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College to Take on President’s Challenge Sarah Ashman ’14

New Sexual Harassment Policy Takes Form Alissa Rothman ’15

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The Campus Challenge Committee held its kickoff meetings on Monday

In the past, the College’s sexual misconduct policy was covered under the broad Statement on Respect for Persons. Over the past few years, the College decided to specify what constituted a violation of the sexual harassment section of the honor code. As of this summer, the Statement on Sexual Misconduct has been added to the Student Handbook. “Now students can look at the handbook and point to

ning of the College’s participation in the 2011-2012 Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge. In May 2011, and Neighborhood Partnerships (FSNP) invited college campuses to take up this challenge, designed to increase social cohesion by having groups and individuals work across their differences, while maximizing social capital by having networks of people and groups working together on a common project. Each campus is chal-

Gretchen Krull, the Assistant Director of Health Education and the College’s Sexual Assault Counselor. “The new policy basically says that if you don’t get a yes, it’s [a] no-go. SiOver the last year, a sub-group of the Sexual Respect Task Force crafted the new Misconduct Policy. The group included three students and three staff members who reviewed other

and the College has chosen the alleviation of poverty and hunger. The Challenge Committee has determined a concrete goal for the challenge of college faculty, staff and students will participate in the challenge by gathering 10 tons of food and raising $10,000 for the Amherst Survival Center. Additionally, 25 percent of faculty, staff and students will participate in some form of interfaith engagement. Associate Dean of Faculty Rick


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Chair of the Board of the Amherst Survival Center, Jan Eidelson speaks about the Amherst Survival Center and how it will benefit from the challenge.

College’s mission statement, which concludes with: “[Amherst] graduates link learning with leadership — in service to the College, to their communities and to

the mission statement “does not say that Amherst teaches service or teaches morals, but it simply says that our graduates

policy has long been a goal of the Peer Advocates (PAs), who have been educating students about consent and sexual misconduct since their inception in 1997. The policy follows the Cleary Act, which requires colleges to document any cases of several types of crimes, including forcible sexual acts such as sexual assault and rape. It also takes into account Title IX and a Dear Colleague Letter written by the Assistant Secretary for cation from April 4, 2011, describing how schools can best implement Title IX and provide students with an environment free of sexual harassment and sexual violence. Peer Advocate and member of the Sexual Respect task

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Former President Marx Backs Into Trouble

a community free from abuse, assault, harassment and coerpolicy sets such a clear standard for sexual behavior acceptable under the Amherst Honor Code. I am also impressed by to communicate to students that we are each responsible for familiarizing ourselves with and abiding by the Amherst Col-

Darrian Kelly ’15

Managing News Edior

Tony Marx, who left the presidency of the College at the end of last year to become president of the New York Public Library, was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated in New York City on Sunday afternoon. According to The Wall Street Journal reported the story, Marx was driving a Library-owned vehicle around 5 p.m. Sunday afternoon when the 2009 Audi he was driving glanced off a parked car on 138th East Street. With a blood alcohol level of 0.19 percent — twice New York’s legal limit of 0.08 — Marx reportedly also had bloodshot, watery eyes and breath that smelled of alcohol at the time of his arrest. against him during his arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court. He was charged with driving while intoxicated, drivimpaired. Shiriui Chen, a senior at the College, cautioned others against prematurely passing judgment. “I think everyone makes mistakes, but we should let the legal system judge

’85, the chair of the College’s Board of Trustees. “Having spoken with him, I know that he is deeply embarrassed and is being harder on himself than any of us might be. Tony has publicly apologized. As a member of our extended community, I suspect that Tony will take this as a teachable moment,

The news of Marx’s arrest quickly spread on campus on Monday night, with students weighing in via social media networks. But for some, it seemed Marx’s distance from the College community robbed the news of his arrest of its relevance. “It probably would have more of an effect on me if are more important things for the College to worry about. I don’t condone drunk driving, but it’s unfortunate this hap-

Though a step in the right direction, however, the policy is still evolving. “I feel we have a good program because we are continually working to improve what we do both in our educational fect for sure. Students will now know they cannot assume consent, but must learn to negotiate consent. Students should know that Amherst is continually working to support a safe, Though it is too soon to see a direct effect of the policy change, many hope it will help people feel more comfortable about coming forward and reporting sexual assaults.

one in four college women will suffer a rape or attempted

said Director of Public Affairs Peter Rooney. “Mr. Marx has

sexual assaults at Amherst College in 2010 come nowhere near this statistic. However, the number of reports doubled between 2009 and 2010. This increase demonstrates that we are achieving some modest success in our attempts to make members of the community more comfortable in coming for-

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See New, page 3

Still, others were not as dismissive of his connection to the College. “Tony Marx served the College well for eight

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Trouble for Former President Continued from page 1

Professor Michael Ching hails from Cambridge, England. He completed his undergraduate degree and his ematics last few worked

Ph.D. in Mathat MIT. For the years, Ching has as an assistant

How did begin studying math and what made you decide to pursue it? I think I began when I was very little. I remember my dad giving me math problems to do, just basic things to think about when I was really little, so I guess he got me interested in it. I really just enjoyed it in school, so I decided I would study it in college, and I enjoyed in college so I decided I would keep going. Really, I never kind of planned to do this as a career, but I just kept on enjoying math, so decided to stay with it. It turned out well and I enjoy it a lot. Why did you decide to teach at Amherst? Well, it’s a great place to teach. I guess

of the main sort of attractions here is that there you don’t have to force them to. They like learning, and I just like having students in here, you know, working on problems and asking me questions. I imagine that is similar to why most people like teaching here. What classes are you teaching this and next semester? This semester I am teaching two calculus classes. One is just an Intro to Calculus, which other is Multivariable. So both of those are about introducing notions of change and how that is dealt with in mathematics in a very precise way. Next semester I am teaching another calculus class and then Introduction to Analysis. Mathematical analysis is really the study of the basic, the real numbers, so just ordinary numbers, but in a lot of detail. So, really understanding how numbers work and some of their properties and sequences. And it’s also studying how to talk really precisely about numbers and

some of their properties. Which aspects of Amherst do you like so far? It is a really beautiful campus. I really like being out here, in the countryside and also having a town and things like that. Also, like I said before, I like the students. I like how they come and willing to work at it. What do you hope to contribute to Amherst during your time here? Mainly I hope to teach well, and I hope that the students that I teach manage to learn math and enjoy it and appreciate some of the beauty of mathematics that I enjoy as I’ve been doing it. What is you research on and how did you come to be involved in it? My research is in topology. So, topology is the study of shapes and spaces, possibly in many dimensions. So topology in general is trying to understand all possible shapes and the relationships between them. It begins by looking at ordinary shapes that we are familiar with, like circles, and surfaces and stuff like that, but then with the ideas you have there you can also think of higher dimensions. And that becomes important and has applications to things like facial recognition and things like that because you can represent a face as like a point in a higher dimensional space. So understanding higher dimensional spaces allows you to think about how different faces are related to one another. It was on of the topics I enjoyed when I was in college and I kept going with it. I guess when I was doing my Ph.D., the place I was at had people who were particularly interested in that and so I ended up working with them.

publicly apologized and taken responsibility. Out of respect for him and his family it is not appropriate for the College to comment Having served as President of the College for eight years, Marx was the youngest to hold this position. Well-loved by students for his friendly and open personality, he is best known however for his efforts to improve the socioeconomic diversity of the student body. As a result of his commitment

ing with the QuestBridge program. Marx also established the Lives of Consequence Campaign, encouraging alumni to support the College during the recession. All of these efforts supported his initiatives to make the College both the most selective and the most diverse institution in the nation. Continuing in the spirit of inclusiveness, Marx’s current goals at the New York Public Library include maintaining the library as an essential resource to citizens in today’s digital age. “My thoughts are with Tony at this trytin. “His contributions to [the] College are

low-income families has nearly doubled in the College established a no-loan policy and a need-blind philosophy, while also partner-

Marx is next scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 9.

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What do you like to do in your spare time? I like hiking. So I have been up a couple of trails, up the hills there. So far I have only done a couple of hikes from the Notch Visitor Center up to Mt. Norwottuck so that was nice. I haven’t had much time so far since I have only been here a couple of weeks.

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THE CAMPUS CRIME LOG Entries from Nov. 2, 2011 to Nov. 6, 2011 November 2, 2011 9:52 p.m., South College Dormitory

resident took responsibility for the action. A small amount of marijuana and

9:01 p.m., Davis Loading Dock

the smoking violation. The issue was

up to the rear door of Davis. Two kegs were found inside the basement and

3:04 a.m., Off Campus Location


tree branches into S. Pleasant St. The

10:08 p.m., Davis Dormitory

was directed to return the branches to the side of the road, which he did.

alcohol outside the building. When

about the odor of marijuana on the located. 10:57 p.m., Marsh House A student who was found inside the commodations because the building was closed due to lack of electricity. November 3, 2011 12:05 p.m. Alumni Gymnasium window screen. Case open. 5:52 p.m., Wieland Dormitory tor sounding and found that it was tripped by steam from a shower. The system was reset. November 5, 2011 12:25 a.m., Charles Pratt Dormitory tected the odor of marijuana. It was

11:59 a.m., Hitchcock Field a group of people attending a soccer game were drinking and blocking the road. The group was cleared out.

abandoned the alcohol. It was taken to storage. 11:20 p.m., Coolidge Hall An unauthorized party of approximately 50 students was found. It was shut down.

request to assist him with an intoxicated student. Assistance was provided. 1:55 a.m., Jenkins Dormitory

12:26 p.m., Hitchcock Field

1:50 p.m., Pratt Field keg during the football game. He was advised kegs were not allowed at Pratt Field and left with it.

