Popular sports discussion has changed immensely in the last few years, transforming everything from how games are covered to the topics that keep talk shows going strong. Among myriad other novelties, we now hear about trades and injuries on Twitter before the athlete in question has even learned of his fate or gone to the hospital for an MRI.

The men’s basketball team hit the road this week to tip off against a pair of NESCAC opponents in Williams and Trinity before coming home on Tuesday to take on Rhode Island College.

While all three games were valuable experiences, the contest against the hated Ephs was an especially riveting match-up. Williams jumped ahead briefly in the first half, but the Jeffs fought back to go into halftime with the score favoring Amherst at 39–31.

After sneaking by Colby last weekend to keep their perfect season alive, the women’s basketball team returned to their more dominant ways with two more double-digits NESCAC wins this week, beating Williams, 80-58, and Trinity, 66-44.

Despite a rowdy Williams’ student section and early full-court press from the Ephs last Wednesday, Amherst took the lead early on after a Shannon Finucane ’12 triple that put them up 7-6 just three minutes in.

The women’s and men’s indoor track teams competed at the Terrier Invitational and Joe Donahue Invitational meets, respectively, with a number of successful individual performances.


The women competed at Boston Univ.’s Terrier Invitational meet.

Sophomore Naomi Bates broke the College’s record in the 200-meter dash. Her time of 25.71 was more than half a second faster than the previous 21-year-old record, set in 1991 by Tarsha Echols ’94. Bates also holds the school record in the 100-meter dash, a mark she set last year.

Both the women’s and men’s teams suffered hard-fought losses to MIT on Saturday.


Mathematics Professor Corey Manack graduated with a Bachelors of Science from Ohio State Univ. He received his Masters of Sciences and Ph.D. from Indiana Univ.

What brought you to Amherst?
Well, honestly when I interviewed here, I thought it was a terrific school, and from what I’d heard about it, I thought it was an excellent place to teach, even for a visiting position. It was the best school I applied to, and when they offered, I accepted immediately. The students have been great, the faculty’s been great; it’s strange to be at a place where everyone’s happy.

On Thursday, Jan. 26, the Association of Amherst Students (AAS) and the Dean of Students’ Office teamed up with the Board of Trustees to host a trustee dinner at the newly-renovated Lord Jeffery Inn. The dinner brought students, trustees, faculty and staff together to discuss issues confronting the College. Participants rotated around 10 tables at the Inn, discussing topics such as housing, academics, sustainability, campus community and facilities.