kills, providing a glimpse of the six-footerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s potential. Kristin Keeno â&#x20AC;&#x2122;13 and Devin Pence â&#x20AC;&#x2122;14 also provided some solid defense, with Keeno racking up 13 digs to lead the team. But their efforts were not enough to close the gap with the Pride. Perhaps a bit discouraged by yet another ORVV WR 6SULQJĂ&#x20AC;HOG WKH )LUHGRJV IHOO EHhind early once again against Keene State RQ 6DWXUGD\ $IWHU GURSSLQJ WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW VHW however, the team rallied for a thrilling 3-1 (19-25, 25-21, 28-26, 25-20) victory. Reiser, Meier and K.C. Kanoff â&#x20AC;&#x2122;12 tallied 30 kills in a gritty effort. Neilson also had a monster game, putting up 35 assists and adding 15 digs as well. Head coach Sue Everden was proud of

her teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resilience after the match, saying that â&#x20AC;&#x153;I believe [the players] have the appropriate mentality and work ethic to get it done.â&#x20AC;? She continued by adding that â&#x20AC;&#x153;Keene State is the perfect exampleâ&#x20AC;Ś doing the little things is what brought us back and allowed us to succeed in the match.â&#x20AC;? The team continued to focus on the little details and excelled against Wheaton College, closing out the weekend with a 3-0 sweep. Reiser continued her strong attacking play with 12 kills, and Meier combined with Megan McCafferty â&#x20AC;&#x2122;14 for 14 kills. Keeno once again led the defense with 16 digs. In addition, Neilson reFRUGHG  DVVLVWV WR Ă&#x20AC;QLVK D Ă&#x20AC;QH LQGLYLGXDO WRXUQDPHQW ,Q fact, she was recognized on the all-tournament team for her outstanding performances throughout the four games. As a team, Amherst HQGHG XS Ă&#x20AC;QLVKLQJ VHFRQG WR 6SULQJĂ&#x20AC;HOGLQWKHWRXUQDPHQWVWDQGLQJV â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think this was a fantastic weekHQGIRUDWHDPWKDWLVĂ&#x20AC;QGLQJLWVLGHQWLW\ and determining its strengths and weaknesses,â&#x20AC;? Everden said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a long way to go and are off on what I trust will be a wonderful adventure.â&#x20AC;? The Firedogs return to action on Wednesday when they take on Emerson College before opening NESCAC play against Wesleyan on Friday, Sept. 16.

Volume 141, Issue 1  

The Amherst Student, Volume 141

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