$100 for the smoking violation and

11:59 p.m., Tyler House A town resident complained about loud music coming from Tyler. Of-

plaint and issued a warning at a secfor unruly behavior. 2:33 a.m., Hitchcock House

5:00 p.m., Converse Lot

unauthorized party. 2:32 p.m., Quadrangle Road complaint and ticketed eight illegally parked cars.

November 6, 2011 1:45 a.m., Pond Dormitory

and discovered it was caused by resident smoking marijuana. Marijuana and a pipe used for smoking were

man approaching people at the bus stop asking for money. The man could the area.

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Challenge Kickoff Continued from page 1

something that each of us — our departments and organizations — can

Director of Religious Life Dr. Paul Sorrentino said that he hopes “every single department on campus — faculty, staff and students — and every student group will participate in some

As the College will be working closely with the Amherst Survival Center for this challenge, the kickoff concluded with a speech by Chair of the Board of the Amherst Survival Center, Jan Eidelson. Eidelson spoke mainly about the nature of the Survival Center and the 4,000 community members who regularly patronize it. Fifty of these patrons are homeless; however, the majority are “working

hopes each department or group will think creatively about how they might best address “some particular problem Sorrentino also stressed the importance of the College’s mission, using it to urge students to participate in the Campus Challenge, primarily through their own initiative. “This [challenge] is not at all something which is driven by the comaround for the committee, not much is going to happen. We will organize a few different events, but what we’re really looking for is for the campus as Sorrentino concluded his portion of the kickoff with two motivating questions. “Can we as a college — faculty, staff and students — rise up to address the issues of poverty and

Thoughts on Theses Dana Kaufman ’12 Major: Music Advisor: Eric Sawyer What is your thesis about? I am writing a one-act opera for my senior thesis in Music based on Nikolai GoPetersburg who goes insane and chronicles his descent into madness in his diary]. The orchestra, and the performance will be on Jan. 28, 2012 at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall. If you want front-row seats, contact Dana Kaufman! Just kidding. How did this idea come about? I had always wanted to learn Russian. My family is Russian, but no living family member speaks it. Even in

for food, clothing and medical care, which they might not otherwise be able to afford. Eidelson expressed her gratitude for the contribution that the College will give to the Survival Center through this challenge. “The Survival Center has gained 500 new families within the past year, so right now our food pantry is very empty. The timing of this could not be

I began composing in high school. I wanted to combine my love of Slavic studies and my love of music to write a Russian opera. I’d always wanted to write this opera based on some kind of Russian literature, or have a Russian libretto, and I wasn’t sure which one I wanted to use, but I’ve also always been a huge fan of Gogol’s work.

More information on the Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge, as well as a list of upcoming events connected with the challenge, can be found at campus challenge.

als: Tom O’Toole and Libby Maxey. The three others are Amherst students: Julie Moorman ’11, who graduated last year and is the Choral TA [teaching assistant] this year, David Ressler ’13 and Hilary Budwey ’13, all of whom are phenomenally talented. I consider myself very, very lucky to be working with them. I’m also in the process of putting the orchestra together. Jesse Fried ’12 is working with me as a pianist and rehearsal accompanist. Jeffrey Moro ’13 is directing. Beccie Magnus ’13 is doing lighting and stage managing. There are just so many people who are helping me with this, and of course, both the Music and Russian Department faculty have been incredible. It’s a lot of work, but I have a lot of help, and I think if there’s any kind of work that I would devote an all-nighter

environment these characters [had] lived in 200 years later. It gives you a whole different perspective on the stories that you can’t really get, staying in America. It kind of hit me after I got back that that’s what I really wanted to use. It’s hard to believe that it’s actually in the works now, but it’s just something I’ve been looking forward to. I’m hoping that something will happen in Buckley on Jan. 28, 2012. What have been some of the high points so far?

Any low points? A lot more time than I would like is spent doing administrative work, and that does take away from composition time. Another down was realizing I had to write my own libretto [the lyrics to which an opera is set]. I was hoping that something written in Russian would fall out of the sky. That didn’t quite happen, but I’m really enjoying working with this text, and it’s also fun to compare different translations. And, of course, the fact that my thesis performance is the second week of spring semester is both great and terrible. Because of that, this semester is really devoted to my thesis — hopefully next semester I’ll get to relax a little bit, or at least sleep a little more. Every day is a kind of new adventure in that sense. Any advice for people thinking about writing a thesis? If you’re going to write a thesis, it has to be on something that you really love to do. You’ll have to be willing

Thoughts on Theses is a regular feature. Seniors interested in having their thesis featured can send their information to

New Policy Provides Expanded Support Continued from page 1 sources other than just the police so not all reports are ‘police investigations.’ If you do a [comparison] port entitled “The Sexual Victimization of College

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Director of Religious Life Paul Sorrentino describes the goals of the challenge and speaks about the positive effects he hopes bring to the campus.

every 1,000 female students at a college. This means that one in 36 college women experience a completed or attempted rape in an academic year. The study also said that colleges should expect 35 incidents of rape in a given academic year per 1,000 women at the college. They estimate that about 95% of completed or attempted rapes go unreported. Campus Police records show that since 2000, the number of forcible sexual offenses reported at Amherst has ranged from a low of three in 2005 to a high

Department of Education, as “any sexual act directed against another person, forcibly and/or against that person’s will; or not forcibly or against the person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent. This includes forcible rape, forcible sodomy, sexual differs from non-forcible sexual offenses, which are “unlawful, non-forcible sexual intercourse. This inno reported non-forcible sexual offenses since at least 2000. According to Chief of Public Safety John Carter, “We seldom report non-forcible sexual assault because

“Although our numbers may appear high relative to some other institutions, I believe that students trust the resources we have set up for support and the policies and practices we have developed. They know we take allegations of misconduct seriously and that we

support to reporting involves understanding what is seriously and absolutely believe people should have access to education and activities free of sexual haIf a student is sexually assaulted, it is recommended that victims talk with someone about their emotion-

evaluate all options, including legal or disciplinary responses, and determine what is best for them. Campus Police should always be contacted in situations where a student feels he or she faces future violence. Students can see the Sexual Misconduct Policy for more information. The College’s statements on Sexual Misconduct can be found in Appendix A of the Student constitutes various forms of sexual harassment.

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Letters to the Editor

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


The Hill as a New Social Space


mherst has recently seen a huge push to organize more community-oriented events: from alternate locations for TAPs, to evening social events such as AC After Dark, to more senior-tradition oriented events. At the same time, we face a greater restraint on social spaces on campus, with a growing student body and a restriction on party locations due to Massachusetts fire regulations. Another change, however, with respect to social spaces has occurred this year at Amherst: Tyler and Plimpton dorms have both been reopened to the Amherst community. This has created an often-ignored but extremely viable social space on campus: the Hill, which now houses three rejuventated dormitories with expansive common spaces. The ideal college house party, so culturally crucial to a liberal arts education, the image that springs to mind is

of cozy foyers and spacious ballrooms. This is exactly what the Hill has to offer to Amherst. It is time for the Amherst community to embrace the Hill as not just additional living space, but as the site of a possible and much-needed social hub for the campus. We often discard The Hill as an option for holding community events or all-Amherst parties, because of its so-called “isolated location” from campus. However, at a time of dissapearing social spaces, and when the College is increasingly focusing on gathering people together for innovative bonding activities, it’s rather disappointing that the Hill is so often sidelined. Dormitories on the Hill have hosted successful community activities, such as “King of the Hill Trivia” at Plimpton or Marsh Coffee Haüs, which are well-attended despite the alleged inconveniences of distance. In addition, dorms

on the Hill are working to expand their facilities, with the most recent expansion being an AAS senate project to bring a drum set and PA sound system to Marsh, with the hope of attracting more band performances. Amherst students are spoiled when it comes to distances between locations on campus. A trek from Keefe to the Hill takes 10 minutes for the average walker, and while that might seem an odyssey for those used to finding the party literally in their backyard every Saturday, it is no worse than the trek from Val to the Alumni Gym. Besides, 10 minutes isn’t a huge sacrifice in comparison to the benefits of the Hill, which include the exciting possibility of concurrent events in the three dormitories. This can reduce the pitfalls of trying to cram a large number of people in one or two dorms, which has occurred at TAPs.

