Given that the move and improvement of the MRC and the Women’s Center takes place in the larger context of Keefe spatial allocation, we should discuss Keefe’s long-term improvement.

On Wednesday, Nov. 14, when the war in Gaza started, I became a wreck. I had no way of contacting my family, so my only solace was to check the list of the dead online almost every five minutes and stay tense until the cease-fire was announced. My name is Caroline Katba, and I am the only Palestinian at Amherst College who grew up in Gaza. Growing up in the Gaza strip is no fun ride; it is emotionally and mentally exhausting. Nevertheless, I am immensely grateful to all the experiences that I have had, because they helped shape me, and my perspective of the world.

Even for seasoned swimmers, the Hour of Power is a grueling team workout: an hour of continuous relays, using a variety of strokes, intended to end in complete exhaustion. On Nov. 13, over 8,000 student-athletes nationwide dove into the pool to participate in the Ted Mullin Hour of Power Relay for Sarcoma Research. That translates to 180 teams that aid in the Ted Mullin Fund’s biggest annual fundraiser. Amherst has been one of those teams since the event’s creation.

The men’s hockey team battled through a pair of tight games last weekend, eking past Wesleyan 3-2 on Friday before falling to Trinity 1-0 on Saturday. After surging into the NCAA Frozen Four last winter, the Jeffs (4-2-1, 3-1-0 NESCAC) are still trying to piece together consistent, 60-minute performances on the ice in the early season. Despite securing a 3-2 road win at Wesleyan (3-3-1, 1-2-1 NESCAC) in a crucial rivalry matchup, many players were disappointed in the team’s overall performance, describing it as lethargic and uninspired.

It may have been a week off from NESCAC play for the women’s basketball team, but the squad took care of business, staying undefeated last week with road wins over Keene State and Skidmore.

The team dominated Keene State throughout en route to a 23-point win on Tuesday before pulling away from Skidmore in the second half for a 64-36 victory on Saturday. With the wins, the ninth-ranked Lord Jeffs open the season 5-0 for the sixth straight year.

The Lady Jeffs may have had a rough start to the season, but they have quickly righted the ship with back-to-back wins over NESCAC rival Wesleyan.

The Amherst squad hosted the Cardinals for two games over the weekend of Nov. 30 - Dec. 1 and took both of them, improving to 3-3 on the season. On Friday, it was a multi-faceted attack that carried the Jeffs: six different players were involved in the scoring as the Jeffs edged their opponent by a 2-1 margin.

Matt Fernald '13 writes regarding Keefe Campus Center space re-allocation and the AAS poll sent to students on Wednesday, November 27.

A lot has been discussed regarding the results of last week's AAS poll. Here's my take: