Jeremy Koo ’12
Major: Music
Thesis Advisor: Eric Sawyer

Tell me about your thesis project.

ARENA of El Salvador Regains a Majority

A few weeks ago a Best Buy employee released a photo of what seemed to be cover art for the upcoming game Assassin’s Creed III. It pictured an assassin in white, reminiscent of previous protagonists but with a colonial edge. In one hand he held a shortened musket and in the other a tomahawk. A wooden bow and quiver of arrows were strapped over his waistcoat. And somewhere off behind him fluttered the 13-starred flag of the Continental Army.

This week, the Student Health Educators (SHEs) hosted “My Body is Beautiful” Week.

“The week [is] centered around the idea that Amherst students should support one another in feeling confident and beautiful in our own skin,” said Katherine Blumstein ’13, one of the lead SHEs organizing this week.

On Friday Feb. 24, Matt Hartzler ’13 screened his film at the Five College Film Festival held at Smith College. Hartzler’s film about the artistic process, simply titled “The Process” won Best of the Festival, Best Documentary and Best of Amherst. Hartzler’s submission, which he made as a final project for the class “Cine-Eye” taught by visiting artist Ramon G. Rivera-Moret, was one of only a few submissions from an Amherst College student to win Best of the Festival in the 18-year history of the event.

“White Collar” is a television show about an ex-convict named Neal Caffrey, played by Matt Bomer, who is offered a chance to mitigate his jail sentence by working for the FBI. He puts his expert knowledge of the underground world of art theft and forgery to good use when he becomes an adviser to special agent Peter Burke, played by Tim DeKay. As Caffrey attempts to acclimate to the world of the FBI, the viewer is forced to acknowledge the tension between his past and his present, creating an interesting dilemma that unfolds within each episode and across the series as a whole.

The timeline began exactly half a century ago, when the first volume of Mary Norton’s “The Borrowers” series was published. Followed by five sequels, the children fantasy novel spun a plethora of film and TV adaptations, yet each, in some way or another, failed to revive the crystal-clear innocence that made the series a sensation. Meanwhile Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki, two young Japanese animation artists took notice and decided to render the series their way.