On Dec. 6, 2012, scholars, students and tribal community members from across the country gathered in Cole Assembly Room for a day-long symposium to honor William Apess, a 19th-century Pequot preacher, activist and intellectual. Despite the silent, heavy presence of Jeffrey Amherst’s legacy, Native individuals and their non-Native colleagues and allies joined together to lighten that burden and celebrate Apess’s courage and eloquence in the face of adversity.

A few mornings ago, I awoke yearning for the real deal breakfast, one that included a large stack of fluffy, cinnamon-y slabs of French toast or maybe light, puffy pancakes drizzled — or even better, dripping — with real maple syrup. I had dreamt of this breakfast throughout interterm, a period bereft of pancakes, waffles and French toast.

The release of Blink-182’s latest EP “Dogs Eating Dogs” on Dec. 18 marked the band’s second release since their reunion in 2009. Although they reunited in 2009, they didn’t come out with “Neighborhoods” until 2011, which meant that fans weren’t quick to hold their breath in anticipation of new material any time soon. “Dogs Eating Dogs” should by no means be considered to be the stopgap that most EPs are, however.

In the past few months, men and women across the U.S. have been debating guns. President Obama and his administration have called for tighter controls on the sale of certain types of firearms, while activist groups like the NRA have invoked the Second Amendment and shifted the blame from the widespread accessibility of guns to widespread violence in the media — specifically, in video games. Rather than butt heads with the NRA, the Obama administration has conceded the point.

In what is probably not a good start to 2013, I am breaking two of my own rules for film reviews in writing about “Amour.” First, I read other film critics’ reviews halfway through drafting. Still baffled and frustrated, I then decided to frankly tell you that I don’t know what to think of it.

Women’s basketball picked up where it left off after the break, improving to 19-0 and winning its first six conference games. After a Marcia Voigt ’13 buzzer-beater against then-undefeated Simpson and a couple of close games against Wesleyan and Conn. College, the third-ranked Lord Jeffs won four of their next seven games by over 15 points and now sit atop the NESCAC tied with fourth-ranked Tufts, who they will play at home on Saturday. Amherst starts the season 13-0 or better for the sixth straight year and has won a remarkable 96 of its last 100 games.

The Amherst Women’s Hockey team split a pair of home games against Conn. College last weekend after wrapping up seven consecutive road games since Dec. 8. The Jeffs suffered a tough 1-0 loss to the Camels on Saturday evening but bounced back on Sunday with an exciting overtime victory. Amherst is now 8-7-1 on the season and 6-3-1 in the NESCAC league.

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