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Students Discuss Proposed Changes to Keefe
Photo by Alissa Rothman â€™15
On Tuesday, Nov. 25, students met in Merrill to discuss the proposed changes to Keefe Campus Center. Alissa Rothman â€™15 Managing News Editor After over a month and a half of meetings with groups across campus, a joint committee of administration, staff and student representatives put together a proposal listing potential changes within Keefe Campus Center that they hope would help re-envision the goals of campus. â€œThis is the probably the third or fourth proposal that weâ€™ve created and talked about. This one seems like the best compromise for all of the groups involved. Weâ€™re trying to find more space for more centers, and trying to expand centers, in a building that is the same exact size
as it was before. So everyone had to make compromises in this process,â€? said Association of Amherst Students (AAS) secretary Noah Gordon â€™14. The changes started with a wish to relocate the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) from a small basement room to a more prominent location in the building by moving it to the room on the first floor where the game room is currently located. Furthermore, the back area where the ping-pong tables are currently located would become a meeting space that any student group can reserve. This plan involved moving the game room to the second floor to part of the space currently occupied by The Student. It was decided that this would be an
optimal place to move the game room due to it relative visibility and central location. However, with recent events and discussions on campus, it was decided that the Womenâ€™s Center would also benefit from a more visible and accessible campus location. The current plan would place the Womenâ€™s Center, who also currently occupies a small basement room, on the second floor in some of the space currently used by WAMH Radio where it would have greater visibility while still providing an area for private meetings and anonymity that some of their meeting necessitate. The two rooms in the basement are tentatively slated to be utilized as an AAS office and a conference room, however that part of the plans is still open for debate. For
floor plans, visit www.amherst.edu/campuslife/ aas/keefemove â€œWeâ€™ve been trying to come up with ways and solutions to figure out how we can use Keefe Campus Center, which is not a fantastic space to start with, to fit everything we want to fit into it â€Ś and trying to figure out how we can accommodate everything given the current space that we have in Keefe,â€? said AAS president Tania Dias â€™13. Many of these moves would involve renovations of the spaces, including knocking down walls, building walls in different locations, brightening up rooms and more. â€œOne of the other things we have been talking about in conjunction with all of this work, the building just needs a facelift inside. So, we will be repainting everything from the lobby areas, new carpeting everywhere to redoing the walls and really brightening up things with new lighting, including more windows,â€? said Peter Root, Capital Projects Manager. The committee is now looking for student opinion on these proposed changes and more ideas of what to do with the space. At an open meeting on Nov. 27 to discuss the proposal, that included representatives from the Student Activities Office, the MRC, the AAS and the student groups affected by the move. At the open meeting, students expressed a wide range of opinions about the plans. Most of the conversation focused on what would be on the first floor space. Some students stated that they didnâ€™t want the game room to move from its current location, and instead felt that the MRC could move to the second floor in the space currently slotted for the game room. Though they all expressed agreement that the MRC needs a larger space, they felt that it would be better for the game room to not have to move from its curContinued on Page 3
Campus Challenge Takes On Poverty, Education Students, Faculty and Staff Unite to Work for Social Justice
Ethan Corey â€™15 Managing News Editor Campus Challenge is back for a second year to bring students, faculty and staff together to tackle crucial problems like poverty and lack of access to education, promote societal cohesion and develop the social capital to build a better future. The Campus Challenge was first conceived in the spring of 2011 when President Barack Obama invited colleges and universities across the nation to participate in â€˜The Presidentâ€™s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge: Advancing Interfaith Cooperation and Community Service in Higher Education.â€™ Tony Marx, still the president of the College at the time, fervently supported the Collegeâ€™s involvement in the program, and his successors acting-President Gregory Call and current President Carolyn Martin continued his legacy. Last year, the Campus Challenge Committee, a group of students, faculty and staff that direct the Challengeâ€™s efforts, created the â€™75-10-10-25â€™ goal, which stated that 75 percent of students, faculty and staff would take part in the initiative in some manner; that 10,000 pounds of food would be gathered and $10,000 raised for the Amherst Survival Center; and that 25 percent of participants would join in an interfaith discussion. By June 13, 2012, the Campus Challenge managed to surpass all of its goals, involving several thousand students, faculty and staff in the
Challenge; collecting 10,078 pounds of food and $10,092.31 in donations for the Survival Center; and involving 62 percent of students, 70 percent of staff and 59 percent of faculty in interfaith engagements. The Amherst Survival Center, a local poverty-alleviation organization that runs a food pantry and health clinic for local families, received significant help from the Campus Challenge. In a letter to participants in the Challenge, Program Director Tracey Levy emphasized the Challengeâ€™s crucial role in allowing the Survival Center to continue to provide services to needy families. â€œAs stimulus money and other federal support has dried up and had an impact on the food budget for the Amherst Survival Center and the Food Bank of Western Mass., the numbers of clients at the Survival Center has continued to grow. The Campus Challenge helped us to provide the extra food and funding that was needed so the people who depend on our services can continue to get what they need. We couldnâ€™t have done it without you this year,â€? Levy said. This year, the Committeeâ€™s goals remain more or less the same, but with an expanded mission and more ambitious aims said Paul Sorrentino, a Protestant religious advisor at the Cadigan Center and member of the Committee. â€œWe made several changes for this year. All food and money donations went to the Amherst Survival Center last year. This
year we have broadened our focus in response to concern expressed by some people that they had other organizations that they wanted to support. This year donations to any organization in line with our foci of poverty alleviation and increased educational opportunity will be counted. Our public events will target five partner organizations: the Amherst Survival Center; the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts; Amherst a Better Chance (ABC House); Reader to Reader; and the Homework House in Holyoke. The Center for Community Engagement works with all of these organizations,â€? said Sorrentino. In addition, the Campus Challenge is focusing on using the term â€˜values and beliefs in actionâ€™ rather than â€˜interfaith engagement,â€™ in response to concerns that the term â€˜interfaithâ€™ excluded those who did not belong to an organized religion and discouraged religious individuals wary of a â€˜syncretistic approachâ€™ that could compromise their own beliefs, Sorrentino said. To achieve its goals, the Campus Challenge is organizing a variety of events this year, including a year-long food drive, a fundraising event on Martin Luther King Jr. Day entitled â€œSupper, Story & Song,â€? a reprisal of last yearâ€™s â€œEverybody Has a Story Weekâ€? and a faculty panel discussion with Professors Karen Sanchez-Eppler and Luca Grillo. Stacey Cooney, an employee of the Registrarâ€™s Office and member of the Committee, viewed the food drive as a concrete and easy way for members of the Continued on Page 2
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News Entries from Nov. 13 to Nov. 26, 2012 >>Nov. 13, 2012 3:30 p.m., Stone Dormitory An officer and the Fire Department responded to an alarm that originated in a first-floor suite but could find no cause. The system was reset. 9:46 p.m., Seeley Mudd Building An officer responded to a report of a student fiddling with a small pocketknife during a class. The officer spoke to the student and confiscated the knife. No further action was needed at the time. >>Nov. 14, 2012 10:02 a.m., Alumni Lot An officer investigated a motor vehicle accident. A report was filed. >>Nov. 15, 2012 12:05 a.m., Campus Grounds An officer observed two men place a bag behind a tree and flee the area. The officer discovered that the two abandoned a thirty pack of beer. It was confiscated. 12:37 a.m., Lipton Hose An officer investigated a smoke detector sounding and found it was activated when food was burned in a toaster oven. The oven and a microwave were confiscated. The resident was fined $125. 7:50 a.m., Garman House A caller advised of a motor vehicle complaint regarding a car that cut him off. 11:23 p.m., Pond Dormitory Officers responded to a complaint of loud music and issued a warning at a second-floor suite. 11:49 p.m., Coolidge Officers responded to a complaint of loud people and music at a first-floor suite. Approximately 20 people were asked to leave. >>Nov. 16, 2012 9:58 a.m., Mead Loading Dock An officer investigated a motor vehicle accident. Report filed. 8:37 p.m., Lipton House Officers responded to a report of an unknown male in the common room. The man was identified and he had legitimate reason to be there. >>Nov. 17, 2012 12:16 a.m., Pratt Pool Officers investigated an intrusion alarm and found nothing amiss. The system was reset. 6:14 a.m., Fayerweather Hall Officers and the Fire Department responded to an alarm but no cause was identified. The system was reset. 12:00 p.m., Hitchcock Field A man was arrested at a soccer game and charged with disorderly conduct and trespassing. 8:07 p.m., Orr Lot An officer responded to a parking complaint. Assistance was provided.
11:01 p.m., Pond Officers encountered an unauthorized party in the basement and shut it down. Alcohol was disposed. >>Nov. 18, 2012 9:00 a.m., Alumni Gym A caller reported a man attempted to leave the fitness center with his wife’s purse. When confronted, the man returned it. Officers checked the campus for the man and he was located on the main quad. He was identified as a member of the class of 1970 and stated the bag was similar to one he owned and he took it by mistake. 7:16 p.m., South Dormitory A resident reported an unfamiliar male was in her dorm and approached her asking if she wanted some candy. The responding officers were able to identify the man as another student. >>Nov. 19, 2012 5:25 p.m., Johnson Chapel Officers investigated an intrusion alarm in the tower and discovered it was accidentally set off by an employee. The system was reset. >>Nov. 21, 2012 7:44 a.m., Pontypool An officer investigated an intrusion alarm and found it was accidentally set off by an employee. >>Nov. 22, 2012 5:51 p.m., Chapman House Officers and the Fire Department responded to a fire alarm and found it activated when food was burned in the oven. The system was reset. Three students were fined $33 each for the alarm. >>Nov. 24, 2012 4:04 p.m., Off-Campus Locations A student reported that she was approached by an unknown older woman while on the sidewalk near Porter. The woman spoke to the student briefly and then grabbed for the student’s purse. The woman was unsuccessful and the student fled the area. Approximately three hours later another student called to report a woman fitting the description in the AC Alert was near the town common. College officers located the woman and detained her. The Amherst Town Police were notified and they took the woman in custody because she was in their primary jurisdiction. The student who was accosted identified the woman as the one involved. >>Nov. 25, 2012 10:50 a.m., Wilson Admissions An officer investigated an intrusion alarm and found it was accidentally set off by an employee. 3:40 p.m., Off-Campus Locations A student reported receiving a suspicious email. Case open. Nov. 26, 2012 1:01 a.m., Pond An officer responded to a complaint of loud music and people yelling and issued a warning at a first-floor suite.
Campus Community Strives for ‘75-10-10-25’ Continued from Page 1 College community to give back to society at large. “The food and supply drive is a way for us to make a concrete, visible contribution to the local community. It is also a great way for people to get involved in a way that doesn’t ask them to make a large sacrifice. Just a can of food or a notebook from everyone on campus would have a large impact,” said Cooney. “We work for, attend and/or teach at an elite institution of higher education that purports to have a long standing tradition of reaching out to the community. This is a great way for us as a community to connect and extend that tradition in a concrete and hopefully lasting way.” Rachel Om ’13, a student-member of the Campus Challenge Committee encouraged
any students interested in building community or contributing to social justice to get involved with the committee. “I only recently became a part of Campus Challenge sometime between September and October. I initially attended simply as notetaker because the Committee met during my shift as student monitor at the Cadigan Center. I decided to take on a more involved role after the first two meetings because I saw the Campus Challenge was a great opportunity to meet and work with other students, faculty and staff. I definitely see this as an opportunity to build the sort of ‘community’ that was discussed on the day of dialogue. So if more students are interested in getting involved, they are more than welcome to attend meetings and be a member of the committee,” said Om.
