The Amherst College men’s cross country team placed 10th in a field of 32 teams at the 2015 NCAA Division III championship on Saturday, Nov. 21. Competing at the Lake Breeze Golf Course in Winneconne, Wisconsin, Amherst was led by Dan Crowley ’16, who finished first among Amherst runners and 24th overall with a time of 24:48.4.

This weekend a group called Amherst Athletes Against Lord Jeff began campaigning for the removal of the college’s unofficial mascot, the Lord Jeff. The group formed during a four-day sit-in in Frost Library this weekend in which students protested racial discrimination.

On Saturday night, the third night of the sit-in, various students broke into subcommittees to discuss the issues raised by the weekend’s events. Cross country runner Justin Barry ’18 was with the subcommittee talking specifically about the mascot, and he began thinking of ways to raise publicity.

Cuthbert Simpkins ’69 is the ultimate Renaissance man. Throughout his distinguished career as a physician, he’s been a bitter opponent of medical malpractice. But he’s also the biographer of the jazz musician John Coltrane and an inventor to boot. With all these remarkable accomplishments, Simpkins’ career defies labels.

Growing Up

“There were two circles of influence,” Simpkins said. “One was my family. The other was everything outside of my family.”

The Amherst College men’s tennis team split their squad for fall break, with four players competing at the Dartmouth Invitational on Friday-Sunday, Oct. 9-11, and eight members of the team travelling to Bates College for the Wallach Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 10.

At the three-day Dartmouth Invitational, seniors Aaron Revzin, Ben Fife, Michael Solimano and Andrew Yaraghi competed against players from NESCAC rivals Williams College and Middlebury College as well as Division I programs Yale, Brown, Dartmouth and Brown.

After the fireworks of three straight double overtime victories, the No. 2-ranked Amherst College men’s soccer teamed enjoyed a less dramatic but equally impressive week. In three games this week, the Jeffs defeated NESCAC foes Connecticut College and Hamilton as well as non-conference opponent Mount Saint Mary in lopsided victories. With the wins, the purple and white keep their undefeated record intact at 11-0-0 (6-0-0 NESCAC).

The No. 19 Amherst College women’s soccer team went 1-1 in two games last weekend against NESCAC competition at Hitchcock Field. The Jeffs fell in a hard-fought, 1-0 loss to Tufts University on Saturday before completing a 3-0 rout of Connecticut College on Sunday. The results bring their record to 5-2-0 (2-2-0 NESCAC) on the season.

Goalkeeper Holly Burwick ’16 registered eight saves in a high-tempo matchup against Tufts that featured a combined 24 shots, but Amherst fell to their second loss of the season.

The Amherst College women’s golf team placed second in a field of twelve teams at the Middlebury College Women’s Invitational last weekend, Oct. 3 and 4.

Competing at the Ralph Myrhe Golf Course in Middlebury, Vermont, Amherst placed three golfers in the top 10: co-captain Devyn Gardner ’16, Zoe Wong ’18 and Kate Weiss ’19. All members of the team lowered their scores on day two, recording a team score of 656 (336+320).