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College Weighs Tradition and Inclusivity in Mascot Debate Ethan Corey ’15 Managing News Editor On Monday night, students, faculty, staff and administrators met in the Red Room to discuss the possibility of changing the College’s mascot, Lord Jeff, in order to distance the College from Lord Jeffery Amherst’s genocidal legacy. The meeting — which was organized by Risalat Khan ’13, a Senator in the Association of Amherst Students (AAS), included a historical presentation by Michael Kelly, Head of Archives and Special Collections and a town hall–discussion between attendees. Khan decided to organize the meeting in response to longstanding concerns about the mascot’s connections to Lord Jeffery Amherst’s genocidal statements and actions towards Native Americans during his time as the commander-in-chief of the British Army in North America. “This has been something that I’ve been thinking about for a while. To be honest, when I was a freshman, I heard about Lord Jeff and I was sort of disturbed by the celebration of him as the mascot, which I feel is different from naming ourselves Amherst after the town. We are representing ourselves with a figure actively associated with a dark part of history. In my senior year, I asked myself what I wanted to do with my senior year, and I knew that I had to bring up the issue of the mascot,� Khan said. While the precise extent and nature of Lord Jeffery Amherst’s connection to genocide is unclear —

the efficacy and historical accuracy of the infamous smallpox blanket incident has been questioned — it is undeniable that Lord Jeffery Amherst promoted genocide against Native Americans both in word and in deed, according to Kelly. In several letters written during the Pontiac uprising in 1763, Lord Jeffery Amherst mentioned wanting to “Bring about the Total Extirpation of those Indian Nations,� calling Native Americans an “execrable race� and aiming to “put a most Effectual Stop to their very Being.� However, it is clear, Kelly said, that Lord Jeffery Amherst never had any direct connection with the College. In fact, there is no record of Lord Jeff ever being officially chosen as the College’s mascot. “The historical connection between the College and Lord Jeffery Amherst is zero. The town was named for him, specifically — the town actually petitioned to be named in his honor. The College was just named because it was founded in Amherst, and so it’s Amherst College. If you search the Amherst College website, there’s very few mentions of Lord Jeff, and as Suzanne Coffey mentioned at the meeting, he’s not on the uniforms — they’ve always just had an ‘A’ on them. I don’t think the mascot was ever voted on by the trustees or the students or the faculty. I don’t know that there are any records of it ever being considered,� Kelly said. According to Kelly, the first mention of Lord Jeffery Amherst as a part of College traditions did not occur until 1906, when James Shelley Hamilton, a member of the Glee

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Lord Jeffery Amherst was the commander-in-chief of British forces in North America between 1758 and 1765. Club and the Class of 1906, wrote a song called “Lord Jeffery Amherst,� which includes the line “to the Frenchmen and the Indians he didn’t do a thing.� However, Kelly said, it is unlikely that anyone at the College knew about Lord Jeffery Amherst’s connection with genocide. “They knew he was involved in the French and Indian War, but Hamilton admits that he did no re-

search on Lord Jeff before writing the song. He cites a poem in the Amherst Literary Monthly of February 1903 as his inspiration, which has a biographical sketch attached to it, and the sketch only mentions that ‘he was not successful’ during the Pontiac uprising,� Kelly said. Nevertheless, Kelly said that he felt that it was time for the College to find a mascot with more positive associations.

“We have the opportunity to change this. One-hundred ten years ago some students just like you guys, sitting around and deciding to write a song for the College, and it turned into this. I think this is a moment too, where students can decide who we want to be going forward. Just because of this accident of history, we don’t have to stick with this. If we want the College to be some place that’s inclusive and open, and something that we can be proud of, I think we need to just sit down and do it right this time,� Kelly said. Several students echoed Kelly’s sentiments. Danielle Trevino ’14, who is Native American, said that she thought it was inappropriate for the College to be represented by a “symbol of oppression� like Lord Jeff. “Some people believe that drawing a parallel between Jeffery Amherst and Adolf Hitler is going too far, but for me and many other Native people, Amherst is our Hitler. Amherst referred to Native Americans as an ‘execrable race’ and wanted to exterminate us as if we were vermin,� Trevino said. “Knowing that he acted on that desire via biological warfare, how can that not be understood as genocide?� However, other students, such as Adam Medoff ’13, a member of the College’s baseball team, felt that the issue was more complex and that there was value in maintaining the College’s traditions. “I think that there hasn’t been enough discussion about what it means to Amherst to change it. I Continued on Page 3

Faculty Meeting Discusses MOOC/edX Committee Report Alissa Rothman ’15 Assistant Editor-in-Chief On April 2, the faculty met to approve new courses, discuss a report from the Faculty Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)/edX Committee and question Johannes Heinlein, Head of Strategic Partnerships and Collaborations at edX, and to view and discuss a presentation by the Committee on Educational Policy (CEP) regarding class capping at the College and its effect on students’ access to the open curriculum. After a brief introduction to the meeting by Gregory Call, Dean of the Faculty, the faculty voted to approve 21 new courses. Jack Cheney, member of the ad hoc MOOC/ edX committee and Professor of Geology, quickly summarized the MOOC/edX committee’s report that faculty had received the week before. The committee, which was formed after a Dec. 28 faculty meeting, put together an informational report addressing questions of faculty concerning MOOCs and edX. The report went through an overview of edX and the programs they offer, the pros and cons of edX

and MOOCs, the evolution of MOOCs and the implications of MOOCs on higher education. The report also discussed three ‘two million dollar questions’ concerning whether the college should instead use the $2 million edX would cost to create its own MOOCs, invest in innovative pedagogies to benefit on-campus students only or to just use Moodle instead. The committee also went through the concerns about whether or not to join MOOCs and edX now rather than later. The committee also went in-depth into the issue of certificates, finding that under a selfservice model with edX, the College would not have to issue certificates of completion with their courses. The committee then turned the discussion over to Heinlein, who offered to answer informational questions from the committee and faculty. Heinlein first addressed the committee’s question of as to why the College should join edX now, and why MIT decided to form edX when they were already giving course material in other forms. Heinlein said that schools like MIT and Harvard have decided to create

MOOCs because technology has evolved greatly since the start of open courseware, allowing professors to integrate interactive components into their courses via programs like edX. Furthermore, he stated that these schools look at this opportunity as a great experiment, allowing wider access to quality education through MOOCs while also using the interactive technology to reinvent on-campus education through experimentation, with the technology acting as a compliment to the work faculty members do, not a replacement. Heinlein then addressed the committees concerns about the way that edX values certificates. He said that they are important to edX because learners request them, stating that learners want to have something at the end of the course that they can show and that it drives them to engage more in the course. Furthermore, he said that edX is finding that certificates drive faculty members’ engagement; when professors know that learners who pass the course will receive a certificate, they produce courses of higher quality. Heinlein then answered questions from faculty regarding pilot machine-learning technol-

ogy for automated paper grading, the potential benefits of joining the program now rather than in future years, the contributions the College faculty could make to the evolving technology and the reasons edX requires each consortium institution to produce at least four MOOCs over two years rather than simply using the technology to supplement classroom material. Though not every faculty member got their questions answered, they were encouraged to send questions via email to the MOOC/edX Committee, who would get responses from Heinlein before the coming final vote. The faculty will be voting about whether or not to join edX on April 16. The faculty then moved to a presentation by the CEP regarding the threat posed to student access to an open curriculum by course caps. Rick Lopez, chair of the committee and Professor of History, gave the presentation, stating that class capping is not a problem per se, however the problems begin to arise when there is not a balance of small, medium and large courses. Lopez stated that, currently, if students were spread out over all courses, the average Continued on Page 2

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News Entries from March 12 to April 1, 2013 >> March 12, 2013 10:30 a.m., Temporary Parking Lot An officer on patrol discovered a car covered with saran wrap. The owner was notified. There was no damage to the car. >> March 15, 2013 2:28 p.m., Stone Dormitory An officer and the Fire Department responded to an alarm and found it activated when popcorn was burned in a microwave in a first-floor suite. The system was reset. One resident was fined $100 for the alarm. 6:59 p.m., Valentine Dining Hall An officer responded to a complaint of a man jumping off the front steps of a building with a skateboard. No one was found when an officer checked. >> March 16, 2013 4:21 p.m., Plimpton House An officer investigated a smoke detector sounding and found it activated when a hair dryer was used too closed to it. It was reset. 10:58 p.m., Pond Dormitory An officer responded to a complaint about a loud party in the basement and shut it down. 11:46 p.m., Stone Officers responded to a complaint about loud music and issued a warning at a first-floor suite. >> March 17, 2013 12:04 a.m., Charles Pratt Dormitory Officer responded to a noise complaint and issued a warning to a second-floor resident. >> March 18, 2013 12:23 a.m., Valentine Dining Hall An officer responded to a report that a gate to the Food Services area was open. Three students were located inside helping themselves to beverages. They were identified and sent on their way. The gate was secured, and the matter was referred to the Dean’s Office. 1:12 p.m., Golf Course An officer responded to a civil dispite and provided assistance. >> March 23, 2013 11:50 a.m., Alumni Gym Officers investigated an alarm for the defibrillator cabinet in the Fitness Center. The cause for activation could not be determined. >> March 24, 2013 12:18a.m., Marsh House An officer discovered an unauthorized party with alcohol. It was shut down, and the alcohol was disposed of. 1:51 a.m., Valentine Dining Hall Officers responded to a report of a man passed out in the Valentine coat room. The man, who is a student and was mildly intoxicated, was sent on his way after being evaluated. The matter was referred to the Dean’s Office. 2:09 a.m., Valentine Dining Hall An officer discovered a gate to the Food Service area had been vandalized. Case open. 2:45 a.m., James Dormitory An officer responded to a report that a dry chemical fire extinguisher had been discharged in the first-floor common room. The entire area was found covered with the chemical. A custodian was called in for clean up. The residents were fined $100 for tampering with fire equipment. Case open. 3:35 p.m., Garman House Officers and the Fire Department responded to an alarm and found it was caused by careless cooking in the kitchen. The residents were fined $100. 9:00 p.m., Morrow Dormitory Officers responded to a report about the odor

of marijuana on the second floor. Nothing was located upon arrival. >> March 25, 2013 1:27 a.m., Stone Officers responded to a noise complaint and issued a warning at a first-floor suite. 3:03 a.m., Stone Officers responded to a noise complaint and issued a warning at a first-floor suite. >> March 26, 2013 2:14 p.m., Campus Grounds Officers assisted a visitor in searching for a missing child. The child was located. >> March 27, 2013 10:51 a.m., Off-Campus Locations An administrative office reported a student was involved in an internet scam. The matter is under investigation. >> March 28, 2013 2:32 p.m., Seeley Mudd Building An employee reported an iMac computer valued at $2,300 is unaccounted for. Delivery records indicate it was shipped to the department in early March. Case open. >> March 29, 2013 12:41 p.m., Moore Dormitory Officers responded to a complaint about the odor of burning marijuana and traced it to a first-floor room. The resident was fined $100 for a smoking violation, and the matter was referred to the Dean’s Office. 5:46 p.m., Hitchcock Parking Lot An officer responded to a report of an unattended car running for over an hour in the parking lot. The officer secured the car and the owner, who was not immediately available, was notified. 9:46 p.m., Cohan Dormitory An officer responded to a noise complaint and shut down an unauthorized party. 11:48 p.m., Hitchcock House Officers shut down an unauthorized party and confiscated alcohol. The matter was referred to the Dean’s Office. >> March 30, 2013 12:05 a.m., Hitchcock An underage visitor was found with alcohol. It was disposed of. 5:39 p.m., Coolidge Dormitory A resident reported that when he returned to his room he found a smashed window. Case open. 11:40 p.m., Hitchcock Officers shut down an unauthorized party in the first-floor common room and confiscated several cases of beer. >> March 31, 2013 12:57 a.m., Lipton House An officer discovered unattended alcohol in the first-floor common room. It was confiscated. 2:15 a.m., Stone Officers responded to a noise complaint and found a first-floor suite filled beyond capacity. The gathering was shut down, and non residents were directed to leave. 8:18 a.m., Pond Officers responded to an animal complaint and removed a bird from a room.


