The track and field teams had a very strong showing at the Smith Winter Invitational, a non-team-scoring meet, combining for eight individual wins.

Highlight: Sophomore Naomi Bates placed first in three events. She won the 60-meter dash in eight seconds flat and the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.80. She placed first in the long jump, jumping 5.35 meters.


The women’s team was dominant in Saturday’s meet. The performance of the day came from Naomi Bates ’14, who won the 60-meter dash, the 200-meter dash and the long jump.

The Jeffs defeated Middlebury in fine form on Saturday, with both teams remaining undefeated. The men’s team was particularly dominant, winning all 16 events.

Highlight: Co-captain Ryan Lichtenfels ’12 was one of three Jeff men to win two events. He finished first in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:44.02, and edged out fellow captain Tim White ’12 in the 500 free by .14 seconds.


Music pirates are, like their seagoing namesakes, approaching obsolescence. Back in February, Ars Technica reported that music files account for a marginal 2.9 percent of files managed by common torrent sites. Mojo might linger on college campuses, but we’re just an isolated, compact local network, and requiring users to browse without a global search function — going through peer by peer — works with 1,800, not 18 million.

On Nov. 30, both Amherst squash teams made short work of Vassar and began their seasons in strong fashion.

The men’s team won every game of the match by at least four points, an accomplishment underscored by the outstanding play of its freshmen. Scott DeSantis ’15 played at the top of the lineup, while Max Kardon ’15, the Jeffs’ number seven, shut out his opponent in two of his three games. Number two David Kerr ’14 did the same, and co-captain Steve Severson ’12 (number six) also earned an 11-0 game.

It’s 3 a.m. at Amherst. The usual pile of left-behind work is precariously piled atop a desk as you loll around drowsily on your bed, your head urging you to work but your body refusing to oblige. Silence pervades the air. Only the faint tick-tock of the alarm clock can be heard, teasing you as the minutes wilt into yesterday. Closing your eyes, the heavy monotony of the late hour persuades you to go sleep. Just as you drift off into unconsciousness, a low, disturbing rumble erupts, making a sound akin to a very disgruntled moose.

In its very first shot, Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo” sucks you into a magical, wonderful new world and refuses to let you go. The camera pans over the 1930’s Parisian skyline, but this is not the “real” Paris; it is the enchanted city of lights and love that Americans have been so fond of imagining for decades now (we saw it most recently in Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris”).

The top-ranked women’s basketball team continued its dominant start with two more double-digit victories this week, rolling over Keene State, 88-33, and earning a hard-fought win over Emmanuel, 84-60. The wins pushed the Jeffs impressive home court win streak to 54 and consecutive victories to 30.

Senior Lem Atanga McCormick led the Jeffs against Keene State with 14 points and seven rebounds, while first-year Megan Robertson picked up her first collegiate double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.