Thoughts On Theses: Luke Lavin
Major: Anthropology, Physics Thesis Advisor: Nusrat S. Chowdhury
Q: Can you tell me a little bit about your thesis? A: I’m writing a thesis about pro- and anti-nuclear activism for/ against Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant, which is in Vermont near its border with New Hampshire and Massachusetts. The thesis is not about whether it is a good idea or a bad idea to close this very contentious plant (about which there is plenty of debate and writing out there), but rather trying to write an interpretive anthropological thesis about why is it that people on both sides of the debate believe what they do, how those beliefs are carried out in their activism, and maybe a bit on what this means in terms of society and policy. Q: So you’re finding that it’s pretty interdisciplinary? A: Yes. I mean, it’s an anthropology thesis but I’m also a physics major and there are certainly seriously scientific components of nuclear power. There are also definitely psychological components; lots of environmental issues that you might say are more like environmental science or studies. And there’s also the anthropological component of doing the interviews and the often more interpretative lens associated with that discipline. I’ve found that part of the reason that nuclear power is so complicated (and climate change is another example of something that I think is like this) is because it is so interdisciplinary, and that makes it very hard to just consider through one lens. Q: How did you come upon the idea for your topic? A: Last spring, I was thinking about doing an anthropology thesis, but I spent the past three years also being a physics major and I thought “What can I do that combines my interests?” I often get asked, “How could you be an anthropology-physics double major? Like, how did those two things combine?” And so I started looking around at different projects and different things going on. In particular, I was taking this class, Inquiries into the Catastrophic with Chris Dole, one of the Mellon Seminars. We were studying
risk and in particular, reading this book by Adriana Petryna called “Life Exposed” about citizenship and rights after the Chernobyl disaster in what’s now Ukraine. Through taking the class, I came to see that nuclear issues really are not only scientific, but are overlaid with all these important cultural variables that play into how people respond to these issues and also ultimately contribute a lot to the policies. There are very serious long-term implications beyond just the science that the industry tends to not think about, or at least not make policies to the effect that they’ve thought about it. I thought the nuclear issue would be cool and interesting, and I found that there is all this protest going on in this particular plant up in Vermont, and that’s how I decided this would be a good topic to pursue. Q: And how are you finding the process of thesis-writing? A: I really love my thesis when I’m working on it. I love interviewing people, I love going to the public service board hearings, and I like the reading I get to do about nuclear power because I just find it a fascinating issue. The thing that most concerns me is: When do I start doing the writing, and how hard or difficult is it going to be to write something so long and in-depth? And the other thing I think I get really concerned about is when I’m not working on the thesis, it feels like I should be. Nuclear power is of course a contentious topic, and I want to write a thesis that I think is both honest and interpretative, but it’s hard. It’s not an easy issue. You don’t want to be seen too much as taking a side, you want people to read it and take your work seriously, so I try to think a lot about how that can be done. My goal is to try be as factually accurate as possible and also to take an interpretative tact that is both novel and useful and says something that people on both sides of the debate will read and say “Hey, that’s interesting.” People always say you should choose a project that’s “really great and interesting to you.” And it sounds hackneyed, but of course it’s true. I would just add that it’s really great in the social science disciplines to be able to get to choose your topic, and I would encourage people to take advantage of that opportunity. It’s not like you just have to work on what the professor specifically researches. If you have something that you’re really interested in, think about it and look around for issues that better jive with your interests. -by Anita Lee ’14
Fresh Faculty: Nusrat Chowdhury
Anthropology Prof. Nusrat Chowdhury was born in Bangladesh and studied there through high school. She started going to university there, but then came to the U.S. and graduated from Univ. of Michigan at Ann Arbor with a undergraduate degree in anthropology and French. She then returned to Bangladesh and worked as a research associate for a nongovernmental organization (NGO) for about two years. She then completed her M.A. in anthropology at the Univ. of Texas at Austin before completing her Ph.D. in anthropology at the Univ. of Chicago. She taught at Northwestern Univ. for two quarters before coming to the College.
Q: How did begin studying anthropology and what made you decide to pursue it? A: Ah, it was so long ago. I don’t think I exactly knew what anthropology was until I started taking classes in anthropology. I mean, I’m very glad because I know now that this is what I always wanted to do. I think I had this vague idea, which ended up being correct, that anthropology draws from a lot of other disciplines including the humanistic ones, which is something that speaks to the way that I think about the world. And, of course, to reiterate a cliché, anthropology, as they say, makes the strange familiar and the familiar strange, which is something that as a person I am inclined to do anyway. So, anthropology gives me the tools to do that. Q: Why did you decide to teach at Amherst? A: Well for obvious reasons. Amherst College is one of the best liberal arts colleges and has one of the most vibrant anthropology departments among all the liberal arts colleges. And,
of course, I got the job! I was very happy to accept it.
Q: What is you research on and how did you become interested in it? A: I work in Bangladesh, that’s where I’m from. When I went to do my fieldwork in 2007-2008 I actually wanted to work on a different project which was on the middle class and domestic labor. But then this movement that I ended up studying kind of erupted. In the north of Bangladesh they found a lot of high quality coal and they wanted to do this open pit coal mining which would relocate more than 100,000 people, and there was a lot of corruption in both the mining company and the government. This was the first popular movement that ended up being successful in ousting a foreign mining company. The event brought to the forefront a lot of discussions about energy crisis and political crisis in Bangladesh. So, I basically changed my topic, decided to do research on questions that seemed very urgent at the time. Q: What were those questions? A: Well, energy crisis, which is something that we, whether you live in Bangladesh or the U.S. or Amherst or whatever, are experiencing everyday. You read the newspaper and there is a lot of discussion and anxiety about oil, coal and climate. My larger question is about the intersection between energy crisis and political crisis, so how in a lot of countries in the global south, energy becomes a political issue. I mean, energy is political everywhere, but in these countries there are many times corrupt governments and they don’t have as much political power to shield themselves from multinational capital. I think to do an ethnographic study of what people on the ground are saying and how they’re resisting is important. Though the ethnography is based in Bangladesh I think it can help us answer questions about what is happening in the contemporary world in other places.
Q: Are you currently working on publishing anything, or have you published anything before? A: I have actually published something, years ago, that has nothing to do with what I do now. I was working for an NGO in Bangladesh, which was one of the largest NGOs in the world, and I worked on food insecurity. I did some research there and published it in the Journal of Nutrition. Recently, I have a book review that came out in The Political and Legal Anthropology Review, and I have a couple of things that are under review in Cultural Anthropology and in Social Text which are two prominent journals in my field.
Q: What classes are you teaching this semester? What classes are you teaching next semester? What are they about? A: I’m teaching one South Asia focused course, which is called South Asia Now, in which we are reading contemporary anthropological writing on South Asia. The other course is called Anthropology of Natural Wealth. It asks a lot of the questions that I am asking in my own research about the so-called “resource curse” of various countries in the global south, how to understand commodity fetishism by looking at natural commodities like coal, oil, sugar, bananas. That is what we are doing this semester. Next semester, I am teaching Contemporary Topics in Anthropology this is a course for majors, although other people can take it as well. It’s basically to highlight what is being debated in the field of anthropology at the moment. I am also teaching another regional class in anthropology called Muslim Lives in South Asia to understand the cultural diversity of Muslims in that region. Q: What aspects of Amherst do you like so far? A: I like the students, and I’m not saying that
just because I am being interviewed by one. I think it’s the students that make the classes so interesting and so much fun to teach. I’m really appreciating the kind of intimacy that students and professors share here, which is something that I didn’t see in grad school because I went to a big, research university. And of course, the area is so beautiful. I have never lived in this kind of landscape with so many beautiful trees and foliage and all that. I am enjoying both the scenery and the people. Q: What do you hope to contribute to Amherst during your time here? A: I want to keep on teaching courses that the students find interesting and rewarding. That’s one of the major ways I can contribute. I want to publish so that the College gains from that kind of exposure. I want to be a part of campus life in ways that the students want me to. I’m still new, so I’m not sure exactly what that contribution will look like, but I’m ready to dedicate myself. Q: What do you like to do in your spare time? A: Spare time? Is there such a thing? I guess I like to watch good movies. I’ve been frequenting Amherst Cinema quite a bit, and I like that. I like hanging out with friends a lot. I already have a couple of friends from Chicago who also got jobs here, one in history and one in anthropology at Smith, and I have made a bunch of new friends, who are colleagues. I really like that kind of intellectual engagement when I’m socializing with people. So, I guess watching movies, hanging out with friends and playing with my cat. Q: Any favorite movies you’ve seen recently? A: The Master. It’s really, really wonderfully done. I loved it.
-by Alissa Rothman ’15
Students Disagree On MRC, Game Room Changes in Keefe Continued from Page 1 rent location. “I like the game room where it is… It’s a place where you have fun and it’s an unstructured place on campus, and there aren’t many of them…. I think there is a lot of value students gain from the game room, and its location and size are very important,” said Amani Ahmed ’15. “I think there is something special about having a place that doesn’t have a label on it and that it’s location makes it more like a campus center.” Others agreed, stating that the game room is more important than just a place to for students to play games. “As a campus center manager and someone who likes to spend time in the game room, I’ve seen lots of groups coming in, lots of students. I’ve noticed that Friday and Saturday nights it’s well attended, as well as throughout the day. I think that it may be more important than we realize to have it where it is now. Should we move it, we may lose something without noticing it,” said Kate Sisk ’14. “On Friday and Saturday nights there are a lot of students there because it’s a great space for students who choose not to engage in drinking culture on campus to get together and enjoy their weekends. Also, during the day, it’s a free space for students to engage. With the way it is now it has the ability to bring different groups together. You know, one group of friends goes in to play pool and then another group comes in and plays on the second table, and as I’m going out on my rounds I see groups of students that have never met engaging in conversation with one another, which is something in the recent discussion on campus that we keep saying is really needed. I think that should it move upstairs it may not happen because there is going to be less space.” Others also expressed the importance of providing a nonstress area for students on campus. “I think to move the game room to a less visible space is to take away one place where people can see other people admitting that they need a break in their day to just engage with other people… I fear that to take away this place where you can see kids engaging in that,” Reilly Horan ’13 However, other felt that the MRC would benefit much more from a move to the main floor than a move to the second floor and that students would continue to utilize the game room whether it was on the first or second floor.
“I think the MRC should be moved to the first floor. I think the game room will be just fine upstairs. I think students will be able to see each other in those lights of having a break, sharing that moment with each other, relaxing, whatever, in a different space. I think having the MRC on the first floor would not only be a significant move for the center, to be able to have a space in order to create necessary resources for students who are underrepresented on this campus, and I think it will be a symbolic move in terms of the importance of that center to campus as a whole and the community,” said Briana Hanny ’13. “I think having the MRC on the first floor will say something about our priorities as a campus to deal with issues of multicultural education, of anti-racism, of anti-gender violence, and I think that will say something about what we prioritize on this campus and what we value.” Others agreed, expressing that the first floor location would hopefully draw more students into the MRC and the programming the first floor location would allow the center to have. “I think what we would be gaining ideally a new space that, though not unlabeled, can be an open space. People are meeting in the game room because they are going in to play games and they will still be able to meet new groups in the game room upstairs. The issues we discuss in the MRC affect everyone on campus… and I think the game room can be a place where you have to walk into the atrium and you can’t see it from outside, but if you were going to play a game you still can do that, except now you may be walking past and see a gathering of people in the MRC, and you can stop in and have some ideally enlightened conversations,” said Tian Buzbee, a peer programmer for the MRC. Furthermore, others felt that the women’s center should also receive a first floor location. Some even suggested moving the women’s center to the space currently occupied by the Center of Community Engagement (CCE). “We have an opportunity now as a campus community to foster palpable change… I think the Women’s Center needs to incorporate education and programing, and that’s one of the reasons why I think it belongs on the first floor. I think it might be better availed to these expanded goals on the first floor than it would on the second floor,” said Ryan Arnold ’15E. However, others disagreed with this, stressing that the center would need a place for private meetings.
“I am in favor of the upstairs space because I feel it does fulfill our privacy need as well as give us an expanded space where we can have a resource library and office space, because I would ideally love to get this staffed, and still have a discussion space where meeting can be held that is still private and can be booked as specific times for privacy and allow groups that are currently meeting there to continue,” said Maia Mares ’14, a co-chair of the Gender Justice Collective. Others simply expressed the need for these centers to have their own structures on campus, without Keefe, though that would be more of a long term goal. “At other colleges you see there building are stand alone, because they value them enough to have them be placed in a central location. We shouldn’t be having to argue about whose trauma is worse, the Women’s Center’s or the MRC’s. There is enough land here were we should be able to value them equally,” said Larissa Davis ’13. Overall, students agreed that it was necessary to have more conversations about what the MRC and Women’s Center are going to be, such as what staffing, programing and resources they will offer to make them functioning centers. There will be two committees (one for each center) discussing these issues in the future (though the committee dealing with the MRC has already been created). “The feedback that the students have shared at this meeting will go into the conversations and the feedback that we’ve received in the suggestion box, the conversations we’ve had with student organizations that currently reside in spaces, so that all of that collective feedback will be considered as the institution moves forward with making a decision. Tonight’s comments and student involvement and their thoughts will be very important as we move forward,” said Assistant Dean of Students and Director of the Campus Center Hannah Fatemi.“The hope is to continue to move these projects along. I don’t know what the exact time frame is, but I know that there is energy and enthusiasm to begin to make some changes to allow for the centers to grow and expand.” Student feedback about the Campus Center moves and the MRC and Women’s Center are still greatly welcomed, including responses to the survey sent out by the AAS for today, Nov. 28 about the move proposals. Students are encouraged to continue getting involved.
Why Hamas Forced Me Proposed Keefe Move Problematic to Leave Amherst College Editorial
Last night, the College held an an open meeting to discuss proposed changes to Keefe Campus Center, including the relocation of the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) and Women’s Center to more prominent locations in the building and the moving of the Game Room to the second floor. Today, students will vote in a non-binding poll to support or oppose the proposed changes. Last night’s meeting was the first time some students gave input on the move; today’s poll may be the last say of the student body on the matter. This short window of opportunity is symptomatic of a myopic process that has been unsympathetic to the sentiments of the broader student body while re-envisioning a space so relevant to all members of the College community. During last night’s meeting, students voiced their ideas about the proposed changes to the Campus Center. Very crucial opinions and concerns representing a spectrum of issues — of both the opponents and supporters of the various moves — that should have been solicited in the incipient stages of planning are now difficult to address when a move seems imminent. Yet, it seems strange for the move to go forward without addressing them. Important issues such as staffing both the Multicultural Resource Center and the Women’s Center, defining and implementing a specific mission for the two spaces and organizations responsible for them, and recognizing social benefits from the visibility and unstructured space provided by the Game Room presented fundamental challenges to any proposed change to the Campus Center. Such problems cannot be remedied by simple and superficial revisions to the proposed changes but rather require a complete reevaluation of the process, which is impossible at this point after a two-question non-binding poll encapsulates the student’s final word.
The questions are not just one of simple binaries; do students want this change or not, do students support the MRC more or the Game Room more, and so on. The questions involved are more nuanced: what is the best way to improve the Campus Center as a more inclusive and anti-oppressive space that also allows for the leisure, relaxation and community building activities? What are the opinions of the entire student body, and where are their suggestions for what is best for their own community? These are questions that take an entire semester of extensive discussion and dialogue between different interest groups and the student body at large. Why was last night’s meeting not held months earlier when the time and flexibility were available to address these issues so critical to re-envisioning of the Campus Center? For many students, the proposed changes seem spontaneous and suddenly thrown upon them, when in fact they have been carefully deliberated on for some time. A MRC special committee with atlarge seats and an AAS Space Allocation have provided a means for students and their representatives to voice ideas. Students who were passionate about this issue should have used these avenues to engage in these conversations right from the start. The fault lies, however, with the creators of the plan as well, for they should have be more vocal and publicized better to ensure that there was substantial student input before they moved forward with their decision. The move was not a secretive one, nor did it lack transparency. However, there is a sense that the administration has acted unilaterally on an issue especially impactful to the broader community, as indicated by a non-binding poll in place of a binding referendum. Today’s poll represents the students’ final word and regardless of the result, hopefully, it provides a decisive answer reflective of the campus community.
Obama is Politics as Usual &SJL$ISJTUJBOTPO Managing Opinion Editor A normal voting experience for an Amherst student is this: even when we open our ballots to candidate names we don’t recognize, we still order the usual political Happy Meal with all the little (D)s. We’ probably look right past the (L)s, the (C)s, the (G)s, only stopping to gag slightly over Romney, Ryan or other (R)s on the menu. Sometimes, party affiliation becomes the only difference between relatively obscure candidates. When a candidate brings a history to the table however, we should take advantage of the information available. Unfortunately, many seemed interested in anything but real substance during this past presidential election, sucked into the campaign candidate branding instead. Since President Barack Obama in the past four years has developed a history as a non-legislator and demonstrated his character and abilities, we should look to this record when evaluating him. All too often we let lingering flashbacks of Obama’s campaign marketing five years ago influence our vision of his four more years. To the less cynical, Obama stood for many things back in 2008: bolder principles of peace, justice and tolerance. After all, this message carried so strongly that it earned him the Nobel Peace Prize just a year after inauguration. If we look at Obama now, we’ll notice that he’s
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changed. He’s disillusioned many and become somebody that we only used to know. He has demonstrated his willingness to play politics, tactfully regurgitate populist rhetoric to distract Americans. As Obama continually proves his savvy as America’s top politician, I increasingly fail to see what real principles will march behind him back into the Oval Office come January. This is a man who believed that Washington didn’t always get it right — that imprisonment, cronyism and special interests shouldn’t be synonymous with government, at least not in America. This is a man who believed not in red states and blue states, but in shared discourse and mutual respect. If one merely looked beyond the media portrayal of the President however, one would see that his administration brought us only the opposite and that Americans all too frequently disregard the most obvious examples at their own peril. A year before election, Obama made this the center of his campaign pledge: “I am running to tell the lobbyists in Washington that their days of setting the agenda are over. They have not funded my campaign. They won’t work in my White House.” Read any newspaper, however, and you’ll see lobbying in Washington continues unabashedly. Obama insiders receive government grants and special favors, walking in and out of the White House with well-documented and alarming frequency. The President has granted many official Continued on Page 5
Michael Flaster Former student of the Class of 2014 Amherst College is a small community, so I am sure that many of my fellow classmates already know that I left Amherst to join the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). I am sharing my experiences with you from this past week to illustrate two things to the Amherst community: why I took a leave of absence to serve in the Israeli Army and why Israel deserves an apology from her many critics on and off of our campus. I have spent the last three days in Netivot, a small city of 30,000 people located less than 12 kilometers away from the Gaza Strip. I was volunteering there with a small non-profit. We were operating day care centers, teaching children in bomb-shelter-turned-classrooms and trying to restore a sense of normality to the children’s lives. For the over one million Israelis living within 40 kilometers of Gaza (the typical range of Hamas’s Qassam and Grad rockets), their children experienced the Israeli equivalent of a snow day there was no school here for over a week as the blizzard of rockets continued. It was too dangerous to travel to school and too dangerous to congregate under one roof, so the Israeli government spread out children in bomb shelters across southern Israel to minimize the likelihood of mass casualties. The young, old, sick and disabled must remain in these bomb shelters day and night because they cannot run to safety in time. The residents of Netivot have less than 12 seconds between siren and impact. As I attempted to entertain the frightened children of Netivot, reading stories and playing games, I could hear the deep booms of rockets slamming into nearby cities and towns. Over 1,000 rockets were sent screaming toward Israel in the past week. If the rocket was within five kilometers, we could feel the vibrations of the impacts, watch books fall off of shelves, see windows shiver and sit helplessly wondering who was injured. If the predicted trajectory of the rocket was towards us in Netivot, an air-raid siren would alarm, and the 30,000 residents scrambled towards shelter. When the siren began to howl, the feeling was one of absolute panic. As I sprinted toward safety and grabbed any straggling children nearby, the idea of terror became a reality to me; it dawned on me that there are actually people, just a carride away, who are trying to kill me and those around me. On the night of November 20th a rocket leveled a house a block away from my bunker. However terrorized we may feel in southern Israel, I realize the people of Gaza have it worse. Tragically, the people of Gaza have no shelters to run to and no sirens to warn them when Israel strikes back. Their government (since 2006 controlled by the internationally categorized terrorist group, Hamas) has chosen not to invest in these public safety measures despite waging a continuous war on Israel. This negligence is no accident. Hamas has decidedly tried (and succeeded) to take advantage of Western disdain for civilian casualties, choos-
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ing to play off of our sympathy for the pain and suffering of innocents. Hamas’s leaders know that by repeatedly firing rockets towards Israeli civilian areas from their civilian areas, Israel’s response will be one of impossible choices. Defense and safety are the most fundamental duties of a functioning state. (It is sad that I feel the need to remind my readers of this.) Knowing that any state would eventually be forced to respond, Hamas leaders choose to house their rocket caches, launchers and training facilities within populated areas — all in an effort to maximize their own civilian casualties and thereby earn the sympathy of the international media. This is why whenever a Gazan child dies, he or she is quickly paraded in front of cameras for a photo op. This is why Hamas’s leadership hides in a bunker located underneath Gaza’s largest hospital. Israel will not strike the hospital. (This hospital was modernized by an Israeli relief project in the 1980s and is supplied by Israeli humanitarian aid.) This is why Hamas does not build bunkers for Gaza’s 1.6 million residents. (The bomb shelters that do exist are reserved for Hamas officials and fighters.) This is not because of a lack of finances. According to the Palestine Human Development Report, Palestinians are the largest per capita recipients of international development assistance in the world. Criticizing Israel for the resulting deaths is not only an unfair and frustrating irony, but it encourages Hamas and makes life worse for Gazans. The U.S. State Department reaffirmed this irony, saying, “Hamas claims to have the best interests of the Palestinian people at heart, yet it continues to engage in violence that is counterproductive to the Palestinian cause. Attacking Israel on a near daily basis does nothing to help Palestinians in Gaza or to move the Palestinian people any closer to achieving self-determination.” The international condemnation of Israel becomes laughable to many of us under fire. We understand that simultaneous to Hamas’s brutal tactics, our military goes through great lengths to avoid the very casualties that Hamas so aggressively seeks. As Prime Minister Netanyahu said, “When we hit civilians, we call it a failure. When they hit civilians, they call it a success.” While Hamas purposely puts civilians in harm’s way in order win a cheap media campaign, Israel carries out arguably the most humane military response in the history of warfare. While I do wish that more could accomplished on the diplomatic front, Israel’s handling of the barrage of rockets itself is wholly impressive. Complex international politics, a broken peace process and the lack of earnest peace partners in Gaza force the status quo to continue. This is, however, a separate issue. Israel’s military and humanitarian response to the continuous rocket fire is probably unmatched by any nation. Israel has been delivering continuous aid to Gaza even during wartime. Israeli citizens’ tax money helps feed the same people who voted Hamas into power in 2006. Furthermore, Gaza’s electricity comes from Israel — which if Continued on Page 5
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Four Years of the Same To Support Palestine, Continued from â€œObamaâ€?
exceptions to his White House lobbyist â€œban,â€? while circumventing his own rules by redefining the ban as only for â€œFederalâ€? lobbyists or those not registered as lobbyists by the Senate. He employs at least a hundred lobbyists in his administration and even hired lobbyists as senior advisers to his campaign. Even before campaign season kicked off, paid lobbyists for â€œWashington consulting shops or private companiesâ€? had raised over $5 million for Obamaâ€™s campaign. I wonâ€™t say whether lobbying is necessarily good or bad, but fact-checkers acknowledge that his pledge on that front is broken. In addition to direct lobbying, cronyism persists unaffected. As the biggest winners in Washington, powerful unions win huge cuts from taxpayer bailouts. They receive open support from the Obama administration to intimidate Americaâ€™s struggling businesses during plant relocations and other desperate attempts to remain competitive. Corporations and contractors with political connections receive generous Department of Energy aid and IRS subsidies â€” the obviousness of which is obscured by Obamaâ€™s faĂ§ade of â€œanti-corporateâ€? rhetoric. Itâ€™s well-acknowledged that Obamaâ€™s handouts to â€œgreenâ€? energy were politically connected. His failed experiments at Ener1, Solyndra, Abound Solar and Beacon Power vaporized millions in taxpayer dollars, except for the millions donated right back into his campaign. Even the not-yet-bankrupt companies still owe their success to having CEOs close to the President. Independence Wind received $120 million from the administration; the companyâ€™s owner was Maineâ€™s top Democrat. Brightsource, a solar energy company, lobbied the administration heavily for its $1.6 billion government loan using Joe Bidenâ€™s former Chief of Staff. The worst part though is that thereâ€™s so much more cronyism behind the lobbying. Not only did Obama appoint Brightsourceâ€™s chairman as Commerce Secretary, but the CEO is a fundraiser, donor and friend of the Presidentâ€™s, and the companyâ€™s major stakeholder worked for the Obama administration on energy policy. In keeping with Washington custom, a friend in need means cash received. Obama rushed to Detroit with such vigor to dump borrowed money into too-big-to-fail car companies, and this too was motivated by raw politics. The great â€œauto bailoutâ€? was Obamaâ€™s dream chance to save his Partyâ€™s most organized and loyal supporters. He shielded the union from a bankruptcy process which would, and Obama subsidized the union with $26.5 billion in taxpayer dollars, meaning that â€œthe entire loss to the taxpayers from the auto bailout comes from the funds diverted to the UAW.â€? Even if borrowing money for â€œbailoutsâ€? prevented some layoffs, it was certainly not money well spent: GM today still flirts with bankruptcy while still owing most of its government loans â€” never mind the horror and precedent of politically-motivated government takeovers. There are so many great, well-managed auto companies making often better-quality cars everywhere across America, but they didnâ€™t get your money because they werenâ€™t feeding the Leftâ€™s UAW. Mixing big government, big business and big labor results only in politics and collusion. As the hand of government becomes bigger, more interest groups clamor to influence it; lobbying can only grow worse, and these interests can only become more powerful. Itâ€™s mind-boggling how we still pray that big business will collude with government less, when Obamaâ€™s federal government wades deeper into commercial interests. Itâ€™s remarkable how we balk at the unfolding of the corruption that is inherent in Chinese-style State Capitalism, yet continue to vote more State into our capitalism. The mix is a recipe for decline and corruption that stifles state economies, and Obama mixes in divisive class-based rhetoric to bait and distract Americans into supporting it. For example, after what was a cordial and successful White House meeting with Americaâ€™s financial leaders, the executives present were shocked when the President turned around afterwards and, in front of the cameras, hurled tactless partisan attacks at the executives. It was two-faced, but most importantly, a decoy. Similarly, Obama hastily endorsed flashy but nonsensical â€œBuffet Rulesâ€? and â€œmillionaire taxesâ€? so as to completely skew the debate and ignore real solutions to the deficit, some of which came from commissions he started. He does this at a time when his leadership consistently
fails to address the fiscal cliff â€™s taxmageddon and the 1,300-day lack of a federal budget â€” and racking up $5 trillion in debt in the meantime. Jumping on the bandwagon, the President also seized and politicized Occupy Wall Street with the ease of an experienced showman. Occupy then largely fizzled out as the Presidentâ€™s calculated rhetoric successfully annexed the national movement into the political positioning of his re-election operation. To keep appearing as Mr. Anti-Finance even today, the President bashes private equity while claiming that â€œthis is what this campaign is going to be aboutâ€? â€” that is, political positioning. Just like with everything else, when dollars comes calling, he jumps at private Chicago fundraisers to brand private equity as â€œthe best opportunity for long-term economic vitalityâ€? and â€œthe creation of jobs,â€? and sends his N.E.C. head to beg private equity to save hundreds of union jobs at a major oil refinery in swing-state Pennsylvania and to keep East Coast gas prices below five dollars per gallon around election time (he even granted subsidies and looser environmental regulations for the private equity firm and oil corporation involved). Americans are hurting in the Obama Economy, and theyâ€™re especially vulnerable to being misled by the bashing of any country or person not suffering alongside them â€” and the President knows it. It appears that Barack has learned to skillfully divide and conquer in office. At an alarming pace, his agencies grow bolder and more numerous to arrest or litigate Americans resisting his big-government agenda; on our dime, he has hired hundreds of new special agents and other law enforcement officers for the thousands of rules he levies against households and enterprises. He champions tax-hiking legislation alongside business-strangling regulation, and then spins the rhetoric against his opponents for not supporting â€œjobsâ€? (read: deficit spending), cornering them with empty bills and perfectly mellifluous names like the J.O.B.S. Act. Back room deals, legislative maneuvering, the â€œLouisiana Purchase,â€? the Nebraska â€œbuyoutâ€? â€” Obama ushered in an ugly era of politics in Washington. Much of it was demanded by the huge effort needed to pass gargantuan partisan bills without a clear voter mandate or even majority public support. Much of it was demanded by a President who needed executive privilege, the classification of documents and the firing of top officials to shield his administration from investigations or public criticism. Such depravity is largely avoidable with good governance, but Obama prefers to play politics instead. As meaningful is the transparency with which the President approves of his child-bombing in Pakistan and Afghanistan, Obamaâ€™s administration still reigns as one of Americaâ€™s most secretive. Document classification remains at an all-time high, and the administration has gone to great lengths to keep many of its activities hidden. Top officials such as EPA administrator Lisa Jackson use aliases in emails amongst each other to keep their dealings off-the-record. NGOs even sued the administration to reveal its setting up of non-official, back-channel emails for top officials after it initially refused to release the evidence. The House Science Committee this month demanded that the President explain why â€œsenior Obama Administration appointeesâ€? were frequently violating the Federal Records Act, Freedom of Information Act, the Presidential Records Act and â€œother statutes designed to facilitate transparency and oversight.â€? It is evident that his is not benevolent, inspiring nor transparent government. He is not what â€œObama 2008â€? marketed to us. Just looking at the election news coverage and talking points, Americans kept harping back to cute pictures of the President alongside the gay-rainbow or some pretty quote conjured up by his speechwriters. We fail to see things as just political positioning and corporate branding. Politics is dirty, and the President plays it well. In America we too easily believe politicians hangout in Washington for us, and not for insider connections, power and ego â€” maybe thatâ€™s just the symptom of the optimism unique to the American electorate. Even so, despite what faith you may have in Washington politics, Americans this time made the mistake of overlooking the Presidentâ€™s record on many fronts, especially in the inconvenient details. Given that White House politics hasnâ€™t changed since Obama took the Oath of Office, we would be mistaken to think anything different will come after his second inauguration.
Continued from â€œHamasâ€? Israel chooses to, it could simply shut off. Unlike Hamas, all IDF strikes in Gaza are carried out with surgical precision by laser guided missiles, purposely avoiding civilian casualties. In fact, Israel drops warning pamphlets, makes telephone calls and sends out text messages to all residents near potential targets so that civilians can stay far away before a strike occurs. Moreover, Gazans are transported to Israeli hospitals for advanced medical treatment on Israelâ€™s dime. However, Israelâ€™s moral upper hand does not stop there. While in Netivot, I witnessed firsthand Israelâ€™s rocket defense system, Iron Dome, at work. Israeli- designed and partly funded by the United States, this program costs an average $50 million for one battery and over $30,000 per missile. This price tag shows our value for human life. It goes without saying that Israelis have access to bomb shelters unlike their Gazan counterparts. All these reasons make it senseless to look at â€œdisproportional death rates.â€? Hamas wants death for their own citizens as well as Israelâ€™s, while Israel seeks to protect all lives, Gazan or Israeli. While in bomb shelters in the south, it was not only Jews who took refuge alongside me, but also Bedouin Arabs. Caravans of the still semi-nomadic people arrived to hide in our shelters. Not a single person was turned away because of their race or religion. Meanwhile, the rockets fired into Israel have no specific aim. These rockets donâ€™t discriminate between men or women, Jew or Arab, soldier or civilian, children or the elderly. In fact, several of these rockets landed in Israeli-Arab villages, killing one man. Of course, that is a price the fanatics of Hamas are at peace with, given that he is now a â€œmartyr of the causeâ€? whether willing or unwilling. What is their cause? End the occupation? Israel already pulled out of Gaza seven years ago and has only been rewarded with more terror. The remaining restrictions on the Gaza Strip are only in place to impede the smuggling of weapons. (Gaza is already one of the most heavily armed places on earth per-square mile.) The
Hamas Charter proudly pronounces their cause to anyone who is unsure: â€œIsraelâ€Świll remain erect until Islam eliminates it as it had eliminated its predecessorsâ€Ś.The time will not come until Muslims will fight the Jews and kill them.â€? Those on the left who claim to be champions of human rights do not realize the stark contrast between Israel and Gaza or any of our neighbors for that matter. You cannot be openly gay in Gaza. Women there can be arrested for their own rape. How about life for children? I am not sure if there is a worse form of child abuse than using your child as a human shield. Yet, Israel is framed as the human rights abuser. Still, the greatest tragedy in this conflict may be from those on the left, who in their confusion, support a totalitarian ideology that hurts the very people they claim to support. The best way to support the people of Gaza, and indeed the entire Arab world, is to support Israel in its struggle against Islamic extremism. For Israel is the only viable model of a country with religious tolerance, multiparty democracy, independent judiciary and free press in a diverse, war-torn region. Israel is an imperfect democracy, as all democracies are, but the governing ideology is one of Western, secular liberalism. I left Netivot the morning of November 21st for a placement interview with the IDF. About six blocks north of where I was, a bomb tore through a city bus, forever changing the lives of 23 innocent passengers. That same day, Israel pushed ahead toward peace, agreeing to a ceasefire. After the ceasefire began, five more rockets hit southern Israel. Israel chose not to respond. Sadly, it looks like the rocket fire will continue until the world demands more from Hamas. Until that time, Israel will continue to need to defend herself. It is this past week that reaffirmed my decision to leave the comforts of study at Amherst College. I am drafting into the Israeli army to help defend the Jewish people, to defend the democratic and diverse people of Israel, to ensure the phrase â€œnever againâ€? remains true and because defending Israel is not just a Jewish cause, an Israeli cause or Western cause but a humane cause.
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Spring 2013 club budgets! Club budgets for Spring semester were due electronically Monday before midnight. Now that they are all in, they will be compiled and formatted into budget books for the Budgetary Committee meeting this Friday. The BC and I will be meeting to review all budgets and make our recommendations. Some deadlines to keep in mind: Monday, Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m.: Semester Budget Appeals Meeting â€” If you have a concern about the BCâ€™s decision in regards to your club budgets, please come to our meeting. The meeting will be in the Barker Room of Frost ALevel. Wednesday, Dec. 5: Last BC meeting of the fall 2012 semester Friday, Dec. 7: Last day to turn in check requests. Check requests and other paperwork
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Even Better Than We Expected: â€œLincolnâ€?
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Going in, I was fairly skeptical about â€œLincoln.â€? Naturally, the desire to see Daniel Day-Lewis in one of his patented live-as-the-character method roles excited me, but the potential for a movie about one of our greatest presidents to be little more than a
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waxworks show was undeniable, and the presence of Steven Spielberg at the helm left me even more ambivalent. Donâ€™t get me wrong: Spielberg has made several of the greatest films of the modern era, and his ability to craft equally compelling films aimed at both pure escapism and hardhitting drama is unparalleled. But itâ€™s also true that for every home run he delivers, he usually follows with, if not a strike-out, no better than a single. I would have charitably described myself as cautiously optimistic. Consider my skepticism unwarranted. â€œLincolnâ€? is not only one of the best films of the year, but a film that can stand proudly among Spielbergâ€™s own considerable past work. It provides a compelling, near-masterful portrait of a fascinating individual, an entertaining and informative history lesson, a suspenseful, emotionally rewarding semi-legal drama and a living, breathing glimpse of the role of government that has important political implications today. â€œLincolnâ€? succeeds intellectually, emotionally and often even viscerally, providing the complete package. At its core lies perhaps the single best performance of the year and beyond that, maybe the best portrayal of a U.S. President in the history of film. â€œLincolnâ€? is being marketed as a biopic, but this is only partially true. The entirety of the action takes place
over a few months at the beginning of 1865, mostly in January, and the film centers specifically on Lincolnâ€™s fight to pass the 13th amendment in Congress. Near the end of the war, Lincoln sees an opportunity to use the absence of the Southern states from Congress to end slavery. However, the bill soon meets with fierce opposition from Democrats, as well as more conservative Republicans. In turn, Lincoln has to pull out of his top hat a bevy of tricks, many of which were then and would be considered questionable today. He needs 20 Democrats to support the bill, no Republican abstentions or conflicting votes and he needs to hold off the very real possibility that the Confederates want a peace treaty, under which slavery would likely be sanctioned. Lincoln knows that the end of the war means that his bill will not pass, not only because of the representatives from Southern states, but also because many Northern proponents of the bill only support it as a war measure. With seemingly insurmountable odds, he brings his considerable political know-how to the table and attempts to change history.
The decision to confine the action to such a short period is one of the filmâ€™s greatest masterstrokes. Most biopics fail because they find themselves confused with how to solve the unwieldy task of condensing an entire lifetime into two or so hours. This often leads to the film seeming stodgy, as though it is only able to brush with broad strokes a select smattering of sequences in a personâ€™s life rather than painting with a sharp brush a living, breathing portrait. This technique often fails to actually explore the central figure, often feeling rushed, messy and poorly constructed. While confining the action to few months would seem to paint an even less full picture of our 16th President, it is precisely the reason why the film succeeds as well as it does. Not only does it increase tension and suspense and provide a better narrative flow, but allowing us to see the man tackle one specific issue from beginning to completion gives a truer picture of how he sees the world, how he interacts with others and what he is willing to do and not do in order to accomplish
his goals. Instead of devoting a few scenes to different conflicts Lincoln faces throughout his life, we become immersed in his thoughts and actions and come to see why they are important to not only the country but to himself. We understand what makes him tick. By the end of the film, we do not only see a figure or an idol, but a man. A great man, but a man nonetheless. In the annals of Spielbergâ€™s work, this film is one of the truest examples of his gift for both entertainment and hard-hitting drama. Whereas most of his films fit neatly into one category, â€œLincolnâ€? walks a delicate tightrope between them, and in doing so it manages to be not only immediately compelling, but to raise difficult questions about the role of government in society. The portrait of Lincoln in the film is of a man who is willing to exert great power in his office to accomplish what he sees as right. Many of the tactics resorted to by Lincoln and his Radical Republican allies would be considered questionable by todayâ€™s standards, and, even for the time, many (both defenders of slavery and some who saw it as abhorrent) believed that Lincoln had over-asserted the role of the federal government. While times have no doubt changed, the politics presented in Lincoln bear some striking resemblances to
...maybe the best porâ€œ trayal of a U.S. President in the history of film. â€? today, and they raise important and difficult questions. With stateâ€™s rights arguments all the rage again today, itâ€™s important to consider how these arguments have historically been used to maintain the status quo. The film refrains from taking an explicit political stance on this except in relation to the specific cause of ending slavery, but these implications are always present in the film and they add a layer of provocative nuance and depth to the proceedings that raise the film above being just a supremely compelling character study.
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i-JODPMOw EFTFSWFT UIF IZQF 4QJFMCFSHT EJSFDUJOH BOE %BZ-FXJTTBDUJOHBSFBUUIFJSCFTU First and foremost though, this is a character study, and at the center of our connection to the titular character lies in a masterful portrayal from perhaps the finest actor working today, Daniel Day-Lewis. While the script sets the ground for a compelling portrait, itâ€™s really Day-Lewis who knocks it out of the park and provides us with a man, simultaneously down-to-earth yet forwardthinking, humble yet grand, compassionate yet firm, who is endlessly fascinating. The film benefits from a fine ensemble cast, at least one of whom (Tommy Lee Jones as the fiery Thaddeus Stevens, one of the de facto leaders of the Radical Republicans) will likely be nominated for an Oscar, but when Day-Lewis is on the screen, our eyes attract to him like moths to a lantern. Heâ€™s magnetic, and through his body language, facial expressions, cadence, tone of voice and general screen presence, we understand exactly why Lincoln is considered the greatest President of all time, someone who combines the best aspects
of an idealist and a pragmatist, a man who thinks big but knows how to approach problems as a realist. In Day-Lewis, we understand exactly why Lincoln makes every decision he does. Heâ€™s extraordinarily convincing. And above all, isnâ€™t this exactly what being a President is about? â€œLincolnâ€? doesnâ€™t have the blunt impact of some of Spielbergâ€™s most anguished work, such as â€œSchindlerâ€™s Listâ€? or â€œMunich,â€? but it doesnâ€™t need to nor want to. This is a more uplifting film than many of the directorâ€™s more serious work, and in this light, itâ€™s a rousing success. There are a few vestiges of staginess here and there, mostly early on when there are a few too many scenes in which characters say things that seem like they were directed a little too obviously at the audience rather than at anyone else in the film. By and large, however, this is old-fashioned movie-making at its finest and a reminder that Spielberg, when he brings his A-game, is among the finest directors working today. Itâ€™s as good as one could hope for.