Faculty Discuss Issue of Course Caps Continued from Page 1 class would have 18.7 students. However, over the last four years the course sections with caps have increased from 45 percent to 60 percent of classes, with the largest increase in caps being classes capped at 20 or fewer students, particularly 15 or under. Furthermore, Lopez stated that the trend is even more pronounced in new courses, with 50 percent of the new courses capped at 15 or less students. Lopez also stated that 68 percent of capped courses end up about two students under the cap, largely due to last minute drops during add/drop period. Lopez warned that if the trends continue, they will become unsustainable, squeezing student out of smaller courses into larger or uncapped courses. Lopez raised the issue that currently there are too many courses under the 18.7 student average, with students currently experiencing a typical class size of 29.1. Lopez also presented data from a survey taken in Spring 2013, which found that 44 percent of students report begin unable to take a course they wanted to take in the last semester (with 20 percent having three or more courses they wanted to take but were unable to), with 43 percent of those students stating they were unable to take the course due to a time conflict with another course and 39 percent saying they were unable to take the course because it was full. Students on the CEP then presented their point of view of the issue, with Molly Scott ’14, Adam Gerchick ’13 and Matt deButts ’14 emphasizing the importance of this issue to students

and suggesting that even small increase to cap sizes, such as five students, would help alleviate the issue. Lopez emphasized that course caps is a faculty issue that could be solved within the faculty, suggesting that professors be mindful of the 18.7 student focal point and try to add more students in a course rather than less, creating more medium–sized courses. Lopez also put forth the recommendations that departments examine policies internally and decide what caps are appropriate for courses and course levels and that they work to offer a balance of small, medium and large courses. He also suggested that the faculty as a whole needs to consider how decisions impact student’s access to open curriculum. Faculty discussed the issue, bringing up the issues of capping courses as a defensive move to prevent their courses from being filled with ‘refugees’ from other capped courses, the fact that caps help professors plan out their coursework, the balance between wanting to maintain small classes for students to have the professorattentive ‘Amherst experience,’ the issues with the add/drop period and preregistration and how it rewards students who are more aggressive and perhaps disobedient, the need to continue to work on the issues of course crowding during certain time slots and the need for more funding to hire more faculty members. The faculty ended the meeting promising to return to the issue in the future, while taking into consideration the data presented by the CEP when deciding future class caps.

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Association of Amherst Students Executive Board Elections Candidate Statements PRESIDENT Chris Friend ’14: If elected, I intend to ensure that all non-academic departments continuously look to improve aspects of student life on campus. I will ensure the MRC & Women’s Center receive all necessary and proper funding, improve communication with Residential Life and clarify and improve alcohol policy on campus. I am both a two-year senator and the longest serving current member of the Budgetary Committee. My leadership in multiple clubs and service on faculty committees with administrators should allow me to connect best with both the administration and the student body to make for a better Amherst.



I’ve come to know the ins-and-outs of the AAS Senate. I’ve served the student body in many different capacities, and as a result I’ve come to understand that every member of the student government has a different role to play. That of the Vice President is to deal with the Senate so that the President doesn’t have to. I’ll work with whoever is elected President to improve stu-

Tierney Werner ’16: Hello, Amherst Community! I am running as a candidate to be the AAS Secretary because I wish to serve the student body in the following ways: I wish to ensure that the integrity of the Senate is preserved through properly maintained written records, and I wish to make communication with the Senate as smooth as possible, so that we can truly hear the voices of the students at Amherst. My personal emphasis on attention to detail, organization and my passion for making Amherst the best place for all of us makes me a strong candidate to be your Secretary.

Noah Gordon ’14:

broken Reslife system. Please vote for Noah on Election Day! Bryson Kacha ’15: Hi! I am asking for your vote to be Vice Presi-

Will Savino ’14: My goal as President is to reach out to the overarching problems. What’s most important to me is that no one feels marginalized, and that starts with AAS transparency. I want everyone to think they can come to me with their suggestions or concerns, and I want to do that by bringing our community together in whatever ways possible. With some hard work we can make Amherst a better place. Let’s do it together. George Tepe ’14: I am running for President because I want to promote campus unity. As President, I will work tirelessly to create more “Amherst Moments” that unite all of us as one campus and one community. As Senator, Judiciary Council Chair and Student Body Vice President, I’ve spent three years learning how to turn your ideas into action. I worked with Ian Hatch to purchase respect and Day of Dialogue, and saved the AAS over $95,000. All of the candidates have great ideas. I will get them done.

I have served as senator, I have served as an alternate for the JC and I have served on the Student Community Engagement Fund. Vote Bryson Kacha!

TREASURER Abigail Xu ’15: Since Sept. 4, 2012, as your AAS Treasurer, I responded to 868 budgetary emails and processed and signed 1748 checks. I have devoted 15 hours each week. Why? I really care about our student body and student life on campus. All students should be able to easily receive funding for the activities that invigorate and inspire them. This is the belief and goal I have held and worked hard for since day one as Treasurer. I will continue — Vote for Abigail Xu!

College Debates Mascot’s Legacy definitely understand the argument, but I don’t think enough has been said about the traditions of this school and how they’re being lost. We’re one of the oldest schools in the country, but I don’t think anyone knows our fight song. There’s not much that makes Amherst unique except for the fact that we’re a great liberal arts college and maybe our open curriculum,” Medoff said. Participants at the meeting also considered the impact of Lord Jeff on the College’s efforts to recruit students from a diverse background. Several students mentioned that they had had hesitations about coming to the College after finding out about the mascot, and Dean of Admissions Katie Fretwell said that although she had never faced any direct questions about the mascot she felt that it did not capture the full diversity of the College. “I struggle with the conflicting nature of the College’s interest in sustaining traditions, as a proud and old institution as ours is wont to have, and the fact that our current mascot may symbolize genocide to many, a value to which the College is most distinctly opposed. Many see our commitment to the development of a learning environment where difference is examined and celebrated being thwarted by our having Lord Jeff be the icon behind whom we rally in pride. I am also uncomfortable with the practice of female athletes being called by a male name,” Fretwell said. Across their disagreements about the suitability of the College’s mascot, many attendees of the meeting agreed that the College needed to work to build a stronger community that is both inclusive of all its members and in touch with its traditions. “This issue is a manifestation of the fact that this institution has transformed in a lot

of significant ways. I have seen it, the very sudden change in the demographics of our student body that is increasingly international, increasingly diverse in terms of socio-economics, ethnicity and race. We have precedents with the College going through these kinds of changes. Certainly with going co-educational, people had concerns that ‘this won’t be the Amherst that I knew,’ but I think hopefully we can all agree that the decision to go co-educational strengthened this institution, and that we look back on this as a positive change in this college,” said Robert Hayashi, Assistant Professor of English and American Studies, who spoke in favor of changing the mascot at the meeting. “The challenge of difference is one way in which we could use more intentional structures in terms of enabling students, faculty, administrators and staff to have productive, generative and honest conversations about difference that are targeted towards moving forward with a collective desire to do so. I do think there is a need for that and this is another manifestation of that.” Medoff agreed, saying that he thought the primary goal of the discussion should be to build a stronger Amherst College community. “I think that conversation is a good conversation to have. I just think there needs to be more discussions about clinging onto our traditions just because there are so few of them, and that’s a shame for a school that’s been around for so long. I definitely don’t think it’s a black and white issue; many opinions should be heard. We should do something that the entire Amherst community supports, from the people who are here to the people who have been here; all voices should be heard,” Medoff said.

JUDICIARY COUNCIL CHAIR Leilani Webb ’14: I would like to run for Judiciary Council Chair for the year of 2013-2014. I initially felt compelled to do so because as a Peer Advocate, I have seen and heard about campus injustice and want to be a proactive force of positive change. Additionally, as a student leader of the Amherst Women’s Network, I realized that I should stop just encouraging other women to represent our campus voice and do it myself. I think I am a very likeable person who can add fresh blood to Senate and help elucidate more of this campus’ student body on what it means to have student government representation. Oluwatomi Williams (Tomi) ’16: My name is Tomi Williams and I am currently the Judiciary Council Chair. I have learned a lot in the past few months about the role of the JC Chair and am quickly getting the hang of the position. Although the role of the JC Chair is often overlooked, I would like to use the position to better the student body and the Amherst Community as a whole. I have been working with sitting Senators to come up initiatives that would help me do so.



Why I am Voting for Election and Absence Will Savino


Elections for executive positions in student government seem to reveal what comes as no surprise to any long-time observer of student government and leadership on this campus. In an election of the five most powerful student positions on campus, two races go completely uncontested, and the group of candidates as a whole come from a less than ideal breadth of the social dynamic that makes up the student body. In other words, campus apathy and a broader social divide rear their heads in what is increasingly looking like a less-than-representative student government leadership beginning in the Fall of 2013. In addition to the two uncontested races, no more than two candidates are vying for any Executive Board position, except that of the AAS President. In a school of 1800 students, less than 10 students express an interest in running student government and establishing themselves in the decision-making fabric of the College. This should trouble students when the low interest is combined with the fact that existing student leaders on campus largely stem from an insular group of students. Most candidates are current AAS senators or existing Executive Board members, which means that student voices from outside the political innercircle will be effectively more muted in deliberations of campus-wide significance. In addition, few candidates represent minority demographic or interest groups. No candidates or sitting members of the AAS members participate on varsity athletic teams, which encompasses a third of the student body. In addition, it has been said that candidates for AAS President stem from a particular social circle, and many share similar cultural or demographic backgrounds. All of this has the reinforcing effect of discouraging students from outside this self-reinforcing circle to engage with the a major component of campus “political life.”

None of these observations are problems in-andof-themselves; student leaders on campus are all responsive to students voices wherever they come from, and they are generally considerate of students different from themselves — that no person lies beyond one or two degrees of separation constitutes part of the beauty of this College. We also recognize that, in a campus as broadly diverse and self-motivated as ours, student government is not the only avenue for student leadership. However, precisely because our campus is small, and our administration affords students with incredible power and responsibility in campus affairs, student leaders should not remain absent from student government, despite what qualms they may have with the type of people who constitute it. Apathy and the social divide each come from different sources: disillusionment with the AAS, the academic and athletic workload, athletic recruitment, the housing regime, etc. However, they both stem from a common under-appreciation of the power of a single student in the right position. AAS Executive Board members have a direct line of communication with the administration, while AAS members in general who choose to command a presence can take control of the debate in the highest deliberative committees of the College and completely change any number of policies which impact all areas of student life. The absence in student government of a group with a diverse range of social, cultural and extracurricular engagements on campus only serves as a detriment to the quality of our student government and the formation of a stronger campus community. What can be done to remedy this absence, and who ought to take the lead on this problem, ought to weigh heavily on the minds of students during our many campus election cycles.

Chris Friend: Qualified for AAS President

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If Chris Friend is elected AAS President on Thursday, it will be due to his two years of dedicated work on the AAS to support issues that matter to students. Chris is the type of candidate this school needs. He is running on a strong platform, with ideas for policy changes that are creative and responsive to student needs. Amherst needs an AAS President who is not afraid to stand up to administrators. His recent article calling for the resignation of Suzanne Coffey due to her conflict of interest in heading up the Title IX committee show this strength. Amherst deserves a candidate who has worked his way up through the AAS, gaining experience and understanding of how this school runs along the way. Nowhere is this experience more clear than in Chris’s candidate platform. As President he intends to ensure more substantial and continued funding for the Women’s Center and the Multicultural Resource Center. His plans to build a well-functioning school calendar and redesign Amherst Scrutiny will provide clear and substantive improvements in the lives of Amherst students. Policy aside, Chris is a great person for the job. People who know Chris know him as someone genu-

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inely engaged in Amherst. He maintains friendships with students all across the school. He is sociable. These diverse interests come out in his platform as well. He has plans for improvements in athletics, clubs and academics alike. Chris has also experienced the difficulties that come with throwing a party on campus, seen the strained relationship between students and campus police develop and is dedicated to strengthening what is now an oppositional relationship between the two groups. Beer-pong table confiscations and breakups of tame parties is a new policy that must be fought by the leader of the AAS. Chris will also follow through with the promises he makes during the campaign. He is a man of his word and if elected, he will make the changes that he has promised. He will devote his time and energy to improving the campus. He is always open to new ideas and will be willing to listen to the student body. In the two and half years that I have known him, I have seen him actively engaging with and contributing to the Amherst Community. I believe he will be able to successfully liaise between the student body and the administrators to ensure campus issues are addressed. I am voting for Chris because he understands Amherst and what it needs and has the capability to improve it.

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As far as I can tell, here’s the most important thing about AAS politics: No one really cares about AAS politics. Most of us are vaguely aware that a group of people sometimes gets together in a room of questionable color scheme and talk about campus issues, but that’s about as far as it goes. In particular, you can add another to the list of Amherst social divisions: Those who can navigate (read: exploit) AAS funding procedures, and mere mortals. On the other hand, plenty of us care quite deeply about the content of policies that the AAS addresses. We often worry about the continuity of campus traditions, but, if there is such a thing as a legacy of complaining, we’ve inherited it with arms wide open — I’ll leave it at “Val.” So the problem isn’t (necessarily) that we’re apathetic, politically or otherwise. We care about plenty of campus activities and plenty of campus policies, just not the campus activity whose constitutive function it is to work on campus policies. The situation reeks of inconsistency, but I don’t think we need to worry too much. When the AAS works, it is because it is attuned and receptive to student perspectives — regardless of how immersed students are in an insular political culture. Tomorrow, when you vote for your new AAS president, I believe that your foremost concern should be which candidate is most tapped into the consciousness of the student body. With that in mind, I’m writing in support of Will Savino. Maybe I ought to tell you how long I’ve known Will and how extensive our professional relationship is. On second thought, though, after last year’s presidential election, maybe I ought to be totally forthright: I’ve really only been hanging out with Will since this past interterm, and, as far as I’m concerned, he’s mostly just a guy I hang out with. Of course, I knew Will from afar, as many of us do, given his roles in Mr. Gad’s, various jazz ensembles and writing ill-conceived jokes in the back of The Indicator. I actually didn’t like him all that much, because I tend to resent people who are so markedly funnier than I am. As The Indicator layout sessions and lonely nights on the first floor of Hitchcock began to accumulate, though, I got to know Will much better. I discovered that he was exceptionally responsive to everything I had to say about Amherst and beyond. I don’t mean to say that Will agreed with everything I said — far from

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it, really. What struck me, rather, is how clear it was that he was carefully thinking about my concerns. In many cases, he had heard similar concerns, and was able to speak earnestly and perceptively to a larger campus conversation. It’s frighteningly easy to get down about Amherst. Perhaps this is especially the case for me: Sometimes, when I’m feeling especially morbid, I like to recall that the fall semester of my freshman year occurred. But I’m more inclined to believe that I’m not alone in this thinking. Our conversations as Amherst students tend to revolve around the subject of Amherst College, but rarely do you overhear someone saying at Val, “Gee, this place is so great.” But our time here is too short for that type of thinking. We ought to be able to voice our concerns to an AAS president who will listen. Will’s most important qualification for this position is that he will listen to you. It’s worth considering what’s truly at stake in this election. Both Chris Friend and George Tepe are remarkably qualified candidates who also happen to simply be good guys. And frankly, all three candidates’ platforms are essentially the same; a comparison of Facebook pages reveals some differences in rhetoric and social media strategy, but not much else. All of the candidates have realized some of our most widely shared sentiments. It’s no secret, for instance, that our drinking policy, as enforced this year, is inane, archaic and generally at odds with any reasonable worldview. I don’t intend, then, to compare Will’s proposals with those of his competitors. Instead, I submit to you that the platforms themselves don’t really matter. What matters is how the platforms can evolve with respect to the concerns of us non-politicians. We need a president who will craft his agenda not by rigorous reflection, but simply by lending an ear. As funny as Will is and is known to be, he is also, in this critical way, one of the most serious people I know. If you were at the candidates’ speech night last night, you might recall Will’s notebook. Since deciding to run for president, Will has been filling — and now filled — a notebook of impressions and observations from meetings he’s had with students across campus subcultures. We may feel disconnected from the important Amherst conversations and AAS goingson — they seem so lofty, so political, so insoluble for the average student. But we shouldn’t forget that those conversations and goings-on are about you and me. We don’t need a career politician for a president, because it’s not really the politics that matter. We need one of us.

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Who to Pick For The Candidate for Your President (BCSJFM(PO[ĂˆMF[ Contributing Writer

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This Thursday, I will cast my ballot for Amherst’s next student body President, and I recognize that I am making a choice that will have an impact far beyond the next year. I will vote for the candidate that I feel has fought for changes large and small and has a proven record of making Amherst College a better college. In short, I’ll be voting for George Tepe. From his work as a TA to the Amherst buttons on his sports coat, George Tepe lives for Amherst College. His unfaltering passion for this college can be felt in all of the work he has done for it, in both subtle contributions and major achievements. When the student body needed to break the silence, it was George who made the student government raise the volume — by organizing a rally that brought together students from across the Five Colleges. When ACEMS needed a new car to continue providing its crucial services to the student body, it was George who not only found them a new car, but also, with over 80 percent of the student body’s support, put Amherst on a path to greater sustainability by purchasing the College’s first electric car and charging station. When the Senate’s money troubles threatened to limit the range of activities clubs could offer, George cut through years of waste and red tape to save the student body $95,000. It’s not all, however, about the big projects. In subtler ways, Tepe regularly represents the college through his involvement in the Committee on Priorities and Resources, the Judiciary Council and the Five College Student Coordinating Board. He is known and respected throughout the College as the advocate for stu-

dent causes. Student committee positions aside, Tepe also stands out as a friend, a tutor, a classmate and a fellow Amherst fan. George lives and breathes Amherst as he works to make it a better place. From this, I cannot question Tepe’s passion for our college, nor do I worry that he could ever lose sight of what matters to students and the future of Amherst. At his core, George is a problem-solver. He sees a problem, rolls up his sleeves and won’t stop until it’s fixed. What we need, what Amherst needs now, are real, implementable solutions. You can count on George to encourage discussion and student involvement on the tough issues, and you can count on George to turn ideas into realities. George’s list of accomplishments is one massive proof of his ability to come to a solution and follow through with action. Of course, all three candidates love Amherst. All of them seem to have great ideas to make it a better place. The major difference with George is that he is not just telling you that he will work hard for you. He has, in fact, already worked hard for you. Every candidate says he or she will make the AAS listen to your concerns — George has held Town Halls and organized conversations between Senators and students to do just that. For him, these issues aren’t just a part of a campaign platform — they’re a part of his life; they’re a continuation of the hundreds of hours of hard work he has already put in and continues to do so because he loves this College. Aside from innovative ideas and a strong relationship with his or her peers, a president must possess the ability to work past differences and obstacles to reach a destination. His long list of accomplishments shows that George Tepe is the candidate for the job. I can’t wait to see what more he will achieve as President of the student body.

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If you’re wondering who to vote for in the upcoming AAS Presidential race, the choice should be simple: go with the person who came to you. I was approached by several friends and acquaintances well before election week who asked me whether or not I was running for President. The support was there for me, they said, and if I ran I had a good chance at winning. I mulled the suggestion over in my head during Spring Break, and in the end decided against it. I think I could bring a lot of important things to the Presidency, but in the end I’m lacking in that most vital characteristic: extroversion. Not that I’m antisocial, but the fact that I’m an introvert is something I’ve come to understand and reflect upon. I will never thrive if I don’t have me-time; it’s just the way I’m wired. And for that reason I’d make a bad, or at least a sad, President. The most important thing a student body President can do at a place like Amherst is talk to people. The President of the AAS is uniquely positioned to know his or her constituency in a way that few other officials can. Over the course of a year in office, the President can actually interact on a personal level with a massive percentage. Go with the candidate who seems the most likely to take advantage of this fact, and who demon-

strates it during election week. Another important thing to bear in mind: you’re voting for the President of the student body, not the student government. The term “AAS� can be used in two ways — usually it refers to the student government alone, but it’s technically defined as the association of all Amherst students under a governing body. The “AAS President� is accountable not to the Senate, but to the student body. Checks and balances exist, but this doesn’t really alter the equation. Among the most admirable characteristics of our current president, I think, has been her willingness to sidestep the Senate when she felt it was necessary. The point is: you should vote for the person not who you feel represents you, but who you feel would be willing to get to know you so that he/ she can then represent you. Vote for the one who puts in the time and effort to reach out and talk to you. Vote for the one who you think will continue to listen. You can only really know and trust a person once you’ve looked them in the face. In politics that’s usually an empty and useless statement, but here at Amherst it isn’t. I call on each Presidential candidate to prove their commitment to the student body. This race will be decided not by posters and social media, but the sorts of personal interactions that I feel define our small college community.


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With Great Power: Responsibility as a Geek /PBI(PSEPO Staff Writer

video games and associated media. In 2012 she began a campaign on Kickstarter, a crowd-funding web[Trigger warning: sexual assault site, to raise money for a video seand misogyny] ries entitled “Tropes vs. Women in Video Games.� It reached its funding It’s difficult to put your finger on goal of $6,000 in less than 24 hours. so-called “geek culture.� Many as- At the end of 30 days it had raised sume that the words geek and nerd $158,922 are derogatory, and to a certain exWhat followed was an absolutely tent they are. But increasingly it’s sickening campaign of harassment become a self-attributed catch-all that opened my eyes to the misogyfor a generation of kids (some, like nistic potential of the culture I’m so myself, are now fully grown) who proud to be a part of. It started with at some point fell deeply into comic comments on her Facebook and books, video games, fantasy novels YouTube pages: and the like. The Internet gave these “She needs a good dicking, good kids a way to connect with one an- luck finding it though.� other, and rather than retreating in“I hate ovaries with a brain big ward they used the Web as a forum enough to post videos.� for creative expression and general “Back to the kitchen, cunt.� solidarity. We took the word back, Other comments brought attenand today one is almost proud, in an tion to her supposed Jewish ancestry ironic sort of way, to call him/herself or labeled her as a “feminazi.� Some a geek. would point to these commenters as I myself am proud to identify as “trolls� who intentionally post ina geek. But I’m not going to write on flammatory comments on the Web what I love about my fellow nerds; to provoke a reaction. But it only got this ground has been trodden and worse from there. Sarkeesian’s Wikishould be self-evident. Instead, I’m pedia article was frequently vandalcompelled to expose the dark side of ized with images of sex acts. She the culture that I love. was the target of mass image harassAnita Sarkeesian is the author ment, and received emails containof a video blog called “Feminist Fre- ing imaged of herself holding up a quency.� She’s also self-identifying sign that reads “GIVE ME MONEY geek, and has made it her profes- YOU SEXIST PIG� or being violentsional mission to deconstruct what ly raped by Mario and other video she perceives as sexist tropes in game characters. And in a crescendo of hate, one lonely soul made a full flash game called “Beat Up Anita Sarkeesian.� You can look it up if you really want to see it. Game designer Cliff Bleszinski summed up his feelings on the harassment in a way that really resonated with me: “We’re the gamers, the dorks,� he wrote in a blog post. “We’re the ones who were on our computers during prom. We’re the ones that were in the back of the lunch room who were playing D&D instead of tossing a football around Image courtesy of on the quad. We were supposed to 1SJODFTT 1FBDI UZQJmFT UIF be the open, friendly ones, the ones EBNTFMJOEJTUSFTTUSPQF who welcomed all into our wonder-

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Sarkeesian herself. Gamers need to start talking about privilege. I know this is the point where I’ll lose a lot of readers, but please bear with me. Privilege is not a big scary monster coming to strike at your masculinity. The process of talking about privilege can be frustrating and painful, but after all, it involves an inversion of your world view. But the fact of the matter is, in some ways, you probably benefit involuntarily from the way your society or culture is structured. Coming to terms with this fact is liberating. We gamers, we geeks, we nerds have constructed a community under the assumption that it is and will forever be a boy’s club. The tropes that claim to define us, after all, say we’ll never get the girl. Common go-to forum phrases like “there are no girls on the internet� and “tits or gtfo� constantly demonstrate the fact that the space we’ve constructed serves the interests of men. And perhaps it was once truly a boy’s club, but if that were ever true it’s now changing. According to the Entertainment Software Association, in 2012 women represented 47 percent of game

purchasers. One might point out a distinction between gamer cultures and the increasing popularity of mobile apps which still count as video games in such polls. But the fact that Sarkeesian’s campaign raised over 25 times its goal more or less proves the presence of gamers who want to talk about these issues. Maybe women are still underrepresented in game development and consumption, but they are clearly here, and they clearly feel marginalized by their fellow gamers. When we rail on about how frustrating it is that critics of the culture we love are allowed to voice their opinions, we are overtly using our privilege in frightening ways to silence others. In other words, we’re being jerks. I’ll conclude with a sentiment that any geek like me should understand. Uncle Ben’s last words to Peter Parker were: “With great power comes great responsibility.� We’re not superheroes, but many of us wield social power without knowing it. Our responsibility is to understand this power, realize how people might react to our words, and check it conscientiously. Otherwise, we’re no better than the Green Goblin.

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Zak Piper: Giving “The Interrupters� a Voice "OESF8BOH Staff Writer This Thursday, a film screening of “The Interrupters,� a documentary on workers who prevent gun violence in Chicago, will take place in Pruyne Lecture Hall at 8 p.m. Co-sponsored by Careers in Education Professions, Black Students Union, the EDU, the Department of Film and Media Studies and the Amherst College Entrepreneurs Society, the event will feature Co-Producer Zak Piper and Ricardo “Cole� Williams, one of the three violence “interrupters� (along with Eddie Bocanegra and Ameena Matthews) whose life and work in their crime-ridden communities form the focus of the documentary. Since its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011, the film has received wide critical acclaim and garnered “Best Documentary� awards from the 2011 Miami International Film Festival and the 2012 Independent Spirit Awards. It’s even reached beyond the cinematic: Williams’s stories have inspired the Bermuda government to develop its own version of CeaseFire, the program that employs outreach workers and conflict mediators like Williams. A few days ago, I interviewed Piper via email to find out his experience co-producing the film and working with the interrupters and how a family tradition has guided his career. How did you discover and become involved with the work? When work on the film began, I had been Head of Production at Kartemquin Films for about seven or eight years. I had recently finished co-producing “At the Death House Door� with Steve James and Peter Gilbert when I was offered the opportunity to work on “The Interrupters.� Alex Kotlowitz, a long

time friend of Steve’s, wrote a feature piece on CeaseFire (now called Cure Violence) for The New York Times Magazine, which Steve read and thought it would be a great concept for a documentary. Steve and Alex put the fundraising in motion and then brought me on board a few months later, just before the start of filming. How was the collaboration with director Steve James and producer Alex Kotlowitz? Working with Steve and Alex on this film was a tremendous experience. Both are the best at what they do, which made me a better producer. Alex and Steve both have a strong sense of integrity, fairness and generosity — it is easy to see how they gain access and build trust with subjects. It also carries over behind the scenes to everyone else who’s working on the film. One of the greatest strengths they share is an open-mindedness for suggestions and ideas from everyone on the filmmaking team. It’s an important lesson for filmmakers of all stripes. Most of the films you have worked on — “At the Death House Door,� “In the Family� and “Prisoner of Her Past,� for instance — seem to deal with the ways people confront hardship and personal history. Is that a coincidence or a choice? What kinds of subjects intrigue you and why? Nice observation. I was drawn to documentary filmmaking long ago because I was excited by the idea of going [to] places I wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to go and meeting people I wouldn’t otherwise have the chance to meet. I wanted to be exposed to people whose lives and worldview were different from mine — and to help share their stories with a larger audience. Sharing stories was an important (and entertaining)

aspect of my family’s dynamic — hours upon hours of storytelling at every family get-together. Sharing stories is how my family is connected and how I connect to the rest of world. The hook for me, though, has been working on and making films about people engaged with social issues — people trying to make a change for themselves or for others. Making these types of films is what Kartemquin Films in Chicago has done for nearly 50 years. I am fortunate to have been brought up as a filmmaker in the past 12 or 13 years by the filmmakers at Kartemquin, and in particular by Founder and Artistic Director Gordon Quinn, whom I continue to learn from regularly. Has co-producing the film changed your view of community violence and the Violence Interrupters? If so, how? I was fortunate to grow up in a place where gun violence didn’t exist — in a small town near Peoria, Ill. Though I’ve lived in Chicago for the past 15 or so years, I hadn’t spent much time on the west and south sides

of the city, where we filmed “The Interrupters.� The experience of making this film and spending time in these communities let me meet and talk with many very resilient people who were invested in their community and who wanted to make a positive change in the neighborhoods. It was inspiring and made me feel hopeful for better days ahead. This question reminds me of a day we were driving through the Englewood neighborhood, which is an area of the city hit especially hard by the economic downturn and mortgage crisis, probably on our way to meet up with Cobe or Ameena. We were driving down a street where nearly every home was boarded up and abandoned when we came upon a little bungalow that had a perfectly manicured lawn, colorful flowers growing in a flower bed and two flowerpots on the porch full of beautiful red flowers. The contrast between this house and its neighbors was striking — and here was a family that wasn’t giving up despite the neighborhood seemingly crumbling around them. That’s the true spirit of these communities — yet too often we only hear about what is wrong with them.

What were the most challenging aspects of producing this film? Keeping up with Ameena’s energy was a challenge, but I think that’s a challenge for anyone who has the pleasure of meeting her! But seriously, among other things, I quickly grew to appreciate the 24/7 schedule that the Interrupters keep, which for periods of time we kept as well. It is a special skill and a balancing act to “be on call� every day while keeping up with the rest of your life. I can’t Image courtesy of www.thegatenews- say I have ever mastered it. It is a testament to the commitment of these men and women $IJDBHP HVO WJPMFODF JOUFSSVQUFS — the Interrupters — and to their diligence to reduce the number of shootings in the city. "NFFOB.BUUIFXT SFDPSEJOH

The World Seen: On Beauty and Storytelling ;BDI#MFFNFS Staff Writer Imagine, for a moment, that for the first time in your Amherst career, you are visiting the Mead Art Museum on your own accord. For some, this will be a fresh memory, while for others such an imaginative feat might be a near impossibility. Imagine that no class brought you to view sketches or stilllives as source materials for a project, no visiting family members brought you along on their touristic explorations of Amherst and the surrounding area and there are no Zumbyes singing among the artwork as you meander the Mead’s galleries. Instead, most of the galleries are empty but for a lone guard or a pre-frosh’s family, and you are exploring alone. Imagine yourself finding a painting that you like. Imagine that this is not just a painting that you like for any reasons at all (such as moral or political reasons, or historical reasons, or reasons of technical adeptness), but a painting that you like because you find it to be beautiful. As I undertake this act of imagination, I see Thomas Cole’s “The Past.� Maybe you thought of the same painting. After all, one cannot visit the Mead and miss it, hanging in front of the entrance as it is: the Hudson River scenic background, a castle jutting out of the mountainside and hundreds of illdefined onlookers watching the nearcollision of two jousting knights. Call it lovely, or magical or beautiful (or use

an even more antiquated term, like fair or goodly): there is something striking about this painting (and many of the surrounding paintings as well), something that stops you in your tracks and demands your attention. Consider that experience, the experience of that full pause caused by the colors and forms of visual experience. What is that experience like? In my last column, I turned to the sciences and social sciences to seek answers to that question, arguing that approaches from the mindsets of evolutionary biology, neuroscience and anthropology all answer it in a somewhat insufficient way. Each of those fields enables its practitioners to precisely articulate the state of the physical world such that an experience of beauty occurs (explaining why it is that people come to have such feelings, or pointing to the regions of the brain active when one feels the beautyfeeling), but offers little insight into the experience itself. The experience of beauty feels a certain way and is valued a certain way, and accounts of the state of the world do little to explain those feelings and values. Consider the approach to conceiving the experience of beauty from a different academic discipline: literature and storytelling. As would be expected, novelists offer a multitude of (often conflicting) accounts of the experience of beauty. Their tools are words, and metaphors, and shared experiences with their readers. Instead of articulat-

ing the state of the physical world, novelists describe the experiences of their characters, and often their own similar experiences, by offering vocabulary, unexpected connections, and (sometimes) elaborate interpretation. Consider Oscar Wilde, who writes in a letter that a “work of art is superbly sterile, and the note of its pleasure is sterility,� describing the beautiful as that experience of objects which is never followed by the desire for “activity of any kind.� “A flower blossoms for its own joy,� he says, and “we gain

lasting no more than a moment. Consider Robert Stone, one of whose protagonists in “A Flag for Sunriseâ€? dives into the ocean and finds an “icy fragile beauty‌beyond the competency of any man’s hand, even beyond man’s imagining.â€? Stone continues in free indirect discourse: “It seemed to him its perfection provoked a recognition. The recognition of what? He wondered. A thing lost or forgotten.â€? Here beauty demands attention by arousing a recognition of something never known, evoking a

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memory that does not exist by its stark perfection. It is less a paralyzing joy than a source of amazement, of contemplation, and of reverence for the natural world.

Consider Stephen Dedalus, James Joyce’s celebrated protagonist of “Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.� Dedalus proclaims, “the instant wherein that supreme quality of beauty, the clear radiance of the esthetic image, is apprehended luminously by the mind which has been arrested by [the artwork’s] wholeness and fascinated by its harmony is the luminous silent stasis of esthetic pleasure.� Hidden in this cryptic language is a description of my experience of Thomas Cole’s painting. Joyce associates that experience with a spontaneous “luminosity� of the mind, as if the experience of beauty were comparable to the long-sought grasping of a deep societal concern, or of a mathematical proof. Finally, consider Yann Martel’s Life of Pi, either in the form of last decade’s book or this decade’s film. Here is one way to state the moral of Martel’s story in one sentence: there is much about the world that can only be explained through a story. Martel wrote the story with what President Barack Obama has called “an elegant proof of God� in mind, but his story’s implications extend to human experience alongside the existence of the supernatural. The experience of a painting at the Mead can be characterized by the scientist in innumerable ways, but every one of those ways will miss Wilde’s joy or Stone’s recognition or Joyce’s luminosity. An explanation of the experience of beauty calls for the participation of the scientist and the humanist both.



Wizards, Gangsters and Starlets: Oh , My! .FHIBO.D$VMMPVHI Staff Writer The two latest James Franco movies, “Spring Breakers� and “Oz the Great and Powerful,� were released within weeks of each other, and could not appear to be more different. In “Spring Breakers,� sex, drugs and violence abound in pursuit of the “American dream� — embodied, in this case, by a killer spring break. “Oz,� on the other hand, is a 3D Disney wonderland with scenery stronger than its plot. Neither film is a great success, but each has its merits, and it’s quite magical to watch them back-to-back and see Franco transform from a greasy wannabe gangster into a dapper wannabe wizard. “Spring Breakers� is directed by Harmony Korine and stars good girls gone bad Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, Selena Gomez and Rachel Korine (the director’s wife) alongside a gangster Franco. Candy (Hudgens), Brit (Benson), Cotty (Korine) and Faith (Gomez) are tired of their monotonous college lives and believe that going on spring break in Miami will change their lives and solve all of their problems — but they don’t have the money for it. Good girl Faith turns to prayer for help, but the other three girls do not follow suit; instead, they don ski masks, steal a professor’s

definitively. “Spring Breakersâ€? seems to be in a constant war with itself, as it walks a fine line between pure idiocy and artful genius. Is Korine trying to make a point with this film or is he just trying to have fun? There is no obvious answer, and the result is confused laughter and involuntary shivers on the part of the audience. “Oz the Great and Powerful,â€? a prequel to the classic “The Wizard of Ozâ€? directed by Sam Raimi, is wildly different from “Spring Breakersâ€? in terms of both its plot and its execution; at first glance, it would seem that the only thing the two films have Image courtesy of in common is Franco’s presence at +BNFT'SBODPnBVOUTIJTWFSTBUJMJUZJOUXPOFXmMNT i0[ front and center. “Ozâ€? focuses on the journey of “wizardâ€? Oscar Diggs, UIF(SFBUBOE1PXFSGVMwBOEi4QSJOH#SFBLFSTw (“Ozâ€? for short), a circus magician car, rob a local diner using squirt guns cally generic and expectedly plastic, who wants to be something more and proceed to set the professor’s car with their only novelty being Hud- than just a fraud but doesn’t try very on fire. So begins the often unbeliev- gens and Gomez’s Disney pasts. Fran- hard not to be. He has monumental able and always raunchy horror/com- co’s performance as rapper and gang- aspirations for himself, but doesn’t edy art film that is “Spring Breakers.â€? ster Alien shines throughout the film do much to make them come true. Looped shots of scantily-clad, gy- and is the only performance that is True to the form of the original, he rating teenage bodies soaked in beer able to stand its ground in the face of is soon whisked away from a blackserve as interludes from this point on, Korine’s aesthetic manipulations. His and-white Kansas into the brightly and give the film a sense of impulsive- constant monologues are outrageous, colored and magical Land of Oz by ness. Hazy, psychedelically blurred hilarious and eerie all at once, the way of a tornado. This is a tale weakly flashbacks and flash-forwards perme- most memorable one being a spin on laced with moral lessons about the ate the film and bits of dialogue are the shirt scene in “The Great Gatsby;â€? importance of honesty and believing often played on a continuous loop in “Look at all my shee-it!,â€? he exclaims, in oneself. This weak and clichĂŠ plot the background for minutes on end. in awe of himself and his various as- is almost completely muted by the The girls’ performances pale in com- sault weapons, colognes and shorts. constant onslaught of green screen parison to Franco’s, as they are typi- “This is the American dream,â€? he says and 3D effects. The images are abso-

lutely stunning, to be sure; they are so beautiful that they never become tiresome, but it is quickly made clear that the visual effects are the focus of the film, rather than the action that is being carried out in front of them. There doesn’t seem to be any real effort made towards meaningful, engaging storytelling; the most exciting plot points come with a few suspenseful but Disney-esque twists and turns. This failure of the plot to make any real, decisive impression on the audience is where both films come short. “Spring Breakers� is too often a confused, pulsating mess of violence and partying, and “Oz� is wholly unconvincing. Both films fall prey to their focus on aesthetics; there isn’t enough of a balance with the plot. In “Spring Breakers,� however, Franco’s performance is able to shine through the haze, whereas his performance in “Oz� is nowhere near strong enough to break through the blinding 3D Disney technicolor. Perhaps Alien is simply more Franco’s ‘type,’ than Oz, but it seems clear that no one (Johnny Depp and Robert Downey Jr. both reportedly turned down the role of Oz) would have been able to break through the Disney formula of colors, cheesiness and 3D. Incredibly different on the surface, both Franco films teach a similar lesson about the importance of balance in film-making.

Making Missile Defense Exciting (Really!) $MBSB:PPO Associate A&L Editor This weekend saw Amherst host its most famous presenter for the semester. (Spring Concert doesn’t count). Rachel Maddow, as everybody knows as the host of “The Rachel Maddow Show� on MSNBC, gave a book talk about “Drift�, some non-fiction piece about something military, something blah. Or at least, that’s what everybody was expecting right? It turns out, her critique of our country’s recent approach to war was quite fascinating, and, for the average student, revelatory. Maddow started off the talk by saying that she was a little intimidated: “Your reputation precedes you and I’m sure you will tear apart everything that I say.� I, for one, was so shocked to be in such close proximity to a celebrity that every snarky, eloquent word out of her mouth seemed like the one and holy truth. And I’m not sure others faired much better. Did you know that Maddow won a Grammy nomination? Yeah, in the category of spoken word, for her 2012 book Drift. And after witnessing her excellent public speaking skills, I’m not surprised. For example, look at this joke she used to transition from birthday talk to 20th century history: “If you are a civics-minded American, you should probably also know who your birth president is,� she said, as we nodded, wondering what was going on. She went on: “I have never felt so old as when I realized that my birth president is Nixon.� Thank god for those of us born in 1992 that our birth president is Papa Bush. But the actual talk was sobering. I imagine the average Amherst student doesn’t think much about the military aside of how it is used on a policy level. And staying true to her audience, Maddow started with the academics

of the issue. She trashed the excess of military funding, our supersized nuclear program, and the intricacies of bureaucracy that make such programs difficult to pare down. It was funny and engaging, but very standard, until she mentioned that the military did not actually want all that funding. Surprise! It turns out that both the $4 billion increase in the missile defense program in Alaska, lovingly referred to as the “blunda in the tundra� and “disasta in Alaska� for it’s 40 percent success rate, as well as recent upgrades in tank equipment, were both unwelcomed by the Pentagon. In other words, Congress threw money at the Pentagon and told them to take it, whether or not they wanted it — money that could have seen far better use outside of military needs. In her words, the “superfunded and superempowered national security state has become leviathan, and we are weaker for it.� However, the main point of Maddow’s talk—“the thrust of this book� (get it? Get it? Thrust? Missile defense?)—was that “we as a country changed our way of going to war so it is not so much of a hassle anymore.� There were a couple of ways that the country was doing this, mainly by making many military interventions secret. The president would either send troops without consulting the Congress, as did Reagan in Granada; refrain from placing war costs in the budget, in the manner of George W. Bush; or give tax costs to the public, as if war were free—another Bush strategy. Surprisingly, however, Maddow’s point was not the overuse of the executive branch or the economy. It was that “war feels free,� while it certainly should not. Maddow acknowledged that the average citizen feels distanced from the wars we are waging, as if they weren’t tragic or hard, sometimes even forgetting that we are in our longest war in U.S. history. This creates an emotionally fraught relationship between veterans and citizens, where we simply don’t understand what they have been through—to the point

Mark Idleman ’15 Public Affairs Office

3BDIFM.BEEPX UIFXFMMLOPXO.4/#$IPTU HBWFBCSJMMJBOUBOETP CFSJOHUBMLPOPVSOBUJPOTSFMBUJPOUPBCVSHFPOJOHNJMJUBSZ that they fear alienation. Maddow also drew from two patriotic symbols stronger than any liberal angst: the founding fathers and the homecoming veteran. She made the argument that the constitution—who doesn’t love the constitution? — gave Congress the power to wage war so that going to war would be difficult and a last resort and more importantly, a decision that the country agrees with. She concisely explains the predicament: “I may have respect for you, I may be interested in you, but I don’t understand you.� Maddow took a while to get there, but I think this final and main point about changing our culture, to treat war with more respect, struck a chord. Rethinking our culture has been something our campus has been focusing a lot about, and there seems to be an almost universal respect for veterans — a respect she acknowledged and used to make her argument that much more powerful. Everything else she said before could be com-

pletely and totally wrong, but she’s right about this. The average citizen is not engaged in our country’s wars and we definitely isolate ourselves from the military community. In the end, it wasn’t about missile defense or Congress or policy on the national level, but about us. These policies don’t just affect the veterans, but affect how we as a nation relate to the military. This in turn affects our culture, and according to Maddow, this effect is not a positive one. What was the most refreshing about the entire talk, however, was her solution. How many times on our campus have we been asked to give money or raise awareness and then do nothing else? We’d like to do more, but we feel so disengaged from the issue that those two solutions seem like the only viable ones. Maddow challenged that frankly lazy stance to activism: volunteer at a veteran’s organization. Or, if that’s too much: let the veteran’s speak for themselves and then listen to what they have to say.



Men’s Lacrosse Splits a Pair of NESCAC Contests After Falling to Wesleyan, Jeffs Rout Hamilton

Niahlah Hope ’15 Public Affairs Office

+VOJPSBUUBDLNBO%FWJO"DUPOIBTCFFOLFZUPUIF+FGGTPGGFOTJWFTVDDFTT 5IF4VECVSZ .BTTOBUJWFMFBETUIFUFBNXJUIHPBMTBOEQPJOUT #SFOUPO"SOBCPMEJ Staff Writer Mired in a three-game losing streak, the men’s lacrosse team entered Saturday’s game at Hamilton desperate for a victory. With a NESCAC record of 1-3 and games looming against top contenders Tufts, Middlebury and Conn College, the Jeffs could ill-afford to lose at Hamilton (4-4, 2-4 NESCAC); otherwise, the unthinkable scenario of missing the NESCAC Tournament — (where eight of 11 teams qualify) — would continue to emerge as a distinct possibility. But with the pressure mounting, the Jeffs (3-5,

2-3 NESCAC) responded with a terrific performance on the road at Hamilton. Propelled by a five-goal outburst in the first quarter, Amherst coasted to an 11-6 win — a result that may have saved the team’s season. Reeling from three straight losses — to Endicott, Nazareth and Wesleyan — the victory against Hamilton could not have come at a better time for the Jeffs, who earned an invaluable boost of confidence following a difficult start to the season. Despite being outshot 41-23, the Jeffs prevailed due to a prolific first quarter, disciplined defense and fantastic goaltending from first-year Thomas Gilligan, who stopped 17 of 23 Hamilton’s shots on goal.

Hungry for a win to break the slump, the Jeffs raced out to a phenomenal start, stunning the hosts with five unanswered goals in the first quarter. Co-Captain Danny Gold ’13 ignited the Jeffs with a goal 1:58 after the opening faceoff. The Jeffs went up 2-0 when Patrick Moroney ’16 scored 4:05 into the game, then extended the lead to 3-0 when Aaron Mathias ’14 found the net just 1:04 later. Slicing through Hamilton’s defense with ruthless efficiency, the Jeffs added two more goals in the final six minutes of the first quarter, as leading scorers Kane Haffey ’16 and Devin Acton ’14 netted their 14th and 18th goals of the season, respectively. Riding comfortably on a 5-0 lead, the Jeffs cruised the rest of way to an 11-6 victory. Amherst led 6-1 after halftime and 9-4 after three quarters. The Continentals did close the deficit to 9-6 by the final five minutes of regulation, but late goals from Sam Lawlor ’16 and Acton sealed the result. From a statistical perspective, the Continentals dominated the second half, outshooting Amherst 25-11, winning 8-of-12 faceoffs and holding a 21-14 edge in ground balls. Gilligan, however — making only the third start of his collegiate career — and the defense delivered a gritty, tenacious effort to frustrate the Continentals. Three days earlier, the Jeffs suffered a tough 7-6 loss to Wesleyan at Gooding Field, extending a long run of futility against the Cardinals (Amherst has now lost 15 of the past 16 meetings with Wesleyan). The Jeffs battled their way out of an early 4-0 deficit, but Wesleyan (6-2, 3-2 NESCAC) gradually regained the momentum midway through the second half to pull out the winFor the Jeffs, the result dropped their NESCAC record to 1-3, with all three losses (Colby, Bates, Wesleyan) coming in one-goal nail-biters. The Cardinals scored three goals in a span of 1:16 in the first quarter, exploding to a 3-0 lead just six minutes after the opening whistle. After Wesleyan extended to lead to 4-0 early in the second quarter, the resilient Jeffs responded with three unanswered goals. Haffey netted the first

two goals (at 7:44 and 1:29 in the period) before Acton punctuated the rally just 18 seconds before halftime. Building off the late first-half surge, the Jeffs knotted the score at 4-4 when Haffey completed his hat trick 2:11 into the period. However, the Cardinals slowly recovered the momentum, scoring three of the next four goals en route to a 7-5 lead. Amherst made one late comeback push — Dylan Park ’16 scored to close the margin to 7-6 with 3:30 remaining — but the Cardinals held on for the victory. The Jeffs will face a tough test in their next game against Middlebury at home this Saturday. Anchored by a stingy defensive unit, the Panthers (6-1, 4-1 NESCAC) have conceded a league-low 6.0 goals per game this season and appear to be one of the top contenders in the NESCAC this season.

Niahlah Hope ’15 Public Affairs Office


Skating with an “Attitude of Gratitude,� Amherst Women’s Hockey Engages with the Community

Linsday Ewing ’15 CCE Liasion

The women’s ice hockey team competed with fervor this season and finished the year third in the NESCAC. Like any successful team, the student-athletes skated with tenacity, skill, and teamwork. Yet it was their “attitude of gratitude� that set coach Jeffrey Matthews and his studentathletes apart. The Lady Jeffs organized two days of “Junior Jeffs� hockey clinics for aspiring female players — the first in Amherst and second in West Springfield — during their only weekend off. Just days later, the student-athletes teamed up with rival Williams during a home contest to fight breast cancer with the college’s inaugural “Pink in the Rink� event. “Pink in the Rink� is a national campaign through which teams pick a specific, important game to fundraise for the American Cancer Society with raffles, activities and proceeds from the ticket sales. The events allowed the team to engage with the local, NESCAC, and national communities. “We’ve had an ‘attitude of gratitude’ be a focus of ours this season,� Matthews said. The activities reminded the Amherst student-athletes of why they initially decided to play hockey and of the sacrifices their parents, coaches and communities made to help them achieve their goals.

“Junior Jeffs� The Lady Jeffs may have scant free time, but they kept the rink busy even during their weekend off. On Saturday, January 19, they hosted aspiring female hockey players between the ages of 10 and 14 at Orr Rink. “The team ran multiple stations and small games on the ice, gave the players a locker room tour, described a typical game day, showed a highlight video of the Championship history of Amherst Women’s Hockey, and socialized over pizza and cookies,� described assistant coach Stephanie Clegg ’12, who played an instrumental role in the organization of the events. The following day, Amherst traveled to West Springfield to put on a clinic for girls between the ages of four and 12 from the Greater Springfield Hockey League of Western Mass. The Amherst student-athletes enjoyed a few hours of carefree skating and the girls some quality coaching and fun. The young athletes were excited to receive some advice from collegiate role models. “They were constantly smiling and eager to absorb any wisdom from the older girls,� Clegg said. “They were timid at first but after they were paired with an Amherst player and put on an Amherst uniform, they immediately bonded and opened up.� The team fostered a silly, playful attitude in the rink on both days. Matthews and his student-athletes wanted to emphasize that even at the college level, they play and coach because

they love their teammates and the sport. “Too often we take for granted our opportunity to study and compete at Amherst,� Clegg said. “The excitement of slipping on an Amherst jersey can wane. Seeing the young players’ faces reminds us of the real reasons we play.� The Amherst athletes aimed to inspire the younger players to believe in themselves, be confident, and pursue their dreams in hockey and life. Simultaneously, the eager athletes reminded the Lady Jeffs to appreciate their tenure on the ice and in the classroom at Amherst. “The goal for a lot of them is to play collegiate hockey at a school like this,� explained senior tri-captain Geneva Lloyd. “As a student who is already here, it gives you some perspective on how lucky you are.�

letic community come together to support the hockey team and such a great cause,� remarked field hockey’s Annika Nygren ’16. “The energy in the rink was awesome.� The game raised over $1,500 for the American Cancer Society. Given its inaugural success, the Jeffs hope to make the event a tradition with their rival Ephs. The enthusiasm of the fans and student-athletes transcended an exciting afternoon of NESCAC hockey. The supporters and players deconstructed boundaries in support of a cause larger than collegiate competition and sport. “The resulting overall ‘spirit’ of the event enhanced our faith in each other and hope for an eventual cure,� explained Jeffrey Matthews, Amherst Women’s Hockey coach. “I was so proud and impressed with our community.�

“Pink in the Rink� On Saturday, February 2 the Lady Jeffs teamed up with the Willams College Lady Ephs to fundraise and join in the fight against breast cancer. During the game — one the Lady Jeffs won 4-2 — Amherst football and field hockey players orchestrated a bake sale and raffle to help their classmates’ efforts. The community donated all proceeds to the American Cancer Society. Orr Rink was a sea of pink as fans from both sides traded their traditional purple attire for the iconic color of breast cancer support. Both teams sported pink laces, tape, and ribbons to help raise awareness. “It was amazing to see the ath-

Lindsay Ewing ’15 is one of four Athletics Liaisons for the Center for Community Engagement. Athletics Liaisons connect student-athletes and coaches to the resources of the Center for Community Engagement and work to create a sustainable culture of service within the Athletics Department. If your team is looking for community engagement projects, contact Kate Beemer ‘15 at, Caroline Broder ’15 at, or Nell Patterson ’15 at If your team just completed a community engagement event, contact Lindsay Ewing ‘15 at so that the campus becomes more aware of what your team is doing to get involved.

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WEDNESDAY Softball vs. Westfield State (DH), 3:30 p.m. FRIDAY Baseball vs. Middlebury, 3 p.m. Softball vs. Hamilton, 5 p.m. Women’s Tennis @ Wellesley Tournament, TBD, Day 1 of 2 SATURDAY Men’s & Women’s Track & Field @ AIC Invitational, All Day Baseball

vs. Middlebury (DH), 12 p.m. Softball vs. Hamilton, 12 p.m. Men’s Basketball vs. SUNY Plattsburgh (NCAA Second Round), TBD Men’s Tennis vs. Bates, 1 p.m. Women’s Lacrosse @ Middlebury, 1:30 p.m. Men’s Lacrosse vs. Middlebury, 2 p.m. SUNDAY Men’s Tennis @ Skidmore, 1 p.m. Men’s Basketball


What hasn’t Aaron Toomey ’14 accomplished this year on the basketball court? It’s not an easy question to answer. For starters, he led his team to a NESCAC Championship and, now, has them one win away from a national championship. He averages a staggering 17.4 points per game and nearly five assists per game. As if that weren’t enough, Toomey, already the NABC Northeast District Player of the Year, was named an All-American this week by He and the Jeffs look to end their dream season in style on Sunday. —Karl Greenblatt ’15

Game of the Week MEN’S BASKETBALL vs. Mary Hardin-Baylor When and Where: Sunday, April 7 Atlanta, Ga. TBD The long-anticipated NCAA Div. III final game is almost here, and the Jeffs will be looking for their secondever national championship. It’s been quite a run for this team, from its triple-overtime victory over Middlebury, to its one-point win over Williams in the NESCAC final to — most recently

— its four convincing wins in the national tournament. The season has also come with plenty of individual accolades: Aaron Toomey ’14 was named NESCAC player of the year, NABC Northeast District Player of the Year and a All-American. His teammate Willy Workman ’13, who has been just as critical for the Jeffs this year, joined him as an All-American. Just how good have the Jeffs been? To give some idea, they are 29-2 and have not lost since Dec. 6. If momentum means anything, the Jeffs will have a decided edge on their opponents, who are 27-5 and did not win their conference tournament. —Karl Greenblatt ’15

Jordan Brewer ’14 has been a big part of the women’s tennis team’s success so far in 2013. Against Bowdoin on March 31, Brewer and her doubles teammate Gabby Devlin ’14 scored a key victory; then, in singles play, Brewer took down her opponent, Kellen Alberstone, in short order (6-3, 6-1). In fact, Brewer has not lost in either singles or doubles play over the Lady Jeffs’ last three matches. Her team currently stands at 7-2 and is ranked No. 1 overall; Brewer looks to continue her success at the Wellesley Tournament (April 5-7). —Karl Greenblatt ’15