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The Christian Land Ethic: Part I

The Ark

Ophelia Hu ’12 Ophelia is an Environmental Studies major who writes a biweekly column sharing a Christian perspective on social, environmental and political issues.


or God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16). This sentence commonly sums up the Christian faith, which also has deep ecological implications. First, one must know a little about Christianity. Christianity is a monotheis-

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Exploring Privilege e are Amherst College students. Together, we make up a unique group of people coming from very different backgrounds. From Amherst

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tic faith that dictates, unlike most religious worldviews, that God not only exists but also that He communicates and is active, speaking His word through the Bible. Christians foster and enjoy a relationship with this living God. Those who only take the teachings of Jesus as a “life philosophy” without acknowledging His divinity are not Chris-

Amherst brings together a diverse bunch. No matter where we come from, we are all with much to offer. Sadly, however, many of the privileges that we as Amherst students have go unrecognized. We may get caught up with our own lives, schoolwork and extracurricular activities, but this is no excuse for us to forget or ignore all the privileges Amherst has to offer us. One common complaint amongst Amherst students thrown around is Val. We have all heard it: it’s too small, the food sucks and the hours do not accommodate students’ schedules. Whatever your issues are with Val, you have to remember that Val consistently feeds our student body seven days a week, three times a day throughout the school year. We should all simply appreciate the fact that we have access to food three times a day every week. If this fact alone is not enough to make you appreciate Val, consider as well the quantity and variety of food that we have access to. Everyday, there are blenders for your mornvarious types of cereal, a salad bar stocked with veggies, dressings and toppings, a number of lighter side options and a selection of deli meats and cheeses all in addition to the main dishes being served. The vast improvements Val has taken over the course of the summer and this semester cannot be ignored. These improvements are proof that Val is working to meet our desires. Rome wasn’t built in a day. We can’t expect Val to suddenly turn into the dining hall of everyone’s dreams. It takes time and patience on our part. While we wait, why not appreciate how far Val has come? Beyond just Val, another thing we take advantage of is the fact that we do not have to worry about the daily maintenance of our college. Daily, others prepare our meals and wash our dishes. We just have to go in and out of our dorms or the dining halls to enjoy access to what would not be possible without

Patricia Cardenas ‘14 is a contributing writer. the hard work of others. There are people who keep the college running and we fail to acknowledge them. Even if we show appreciation for the Val workers and dorm custodians, what about the Facilities workers? During the fall, students do not have to worry about leaves. They are blown away. When the snow piles up outside, the paths are cleared. With this recent snowstorm, Facilities worked hard to keep us sane and connected. Every day, custodians come into our dorms and keep our dorms habitable. They empty out our trash and recycling bins, clean our restrooms and keep our common spaces clean and tidy. What do we worry about? The only thing students really have to worry about is their room and their laundry. Considering how much is done for us on a daily basis, those two responsibilities are nothing. Let’s be respectful of our surroundings. Clean up after yourself. Don’t make the cusWe are all lucky to be living in a residential campus. There are plenty of suitable dormitories students can live in. From the Freshman Quad to theme houses, there is a room for every student. Yet, people still complain about the dorms. Some dorms are not as “nice” as others, they say, or some dorms are too far away from campus, or some of the rooms are too small. These complaints go on. However, we are fortunate just to live on or very close to campus. If you live in dorms off campus, your walk to campus is nothing compared to the distance some other college students in the nation have to commute. Unlike them, we do not have to worry about daily commutes. Our daily routines do not deal with the time and money that goes into commuting. Our time is not spent worrying We should be grateful that we even have a room to call our own. To complain about a small room when there are others in this world without a home is quite trivial. We all are privileged. The least we can do is appreciate what we are fortunate to have. After all, it’s not like we don’t have the time or energy for it. Thanks to the hard work and efforts of others, we do.

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tians. The Bible includes directions on how people should interact with one another and with the planet. People, animals, natural “resources,” biotic communities, etc. are all created by God. Unlike pantheistic religions, Christians do not believe that God is “in” the earth, or that God is equal to His creation. We also do not believe that God is distant or that He has set creation into motion and stepped back. God created man to be without sin but with the freedom to choose his fate and created a planet that functioned perfectly according to His design. When man stepped out of his boundaries and opposed God and wanted to be a god, himself, it threw creation into disorder. Man became “fallen” — and needed an intercessor to go before him to an Because the penalty for a crime committed against such a high power is great, our penalty is great for our imperfection, into which we are born. However, God loves us, His creation, enough to pay our dues Himself. He sent His only Son, Jesus, to Jesus didn’t come to be a philosopher; He came to do what no one else could do: die in our place and pay the penalty of sinfulness, and then rise from death and thereby conquer it for us, so that we may have an everlasting life in the presence of God. Therefore, the Christian land ethic can be described in four points: I. Christianity provides a moral standard by which to explain environmental priorities, and therefore, by which to act. II. The Bible presents proof that God cares about the planet. III. God sees the planet as a necessity for human well-being and justice. IV. God has a plan for ultimate redemption. I. Environmentalists can rarely agree upon anything. Environmental justice advocates, who work to protect the health and environmental safety of the vulnerable, often disagree with conservationists, who seek to protect an entire ecosystem at the expense of individual organisms; conservationists often disagree with animal rights activists, who put the wellness of one organism above that of an ecosystem. Clearly, the existence of a moral imperative like environmentalism cannot stand alone without a moral code. However, a moral code cannot exist without a moral absolute. Simply put, our views on environmentalism do not stand alone. We also have views about human rights, correct behavior, how we should be treated, the value of our lives, etc.

Our views on environmentalism penetrate each of those corridors: it is a human right, it is a matter of behavior, it is personal; we want to be treated well and we want to know its importance relative to us. If the way in which we collect these philosophies and prioritizations can be called a moral code, then we all have a moral code. Moreover, we all have different moral codes. However, a moral code, and also the moral standard by which we hold people accountable to our codes, cannot exist without a moral absolute. So, what is at the very top of the moral standard scale? According to Christians, the top of this scale is God. The moral standard and code are given by His word, the Bible. The moral imperative of environmentalism falls under that broader moral code. Environmentalism can only agree upon and achieve a larger end if environmentalists agree upon a moral standard, and therefore heed the existence of a moral absolute. II. The Bible continually relays how God created and cares for His planet and children. “For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:16-17). The Bible indicates that life’s purpose is to attribute worship to the Creator. Creation worships God, even when people refuse to do so. “The heavens are telling the glory of God; and day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard; yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun.” (Psalm 19:1-4). And He wants us to care about it, too. Since it matters to Him, and since we were made in His image, we should desire to care for the planet, as well. “The earth dries up and withers, the world languishes and withers, the exalted of the earth have disobeyed the laws, violated the statutes and broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore a curse consumes the earth; its people must bear their guilt. Therefore earth’s inhabitants are burned up, and very few are left.” (Isaiah 24:4-6). Throughout the Old and New Testaments, God displays a consistent prioritization of the planet. It is His creation. He loves it. And He wants us to care about it, too. the nature of a Christian environmental ethic.

Pain in the AAS Peter Crane ’15 Senators from the Association of Amherst Students are writing a weekly column to keep the student body informed about the goingson in the Senate.

The AAS Listens and Acts Monday’s meeting opened with a special guest: Green Dean Jessica Mestre ’10 as a representative of our very own administration. As the Student Life Program Coordinator, she came to discuss two different propositions in which the administration was looking to coordinate with the student body via the Senate.

wide “Community Hour.” The impetus behind this idea was that the campus rarely has events where faculty and students across class and dorm can get together. This idea got a pretty warm reception in the Senate, where similar ideas had been brewing for some time. Many senators thought the recent snowstorm set a precedent for this kind of activity, in that over 100 students and faculty got together to help clean up. In doing this, Amherst not only saved the time and resources of the College’s maintenance crews but also bonded as a community. A few possibilities were brought up regarding what our Community Hours would look like. Some ideas revolved around speakers, entertaining or academic, that the whole community would come and see. I myself saw something of a problem with this: we don’t have a big gathering area. Johnson Chapel can hold little more than a single class; Pratt Field is off the main campus. Furthermore, I wanted to see Community Hour as something potentially more fun. Not to say speakers aren’t fun, but listening to a lecture doesn’t get you mingling and really meeting new people. Now, my dorm (Stearns) had a dorm-wide game of Humans vs Zombies. Everyone had fun, and we met people we hadn’t before. The Community Hour doesn’t have to be this particular game, but I simply argued that a fun activity would bring more people and be better for “mingling.” We all agreed that Community Hour should take place Friday early afternoon, after most peoples’ classes are over for the week. This is where you guys come in: do you have any ideas for Community Hour? The second topic Dean Mestre came to was much more contentious. The issue lies with the fact that many students here over

Loss of Amherst Tradition is the True Liability


ging conservatives like Newt

about our national need to return to the good old days circa 1950 (hey, it wouldn’t be me without one snarky political comment, but no more, I promise). But in some ways, they have a point — at times it seems we are living in an age where fear of liability reigns supreme, and causes institutions to err on the extreme side of caution at the expense of traditions and even just plain old fun stuff. Sophomore year, another senator and I decided to rent sumo suits and stage a wrestling match either at halftime during the homecoming game, thought it would be funny. The College thought it would be a liability, so it didn’t happen. While it’s ironic suits and pushing each other over is a liability issue but two football teams doing the same thing for an hour, sans

suits, isn’t, at least it’s not as pathetic as something from last week’s crime log. Apparently two students were discovered sledding on Memorial Hill (quelle horreur!) and were warned and told to stop. Really? Two adults can’t do what millions of third graders do every winter? A few weeks ago one of my friends showed us a quickly scribbled note he had found at Val. With the caption, “What doesn’t work at Amherst?” the note mentioned, among other things, a lack of traditions and few experiences shared by all students. Those have been two of my biggest gripes during my four years here as well, and they haven’t gone unnoticed by others, including The Student editors, and no I’m not really talking about Senior Bar Night and other changes in alcohol policy where “liability” seemingly has tion. It goes deeper. College is a far richer academic,

social and emotional experience than high school was, or could ever hope to be — Amherst certainly has been for me. So it bothers me that I often feel more connection with alumni from high school than with Amherst alumni. Why? Because I have memories of high school experiences I shared with my class and the student body, and I know those alumni have those exact same memories. Things like gathering in the mall to watch Latin students race homemade “chariots”and cheering at the crashes; singing the alma mater before and after every football game; leaving our very last class ever as seniors to gather outside and smoke cigars together. I don’t mention these examples because I have some sadistic desire to go back to high school, but because I think it’s an absolute shame that for the most part, these kinds of shared traditions that connect classmates and tie the new days with the old have become absent

break have to buy food for the entire week from out of their own pocket because Valentine Hall isn’t open. Basically, the administration asked the Senate to pay for a nice Thanksgiving meal for students that stay on campus. They estimated the cost to be about $18 per student, totaling $1500. Many Senators opposed this immediately. Funding for food is an essential college service, they argued. This is the administration’s job, not the AAS’s. Students pay room and board; food should already be covered. Many saw this as the latest in a line of “AAS picking up administration slack,” wherein we fund projects the administration drops; examples range from TYPO to condoms. Senators worried that this would not be a one-time thing, draining us of $1500 a year in perpetuity before future governments could decide what to do with it. Some supported funding and noted that this is a special meal, just like special events that are funded by the Senate during the normal school year. Thus it wasn’t an essential item being pushed on to us; it was a new initiative that the AAS could partner in. The funding measure ultimately passed with 14 yeas, 8 nays, and a couple abstentions. I myself cast a measured but convinced no. While I completely take the administration at its word (I don’t think they are “slacking”), I see this dinner in a grander sense of student life at Amherst. The College isn’t just here to feed you; it’s here to be your home. Its mission goes beyond mundane allocations of money, whether those allocations are the most who should say to the student body, you’re home here, it’s Amherst College itself. Finally, I want to mention an opportunity to speak to your senators. We’re launching something called “AAS Listens” in order to be even more accessible. It’s simple: we’ll have a table in Val, and you can come to us this Friday at dinner and ask questions in a casual setting. I really hope to see people there. It may be one meal where I don’t eat by myself.

Hurst’s House Alex Hurst ’12 Alex is a Political Science major who writes a bi-weekly column on the subjects of domestic politics and world events.

from the Amherst experience. They weren’t always absent though. The now well-known 1913 New York Times article talks about traditions like freshmen having to wear “pea green Eton caps” until late February (probably a non-starter at this point). There also used to be class omores — including a relay race, the winner of which got a barrel of cider — after which the freshmen, if they won, went around campus in the middle of the night putting up their class number on trees, fences and buildings while the sophomores attempted to tear them down before morning. Yes, we are all here, and we are all smart, and there aren’t very many of us, and that naturally creates some I don’t think it’s enough. A college should be more than just stellar academics and the incredible individual accomplishments of Amherst wunder-

kinds. It should be a community — kind of like the way Val felt the other Sunday after the snowstorm. Don’t get me wrong; there are plenty of ways through a sports team, one of the frats, some other social organization, or perhaps just a fantastic group of friends. But all of these — necessary, integral, and desirable as they are — are exclusive by nature, and sometimes divisive. They won’t ever help the entire student body feel connected to each other, and to past and future alumni, the way they do for the rugby team, or DQ. There’s tremendous value to being able to look someone from the class of 1982 in the eye knowing that you both participated in some activity or experience, particular and unique, and knowing that — hopefully — the class of 2022 will someday be able to look you in the eye feeling the same way. The real liability to worry about is that Amherst should forget this.

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Layering: Lumpy or Stylish? Siyu Shen ’15 Contributing Writer

before while also showing off your own style. From hats to socks, your

I’ve been looking forward to the Amherst winter. Maybe it’s because I come from sunny Southern California, but I was eager to layer and accessorize with hats, scarves and gloves. The idea of actually being able to make long-term use of sweaters, wool coats, and boots had me patiently waiting in anticipation for the cold weather to kick in. I’m sure that the reality of New England’s icy winter will soon set in, but meanwhile, it’s time to pull out everything I was never able to use before. Unfortunately, there is one challenge with layering — it’s tough without getting too bulky. It’s always easy to stay warm with thick coats, but it’s not as easy to stay cozy without feeling like a lumpy marshmallow. However, you don’t need to pile on to stay warm because there are always plenty of

of pieces to get through this season.

are some tips on how to stay warm and stylish this winter.

Layer Head to Toe Waking up in the morning to a freezing room, it’s always tempting to just hurriedly pile on the sweaters and rush to class with a warm cup of coffee. However, one trick to layering is to do so from head to toe rather than pile a coat over a sweatshirt over a sweater. Try out different clothes and layer differently each day. It’s a great way to discover out-

Thin Layers Summer might be over, but it’s not quite time to shove your summer clothes to the back of your closet just yet. While it’s going to be too cold to just wear a t-shirt out, you layers are key to staying both warm and light. What comes to mind immediately is to try a summer tank under cardigans, tops or sweaters. Layering short and long-sleeved tees is another way to change it up, combining different colors and patterns to create a new kind of shirt. Slide a jacket over a thin hoodie and tank or a sweater over a blouse. Don’t limit yourself; try to pull off different pieces, including ones not typically considered for the colder seasons. Even your favorite sundresses can be used in the winter. Pair together a light dress and leggings and throw a comfy sweater over the top, and you’re ready to go. You can do the same with a short skirt or shorts. Frilled edges and different patterns add variety and

and knee-length boots. A long, loose shirt can be paired with skinny jeans or leggings. Leg warmers keep you warm and can look good with anything from ankle boots to sneakers. Putting longer shirts under shorter ones or pairing leggings and tight jeans with shorts and skirts are different ways of also adding color. Let a bold color or pattern peek out to add pop to a layered top or bottom. Long socks over leggings can add a quirky or cute look while keeping your feet and lower legs snug. Working with several lengths can always give you more creative ways to change things up.

Accessorize One of the best times of year to accessorize is the winter because there is so much to work with. From hats at the very top to socks and leg warmers at the very bottom, winter can be colorful and fun with the right accessories. Scarves instantly come to mind (and were the single topic of last week’s article), but there are plenty of other ways to accessorize as well.

Mix Up The Lengths

belts can be worn right under the bust with loose shirts for a corsetlike look. Skinnier belts can be paired with something like a long cardigan and tank. When you have lots of loose layers, belts are the

Different lengths of tops, pants and boots can change up your look while keeping you warm. Wear a long cardigan with cropped pants

Hats always make winter fun, coming in all sorts of styles and col-

out, throw a coat on and you’ll be ready for any outdoor chill.

ors and patterns. Knits, trappers, berets and beanies are just a few of the different hats you can use to keep warm. Animal face knit hats are always a cute addition and usually also cover your ears to keep them warm as well. Ears are one part of your body that get colder more easily in the winter because of the limited circulation there, so a hat to keep your ears warm will go a long way. Your hands and feet also belong in this category, so bundling up in those two areas is important. As it gets colder, gloves and mittens become more and more useful. From leather gloves to knit gloves or mittens, keeping your hands warm are another way to be shielded from the cold. All sorts of gloves are available in the winter, even when you’re inside or texting that turn into mittens by slipping on a cover attached to the back of the glove). Waterproof gloves and mittens will become particularly useful when snow starts falling and snowSocks and leg warmers are a great way to keep warm in an area where it might be harder to layer. Different leg warmers can change up darker bottoms while long socks that go over leggings do the same. With these, you can keep warm without bulking up too much while also creating interesting layers. Although winter weather might be annoying as you go from shivering in the freezing weather outside to sweating in the toasty indoors, learning to layer is the perfect way

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Layering with clothes that are not typically worn in the winter, such as dresses, can make for creative outfits. to deal with this. This season, don’t immediately turn to one thick coat and bundle up immediately. Instead, explore your entire closet and

How “The Office” Copes Without Steve Carell Meghan McCullough ’15 Contributing Writer

and around him to fall into a new-but-just-ascomfortable rhythm as they had once been in with Carell. Helms successfully balances his

is a television show about a group of workers in the small Scranton, Penn. branch of a dying paper kumentary format, the show follows the lives of each of the workers as personalities clash, paper is sold and clients are lost within the isolated and

smarts to create a new believable leader — who, although less awkward than Carell, is equally

the show had fallen into something of a comfortable (and hilarious) rhythm as bumbling branch manager Michael Scott, played by Steve Carell, and salesmen Jim Halpert and Dwight Shrute, played by John Krasinski and Rainn Wilson, respectively, formed the perfect comedic trio to lead the show, playing pranks on each other and constantly getting in the way of each other’s success. Towards the end of the seventh season, however, fans of the show were forced to watch Michael Scott step down from his position as branch manager to move to Chicago with his it turned out, Carell’s contract with the show had expired and he decided he wanted to move on to other projects. The next few episodes of the show made it gling alongside their characters with how to reconstruct the dynamics around the gaping hole left behind by Carell’s absence. This post-Carell phase of the show was loaded with guest stars like Will Ferrell, Jim Carrey and Ricky Gervais,

Viewers also see the return of James Spader in his role as Robert California, the new CEO of

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Steve Carell won a Golden Globe and received five Emmy nominations for his role on “The Office.” He starred in the hit series from 2006 to 2010. playing individuals vying for the now-open position of branch manager in Scranton. These episodes lacked the painfully awkward but cleverly absurdist vernacular that had become such seemed confused and lacked direction. It was clear that the show’s writers were just as lost as the committee of characters working together to show.

Season eight shepherded the cast and plot command decision was made to slot salesman

regional branch manager. It may have been offHelms had never been very central to the show. However, the next few episodes of season eight see him coming into his own in his new role, as

and haughty manner enriches the show, provoking incredulous glances towards the camera on the part of Krasinski that had become so familiar in the Carell era. Although the show has seen several dramatic changes within the past few episodes, viewers can appreciate the continued growth of the characters, as Jim Halpert and Pam, played by Jenna Fischer, prepare to have another child; Dwight ous other schemes while constantly and unknowingly pranked by Jim; and Angela, played by Angela Kinsey, copes with her pregnancy and her have the plotlines continually improved over the course of the latest season, but the grade-A acting of each and every one of the cast members has shined through as they have proven their ability to hold their own in the absence of Carell’s leadership. Viewers had to suffer through a rough patch after the loss of Carell, but those who hung on have and will continue to be well-rewarded stand alone as a comedy without having to lean on the star power of a single actor.

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Graffiti Marks Music History Jake Walters ’14

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lin’s sprawling, expansive 1975 masterpiece, is composed of two of the In turning my attention to writing about music, something I must confess I am new to, I was unsure of to myself: there must have been something released in the past year that means something to me. Something new that I would want to talk about. Something new that I feel an uncontrollable desire to tell everyone I meet to go out and listen to. Something relevant to a modern audience. After pondering this option, I thought, why bother? My bread-andbutter, classic rock, is foreign to most people today anyway, so why bother searching high and low for something new that other people might not have heard when there’s plenty of it lying right under my nose? As a music-aholic, I’ve listened to my fair share of music. My friends know me as the person who blasts songs from yesteryear at all hours of the day, no matter what I’m doing. When other people tell me they can’t work with music in the background, my mind says: wait, what? So I love music. A lot of music. And there are many albums that I hold near and dear to my heart. I could listen to anything by my favor-

end, and nothing gets me as excited as listening to the amazing four album run The Rolling Stones had between 1968 and 1972 (although consistently great, the absolute highlight of these albums for me is the haunt-

This album, consisting of what was at the time new material as well as leftovers initially recorded for previous albums, encompasses everything that is great about the seminal band. From the opening number to the closing track, it dishes out everything from simple, acoustic pleasures and towering, exotic epics to lumbering, bluesy stompers and muscular funk showcases to goodol’-fashioned no-frills rock n’ roll. And, of all their albums, it represents probably the best case for why singer Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page, bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones strongest group of musicians to ever don a collective name. The album kicks off with “Custhat really highlights the bands tight is, it’s actually one of the weaker songs on the album (which, considering how good the song is, says quite a lot about the strength of the album as a whole). The band increases the those truly great songs that you’ll never see on a greatest hits package (then again, a greatest hits CD for a band as consistently great as Led Zeppelin isn’t a good idea to begin with). This song really smokes too, featuring an emotional Plant vocal and some fantastic jamming from Page. Just as strong if not stronger is the brilliantly bluesy “In My Time

cooks from beginning to end, features typically stellar keyboard playing from the underrated Jones and some relentless riffage from Page. Great though these songs are, none of them can hold a candle to the song that closes out disc one

the heights of this song or any of the other epics, but they’re all impres-

single example of the band’s prow-

fective piano-driven song with a nice

means the most to me, the answer is crystal clear. My absolute favorite album of all-time, standing head and shoulders above the rest, is Led Zeping about what may be the best album by what is arguably the greatest rock band of all time, I immediately felt too humbled to write anything, but, thought to myself, well, if I’m going to start writing about music, then I’d

tional blues/gospel covers. The band truly makes this song their own, transforming it into a multi-sectioned erful, often frenetic drumming, and their performance here really drives home the value of trying something new when attempting a cover. Next up is the comparatively minor effort their previous album, “Houses of the a catchy, fun rock song, but the two songs that follow dwarf it in stature.

to-basics riff rocker, which is fol-

the almost impossible task of being incredibly consistent and containing numerous absolutely incendiary peaks. Although I’ve described the songs here, the real reason why the album is so great is how it works as a cohesive statement. It’s one of the

the greatest songs of all time. Even if they had never released another song, this effort would assure Zep their place in the annals’ of rock n’ almost otherworldly atmosphere and a consistently building intensity, this expansive, exotic epic (a term I despise, but I can’t resist using it for this song) builds to several spine-tingling climaxes and features the band at the top of their game. Jones, who masterminded the strings arrangement for the song, shines particularly bright, again proving why he was indispensible to the band despite being its least appreciated member. Plus, Plant’s spooky vocal performance is ed, Page’s playing is beyond words ever. Far from a should-have-beensecond disc with an equally impressive, equally diverse assortment of songs, several of which are amongst the greatest the band ever released. Opening the disc is the moody, alterwhich boasts an exotic, hypnotic vibe and starts off the back half of the al-

emotional leftover from Led Zepare dozens of other albums blasting through my headphones at all times.

solid, fun pop song (to the extent that Led Zeppelin can be pop), where-as

album by the genre’s quintessential

a dreamy, laid-back number that explodes halfway through before quieting down for an evocative, leisurely conclusion. Next up is my choice for the album’s second greatest song, the mystical, achingly heartfelt “Ten simply stunning on this song, and Robert Plant delivers one of his most haunting, affectionate vocals as he sings about the 10 years that have passed since he chose to pursue his musical aspirations rather than remain with his then-girlfriend.

fantastic funk-explosion that really

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Led Zeppelin incorporated both new and old material into what would eventually become the double album “Physical Graffiti.” barroom vibe. Closing out the album ly acoustic number that is a minor, but still pleasant effort, and “Sick song without aspirations of being anything more. And there you have it. Two discs of such great material can be exhausting to listen to (I’m exhausted just thinking about it), but if you’re looking to expand your knowledge of rock music then look no further (and, can you really say you like rock music without listening to at least one

few albums that is much more than a mere collection of songs (great though almost all of these songs are), and listening to it in its entirety is about as rewarding as listening to music can be (despite what classical music snobs may say). “Physical any lover of music should be able to appreciate. And, no matter what I say, it will always retain its status as one of the greatest albums ever reband whose talent it serves as a testament to, is timeless.

This Week in Amherst History: Nov. 11, 1987 Five College Events Nov. 10-12 “Fall Faculty Dance Performance,” Mount Holyoke, 8:00 p.m. The Mount Holyoke College dance faculty and guest artists present an exciting performance featuring an abbreviated version of renowned piece “EVENT,” award-winning hip-hop ballet “When the Sky Breaks,” classical Indian dance “Thom Theyi,” the musical “Roll Over…” and ballet premiere “Tacit

Nov. 13 “New Steinway Play-In,” Smith College, 4:00 p.m. Celebrating Sweeney Concert Hall’s new Steinway: a beautiful and varied program of piano music from the last three centulege pianists Judith Gordon, Conor Hanick, Grant Moss, Jerry Noble and Monica Jakuc Leverett, joined by Five College colleagues,

Kendall Hall of Studio Theatre and tickets — Clara Yoon ’15

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The Amherst Student published an article about the Campus Center Advisory Board’s consideration of a no-smoking policy for the Campus Center. The policy, a partial no-smoking policy, would have restricted smoking in Keefe Campus Center to a specific smoking section. Despite the fact that only two to three percent of the student body smoked, there was significant concern over the idea of restricting smoking in the Campus Center entirely. At the time, smoking policies in buildings were decided on a per-department basis.

“Fall Chrysanthemum Show,” Smith College, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The annual show in the Lyman Plant House features an indoor display of bloomthe horticulture class, select chrysanthemums are trained to cascade down the sides of the greenhouse in a “waterfall of

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Wolfgang Mozart’s Keyboard Challenge Last Friday, the Amherst Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Mark Swanson, presented a fulllength program to welcome Amherst parents for Family Weekend. The program, entitled “From the New World,” opened with Richard Wagner’s prelude to his opera “Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg” (“The Mastersingers of Nuremberg”), followed by Wolfgang Mozart’s concerto for piano and orchestra No. 9 solo pianist. The second half of the concert featured Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 in E minor “From the New World;” which is probably one of the most popular symphonies in standard modern orchestral repertory. Certain moments at the performance were exceptionally memorable. The opening theme of Die Meistersinger made a grandiose recapitulation at the end of the piece with a brilliant and heroic brass sec-

the oeuvres of Mozart, Haydn and early Beethoven. To begin with, the keyboard-instrument, for which classical composers in the late-18th and early-19th century played on and composed, was different from the standard modern grand piano. It was still called a “piano,” however, since its full names “pianoforte” and “fortepiano” indicate its ability of a broad and continuous palette of dynamics, which is also found in any modern grand piano. Before the instrument was invented, harpsichord

THE DUKE’S NOTEBOOK Lester Hu ’13 Lester has reviewed the concert put on by the Amherst Symphony Orchestra during Family Weekend. He also discusses the challenges that solo pianist Alissa Leiser has successfully addressed in the Mozart Piano Concerto.

on a harpsichord: no matter how hard or soft a key is pressed, as long as the string is plucked the volume remains the same. The only way to create even the most limited dynamic variations is to combine different sets of strings. In the 18-century French-style harpsichord that the College owns, for examples, there are two sets of eight-foot strings, each controlled by an individual keyboard or “manual,” and one set of four-foot strings controlled by the lower keyboard with a special

was that its sound was barely audible. Cristofori also introduced a sturdier frame and thicker strings and used pairs of strings for each harpsichord. Compared to the fortepianos in the classical era, modern grand

of Mozart’s Piano Concerto, Leiser’s cadenza enhanced the thematic surprised the audience with a sweet sixth chord. Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 was fraught with haunting melodies, and their agglomeration in the fourth Allegro con fuoco movement made chord progressions that opened the second Largo movement reminded me of Gesualdo’s madrigal “Beltà poi che t’assenti” from the early 17th century, and they led to the sweet yet poignant melody on the English horn, which Dvorak nostalgically composed in the United States away from his home in Bohemia. Eventually, this nostalgia brought him home in 1895, two years after the premiere of this symphony. Leiser’s playing of Mozart’s concerto piqued my interests particularly, since there are numerous issues behind presenting keyboard music of the classical era, especially

hammers. This hammer-mechanism, as opposed to harpsichord’s plucked strings, was not new by itself: clavichords in the 17th and 18th utilized hammers and could thus produce fairly responsive touches and dynamic variations. Cristofori’s leather-covered hammers, however, enabled the strings to vibrate more freely and create a louder sound — indeed, one of the reason why clavichords were most-

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A Juilliard graduate, Alissa Leiser is a piano performance instructor at the College and is active in the new music scene of the Northeast. was the predominant instrument used in solo, chamber and orchesBaroque style. Famous keyboardcomposers such as Frescobaldi, Trabaci, Buxtehude and Bach all composed for harpsichords as well as organs. Because of its pluck-string mechanism, however, it is almost impossible to play crescendo (“increasingly louder”) or diminuendo (“increasingly weaker”) passages

switch. With these many possibilities of combinations, which are as many as one could get with any 18th-century harpsichord, it is still only possible, however, to vary the dynamics between different sections of a whole piece, since changing keyboard combinations requires time, creates noise and would distract the player. Cristofori’s innovation was the introduction of leather-covered

“heavier,” thanks to their steel strings (three strings per pitch for the upper register), metal frames, much more robust cases and heavier felt hammers. As a result, whereas each note is light and distinctive on a classical fortepiano, the sound of a modern grand piano is much heavier, deeper and more blended. Thus, it is ironic that some of the most appreciated and widely played keyboard repertory, in solo and in chamber music — Haydn, Mozart, Schubert and early Beethoven — were originally composed for the fortepiano, an instrument remarkably different from the grand pianos we use nowadays. The movement of historicallyinformed performance has brought back and to some extent popularized playing classical keyboard compositions such as Mozart’s piano sonatas on historical fortepianos. This revival of the fortepiano, however, is not comparable to that of the harpsichord. Not only do recordings of keyboard works of Couperin and Bach played on harpmarket than those on modern grand pianos, it is almost unimaginable that parts written for harpsichords in Baroque orchestral pieces, be it solo passages in keyboard concertos

or basso continuo accompaniments, would ever be realized nowadays on a piano. On the contrary, it is still an accepted and even standard practice to play Mozart’s orchestral keyboard music, such as Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 9, on a modern grand piano. Leiser played on a Steinway and Sons. However, this presents a particular challenge. In a solo piece, one can choose not to recreate a “fortepiano” sound on a modern grand piano and argue that even though the music was originally written for the former, it is legitimate to adapt it to the characters of a modern grand piano. In an orchestral concerto, however, the heavy sound of the modern piano would bouncy and speedy lines in the orchestra, especially the Allegro and Rondo movements that have a fast tempo. The second slower Andantino movement might seem unique in this regard. As one of the very few minor movements ever composed by Mozart in his concerto oeuvre, this movement is solemn, pensive and somber. Even here, however, the robust sound of a modern grand piano could easily disturb the textural balance between the orchestral and keyboard passages. In her interpretation, Leiser successfully countered these challenges of playing Mozart keyboard music on a modern grand piano. She effectively controlled her touch on this heavy instrument and presented light and clear tones. Thus, she was able to create the sound of a fortepiano, especially its lightness and warmth, on the Steinway grand into the texture of the Concerto. As long as fortepiano-making remains painstaking and expensive, modern keyboardists should strive for such “historically authentic” performance on a modern instrument, especially when they are playing chamber and orchestral pieces by classical composers, in which the sound they create have to accommodate the textural characters of the whole piece.

October Snowstorms? Calamitous Blackouts? Thanks a lot, Obama! John Osborn ’14 Opinion Section Editor

Writer’s Note: The following piece is intended as satire. Please don’t take this out of context and write the newspaper angry letters. In the wake of the recent snowstorm and power outages, people around campus are starting to ask questions about the school’s management of the crisis. We were without power for almost a full 24 hours. Classes were cancelled at Amherst, Mount Holyoke and Smith. Hampshire College blew up. Townies took over Val, invoking “Squatter’s Rights.” But students looking for answers here at the College are barking up the wrong dying, limbless tree. We need

to place the blame where it belongs: President Obama. Now, I’m sure some of you liberal Obammunists out there are spitting out your six-dollar cruelty-free soy lattes to spout typical lefty nonsense like, “The President doesn’t control the weather,” or “Let’s focus on helping those affected by the storm.” And let’s not forget that old go-to line, “Nobody could have predicted a massive snowstorm in October.” Well boo-hoo! I’ve got some hard data that you won’t get from your lame-stream media. Airtight, correlative proof. Under President George W. Bush, no big-government blizzards ever shut down classes before Halloween. Likewise, Bush Sr. never let this happen on his watch. And I think we all know that under St. Ronald

the Bold, the United States existed in an idyllic state of perpetual summer. True, Clinton also has a clean record, but that fact doesn’t support my claim, so we’ll ignore it. So what’s different? Now we have a liberal Democrat as our country’s “leader.” I don’t know much about weather, but I think that from the data I’ve compiled here, it’s an undisputable fact that Barack Obama’s progressive agenda is to blame for this freak blizzard. Clearly, government regulation drove the snowstorm to occur at an unusually early date. We can only expect worse until Jan. 20th, 2013, when President all you liberals that voted for Hope and Change back in 2008 are happy. I don’t know about you, but giant, unseasonable snowstorms aren’t my idea of change!

Obama probably thinks the solution here is some kind of a snow tax. Wrong! What this country needs is a return to its roots, to the original, traditional weather patterns that made it great. We need to take our weather back! I assume that, as it is with the economy, government regulation only inhibits the natural workings of weather. Government agencies like FEMA make weather think it’s okay as it did on Saturday. Obama and his cadre of weather-controlling elitists should do as our Founding Fathers would have, and allow the free market to determine what the weather will be. Frankly, I don’t see any way to

Barack Obama apparently has not done enough to solve the nation’s weather problems.

as long as Obama is in charge. Why should we work with him to clean up this mess? Conservatives’ best

hope is to ensure that he’s a one-term president, ideally by obstructing and sabotaging him at every turn.

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XC Places in Top 10 in ECAC Championships Women finish fifth of 40 while men take sixth of 44

Volleyball Falls to Trinity 3-1 in NESCAC Quarterfinals

Firedogs dealt with a last-minute lineup change as setter Callie Neilson ’13 was out with a concussion

Kevin Hoogstraten ’15

Carlyn Robertson ’14

Staff Writer

Managing Sports Editor

the women’s and men’s teams both

The volleyball team’s season ended at Bowdoin on Friday night when





Seniors Cristy Meier (right) and KC Kanoff led the team with 16 and 12 kills, respectively.

Photo courtesy of Rob Mattson

Gus Greenstein ’14 led the Lord Jeff pack, finishing in 32nd place.



Trinity went on to lose to Bow-









Photos courtesy of Megan Robertson ’15

Laura Antion ’15 had a strong rookie season.

In Da Club

Recaps and Results for the Club Sports Teams

Oct. 31: UOA’s Eastern Conference Championships W vs. Brandeis W vs. Wesleyan W vs. ARHS W vs. Williams W vs. Worcestor Polytechnic Institute Photo courtesy of Seth Heller ’14


Last year’s men’s ultimate squad (pictured) welcomed new talent this fall.


— Carlyn Robertson ’15


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WEDNESDAY: Field Hockey vs. Gwynedd-Mercy (NCAA First Round), 5 p.m. SATURDAY: Men’s Soccer vs. Husson (NCAA First Round), TBD Women’s Soccer vs. Castleton State (NCAA First Round), TBD Women’s Cross Country @ Bowdoin (NCAA Regional Championships), 11 a.m. Men’s Cross Country @ Bowdoin (NCAA Regional Championships), 12 p.m.

Football @ Williams, 12 p.m. Field Hockey vs. TBD (NCAA Second Round), TBD SUNDAY: Field Hockey vs. TBD (NCAA Quarterfinals), TBD Men’s Soccer vs. TBD (NCAA Second Round), TBD Women’s Soccer vs. TBD (NCAA Second Round), TBD

Women’s Soccer vs. Castleton St.


After beating Wesleyan and edging out Williams, the Jeffs took home the NESCAC title in dramatic fashion on Sunday.

Date: Saturday, Nov. 12

but Chloe McKenzie ’14 broke the scoreless tie in the 49th minute, and the Jeffs went on to top the Cardinals, 3-0. With eight minutes to go on Sunday, they trailed Williams by one

Site: Hitchcock Field

Sandy Shepherd both scored, capping a 2-1 comeback and the

Key Players: Amherst

home NESCAC Player of the Week honors. whom the Jeffs beat 3-1 earlier this year, defeated the Spartans

Kathryn Nathan ’13 Sarah Duffy ’14

Castleton St.

goals. Courtney Chadburn, last week’s North Atlantic Conference player of the week, was named to this year’s Academic

Courtney Chadburn ’12 Hilary Cooke ’12

— Karl Greenblatt ’15

Players of the week Landrus Lewis ’13 — Football

Kathryn Nathan ’13 — Women’s Soccer

An unsung defensive hero for the Jeffs all season long, junior Landrus Lewis came up with the interception that clinched the Jeffs’ 35-28 win over previously undefeated Trinity. His nine tackles against the to go along with his four picks. Additionally, Lewis has served as Amherst’s lone punt

returner, with 156 special-teams yards, including a 76-yard touchdown return against Colby. Standing at a stocky 5’8, Lewis has had a breakout season fenders in 2011. His presence will be vital for the Jeffs against the Williams receiving corps this Saturday. — Karl Greenblatt ’15

Field Hockey Falls to Middlebury

Jeffs earn NCAA Tourney bid despite overtime loss Reilly Horan ’13 Staff Writer

In the past week of action, the Jeffs ended their NESCAC run with a loss to Middlebury while extending their post-season by earning an atlarge bid to the NCAA tournament. On Saturday, the Jeffs fell to the Panthers 2-1 in overtime in the NEAmherst kicked things off at the Dudzik took advantage of a penalty

on top, 1-0. The Panthers answered at 24:50 directed a loose ball into the net, Jeff goalie Rachel Tannenbaum ’15. Tannenbaum and the rest of the Amherst defense kept the game tied despite Middlebury outshooting Amherst 8-2 in the second half. According to co-captain Stephanie Clegg ’12, “Tannenbaum made some incredible saves, and she remained poised throughout the whole game.” The teams were tied at one goal apiece at the end of regulation as the time period. “We failed to play our passing game during OT, and we couldn’t gain momentum,” Clegg said. “Middlebury got a fast-break and a promising scoring opportunity which led to the stroke.” Middlebury’s Lauren Greer was awarded a penalty stroke and registered the Panthers’ gamewinning goal.

hockey team gathered to hear whether they would get an at-large bid for the NCAA Div. III Tournament. They eventually got their wish, and will host Gwynedd-Mercy College on Wednesday. “Getting a bid to the NCAAs is huge for us because we really feel like we deserve to have our season continue,” Dudzik said. “This team is extremely talented and cohesive,” Clegg added. “We’re all on the same page and have the same goal, and so as long as we bring our contagious positive energy and in this post-season run.” nament on Wednesday at 5 p.m. on

With the Jeffs down 1-0 to Williams and a repeat of 2010’s inevitable, Kathryn Nathan ’13 put in the game-tying goal with a left-footed strike over the head of the Williams keeper in the 83rd minute. Moments later, Amherst league title since 2003.

Continued from page 12 margin. While Amherst continued to dominate possession in the second half, the Ephs’ backline tightened and allowed fewer scoring chances as the Jeffs seemed to be running out of time.

“We have put big goals away in big games earlier this season, and so our team was familiar with this pressure and I think we all believed that we were going to do what it took to win,” Kochanek said. preserve the victory. Jubilant players mobbed each other the jaws of defeat, while a large crowd of students also

With 7:30 left in regulation, Nathan rescued the Jeffs with a spectacular goal. Gathering a loose ball from about 25 yards out, Nathan dribbled up to the box before unleashing a left-footed shot from a tough angle. While the ball lacked pace – Nathan released the shot while falling backward – it sailed perfectly into the upper-right corner of the net, over the outstretched arms of a startled Wann. Galvanized by the season-saving goal, the Jeffs conJeffs sustained a stretch of possession in the Williams half, Wann let what should have been an easy save slip under her hands and out of bounds, giving Amherst a free corner kick in the 85th minute. On the ensuing set piece, Nathan delivered a dangerpost, an unmarked Sandy Shepherd ’13 sprinted to the far post before heading the ball past Wann. An Ephs’ defender nearly cleared the ball off the line, but referees ruled that she was behind the goal line, as the Jeffs celebrated a 2-1 lead.

to bury the Cardinals. Wesleyan started the match in an ultra-defensive formation, hoping to keep the Jeffs scoreless long enough to force a penalty kick shoot-out. The the game remained scoreless at halftime. Amherst dictated

a quick start in the second stanza, as Chloe McKenzie ’14 scored on a header 3:27 into the half to give Amherst a 1-0 advantage. The offensive-minded hosts extended their the scoring with an insurance marker in the 80th minute. Jeffs will return to action when they host Castleton State

Men’s Soccer Takes Down Trinity 2-0 forced to make a pair of diving saves and concede corners, and Norton blocked a Trinity shot in front of goal. Noon nearly scored 12 minutes into the game, but his attempt was ultimately saved. He scored on his next opportunity with an amazing aerial display. At the 25:52 mark, defender Sam Kaplan’ 12 took a

Carly Dudzik ’12 scored the Jeffs’ lone goal on a penalty stroke.

— Karl Greenblatt ’15

Women’s Soccer Tops Williams 2-1

Continued from page 12

Photo courtesy of Megan Robertson ’15

The Pembroke, MA native has scored nine goals, leads the Jeffs with nine assists; she ranks second on the team with 27 total points. This weekend, she leads an undefeated Jeffs squad into their up against Castleton State.

head. Sucre in turn headed a perfect pass to Noon at the penalty spot. Noon was wide open, but had his back to the goal. He acrobatically spun in the air and sidewaybicycled a kick with his left foot into the bottom of the crossbar, before it and bounced over the goal line. “It might be the best goal Noon’s scored at Amherst. It takes a special player to pull something off like that and I couldn’t be more proud of him for that goal ... not just because it was a great one, but because it was ultimately

The Jeffs scored their next goal less than three minutes into the second half as Chris Lerner ’13 sent in a free who beat the keeper with a header. The Jeff defense, in the meantime, did not allow a shot on goal in the second half. Kovacs credited the rest of the team: “A shutout always is the result of a full team effort.” Serpone, in turn, praised the senior keeper. “I

Kovacs and Kaplan did a great job of leading us to the shutout.” Serpone was also proud of the all-around team effort. “This championship is special because I know how much it mattered to the guys. That’s the best part of the job ... watching such a great group of young men accomplish a goal. I’m so proud of them.” Though they have accomplished their goal of winning the NESCAC championship, the season is not over tournament as they take on Husson this Saturday.

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Unbeaten Football Holds Back Bantams

After 35-28 win, Jeffs are poised to beat Williams and capture NESCAC crown Varun Iyengar ’14 Sports Section Editor

Jaskaran’s Judgement

Karan Bains ’14

between loyalty to a team and a town for which they are heroes and a higher salary on a new team. The Cardinals’ Albert Pujols will be facing just that choice this summer, and Karan insists that loyalty is more important than money. He says that we watch sports for the rare heroic moments and that the adoration a town can have for its team is worth the lower salary of staying.

Stay in St. Louis! Words of Caution to Albert Pujols

With NESCAC title hopes on the line, the football team hosted Trinity on Saturday in one of the most anticipated matchups in the rivalry’s

As the baseball cracked off the bat of Da-

undefeated records, sitting at 6-0, and with only two games left in the season, the victor was guar-

World Series, St. Louis Cardinals fans held their collective breath while watching the trajectory

Jeffs, it would mean a chance to earn only their

of an unforgettable season. Texas Rangers outpionship falling towards him, inexplicably mis-

quite accustomed to regular-season success, were With these stakes on the line, the contest was sure to be a highly competitive battle. The Jeffs son, as they both rely on running games to carry the offense, while boasting two of the best run defenses in the country. With these strengths colliding, the game proved a true test for both teams. Playing in front of family and friends, the Jeffs used the home crowd to jump out to an

found Wade McNamara ’14 over the middle for a 14-yard touchdown pass. Senior Matt Rawson’s extra point made him Amherst’s all-time leader in career scoring among kickers. Amherst built on that momentum in the second quarter, capitalizing on a pair of Trinity called for roughing the kicker on a fourth-down punt attempt. The Jeffs kept the ball with a fresh set of downs and were able to convert the extra opportunity into seven points, when McMahon found room for a 14-yard touchdown dash. tempt. This time, Trinity fumbled away the punt, which was recovered by Amherst’s Gordie Lockbaum ’12. The Jeffs did not take long to exploit their exker ’12 ran in for the nine-yard touchdown on the very next play, giving the Jeffs a commanding 21-0 lead. This margin would hold going into halftime, as both teams’ defenses locked down through the remainder of the second quarter. Amherst’s momentum did not last long, however, as the second half proved to be a very different story. Less than two minutes into the ed a beautiful fake handoff, creating room for a 56-yard touchdown dash down the left side of the 21-7. Amherst picked up their own level of play, coun-

After years of postseason struggles, Rodriguez overcame his demons and channeled his inner Greg Jennings, putting the Yankees on his back and carrying them to the World Series and an eventual championship in 2009. Yet, Yankees fans will never love Rodriguez as they do Derek Jeter or even Jorge Posada, both of whom represent the great Yankee dynasty in the late 90s and early 2000s.

grass for a game-tying triple, the country sat

Landrus Lewis ’13 had an interception in the final minutes to seal the Jeffs’ win. tering with a pair of impressive scoring drives. sponded with his second passing touchdown of the day, connecting with Mike Samela ’12 for a 60-yard score. Samela’s athleticism was impressive on the play, as he caught the ball at the Trinity 40-yard line with his back to the end zone, tam defense for the score. The Jeffs followed that drive with a touchdown on their next possession as well. With the ball spotted at their own 25-yard line after a fair

touchdown, giving the Jeffs a 28-point lead. The season, putting him in a tie with Josh Mason ’97 (1995) for the school record. ing back. Spurred by a blocked punt, the Trinity defense came alive to record two interceptions,

led the charge with back-to-back touchdowns, before tight end Allen Even caught a touchdown tams within seven points at 35-28. The Jeffs nearly gained back some breathing room on their next drive, draining a good porattempt. Trinity miraculously blocked the kick, however, setting up one last chance to tie the sucked away as Landrus Lewis ’13 snuck in for a timely interception, sealing the victory. With the win, the Jeffs now sit alone at the top of the conference standings (7-0). The team will travel to Williamstown this weekend, looking to secure the NESCAC title, as they close out the season against archrival Williams.