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Artistic Gameplay for Artist-Inspired Work takes place in an abstract landscape of geometric shapes and bright colors. Despite the heady inspiration, Proun is simply a racing game where you control a white sphere rolling along a cylindrical track and try to beat other colored spheres to the finish line. At the same time, it is unlike any racing game Iâ€™ve ever played, as you do not really make turns or dodge other racers. Instead, you rotate along the track to avoid obstacles. The game never really increases in complexity, but more difficult, faster settings demand greater levels of mastery. At the most difficult â€œfaster-than-lightâ€? setting, you have no time to think, relying entirely on reflex and rhythm to avoid obstacles. These obstacles include all manner of brightly colored, crisply rendered rectangles, spheres, cubes, doorways and other manners of shapes in both 2D and 3D, often arranged in hypnotic spirals or wobbling corridors of color. If my descriptions seem vague or abstract, itâ€™s because the entire modern-art-inspired level Image courtesy of 4.bp.blogspot.com design defies a lot of conventional description. 8IJMFQFSIBQTMBDLJOHJOJUTWBSJFUZPGDBNQBJHOUSBDLTBOETPOHT 1SPVO There are no parallels to real-world settings. JTBXPOEFSGVMSBDJOHHBNFJOTQJSFECZ&M-JTTJU[LZTCSJMMJBOUQBJOUJOHT Speeding past the shifting shapes is delightfully disorienting, especially once you abandon the .JLF#VDLMFS developers are no exception. Yet Joost van Don- notion of up and down and any attempt to reStaff Writer genâ€™s Proun is a rare example of a game that ex- orient yourself. As you rotate, the camera spirals plicitly pays homage to traditional artistic me- along with you, sending the entire world spinThe contemplation of video games as an dia and combines these influences with clever ning as you dodge obstacles. It takes some time art form rears its head every so often in gaming gameplay and a great soundtrack. to acclimate to the rhythm of each track, as cerjournalism. Comparisons are drawn to works of The game is named after a series of paint- tain shapes wonâ€™t appear to be obstructing your art in traditional media, and everyone takes a ings in a style developed by El Lissitzky that path until it is too late. Once you have mastered moment to reflect on the meaning of art in gen- examines the juxtaposition of necessarily two- this rhythm, however, thereâ€™s a thrilling sense eral. Recent years have seen the influx of â€œartâ€? dimensional depictions of three-dimensional of dance-like motion as you dodge obstacles by games, designed with the purpose of being ar- concepts. Among the other influences Van a hairs-width. The gameâ€™s jazz-inspired hightistically thought-provoking, that utilize unique Dongen lists in the credits, the Prounen, as Lis- energy soundtrack contributes heavily to this visuals, sounds or game mechanics. Artists of- sitzkyâ€™s series is called, feature distinct uses of sense of rhythm and intensity that permeates ten desire to distinguish themselves and deliver shapes and planes to define 3D surfaces, disori- each track. Made up of guitars, piano, drums, their own unique perspective and style; game enting oneâ€™s sense of space. Fittingly, the game sax and other instruments, each tune stays in
your head long after youâ€™ve stopped playing. I often found myself playing just to hear the music, with a smile on my face each time. My only complaint is that there isnâ€™t enough music. Unfortunately, that criticism extends to the entire game. Iâ€™ve enjoyed every second of it, from the catchy soundtrack and slow mastering each track to trying to top the leaderboards. Van Dongen found the right blend of visuals, sound and gameplay to leave me wanting more â€” except thereâ€™s simply not enough for me. The game features three campaign tracks, called â€œcompositions,â€? as well as two â€œimprovisationâ€? tracks (there appears to be no conceptual distinction between the two kinds of tracks, unfortunately). Furthermore, there are only four music tracks. There is local multiplayer, where you can race with up to three friends, but at the end of the day, the game consists of racing on one of five total tracks. Even with the addition of user-made tracks available on the Internet, Iâ€™m still left wanting. That is not to say it has not been worth my money. While I want more, Iâ€™m impressed with what Proun has to offer. The visuals are abstract but enticing and attractive, the soundtrack is addicting and the gameplay is approachable but difficult to master. In addition to the usermade tracks, which vary in quality but more or less match the standard of those included in the game, there is a fairly robust level editor that allows you to make your own tracks. Furthermore, you can pay what you want for Proun, which really minimizes the cost for those with limited funds, or those who approach games with a healthy dose of skepticism. Finally, if nothing else, Proun is very different, and likely to surprise you. You can download Proun for PC at proungame.com.
At the Table with Ellie: The Perfect Burger &MMJF"OEFSTPO Contributing Writer Throughout this fall, I found myself craving a hamburger. However, it couldnâ€™t be just any burger. I needed one bursting with flavor in each bite of tender, juicy beef, and with each weekend, my hunger nagged at me and reminded me that I had not fulfilled my dream. Soon the desire morphed into a necessity, and I could hold off no longer.
$IFFTFCVSHFSXJUI(SVZFSF BOEDBSBNFMJ[FEPOJPOT After a rapid consideration of the restaurants in Amherst, I chose the High Horse. I will admit that the choice was not random because I did have a burger there this past spring, but I couldnâ€™t be sure that the restaurant would satisfy my craving. Luckily, the High Horse â€” which, by the way, is a pub and includes a full bar for those of age â€” succeeded with flying colors. The restaurant has been open for about a year and serves lunch and dinner. It opens at 11:00 a.m. and closing at 10:30 p.m., while both bars (there is one upstairs and one downstairs) close at 1:00 a.m.
As I sat at the table, stripping off my winter gear in the warm restaurant, I quickly scanned the menu and found exactly what I needed. I noted the French onion soup, the nachos, the salads, the flat bread pizza and the mushroom risotto as I searched the page. Finally, at the very bottom of the entrĂŠe menu, enclosed within its own four lines, lay the burger menu. Here was a separate world in which I could create or choose the exact food item I desired! That little box contained options for each variant of diners, from the vegetarian to the red-meat-adoring visitor for whom a single patty is never enough. I slowly scanned the options, carefully planning the perfect hamburger. As the waitress approached, I hurriedly reviewed and finalized my decisions, which seems silly unless you know that I am notoriously incapable of choosing my own meal. There were so many options! I could play it safe and take the simple and classic hamburger or I could test my culinary sense and build my own cheeseburger. Or, I pondered, I could live on the edge and pick an adventurous choice like the Animal Burger, a double patty, taste-loaded creation that includes rich, creamy gravy, an egg and much more. However, after observing the possible toppings, from the sweet caramelized onions to the crunchy, salty bacon, I had to take the middle road and build my own. My dining partner chose to do the same, and we could not have been happier. As we waited for our food, I contemplated the restaurant itself. The
soft lighting and quiet indie music allowed for easy conversation, and the petite tables and booths created both a sense of intimacy and privacy. While glancing about the room, I noticed the chalkboards with the brews on tap written in various colors and enjoyed reading the different names, like Beastie and Yellow. When the waitress arrived with our burgers, we quickly surveyed our dishes. I had the medium rare cheeseburger with Gruyere and caramelized onions, while my partner had the medium rare hamburger with bacon, an egg, guacamole and caramelized onions. Both burgers were nestled snuggly in their toasted brioche buns with
This was the burger I had craved all semester. The inside of the patty had the warm, pink tinge of medium rare meat, while its outer edge was cooked only to the point of finishing the inside and had no charred meat. The proportion of cheese and onion to patty was balanced, allowing me to enjoy both toppings with each bite. Finally, although the brioche buns were fluffy and light, they held together throughout the entire meal and never fell apart, even during the crucial final nibbles. As I considered the burgerâ€™s flavor, my tongue tingled with the spice of the black pepper that had been mixed into the patty itself. The onions and cheese
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melded perfectly and never overpowered the meat itself. I didnâ€™t even add ketchup. It was best without. Between these mouthfuls, we en-
joyed the â€œbottomlessâ€? fries, a side salad and a pickle, all of which augmented the experience as they allowed us a rest from the main course and a chance to marvel at our satisfaction with the burgers. The salad, one of mixed greens, was gently dressed with a sweet and light balsamic dressing. The fries efficiently balanced a crunchy outside and soft inside and were lightly salted. The pickle had that satisfying crunch and avoided that face-crinkling sourness. In addition, the service was more than adequate; as we ate our way through the meal, our waitress stopped by to inquire about our meal and check that we had water and anything else we needed. Overall, I delighted in my visit to the High Horse. I appreciated the fact that I could savor a delicious and comforting burger for $13 (The cheeseburger alone is $11, and each topping is $1.). The service was good, the ambience was comfortable, and, after further investigation of the menu, I can say that there is something for everyone. They even have gluten-free buns. So, if you are seeking a fabulous burger, the High Horse is a great bet â€” and you might even find some other food you like there as well.
Deschanelâ€™s â€œNew Girlâ€? Walks a Fine Line .FHIBO.D$VMMPVHI Staff Writer â€œNew Girlâ€? premiered its second season on Fox late this September after a successful season last fall. What started off as a means of channeling the cutesy and awkward caricature that has become Zooey Deschanelâ€™s trademark since â€œ500 Days of Summerâ€? soon morphed into a fullfledged hit as its directors fleshed out the supporting characters and gave them stronger plotlines. The show revolves around the lives of four often down-and-out characters in their late twenties as they struggle to keep their footing in the adult world. Deschanel plays the adorable elementary school teacher Jessica Day who answers an ad for a roommate on Craigslist and ends up with three male roommates: the grumpy but kindhearted bartender Nick (Jake Johnson), the wannabe suave womanizer Schmidt (Max Greenfield) and the ex-professional basketball player Winston (Lamorne Morris). Together, they navigate the adult world of long-term relationships, monthly wages and gas bills, while keeping their heads above water, although they all may be a bit disheartened and worse for the wear by the end of each episode. The balancing act that the writers of â€œNew Girlâ€? perform with each episode is that of being heartbreakingly honest about the soul-pounding trials and tribulations of the adult world while maintaining the constant De-
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recent episode, in which Jess attempts to make her long-divorced parents fall back in love with a plan reminiscent of â€œThe Parent Trap,â€? serves as a perfect marker for Schmidt and Winstonâ€™s natures as well. In it, Winston instigates a competition between Schmidt and Schmidtâ€™s cousin â€” who also goes by Schmidt â€” in a series of feats to prove their manliness in order to decide who will get to retain the title â€œSchmidt,â€? for there can â€œonly be one.â€? It is clear that Winston, the most levelheaded of all of the roommates, can easily take advantage of Schmidtâ€™s incredibly caricature-like immaturity â€” and, as usual, hilarity constantly
Five College Events Thursday, November 29
â€œPlath Portrait Reception,â€? Smith College, 6:30 p.m. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the creation of Plathâ€™s Ariel poems and the unveiling of a stunning new oil portrait. There will be a Q&A with the artist Susan Seidner Adler â€˜57 and the donor Esther C. Laventhol â€˜57. Dramatic readings of Plathâ€™s poems by students, faculty and curators will be followed by sweets, bubbly refreshments and toasts to the poet. The event is sponsored by the Poetry Center and the Mortimer Rare Book Room. â€œSteve Ahlquist: Secular Activism, A Memoir,â€? Mount Holyoke, 6:00 p.m. â€“ 8:00 p.m. Despite its comfy location in New England and its long, historical tradition of religious freedom, Rhode Island often finds itself on the front-liners in the First Amendment battle to separate church and state. Steve Ahlquist, Executive Director of the Humanists of Rhode Island, talks about how his group challenged a cross on public land in Providence and the reaction of the community.
Friday, November 30
â€œNew Media in Feminist Scholarship, Teaching and Activism,â€? Mount Holyoke, 12:30 p.m. â€“ 2:00 p.m. This is a presentation of two Research Associate talks by Fungai Machirori and Sophie Toupin as part of a colloquium entitled â€œNew Media in Feminist Scholarship, Teaching, and Activism.â€? Machirori will give a talk entitled â€œHer Zimbabwe: Exploring the Heterogeneity of the Female Zimbabwean Experience through a New Womenâ€™s Web-Based Platform.â€? This talk focuses on findings from a three-month pilot of Her Zimbabwe, a web-based platform that has encouraged Zimbabwean
ensues. New developments that this season has brought about have hinted at a sexual tension and possible budding romance between Nick and Jess. Although hints were dropped in the previous season, they have become more explicit this season; with each passing episode, Nick and Jess constantly turn to each other for support when they encounter difficulties in their lives, especially when it comes to relationship problems. Whenever Nick seems to be about to step up to the plate, however, he is, without avail, hilariously prevented from doing so. The latest example of this was
seen in this seasonâ€™s Halloween episode; while Jess is working at a haunted house, Nick enters the house to warn Jess with intel he has discovered about her significant other, and ends up punching her in the face instead when he is startled by her. Nick and Jess constantly butt heads (both literally and metaphorically), but they are always there for each other in the end. Yet, the support they lend each other seems to be awkwardly and perpetually hovering between sibling-like love and romantic love. The show has been dancing around their budding whatever-it-is for several episodes now and this theme is definitely going to start getting very old very fast if the writers donâ€™t pick a track and stick with it; the suspense can only last so long. The show has seen success thus far, being nominated for several awards, including Golden Globe awards for Best Comedy Series and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy series for Deschanel. It will surely continue to be met with positive reception on the parts of viewers and critics alike â€” as long as its directors continue to focus on and flesh out characters other than Deschanelâ€™s and maintain the balance between the comedic and the serious. A heartwarmingly realistic show about the daily wars that are fought in the workplace, in friendships and relationships and at home, â€œNew Girlâ€? was a hit from the very beginning and will hopefully continue to be for many seasons to come.
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women to explore, celebrate and articulate the heterogeneity of their lives and identities. The platform has played in an important role in fostering lateral communication between Zimbabwean women in Zimbabwe, and those in the diaspora. Toupin will give a talk entitled â€œFeminist Cloud Protesting.â€? Toupinâ€™s talk explores the ways in which feminist activists of the occupy phenomenon have helped shape what appear to be new social practices using online and face to face (F2F) interactions, or what Toupin terms â€œfeminist cloud protesting.â€? The project seeks to establish the emergence of a feminist cloud protesting approach through collected data on new media by academics and activists.
Saturday, December 1
â€œCape Breton fiddler Natalie Macmaster,â€? UMass, 8:00 p.m. Cape Breton fiddler Natalie MacMaster takes his audience on a musical sleigh ride through Nova Scotia at Christmastime with a spirited performance of traditional and contemporary Celtic melodies and Christmas carols. Tickets start at $15, although they are $10 for students and those 17 and under. For ticket information, call 413-545-2511.
Sunday, December 2
â€œA Night for Gaza: Benefit Concert,â€? Mount Holyoke, 7:30 p.m. â€“ 9:30 p.m. Come to a night of music, dance, and poetry in support of civilians affected by Israelâ€™s most recent attacks on Gaza. The event will raise funds for the Middle East Childrenâ€™s Alliance â€” an organization committed to providing emergency aid to children and families in Gaza. A $1 base entry and donations are accepted at the door. by Clara Yoon â€™15
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Menâ€™s Hockey Tops Hamilton Twice
Jeffs 3-1-1, 2-0-0 NESCAC after Thanksgiving Play &NNFUU,OPXMUPO Managing Sports Editor Last season the Amherst menâ€™s hockey team rattled off an astounding 16 wins in 17 games en route to a NESCAC Championship and the programâ€™s first-ever berth to the NCAA Division III Frozen Four in Lake Placid, N.Y. Led by National Player of the Year Jonathan La Rose â€™12 in goals, the team had arguably the most successful season ever. One year later, the Jeffs return to Orr Rink with high expectations of similar success and, inevitably, question marks about just how to replace the class of 2012. In a sport where goaltending plays perhaps a more crucial role than in any other â€” take a look at the most recent winners of the Conn Smythe trophy for the most valuable player during the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs and youâ€™ll find Jonathan Quick of the Kings (a UMass grad, no less) and the Bruinsâ€™ Tim Thomas as the two most recent holders â€” replacing the countryâ€™s best goalie has undoubtedly been the biggest off-season question the Jeffs have faced. But, five games in and posting a 3-1-1, 2-00 record, the Jeffs seem to have found two more than capable answers to their goalie question in senior Nate Corey and first-year Dave Cunningham. Currently, Cunningham and Corey sit first and second in the NESCAC in goals against average (GAA) with 0.96 and 1.34, respectively, and in save percentage, .958 and .947, respectively. If ever there were a doubt about the future of goaltending in the post-La Rose era of Lord Jeffs hockey, fear not: right now the Jeffs have the two best goalies in the conference. And although Cunningham and Corey appear to be splitting time so far (Coreyâ€™s tallied 178 minutes to Cunninghamâ€™s 125), surely the two are gunning out it for the starting job, making their time between the pipes even more determined. Of course, goalie is one position in a team
sport and a team-effort it has been for the Jeffs. In their opener, the Jeffs earned a 1-0 hard-fought away victory over Hamilton on Nov. 16. With 7:35 left in the first period, sophomores Aaron Deutsch and Mike Cashman linked up on a power-play to find senior Mike Moher at the center of the right circle, where the forward fired home a wrist-shot for the gameâ€™s only goal. On the other end of the ice, the Continentals narrowly outshot the Jeffs 26-25, but couldnâ€™t put one past Corey. Defensively, although Amherst conceded seven penalties, the teamâ€™s penalty-killing unit worked hard with Corey to prevent Hamilton from finding the back of the net. The following day, Nov. 17, the team NESCAC rivals met for the second leg of the homeand-home series, this time at Orr Rink for the Jeffs home opener. In what again proved to be a closely contested game, Amherst again prevailed victorious by a 1-0 margin. After two scoreless periods between the Jeffs and the Continentals, first-year Conor Brown found the back of the net off of a rebound from Deutschâ€™s blast from the circle. Deutsch picked up his second assist in as many games, while junior Brain Safstrom also tallied an assist on the goal. With Amherst now leading, Hamilton mounted a furious comeback effort to no avail, again unable to solve the Jeffs defense and Coreyâ€™s goaltending. Midway through the third, the Continentals went on the power play, only to be denied by two key saves from Corey. With less than two minutes to play, Hamilton pulled Joseph Quattrocchi from their net but couldnâ€™t find the equalizer. Corey finished with 22 saves to Quattrocchiâ€™s 21, while both teams went 0-5 on the power play. For the Jeffs, it was two NESCAC shutouts in two days. Amherst returned to the ice on Tuesday, Nov. 20 to face off with No. 15 Westfield State. Led by senior Johnny Van Siclenâ€™s two first period goals,
the sixth-ranked Jeffs cruised to a 6-0 victory over the Owls. Brown found the back of the net for his second goal in as many games, before assisting Mike Rowbotham â€™15 for his first of the year. Deutsch picked up two more assists, while Dave Cunninghamâ€™s debut between the pipes resulted in 14 saves and a third-straight shutout win for Amherst. In the teamâ€™s next game, held Friday Nov. 23, the Jeffs hosted Gustavus Adolphus College of Minnesota. Moher gave the Jeffs an early lead, assisted by Cashman and Van Siclen. Five minutes into the second, the Gustieâ€™s â€” yes, Gustieâ€™s â€” equalized on a goal from Adam Smyth. The equalizer marked the first goal scored on the Jeffs this season. The teams entered the third period locked at one. At the 13:37 mark, Tyler Lapic â€™15 ripped one over Cunninghamâ€™s left shoulder to give the
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visitors a 2-1 lead, also marking the first time all season the Jeffs have trailed. With the Jeffs on the verge of their first loss of the season, they made one last-ditch effort forward with just less than two minutes left. With 1:33 remaining, Robotham found the puck in the slot and fired into the top-shelf, putting the Jeffs even in a wild contest. Moher picked up an assist to go with his first period goal, while Deutsch also tallied an assist on the goal, giving him five in four games. In overtime, Cunningham was the hero for the Jeffs, making two important saves to keep the game tied. Offensively, the Jeffs couldnâ€™t get anything going in the extra period, and the game would ultimately finish in a 2-2 tie. Cunningham finished with 30 saves on the evening, a career high. The next night, Amherst concluded its jampacked opening week at No. 10 Utica, falling to the Pioneers 4-3 for their first loss of the season. Utica exploded for three goals on Corey in less than six minutes to take a 3-0 lead in the second period. The Pioneersâ€™ third goal came, controversially, after the Amherst net had come off its pegs. As Corey and the Amherst defense waited for the play to be blown dead, the Pioneers netted their third goal and the refs let it stand. Andrew Kurlandski â€™14 brought the Jeffs back within two, midway through the second, but Utica answered again, pushing their lead to 4-1. Rowbotham found the net with 2:15 left in a wild second period, cutting Uticaâ€™s lead to 4-2 heading into the third. In the third, Van Siclen brought the Jeffs within one with only 4:02 to play, the Jeffs couldnâ€™t find the equalizer even after pulling Corey. With the loss, Amherst fell to 3-1-1. After only one week of play itâ€™s already been a wild season for the Jeffs. They continue their seven-game road trip on Friday, Nov. 30 at Wesleyan for a crucial NESCAC bout versus Wesleyan.
First-Year Swimmers Making a Splash &NNFUU,OPXMUPO Managing Sports Editor Men The Amherst menâ€™s swimming and diving team opened its 2012-2013 campaign in convincing fashion on Nov. 16 with a 173-103 route of NESCAC rival Colby. Of the 16 events in the dual-meet, the Jeffs won an astounding 11 in Pratt Pool, proving that despite their grueling second-place finish at NESCACs last year, the team is back with a vengeance. Leading the way for the Jeffs were sophomores Conor Deveney and Alex Kang, both of whom won individual events before coming together to win the 200-yard medley relay. Deveney won the 100-backstroke in 52.57, while Kang won the 100 breast in 1:02.18. Tyler Bulakul â€™14, who won the 200 fly in 1:55.85, was also impressive for the home side. Other victors on the day were Nick Egan â€™14, winning the 200 free in 1:46.14 and Connor Sholtis â€™15, taking home the 100 free (47.01). Several first-year swimmers also made impressive collegiate debuts, including Jeff Anderson who won the 200 breast in 2:15.78 before taking second in the 200 free (1:46.48). Matt Heise â€™16 also picked up an individual win in his debut, winning the 200 back in a time of 1:56.24. On the board in the diving events, three Amherst divers recorded NCAA B-Cut scores, an early indicator of the talent this diving squad may have. Asher Lichtig â€™16 posted a 290.02 and Mark Idleman â€™15 slotted a 284.47 in the one-meter, while junior Colin Whiteâ€™s 313.95 on the three-meter board was good enough for first place. Three days later, the Jeffs traveled to Mid-
dletown, Conn. to face NESCAC and Little III rival, Wesleyan, in their second dual-meet of the season. The Jeffs again dominated their competition, cruising to a 168-96 win. Bulakul and Sam Stewart â€™16 led the way for the Jeffs, each posted NCAA B-Cut times in the 100-yard butterfly. Stewart was especially impressive in his second collegiate race, posting a speedy 50.17 time in the 100 fly, nearly a second under the NCAA provisional qualifying time of 50.59. Bulakul, who finished just behind his firstyear teammate in the 200 fly, enjoyed a terrific race, incluing a 100-yard backstroke victory (52 seconds flat) and a victory in the 200 medley relay, which the Jeffs won by just .63 of a second. Anderson impressed again for the Jeffs, setting a pool duel-meet record in the 400yard individual medley (4:10.4) â€” after earlier winning the 200 fly (1:54.20). Fellow rookie Vic Sun also earned a pair of victories, edging junior teammate Parker Moody by a mere .02 seconds to take the 200 free (1:46.56) before winning the 100 free (48.59) over sophomore Tyler Hampton. With two dominant victories behind them, the Jeffs will travel to Middlebury this Saturday, Dec. 1 in what promises to be a more competitive race. Women Not to be outdone by their male counterparts, the Lady Jeffs swimmers also collected two dominant wins in their first two duelmeets of the season, topping Colby and Wesleyan 157-109 and 167-109, respectively. Co-captain Kate Vincett â€™13 led the way for Amherst in their home opener, winning
the 100-freestyle and taking second in the 100-yard breaststroke. Sophomores Sabrina Lee and Courtney Flynn also picked up victories for the Lady Jeffs, who won 10 of the meetâ€™s 15 total events. Leeâ€™s 1:00.82 in the 100yard backstroke gave her the win, while Flynn cruised to a 2:26:96 time, good enough for first in the 200-yard freestyle. The sophomore duo also helped win the 200-yard medley relay for Amherst. First-year Emily Hyde impressed her collegiate debut with a narrow victory in the 200free, winning in 2:00.23, only a second ahead of Colbyâ€™s rookie Morganne Hodson. Three days later at Wesleyan, the Lady Jeffs continued to look sharp in another wellrounded team effort that saw several individual victories, including two swimmersâ€™ collecting two individual wins, each. Steph Ternullo â€™15 looked particularly impressive for Amherst, winning the 200 fresstyle (1:55.92) before setting a dual-meet pool record in the 500 free, winning in a time of 5:08.76. Then, not to be denied a third victory, Ternullo teamed up with Lulu Belak â€™14, Ashleigh Stoddart â€™15 and Vincett to win the 400-yard freestyle relay, good enough for another pool dual-meet record at Wesleyan. First-year Sarah Conklin also shined against the Cardinals, setting a pool duelmeet record in the 100 fly (57.75), nearly four seconds ahead of teammate Allison Merz â€™14, who took second. Conklin also won the 200 fly (2:11.47) and was part of Amherstâ€™s 200yard medley relay winning team. The women, who also took second at NESCACS, looked stellar in their first two meets and should be especially pleased with the performances of their youngest class. The Lady
Jeffs also face off with Middlebury this weekend in Vermont.
Lambert Takes Home Bronze &NNFUU,OPXMUPO Managing Sports Editor In what has already been a season for the ages, Keri Lambertâ€™s collegiate cross country career came to a stellar conclusion on Saturday, Nov. 20 in Terre Haute, Ind., where she finished third at NCAA Div. III Nationals. Her time of 21:13.0 on the six-kilometer course not only earned put her second among runners in the team competition (second-place finisher Alison Steinbrunner school, Ohio Northern, failed to qualify), but also gave her All-American honors for the secondstraight year. Led by Lambert, the Lady Jeffs took 15th at Nationals, marking the thirdconsecutive year the Amherst women have finished in the top 20. Lambertâ€™s third place finish also marks the best individual Amherst performance since Elise Tropiano â€™09 took second in 2008.
FRIDAY Menâ€™s Basketball vs. Elms, 6 p.m. (Pioneer Valley Classic @ Westfield State Day 1 of 2) Menâ€™s and Womenâ€™s Squash vs. Drexel, 6 p.m. Menâ€™s Hockey @ Wesleyan, 7 p.m. Womenâ€™s Hockey vs. Wesleyan, 7 p.m. SATURDAY Menâ€™s & Womenâ€™s Track @ Smith Invitational, 10 a.m. Menâ€™s & Womenâ€™s Swimming @ Middlebury, 1 p.m.