Baseball Tops Keene State, Brandeis; Set to Play Midd. this Weekend


Megan Robertson ’15 Public Affairs Office

#PC$PPLQJUDIFETUSPOHJOOJOHTBTUIF+FGGTFBTJMZCFBU,FFOF4UBUF PO8FEOFTEBZ .BSDI ,BSM(SFFOCMBUU Managing Sports Editor Baseball improved to 9-5 after a 2-1 week that saw them beat Keene State and Brandeis. The Jeffs were coming off a doubleheader sweep of Western Conn. State on March 24, that saw them deliver a formidable offensive attack. Shortstop Taiki Kasuga ’14 led the way, collecting seven hits on the day. After going 7-4 on their Florida trip, however, the squad’s pitching and defense remained something of a question mark, as the Jeffs gave up five runs or more in both of those wins. Standing at 7-4, the Jeffs had a relatively easy week, getting three tune-up opportuni-

ties before facing off with Middlebury on April 5. With a chance to silence some of their would-be critics, the team put together a fine overall effort on their home field on Wednesday, March 27, against Keene State. Senior ace Bob Cook led the way with 7 1/3 innings of shutout baseball, striking out two while surrendering just five hits. What began as a pitcher’s duel — Owls’ starter Eddie Dionne held the Jeffs scoreless through four innings — quickly turned into a runaway. In the bottom of the fifth, Dave Cunningham ’16 set the table with a leadoff single; after a sacrifice bunt by classmate Mike Odenwaelder and a wild pitch, Cunningham

scored on a superbly executed bunt single by Brendon Hardin ’15. That sequence of events seemed to awaken the Jeffs: over the next two innings, with the help of two Keene State errors, they would plate six more runs. They added another run in the eighth, while John Cook ’15 slammed the door on the mound, recording the last five outs (including three strikeouts). In the 8-0 victory, five Jeffs had a two-hit day at the plate, including Hardin and Alex Hero ’14, who drove in seven of the eight Amherst runs. With a strong home opener behind them, the Jeffs traveled to Cambridge to face MIT the following day. This time, however, the Jeffs played a sloppy game from the outset. Two Amherst miscues in the bottom of the first, combined with three hits off pitcher Fred Shepard ’14, allowed the Engineers to score three unearned runs in the inning. To his credit, Shepard ultimately turned in an excellent start: he fanned seven in all and allowed just one run the rest of the way. But his efforts were not enough as MIT senior pitcher Aric Dama stymied the Jeffs lineup, overcoming three errors on the Engineers’ side and scattering just two runs and four hits over 7 1/3 innings. With the game standing at 4-2 entering the bottom of the eighth, the Jeffs were in position for a late-inning comeback, but the Engineers used three more hits and another Jeffs’ error to tally twice in the bottom of the frame. That gave MIT a 6-2 cushion, and the Jeffs went quietly in the ninth, falling by that same score. Hoping to put the loss behind them, the Jeffs returned home for a Friday contest against a less formidable opponent, the 5-10 Brandeis Judges. Again, it was the Jeffs’ pitching that shone through. This time, the Jeffs got a complete-game shutout from Dylan Driscoll ’14. After surrendering a first inning double that nearly cleared the fence, Driscoll stranded the runner at second and, from there, pounded the strike zone all afternoon with great success. He threw just 98 pitches and, most notably, did not walk a batter. While Driscoll cruised along, the Jeffs’ bats gave him plenty of run support. In the home half of the third, the Amherst squad broke through with four runs thanks to timely hits

by Conner Gunn ’16, Eric West ’15 and Danny Pillitteri ’13. The Jeffs would add three more runs by the time the game was over, good for a 7-0 victory, their second shutout of the week. As league play begins in earnest, the Jeffs cannot afford to allow unearned runs as they did against MIT, so defense will likely be a primary focus in practice all week long. Meanwhile, however, the pitching staff has certainly impressed so far. Cook seems to have picked up right where he left off in 2012, and Shepard, though wildness can at times be a concern for him, once again showed his ability to hold a strong lineup in check. Driscoll, too, opened some eyes with his ruthlessly efficient performance against Keene State; if he can give the Jeffs more quality innings, the team should have all it needs as far as rotation and bullpen depth. Against Middlebury (April 5-6), the Jeffs will look for tight defense and another balanced offensive attack, hoping to improve to 11-5 and start the NESCAC season off with a bang.

Megan Robertson ’15 Public Affairs Office



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Women’s Lacrosse Wins Fourth Straight; Cruises By Hamilton Behind Tyler’s Hat Trick

Megan Robertson ’15 Public Affairs Office

4PQIPNPSF1SJTDJMMB5ZMFSOFUUFEUISFFBHBJOTU/&4$"$SJWBM)BNJMUPO5ZMFSTHPBMTJOFJHIUHBNFTBSFUJFEGPSUIFNPTUPOUIFUFBN .BHHJF-BX Staff Writer The women’s lacrosse team jumped out to an early start in last Saturday’s match-up against Hamilton College with a goal from Meghan Mills ’15 just over a minute into the contest. Three tallies from Priscilla Tyler ‘15 and two goals each from five other players gave the Jeffs a decisive 15-6 victory over the No. 14 Continentals. The win marked No. 11 Amherst’s fourth straight victory as the team improved to 5-2 overall and 2-2 in NESCAC play.

The Jeffs’ offensive pressure started early with Mills’ close-range goal off a feed from Tyler, and Caroline Holliday ’14 added her first tally of the game six minutes later on a free-position shot that sailed past Hamilton goalie Kari Koga ’15. The Continentals quickly responded with their first and only goal of the half, but Tyler struck just 40 seconds later to make it a 3-1 game. Scoring was quiet for the next 15 minutes as both teams fought for control of the ball, but Mills finally broke through on a free-position shot that sparked an eight-goal run for the Jeffs. Two minutes later, Tyler added her second goal of the game

on a behind-the-net pass from Mia Haughton ’16 to put the Jeffs ahead by four. Marta Randall ’13 rounded out the scoring with just 1.2 seconds left in the half, giving Amherst a 6-1 lead heading into the break. Randall notched her second goal of the match-up just three minutes into the second half after scooping up her own rebound and finishing from the right post. The senior captain added an assist 60 seconds later, feeding co-captain Hilary Densen ’13 on a fast break. Densen tallied her second goal just 40 seconds after her breakaway, beating her defender around the left post and firing a shot past Koga to give Amherst an eight-goal advantage. Holliday added her second goal 10 minutes into the half, racing in from the top of the arc for an unassisted strike. A free-position tally from Elizabeth Ludlow ’14 padded the Jeffs’ lead, but Hamilton finally broke the scoring streak with just under 16 minutes left on the clock. Amherst responded one minute later with an unassisted strike from Tyler, but the Continentals added two goals in 35 seconds to make it a 12-4 game. Sarah Spector tallied her third goal of the season with eight minutes remaining to put Amherst ahead by nine, but Hamilton fought back with a goal from Margaret Gabriel ’16 to cut the Jeffs’ lead to eight. Alex Philie ’14 answered with an unassisted goal on a man-up advantage, but the Continentals struck yet again with just under two minutes left to keep the differential at eight. Ludlow finally capped off scoring with 14 seconds left to give Amherst the 15-6 victory. First-year Christy Forest made seven saves

in net for Amherst, who held a 25-17 shot advantage and an 18-14 edge in ground balls. The victory over Hamilton marked the Jeffs’ fourth consecutive win after defeating Swarthmore and Elizabethtown over Spring Break and Springfield at home last Wednesday. Philie led the way against Springfield last week with a hat trick, while Mills and Randall followed close behind with two goals apiece. Up by four at halftime, the Jeff defense held Springfield to just one second-half goal and scoreless over the final 27 minutes. Densen chipped in with a goal and an assist as Amherst downed the Pride, 8-3. Ludlow netted a hat trick of her own on the road against Swarthmore as the Jeffs’ downed their non-conference opponents, 11-8, over Spring Break. Trailing by four at the start the second half, Swarthmore notched the first three goals of the period to pull within one, but Amherst outscored the Phoenix 3-1 in the final minutes with a pair of goals from Ludlow. Haughton added two goals and an assist to her impressive rookie scorecard, while Tyler and Mills each scored twice and Holliday followed with a goal and two assists. The Jeffs’ highest-scoring result this season also came on the road over break with a commanding 18-8 victory over Elizabethtown. Randall went 7-for-7 in the match-up, converting every shot she took for a total of seven goals. Most recently, the squad easily toppoed Wesleyan, 15-6, behind a staggering eight goals from Tyler, boosting its record to 6-2. Having won five straight, Amherst is back in action on Saturday: the squad travels to Middlebury on Saturday for a key NESCAC matchup.

After Strong Start, Softball Cooled Off by Midd. Panthers Earn Sweep, Snap Jeffs’ Six Game Streak

,FWJO)PPHTUSBUFO Staff Writer Softball started the season off strong over the break, compiling a 9-3 record in their Florida tournament before going 3-2 back up north. The Jeffs used strong pitching from co-captain Teresa Kelley ’13 to grind out close wins over Plymouth State and Bowdoin, while the team’s bats — led by Donna Leet ’15, Kaitlin Silkowitz ’14 and Carolyn Miller ’14 — came alive in decisive wins over teams such as William Paterson, Framingham State and Southern Maine. All three Florida setbacks came in close games, including an 8-7 loss to 15th-ranked Plattsburgh State. The team began play against Allegheny College, and Kelley, an All-Region player last year, shut down the Gators in a dominant two-hit, 12-strikeout performance. Offensively, Amherst got on the board in the first two innings before opening things up with a three-run fifth inning. The Jeffs took advantage of Allegheny’s six errors as Leet reached first on a miscue. Co-captain Reilly Horan ’13 singled to keep things going before Miller cleared the bases with a huge triple. Allegheny recorded two straight outs but allowed Alyssa Sherwill ’15 to reach on another error as Miller came home to cap off the scoring in a 5-0 victory. The Jeffs began well later that day against highranked Plattsburgh State, with the team getting two runs out of essentially nothing in the first. Leet got on base with two outs, and Horan drove her in thanks to a fielding error that left Horan on third. She promptly came home on a wild pitch, and the Jeffs took a 2-0 lead into the second. After both teams scored three in the second, the pitchers buckled down and neither team could manage runs in the next two innings. The Cardinals picked up the scoring again in the fifth, scoring three and chasing Arielle Doering ’14 from the mound. The Jeffs made it 6-6 with a sacrifice fly in the bottom half of the inning, but

Plattsburgh struck once again in the sixth to make it 8-6 and the Lord Jeffs could not answer back. Amherst split two again the next day, losing to SUNY Geneseo before stopping their slide with a big 6-5 win over Hope. Both teams’ starters were roughed up in the early game as the offenses were clicking. The Blue Knights struck first, scoring on a wild pitch in the top of the first but crucially leaving two on base. Amherst answered with their own steal of home in the bottom half, setting up a pattern of consistent scoring. Geneseo added a couple runs to make the score 3-1 heading into the bottom of the third, when the Jeffs used aggressive baserunning and fielding errors to take the lead. The teams traded runs in the fourth with Amherst maintaining a one-run lead, but the Blue Knights exploded in the sixth for four runs and an 8-4 lead. Amherst found itself down 10-5 in the bottom of the seventh, but they started the inning off with four straight hits to make it 10-8. The rally fizzled, however, leaving the Jeffs 1-2 and looking for improvement. That improvement came later in the morning against Hope. The Jeffs continued to pitch by committee as Caroline Sealander ’15, Doering and Kelley combined to allow five runs on just seven hits. Offensively, Sherwill led the charge with a big two-RBI single in the sixth to make it 6-3, while Miller went 3-for-4 . Sitting at 2-2 after the Hope victory, the team ripped off four straight wins thanks to quality pitching appearances and strong hitting against lesser opponents. The streak began against William Patterson, where the Jeffs smacked the Pioneer pitching around for 16 hits. Idalia Friedson ’15 went 4-for-4 to headline a long list of strong performances, and Kelley closed out the win with a scoreless two-inning relief shift to lead to a 9-5 victory. Kelley turned right back around to start against Plymouth State, where she went six innings and

allowed one run. Offensively, Amherst managed just eight hits in a pitchers’ duel, but Leet smacked a triple and was driven in in the third and Miller drove in Horan in the fifth to provide just enough offense in a tight 2-1 game. First-year Nicolette Miranda ’16 came in with two runners on in the seventh and recorded a clutch save. The Jeffs won both games on Thursday, pounding a hapless, winless Framingham State 13-4 before having Kelley one-hit Bowdoin in a 3-0 triumph. Amherst got all the offense it needed in the first against the Polar Bears when Leet drove in Kelsey Ayers ’15 on a sacrifice fly. The Jeffs’ streak ended against Wisconsin-Stevens Point, losing 1-0 as they managed just six hits against the Pointers’ ace. Three two-out singles in the fourth doomed the Jeffs, who nevertheless received strong pitching in the losing effort. The team finished up its trip with three straight blowouts as the offense and defense clicked in tandem, beating Dubuque, Southern Maine and SUNY Oneonta. The Jeffs mercy-ruled both Dubuque and Oneonta and effectively ended the Southern Maine game 15 minutes in with a sevenrun first inning. Kelley continued her dominance by one-hitting Oneonta, while Kelley and Miranda combined to three-hit Dubuque. Back in Amherst, the Jeffs took two from WPI and beat Middlebury on Friday before losing two on Saturday to drop the series. WPI opened the first game of the doubleheader with a solo shot to take the lead, but Kelley buckled down after that, striking out six and giving up just one more hit in four innings’ work. On offense, Miller responded with a home run of her own in the second to tie things up. Leet drove in Kelley with a sacrifice fly in the third to take the lead before Amherst blew things open in the fourth, scoring six thanks to another homer, this time a career first for first-year Brianna Cook, and some timely doubles. Already leading 8-1, Amherst added two more runs as Miranda

pitched two innings in mop-up work, allowing three runs to make the final score 10-4. In the second game, a 4-2 victory, the Jeffs jumped out to an early 3-1 lead, allowing another home run but scoring thanks to two-out hits in two consecutive innings and skillful use of sacrifice bunts. Ayers added an insurance run in the sixth with a triple, and WPI managed to score one in the seventh before their rally petered out. Doering went six strong innings on the mound allowing only three hits, and Sealander closed out the game. The Middlebury series started promisingly with a 4-3 win, as Kelley threw a complete game three-hitter to outduel the Panthers’ starter. Amherst broke open a 2-0 game in the top half of the seventh, only to see the Panthers rally back and put the tying run on third before Kelley finished things off. The Jeffs’ hot streak came to a halt on Saturday as Middlebury came up with 10-4 and 11-3 victories. The Jeffs gave up three unearned runs to open up the first game, but quickly bounced back and tied things up at 4-4 in the fifth as Horan drove in two with a triple. Unfortunately for the team, the Panthers exploded in the sixth for six runs to put things out of reach, getting to both Doering and Sealander. Amherst started off the second game strong, as Leet ripped a two-run homer after Silkowitz singled up the middle. Middlebury’s bats continued to be hot, however, putting up three runs in the first and another in the third before a five-run fourth inning, aided by two errors. The Jeffs got one back in the fifth but left two runners on base, and the Panthers scored two in the bottom of the sixth to activate the mercy rule and end the game. The team returns to action with a packed slate this week at home, hosting Westfield State for two games on Wednesday before a Thursday doubleheader against Smith and a weekend three-game series against Hamilton.



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Tennis Teams Red-Hot Early into Season Lady Jeffs Upset Top-Ranked Johns Hopkins, Now No. 1

Varun Iyengar ’14 Staff Writer Men Touring Southern California for their seasonopening trip, the Men’s tennis team got their 2013 campaign off to a solid start over spring break. Playing 17 matches in six days, the Jeffs underwent a grueling early test and still managed to finish with a 12-5 record. It was an impressive result for this new-look team, who graduated three of its top six players last season; the squad looks poised to make up for those losses with impressive depth and a strong freshman class. The Jeffs were hoping to get off to a quick start in the Golden State and began the week with three split-squad matches on the first day of competition. In the first of those matchups, Amherst swept the College of the Desert, winning all six singles and three doubles contests without dropping a single set. The team, however, was challenged much more seriously by Cerritos College, with the Jeffs narrowly edging out a 5-4 victory. With the match tied at three matches apiece following the singles slate, Amherst pulled out big victories in two of the three doubles contests to earn the team win. Notable on the afternoon was the play of Birk Mitau ’16 and Kade Pettie ’15, who edged out a 9-8 (7-4) victory in final doubles match that proved to be the difference-maker. The Jeffs went up against previously undefeated Vanguard Univ. in the day’s final match and, unfortunately, were unable to tarnish that perfect record. After taking two of three doubles matches, Vanguard earned victories in four singles contests, coasting to the 6-3 victory and handing Amherst their first loss of the break. The Jeffs picked up another loss the following day, as they fell to sixth-ranked Cal Lutheran. Aiming for the big upset, Amherst fought the Kingsmen closely but was unable to capitalize on opportunities for victories in singles play, losing three three-setters on the afternoon. The other split-squad, however, salvaged the day by earn-

ing an impressive 5-4 victory over Westmont. Eli Mlaver ’14 came up big for the Jeffs in this matchup, earning the decisive, three-set victory in singles play to carry the team. Building on their narrow victory, the Jeffs swept their competition over the next two days. The team went 6-0 and only dropped six individual matches en route to easy team victories. Among those contests was the Jeffs’ NESCAC opener against Tufts, who also made the long trip to the west coast. The Jeffs handled the Jumbos with ease, earning the 7-2 victory and falling only at the No. 1 doubles and No. 6 singles spots. Amherst, though, was unable to keep their momentum rolling on Day 5 of the trip. Facing a top-20 Division II program in Azusa-Pacific, the Jeffs fought hard to stay in the match but ended up falling just short. After tying the contest at threepoints apiece, Amherst dropped the final three matches, eventually losing 6-3. Surprisingly, the team also suffered a defeat at the hands of Glendale later in the afternoon, but did recover to salvage an easy victory against Cal Tech. Wrapping up their trip, Amherst overwhelmed Wisconsin-Whitewater and Carleton College the following day, dropping only one individual match in the two contests combined. Even with a loss in their final contest of the break, a matchup against defending Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Champion San Diego Mesa College, the team had to be pleased with its play. Given the grind of six consecutive days of matches, the Jeffs’ performance was certainly a step in the right direction. Building on that momentum, the Jeffs returned home to host Nichols and Vassar in their first two home matches of the season. The squad had little difficulty with either opponent, earning matching 8-1 victories in both contests. With those two victories, Amherst improved to 15-7 on the year. Hosting Bates next weekend, the Jeffs will open home conference play and get into the heart of their schedule. Having put in the hard yards already, the team is hoping that that

work can carry them to a successful season. Women The defending-NESCAC Champion Women’s Tennis team has begun their pursuit of a national title. Winners of seven of the past eight conference championships, the Lady Jeffs are the undisputed powerhouse of the NESCAC. The team battled injuries throughout last season, still making it to the semifinals of the NCAA tournament before falling to Chicago. This year’s group is young and talented, featuring one of the best doubles lineups in the nation, and may have even greater postseason potential. Before looking that far ahead, though, there is still much to be done. The Lady Jeffs got a solid start on that groundwork by opening their spring season in style against Wesleyan. In their first action since mid-October, Amherst did not miss a beat, overwhelming their Little Three rivals en route to a 9-0 sweep. The Jeffs did not lose a set on the afternoon and, in fact, were hardly challenged outside of the No. 1 doubles contest. In that match, the junior duo of Zoe Pangalos and Jennifer Newman needed a tiebreak to narrowly edge out their opponents, 9-8 (7-4). Following the victory, the team traveled to the southeast for its annual spring break trip. The team faced a solid Division II opponent in their opening match and fell to eighth-ranked Lynn University. The tandem of Pangalos and Newman earned the Jeffs’ sole doubles victory, 8-4, at the No. 2 spot, while Caroline Richman ’13 earned the only singles victory, running away in the third set for a 6-3, 1-6, 6-0 win. The loss marked Amherst’s first on the year, dropping the team to 2-1 overall. The Lady Jeffs, though, had no time to dwell on the loss, as they were slated to play in the Fab Seven Tournament two days later. Facing off against a quality opponent in fourth-ranked Emory, the Amherst team needed to bring its Agame, if it wanted to compete with the Dooleys. The clash of top-five teams lived up to expecta-

tions, as the contest was locked at four matches apiece with only the No. 6 singles match left on the slate. With all eyes watching, Amherst’s Gabby Devlin ’14 pulled out the victory in a three-set thriller. Devlin forced the decider by winning the second set in a tiebreaker, 7-6 (7-4), before taking the third, 6-4. High off the thrill of their 5-4 victory, Amherst faced an even tougher challenge the following day against No. 1-ranked John Hopkins. The Jeffs earned victories at No. 1 and 2 doubles to spot themselves a lead heading into singles play. Although the Blue Jays were able to win at the No. 3, 4 and 6 spots, Newman, Pangalos, and Jordan Brewer ’14 all won their matches to close out the impressive Amherst victory. The following morning, the Jeffs wrapped up tournament play against Washington & Lee Univ. The contest was abbreviated and moved indoors because of rain, but those conditions could not prevent the Jeffs from completing an undefeated weekend. The Jeffs won the first five matches played, erasing the need for the remaining matches to be completed, and earned the 5-0 shutout. Returning to the northeast, the Jeffs got right back into conference play following their trip. Amherst traveled to Hamilton this past weekend and easily dispatched the Continentals, 8-1. First-year Sarah Monteaguda led the Jeffs on the afternoon, earning an impressive victory at No. 1 singles and teaming up with Isabel Camacho ’14 to win at the No. 1 doubles spot, as well. The Jeffs returned to the court the following afternoon, hosting their first conference match of the season. No. 8 Bowdoin visited and was promptly shown the door. Amherst easily handled the previously-undefeated Polar Bears by a final margin of 7-2 and remained undefeated in NESCAC play themselves (3-0). With the early victories, the Lady Jeffs have set the foundation for a successful season. Amherst will look to build on this momentum, as they return to action at the Wellesley Tournament this coming weekend.

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