to shatter the eardrums of every Missouri resident. The Cardinals, down to their last strike,

and one of the most incredible games in recent baseball history became an instant classic. Even watching on TV, I could feel the energy and jubilation of the crowd when Lance other completely neutral fans around the country joined me in cheering for the sheer brilliance of the moment. This is what we watch sports for — for every million mediocre games, for every million blowouts and for every million frustrating outcomes, we might see one, just one, transcendent moment like this, when our society’s objectively ridiculous fascination with mere games Rare moments like these are imprinted in every sports fan’s memory, connecting a team with a city and a place in time that will never when the Cleveland Cavaliers, widely considered the underdogs in the Eastern Conference fortunate fact that the Cavs got manhandled in ing of joy they caused in a city that has seen nothing but sports heartbreak in half a century. I still remember exactly where I was and what it felt like when the clock ran down to triple zeros barrage of threes clinched the series victory for the Cavs — in fact, I remember it as clearly as if it just happened last night. The city erupted with jubilation, and our irrational love of sports Why bring up the personal experience of a Clevelander when talking about a St. Louis victory? Well, in that moment in time in 2007, truly the kings of Cleveland – they had earned universal adulation for what they gave to their fans. a basketball player; he was a symbol of hope for a struggling city. To those who will read this and snicker, “Here goes another sob story about please keep reading and understand that James is not the focal point here. He’s not even worth — the fact that he became almost a superhuto a fault and whose strengths were praised to no end, no matter what — that is the focal point. Such status does not accompany every sports star by any stretch of the imagination, but requires a coincidental juxtaposition of luck, mutual respect between a player and the

Photos courtesy of Rob Mattson

Senior Eric Bunker scored two touchdowns and rushed for 111 yards in Amherst’s 35-28 win over Trinity.

to accomplish. Multitudes of athletes have led their teams to playoff victories and championships, but this bond between city and player doesn’t simply stem from winning alone. Take Alex Rodriguez, who, steroids or no steroids, is unquestionably one of the most talented players to ever play the game of baseball.

status in the city of St. Louis, and he faces a decision that cores of rich athletes before him have struggled with. Money or loyalty? And if you think the notion of loyalty in sport is laughable and that players are merely mercenaries ready to play for the highest bidder or the most attention, you may be partially right. That simple fact states the failure of sports stars to realize the full potential of their careers. Sometimes, taking the most money and running can become career suicide, setting up an enormous amount of pressure to continue performthe former ace of the Oakland A’s with an untouchable curveball, take back his move across the price tag of $126 million, his career essentially faded into obscurity? I’m willing to bet the answer is yes. Pujols, while in no danger of becoming irrelevant, should not make this mistake. Although any levelheaded person must ad-

decision, Pujols will weigh offers in the hundreds of millions of dollars, where a few million more or less mean relatively little. The last reported offer from the Cardinals was a nine-year, $200 million contract for their aging superstar, and after Pujols’ performance in the playoffs and the subsequent championship parade, management will surely be willing to raise that by a sizable amount. In the end, Pujols may face a choice between staying in St. Louis, where he will always be revered even if his production falls precipitously in the coming years, or leaving with anywhere from $10-30 million more over the course of the contract and going to a team that expects a return on their investment. This team will undoubtedly demand the numbers he has put up for the last decade, a feat which will years fade away. So, which will Pujols pick? While he has thus far been noncommittal, he needs the Cardinals and the team needs him. After all, who hit a double in the ninth inning of Game 6 to eventuPujols. Who inspired such fear in the opposing manager that he was issued an intentional walk saving single? Albert Pujols. Who has a statue in St. Louis outside his own restaurant and has become a city icon? Once again, Albert Pujols. wardly expressed the desire to become ‘global icons,’ I hope Pujols realizes that true iconic status can only be achieved by those who transcend the game and who come to represent the beliefs and hopes of a population. I hope that before he signs on the dotted line, he realizes that life as a very wealthy St. Louis Cardinal will be more enjoyable and meaningful than life as a slightly wealthier member of another team. More than anything else, I hope he remembers the feeling of being not only a World Series champion but winning for the team and city that love him as a hero. I hope he thinks to himself what fans across America thought during the wild ride that was the 2011 World Series: Can it really get any better than that?


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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Soccer Teams Sweep NESCAC Titles Women’s Soccer Stuns Ephs with Late Comeback Brenton Arnaboldi ’14 Associate Editor

we were going to score.”

Trailing 1-0 to Williams with just 7:30 reon Sunday, the Amherst women’s soccer team — despite outplaying the Ephs for long stretches — was teetering on the brink of a painful defeat. The resilient Jeffs, however, staged a sensaminutes to secure a 2-1 victory. By capturing their kept their perfect record intact, and also avenged last year’s championship loss to Williams, a 1-0 defeat that ended Amherst’s 2010 season. “The whole thing still seems surreal to me. It’s hard to put into words what winning a NESCAC championship means, not only to me, but to my class and to my teammates,” captain Jill Kochanek ’12 said. “To be able to beat Williams at home to win a championship is an unbelievable feeling.” For a moment, it looked as if the Jeffs would endure a case of déjà vu, down 1-0 to their archri-

“The whole thing still seems surreal to me. It’s hard to put into words.” — Jill Kochanek ’12 entered the match as the consensus favorite; unbeaten Amherst had defeated Williams 3-0 in the regular season matchup in early October. Motivated to crush Williams after the devastating loss last season, Amherst began the cham-

minutes. The Jeffs arguably had their best scoring Receiving a pass in the 18-yard box, Chloe McK-

Men Dominate Trinity After OT Thriller vs. Midd. Andrew Kurzweil ’15

to use it as much as possible.” Middlebury threat-

Staff Writer

and regular season champ was down 1-0 against Middlebury, the team that knocked them out of the playoffs last year and had participated in the back to win 2-1 in double overtime before dispatching Trinity 2-0 in the title game on Sunday. Middlebury got on the scoreboard early, scoring off a corner less than four minutes from the opening whistle. They did not let up, outshooting

made a diving save and secured the ball to send the game to overtime. ing a majority of the possessions. Their best scoring chance came with two minutes left to play. Alejandro Sucre ’13 tracked a loose ball near the right corner of the box. He faced much defensive pressure and a fasttop of the crossbar before going out of play. Amherst came out strong in the second over-

number of scoring chances that could have extended their lead. “Middlebury completely outplayed us in the

Photos courtesy of Mark Idleman ’15

Sandy Shepard ’13 scored the winning goal with seven and a half minutes left. Kathryn Nathan ’13 scored a jaw-dropping goal to spark the Jeffs, and Sandy Shepherd ’13 scored two minutes later to cap an impressive rally, re-

Wann, but the shot rattled off the left post. header from a corner kick, but her effort drifted just wide of the far post. At the 11:17 mark, Nathan corralled a loose ball at the top of the 18-yard box, but her left-footed shot rolled about a foot wide of the left post. After weathering a slew of Amherst scoring chances, the Ephs shocked the Jeffs with a goal against the run of play in the 38th minute. Williams’ Carla Nicasio lofted a high cross from the

were tougher than us, more determined than us and executed better than us. We were lucky to be only down 1-0 at the half.” In the second half, the Jeffs returned to their regular-season form and played like the team that They increased their work rate and played with a sense of desperation coming out of the break. “The coaching staff really got into us and reminded us of the importance of the game.” Thebe Tsatsimpe ’12 recalled. Both teams had a number of chances early in the second half, but a combination of stellar goalkeeping and missed opportunities preserved the blasted a powerful shot from just outside the sixto punch the try over the bar for a corner. The Jeffs best chance came in the 69th minover the defenders toward the back post. Federico Sucre ’13 attempted to volley the ball around a charging goalkeeper but missed wide left. Continuing to apply pressure, the Jeffs won a throw-in with just over 10 minutes remaining.

The Jeffs recaptured the NESCAC title for the first time since ’03. versing the script to stun Williams. “I remember looking at the clock with 10 minutes left and thinking we had plenty of time,” top and we had been creating so many chances

the left side of the box. After her initial shot was blocked by a sliding Wann about 10 yards out, Stier poked the loose rebound past the goalkeeper, but an Ephs’ defender cleared the ball off the goal line. The Jeffs found themselves down 1-0 at the

See Women’s Soccer, page 10

After the ensuing chaos of missed clearances and short passes, Federico Sucre tracked down a loose ball to climactically tie the game. According to co-captain Thebe Tsatsimpe ’12, the Jeffs were not content with simply forcing overtime. “We agreed as a team to try winning the game as opposed to playing it safe; that’s why we kept attacking after the goal and into overtime. We could tell that we had momentum so we had

Juniors Spencer Noon and Alejandro Sucre celebrate a goal against Middlebury. time “golden goal” period, when Spencer Noon ’13 missed high on a headed attempt. Minutes later, the Jeffs won a corner. Federico Sucre put a blistering header on goal, but the defense cleared it from the goal line in the direction of Ben Norton the Jeffs a hard-fought victory over their rival. The win felt all the sweeter after the rough start, Tsatsimpe said. “I was proud at how our team responded to adversity. We never gave up hope.” Kovacs agreed: “The whole team believed that we were going to win this and was determined to not go into a penalty shootout.” See Men’s Soccer, page 10

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