Womenâ€™s Basketball @ Skidmore, 2 p.m. Menâ€™s and Womenâ€™s Squash vs. George Washington, 2 p.m. Womenâ€™s Hockey vs. Wesleyan, 3 p.m. Menâ€™s Hockey @ Trinity, 4 p.m. Menâ€™s Basketball vs. Springfield, 6 p.m. TUESDAY Menâ€™s Basketball @ Emmanuel, 6 p.m. Womenâ€™s Basketball @ Emmanuel, 8 p.m.
Willy Workman â€™13 was named the MVP of the Ken Wright Invitational Tournament, which the Jeffs easily won with a 117-96 win over Curry College. In the Jeffsâ€™ first game of the tournament, a victory over Newbury, Workman led the Jeffs with 19 points to go along with 10 rebounds and five assists. In the clincher over Curry, the senior nearly matched his previous effort with a 15-point, seven-rebound performance. As his team begins NESCAC play, Workman looks to be a driving force behind the Jeffsâ€™ push for another league title. â€”Karl Greenblatt â€™15
Game of the Week WOMENâ€™S HOCKEY vs. WESLEYAN When and Where: Saturday, Dec. 1 Orr Rink 3 p.m. After another successful season that saw them nearly win a NESCAC Championship and gain an NCAA atlarge berth, the womenâ€™s hockey team saw their head coach, Jim Plumer, accept the coaching job at the Univ. of Vermont. Under new leadership, the Lady Jeffs have stumbled to start this year; they have now lost three games straight, including an overtime heart-
breaker at Hamilton. Facing the Cardinals on Saturday, the Jeffs must get back into the win column immediately if they want to set a positive tone for the season. The squad will especially look to its seniors (Megan Doyen, Kaitlyn McInnis and Geneva Lloyd) to provide much-needed cool under pressure. So far, the Cardinals are 2-2, having split a series with the Ephs in their only NESCAC action. While the Jeffs have been on the wrong end of two runaways, both of the Cardinalsâ€™ losses have been close, so expect Wesleyan to be a formidable opponent. Thatâ€™s not to say the Jeffs arenâ€™t up to the task: despite being a young and struggling team, they know what it takes to win. â€”Karl Greenblatt â€˜15
In three convincing wins so far this season, the womenâ€™s basketball team has enjoyed frequent contributions from Bridget Crowley â€™13. Her average of 12.3 points per game ties her with Megan Robertson â€™15 for the Jeffsâ€™ team lead. Crowley has shown that her game is multidimensional, too, by amassing 7.7 boards per game. She also leads the team in both field goals attempted and field goals made, proving that sheâ€™s ready to step up as an offensive leader in her senior year. With her team set to begin NESCAC action, Crowleyâ€™s strong play has indicated that sheâ€™s just getting started. â€”Karl Greenblatt â€™15
Sharp-Shooting Jeffs Off to Fast Start
Jeffs Win Ken Wright Invitational; Workman MVP
Niahlah Hope â€˜15 Public Affairs Office
/PSUIBNQUPOOBUJWF8JMMZ8PSLNBOUBMMJFEBEPVCMFEPVCMFJOUIF+FGGTPQFOFS BXJO CFGPSFBXFMM SPVOEFEFGGPSUPGQPJOUT TFWFOSFCPVOET UISFFBTTJTUTBOEUISFFCMPDLTJOBXJOPWFS8FTUFSO/FX&OHMBOE Varun Iyengar â€™14 Sports Section Editor While most Amherst students enjoyed some downtime last week, the menâ€™s basketball team did just the opposite, as their 2012-2013 season got off to a quick start with three games over the break. Coming off an impressive, 26-win campaign last year, the defending league champion Jeffs are looking to build on that success this season. Last yearâ€™s team was undefeated against NESCAC opponents, suffering only three losses in total, en route to their fifth NESCAC title and 14th NCAA tournament appearance. A third-round defeat at the hands of Franklin and Marshall ended their run, but, all in all, the Jeffs met and exceeded most peopleâ€™s expectations. Speaking of expectations, head coach David Hixon â€™75 has already laid out his for this season: â€œOur motto for the year is 11:8:1.
There are 11 NESCAC teams. Eight make the conference playoffs and one gets the automatic bid. As far as immediate goals go, weâ€™d like to finish in the top half of the league and host a quarterfinal game â€” which is always tough.â€? With that goal in mind, Hixon has to be happy with the Jeffsâ€™ start to this young season. The team began the year at the 12th annual Ken Wright â€™52 Invitational, before hosting Western New England Univ. With three wins in three games, things are looking good for Amherst so far. The team opened the season with a decisive 89-74 victory over Newbury College in the first round of the Invitational. Getting his year off to a blistering start, senior guard Willy Workman put up a double-double with 19 points and 10 boards to pace the Jeffs. Efficient in his production, Workman was 5-7 from the field and 8-10 from the line, while chipping in five assists and three steals. Cocaptain Aaron Toomey â€™14 was also in double figures with 16 points and three assists, while
the frontcourt tandem of Peter Kaasila â€™13 and Ben Pollack â€™16 combined for 21 points, nine rebounds, and five blocks. Although it was their first game together, the Jeffs certainly looked like an experienced group. Amherst jumped out to an early advantage, 15-4, and never looked back, running away with the wire-to-wire victory. Newbury did finish the first half strong to get within six points at halftime, 48-42, but that was as close as they would get. Toomey hit back-to-back threes to open the third, part of a 26-8 spurt to open the period, putting the game well out of Newburyâ€™s reach. The Jeffs coasted from there, earning the well-deserved 15-point victory to open their season. There was no time to celebrate though, as the Jeffs were right back at it the following afternoon, playing for the tournament title. Going up against Curry College, Amherst put on an offensive clinic, tearing up the Curry defense to the tune of 117 points, one of the most prolific offensive performances in the
programâ€™s history. The Jeff â€™s torched the nets in the first half, shooting a ridiculous 61.5 percent, before finishing the game a couple ticks above 50 percent. Despite the best effort of Curry standout Sedale Jones â€™13, who poured in a game-high 41 points, Amherst was not threatened after the first quarter, as the Jeffs sprinted out to an early double-digit lead and coasted to the 21-point victory. For the game, all Amherst starters scored in double figures, led by Kaasila and Allen Williamson â€™13, who each notched 22 points. Kaasila also grabbed 11 rebounds to record his first double-double of the season. Toomey chipped in an impressive 19-point, 12-assist performance, while Workman put in his typical all-around effort, filling up the stat sheet with 15 points, seven rebounds, six assists, and three blocks. Fresh off the tournament title, Amherst hosted Western New England Univ. in their final game over the break. Looking to keep their undefeated record intact, the Jeffs nearly duplicated their offensive eruption of the previous game, cruising to a 104-61 victory. Shooting 53.7 percent from the field, the Jeffs had five players score in double figures en route to their largest margin of victory in almost two years. Amherst got off to a blistering start, running out to a 30-9 lead and setting the tone for the rest of the afternoon. The Jeffs led by 27 points at the half and began the third quarter with a 19-4 run that put any hopes of a comeback to rest. Building on his strong start to the season, Workman put together an 18-point, 7-rebound, 3-assist, 3-block performance to lead Amherstâ€™s attack. Peter Kaasila finished just shy of another double-double with 14 points and nine boards, while Conner Green â€™16 came off the bench to tack on 16 points, shooting 4-6 from long distance. With the victory, the Jeffs improved to 3-0 on the young season. On Tuesday, Nov. 27, they made it 4-0 with a relatively easy victory over Lasell. While the team has certainly proved it has the talent to score in bunches, it remains to be seen how they will handle tougher defenses. Regardless, Amherst has taken care of business so far and will look to build on this momentum as they have another busy, three-game week ahead.
Womenâ€™s Basketball Wins Spare Parts Tip-Off Tournament
,FWJO)PPHTUSBUFO Staff Writer
Womenâ€™s basketball opened the season in convincing style over the break, beating Brooklyn and 25th-ranked William Paterson to win the Amherst Tip-Off Tournament before coasting to a 30-point blowout of Mount Holyoke. The Lady Jeffs went into their season opener ranked 15th nationally and coming off their fourth straight Final Four appearance. The team lost four starters from last yearâ€™s squad to graduation, but it hardly seemed to matter against Brooklyn as the Jeffs built a 15-point halftime lead and went on to win 67-42. Megan Robertson â€™15, last yearâ€™s NESCAC Rookie of the Year, got things started early with six points in the first five minutes as Amherst raced out to a 13-3 lead. Brooklyn fought back and kept the game close throughout the first half, using a three-pointer to pull within two with 6:54 left in the half. That was the closest Brooklyn would get, as the Bulldogs went ice cold and finished the half on 3-12 shooting. Amherst took advantage, scoring 15 points in the last six minutes to build a comfortable lead going into halftime. The second half saw more strong defense from Amherst, as the team limited Brooklyn to 5-26 shooting. Co-captains Bridget Crowley â€™13 and Marcia Voigt â€™13 combined for the teamâ€™s first 12 points and ran the lead to 50-29 with 13:40 to play. The team was never threatened down the stretch, allowing coach G.P. Gromacki to use all of his players. The Jeffs shot 42.9 percent from the field, outrebounded Brookyln 58-40 and limited the Bulldogs to a 22.4 percent shooting percentage. Crowley recorded 22 points and 12 rebounds to lead the team, while Robertson narrowly missed her own double-double after scoring 12 and grabbing nine boards. The competition was much stiffer than the 88-61 final score suggests in the tournamentâ€™s championship game, as William Paterson jumped out to an early 13-point lead and refused to go away. The game was tied as late as four minutes into the second half, but the Jeffs used a 25-5 run to ensure victory. Amherst shot 45.1 percent in the first half but struggled to hang on to the ball, with six turnovers in the first six minutes. William Paterson took advantage and led by 10 with 8:24 left before Marley Giddins â€™16 dragged Amherst back into the game, scoring 10 of the Lord Jeffsâ€™ final 17 points. A Cheyenne Pritchard â€™16 layup with 16 seconds remaining gave Amherst their first lead since 2-0, as the team went into halftime up 30-28.
The second half began as a back-and-forth affair, with Amherst using a pair of Jasmine Hardy â€™13 three-pointers to stay close. Up two with 15:28 to play, the team stepped up their offensive game as five different players contributed to score 25 points in just over seven minutes. Giddins, Savannah Holness â€™15 and Sally Marx â€™13 closed out the game for the Lord Jeffs, with Marx making use of limited playing time to score 10 points in just over two minutes. Robertson led the team with 17 points on 8-11 shooting and added 15 rebounds, while Hardy shot four of five from three-point distance to add 14 points. Giddins was huge off the bench, going for 18 points and 12 rebounds to record her first collegiate double-double in just 17 minutes. William Paterson made 50 percent of their three-point attempts in the first half but went just 1-for-11 from deep in the second half. Despite the teamâ€™s early struggles, Robertson felt that the game was a nice learning experience for the team. â€œWe faced some adversity when we found ourselves down in the first half, but it gave us experience in that we could not get down on ourselves,â€? said Robertson, who won tournament MVP honors. â€œFortunately, we were able to find our rhythm and turn the tide of the game.â€? Against Mount Holyoke, the team once again found themselves in a close game at halftime and then proceeded to break the game open. This time, however, the Jeffs did it with defense, allowing just 13 second-half points and holding the Lyons to 20 percent shooting. Mount Holyoke was able to keep the score close in the first half as Amherst shot 33 percent from the field, but with no players over six feet, the Lyons had no answer for the six-foottwo Crowley, who led the Jeffs with 10 points. The teamâ€™s improved second-half shooting (45.2 percent) combined with strong defense doomed the Lyons. The Jeffs had nine players score in an all-around solid effort, previewing the squadâ€™s depth. â€œ[Against Mount Holyoke] we had balanced scoring amongst the team, which was very exciting since it shows that everyone on the team is a threat,â€? Robertson said. Robertsonâ€™s strong contributions during tournament play didnâ€™t go unnoticed, as she picked up NESCAC Player of the Week honors. She averaged 17 points and 12 rebounds over the two games and was quite efficient around the rim, with a 69.6 shooting percentage. The Jeffs travel to Skidmore on Saturday before playing 20th-ranked Emmanuel on Tuesday. â€œIt has been a good start to the season and we are definitely looking forward to the contests we have coming in the next two weeks,â€? Robertson said.
Womenâ€™s Ice Hockey Drops Three Straight Games ,BSM(SFFOCMBUU Managing Sports Editor Interim head coach Jeff Matthews already has his work cut out for him. The Amherst squad, which nearly won a NESCAC Championship last season, has dropped three of its first four, including a crushing overtime road loss to conference rival Hamilton. In the first game of the home-and-home series with the Continentals (Friday, Nov. 17), the Lady Jeffs did manage to take care of business by a 6-5 score. It was the seniors who carried the team on that day, as Megan Doyen, Geneva Lloyd and Kaitlyn McInnis all got in on the scoring action. Emily Flom â€™15 and Courtney Baranek â€™14 also chipped in with goals, while first-year Eileen Harris added two assists. Even a hat trick by Hamiltonâ€™s Stephanie Lang wasnâ€™t enough to overcome the seemingly well-balanced Jeff attack; the Amherst team jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first period and survived despite losing the third period, 3-2. But the two teams would meet again as play moved to Clinton, N.Y. the following day, and, this time, the Continentals had the advantage. Hamiltonâ€™s 4-3 win would be their first victory over the Jeffs after 16 consecutive losses dating back to 2005. All the Amherst scoring came in the second period, as Hayley Opperman â€™14 found the back of the net twice and Ashley Salerno â€™14 also tallied a goal. This time, however, the Jeffsâ€™ 3-2 lead at the end of the third period would
not be safe. Hamiltonâ€™s Gigi Fraser scored the game-tying goal with 10:27 to play in the third period, and the contest would extend to a sudden-death overtime. There, the Continentalsâ€™ Katie Zimmerman, who had already scored once on the day, netted the winner and dashed the Jeffsâ€™ hopes of starting out 2-0 in league play. From there, the Lady Jeffs headed to Middlebury for the Panther/Cardinal Classic, where they didnâ€™t meet with much success. The Jeffs would match up against first-ranked Plattsburgh and fourth-ranked Elmira, and both teams showed that they were every bit as good as the rankings indicated. In their two losses over the weekend of Nov. 24-25, Amherst was outscored by a 14-4 margin. Flom and Lloyd did manage to pad their individual statistics as each scored in the Jeffsâ€™ 8-3 loss to Plattsburgh. Tori Salmon â€™15 also netted her first goal of the season in a 6-1 defeat at the hands of Elmira. Nevertheless, the Jeffs hung tough throughout the weekend: against Elmira, the Amherst squad came up with just four fewer attempts on goal than the Soaring Eagles as they were narrowly outshot, 32-28. The Jeffs have nowhere to go but up, and they will get a chance to do just that this weekend when they host NESCAC foe Wesleyan for a pair of games this weekend. The Cardinals are 2-2 but have been competitive in each of their games and will provide a formidable opponent. Following that, the Jeffs can look forward to a mid-week tilt against always-dangerous Trinity (Wed., Dec. 5) that will also be a must-win.
Amro examines the art and science of consistent greatness in the NFL. What statistical indicators underlie that elusive â€œwinning recipe?â€?Or is it more difficult to pin down that just numbers?
Back when the NFL locked out its players, the NFL Playersâ€™ Association emphasized that theirs was a union looking out for every NFL player, not just the superstars. To their point, they explained that on average, a player who tries out for an NFL roster has a career that lasts all of 3.3 years. Clearly, longevity is tough to bottle up in the NFL. Opportunities are fleeting, perhaps most constrained by the chance that the next hit, the next missed play, or the next loss could dismantle a team. With revolving doors at every level, how do NFL teams plan for success? Itâ€™s simplistic of course to assume that success in the NFL could be wholly pinned down under either approach. But teams spend countless hours each year scouting players, interviewing coaches and tinkering with schemes, all in the hopes of getting over the proverbial hump. And thatâ€™s to say nothing of the millions of dollars teams spend signing free agents, in pursuit of the fabled missing piece. A changing of the guard at the top is exceedingly rare: owners, and the management teams they put in place, are in it for the long haul. So every season that results in failure should at least reveal one more piece of the puzzle for the blueprint to success in the NFL. Few organizations, however, have a track record that bears this out. Last year, there were six NFL head coaches with at least one championship to their names. Only two of those men have won multiple championships for the team that currently employs them: Bill Belichick with the New England Patriots and Tom Coughlin with the New York Giants. Recent Super Bowl losses to the Giants notwithstanding, Belichickâ€™s track record in New England is unparalleled. His teams have always finished with winning regular-season records since he took over in 2001, and he has three rings in five trips to the Super Bowl during that time to show for it. To key in on Belichickâ€™s success, we need to understand how the Patriots have won their games. For starters, letâ€™s take a look at the difference between the points the team scored and the points they allowed, a statistic called point differential. Since 2003 (excluding the Patriotsâ€™ first Super Bowl win), the Patriots havenâ€™t ranked worse than 13th in the NFL in terms of point differential. In fact, if we exclude 2005, the Patriots have never been worse than sixth. So, as we would have expected, the Patriots have outscored their opponents. But that alone tells us little about how theyâ€™ve managed to win so consistently. But consider this: between last weekend and 2003, the Patriots defense ranked no worse than 17th in the NFL in points allowed per game. During that 10-year span, the Patriots were among the leagueâ€™s top five stingiest defenses, points-wise, five times. Unsurprisingly, the Patriots offense has also done well for itself, never ranking worse than 13th in the league in points per game during the same period. Furthermore, the Patriots have never been stuck in both an offensive and defensive rut in the same year â€” theyâ€™ve never bottomed out. In every year except 2005, the Patriots have had either their defense or their of-
fense ranked among the NFLâ€™s top eight in terms of points per game. So when we say that the Patriots have always been excellent at outscoring opponents, we know itâ€™s because either their offense or their defense was consistently much better than the NFL average. Intuitive as this may seem, achieving this is no small feat. The elephant in the room is that the NFL makes sustainable success difficult: teams adapt to coaching strategies; successful players become superstars with unaffordable contracts; teams with the least success are awarded the highest draft picks in the draft each year. Winning, in other words, makes it all that much harder to win again. In the NFL, success breeds failure. So how have the Patriots managed their consistency? Offensive statistics can again provide a clue. Letâ€™s start with the running game, where the Patriots have seen their success vary wildly. In terms of rushing yards per game, theyâ€™ve ranked everywhere from 27th to sixth in the past 10 years. And throughout, theyâ€™ve never really had a transcendent running back. And yet, absent a star, the Patriots have managed a respectable ground. For proof, we need look no further than the teamâ€™s leading rusher this season, Stevan Ridley, who was a third-round pick in 2011. In his final and only season as the featured back at LSU, Ridley averaged 4.6 yards per carry. Heâ€™s averaging the same number this year with the Patriots, who rank sixth in the league in rushing. So if the running game isnâ€™t where the Patriots have had to sacrifices, then it has to be receiving, right? Here again, the Pats have used replaceable parts. Wes Welker, who does have superstarlevel production, has been unable to collect a long-term deal from the team. Back in 2008, when the Patriots lost quarterback Tom Brady to a seasonending knee injury, they made it work with Matt Cassel calling the shots. The Patriots drafted Cassel in the seventh round in 2005, despite his not having started a game in his college career. If you have any doubts about the Belichick magic, Casselâ€™s performance in Kansas City (the team the Patriots eventually traded him to) should be telling. For Belichick and the Patriots, success is parts- but not personnel-specific. The Patriots attitude can perhaps best be summed up by one of their former Super Bowl MVPâ€™s, wide receiver Deion Branch, who began his career with the team in 2002. A few weeks ago, the Patriots picked up cornerback Aqib Talib, a former first-round pick whoâ€™s litany of off-field troubles cost him a job in Tampa Bay. Of the decision to sign Talib, Branch said: â€œWe know Coach Belichick and his staff and the organization alwaysâ€Ś put the team first, and do whatever it takes to help improve the team.â€? A few weeks later, the Patriots cut Branch from their roster to make room for Talib. The clincher of course is that, idiosyncratic sideline gear aside, Belichick might be most famous for motoring through the rest of the league with a player nearly every team deemed a spare â€” a sixth-rounder named Brady.
Rob Mattson Public Affairs Office
Penalty Kicked Out of the Tourney Men’s Soccer Falls to Williams in Elite Eight
Brenton Arnaboldi ’14 Staff Writer
Soccer can be a cruel sport, a game in which it’s often better to be lucky than good. Derailed by five shots off the crossbar, the men’s soccer team suffered a devastating loss to Williams in the NCAA Quarterfinals last Sunday, battling to a 0-0 tie in regulation before falling 4-3 in penalty kicks. Amherst (17-0-3) controlled play for the majority of the contest — outshooting the Ephs 23-7 and peppering the Williams’ box with corner kicks and long throw-ins all afternoon — but inexplicably failed to find the back of the net. “I think we played hard and with purpose,” head coach Justin Serpone said. “I was so proud of our effort and thought we deserved a better result, but that’s the game of soccer.” Unable to bury any of their opportunities in regulation, the Jeffs found themselves at the mercy of a penalty kick shootout. At the heartbreaking conclusion, the teary-eyed Jeffs stared in disbelief as the ecstatic Ephs mobbed each other on Hitchcock Field. Amherst, ranked No. 2 in the country, had appeared primed to make a serious run for its first NCAA Division III championship. Earlier in the season, the Jeffs captured back-to-back NESCAC titles for the first time in school history, blowing by Williams 2-0 in the final. In the end, however, the underdog Ephs had the last laugh, slipping into the Final Four in an improbable fashion. Williams (16-1-4) will take on Ohio Northern (24-2-0) next weekend in the NCAA semifinals in San Antonio, Texas. Loras (Iowa) and Messiah (Pa.) round out the Final Four. The Jeffs, on the other hand, ended the season with a bitter taste in their mouths, knowing that they were inches away from advancing to the Final Four.
“I told them life isn’t always fair or work out the way you imagine but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t give you heart and soul to whatever the next thing you are trying to accomplish in life,” Serpone said. “I was at a loss for words.” The Jeffs started the match brightly, nearly grabbing a 1-0 lead in the third minute. After receiving a header flick-on from Milton Rico ’15 in the box, Jae Heo ’14 ripped a volley off the top of the crossbar, the first of many agonizing misses for Amherst. In the 42nd minute, the Jeffs struck the woodwork two times in rapid succession. Using his trademark speed and clever footwork, fullback Julien Aoyama ’14 cut inside from the right flank before unleashing a left-footed shot from 25 yards out. Aoyama’s attempt flew right through the hands of Williams goalkeeper Than Finan, but ricocheted off the crossbar. On the ensuing rebound, Rico sent a blistering volley from the top of the box, but his effort was also denied by the crossbar. Sustaining pressure in the Ephs’ half for long stretches, the Jeffs hit the maligned crossbar once again in the 62nd minute. After his long throw-in was cleared by the Williams defense, Chris Lerner ’13 spun a cross from the left side to Spencer Noon ’13, but the senior forward thumped his header off the crossbar. With Amherst continuing to bombard the Williams box with an endless stream of set pieces, Federico Sucre ’13 sent a glancing header on goal in the 74th minute after a booming free kick by goalkeeper Thomas Bull ’16, but Finan dove to his left to corral the attempt. Holding a defensive shell for much of the match, Williams began to mount dangerous counterattacks late in the second half. In the 77th minute, Ephs’ winger Mohammed Rashid drove a low, incisive ball across the goal mouth from the right flank, but the cross skipped past everyone before Bull audaciously sprinted from his goal line to snatch the ball away from an in-
coming Williams attacker. The pace of the game accelerated in the closing minutes, as both teams created prime scoring opportunities. Running down the left sideline in the 89th minute, the Ephs’ Geoff Danilack sent a centering pass into the box to User Kushaina, who found some space by left edge of the six-yard-box. Kushaina’s sharp-angle shot slid past Bull but rolled just wide of the far post. In the 90th minute — with about 20 seconds on the clock — the Jeffs nearly put away their feisty archrivals when Gabriel Wirz ’15 sent a long, high twisting shot from 30 yards out, but Finan barely tipped the ball over the bar to keep the game deadlocked at 0-0. The frenetic, back-and-forth action continued in the overtime periods. The Ephs continued to threaten on offense, as Rashid sent another low ball across the goal mouth in the 94th minute, just beyond the reach of a sliding Williams forward. Four minutes later, the Jeffs hit their fifth crossbar of the afternoon. In almost identical fashion as before, Aoyama cut inside from the right flank, racing past a few Williams defenders before rifling a shot off the woodwork from near the top of the 18-yard-box. The Jeffs had one last good scoring chance in the 108th minute, two minutes before the final horn sounded. After a long-throw into the box, the ball bounced to Heo, who had a defender harassing him from behind. Caught in the middle of a desperate scrum, Heo managed to turn and strike a right-footed volley, but the attempt went just wide, grazing the side netting. After 110 minutes of scoreless, breakneck soccer, Amherst and Williams went to penalty kicks. Both teams failed to score on their first attempt, as Finan stoned Lerner before Bull responded with a diving one-handed save on Matt Ratajczak. Heo and Peter Christman then both converted in the second round.
In a cruel twist of fate, Aoyama (who had hit two crossbars in regulation) misfired on the third-round attempt, as his high shot veered over the crossbar. The Ephs connected on their last three tries to punch their ticket to the Final Four, with Patrick Ebobisse netting the decisive penalty. “Soccer is sometimes difficult to understand,” Serpone said. “We created great chances but couldn’t finish them. I’m sure there were a lot of different factors that made that so, but ultimately it wasn’t meant to be.” The Jeffs, who never trailed in a match this season, technically ended the year with an undefeated 17-0-3 record. Amherst set new singleseason records in wins, shutouts (17), goals scored (56) and goals allowed (3). Bolstered by a tenacious backline that conceded just 0.15 goals per game, the Jeffs posted the second-lowest goals against average mark in NCAA Division III history. “I’m not sure I’ll ever have a team that gives up three goals in 20 games again,” Serpone said. “Our team defense was spectacular this season.” “It is impossible to be more proud of a team than I am of this group. I will miss seeing them everyday and I am grateful that we got the chance to spend the last three months together,” Serpone said. “I love them with all of my heart.” The Jeffs will be losing a number of key pieces to graduation, including Noon (the program’s all-time leading scorer), Lerner, James Mooney and Federico and Alejandro Sucre. The Class of 2013 compiled a four-year record of (58-8-10). “I don’t have the words to explain the impact of the class of 2013,” Serpone said. “Not only did they set all sorts of records on the field, but they were near-perfect off of it.” “I can’t believe I am going to have to coach without them as part of our team next year. It hasn’t set in yet. I guess I’m just grateful to have had the opportunity to be around them for the past four years.”
Published on Nov 28, 2012