When I first heard, sometime last November, that Major League Baseball would be going to a 10-team playoff format for the 2012 season, I wasn’t happy. There they go, I thought, making a mockery of the only game with any remaining semblance of tradition. I guess that’s how the hardcore purists must have felt back in the late 60s when — gasp — baseball began holding the League Championship Series instead of going straight to the World Series. Still, my inner cynic went wild at this patently scandalous move by the league office, and I swore I was finally done with baseball for good.

If ever there were a time when a 1-1 weekend could come as a blessing for the Firedogs, that time is now. Although Coach Sue Everden’s squad dropped a disappointing home contest to Skidmore, they salvaged the weekend by winning their first NESCAC game against Trinity.

The Amherst team played host to the Bantams on Friday, Sept. 21, entering the matchup at 0-2 in league play. Meanwhile, Trinity had already beaten Tufts, who themselves had already topped the Jeffs by a 3-1 score. Undaunted, however, the Lady Jeffs jumped out to an early lead, taking the first set, 25-21.


The cross country teams wearing the purple and white faced their first NESCAC competition last weekend, with the women traveling to Williams for the Purple Valley Invitational, while the men making the trek to the Wesleyan Invitational.

Once again, Keri Lambert ’13 led the women’s team to a solid finish in the 6K event, as Amherst came in sixth place in a 15 team field.

This weekend, the Amherst Symphony Orchestra embarks on a seemingly herculean task, a series of 5th symphonies including those of Beethoven, Schubert, Mahler and Shostakovich. These are some of the most well known, loved and studied pieces for any orchestra to tackle, making for an exciting and substantial season. With so much attention given to these works, it is a brave undertaking.

Few contemporary writers have been anointed with as much praise as Junot Díaz. Since 1996, when he first burst onto the literary scene and was immediately exalted as a promising upstart with a distinctive voice, Mr. Díaz has been the darling of the literary mainstream, a recognition that has earned him induction into the pages of The New Yorker and into the Pulitzer Prize board from which he received his very own trophy in 2008.

Class of 2013

  • Derek Garcia
  • Hello my peeps. I would like to run because I feel I can best communicate the ideas of our class to the Senate. I also consider the responsibility of a Senator as a mediator; to engage in a conversation with students so as to foster a dialogue between the AAS and the student body. And to put it simply, I love conversations. As your Senator, I will listen and be open to any of your ideas. I will be honored if you were to vote for me for Senator for the Class of 2013. Much love, Derek.

    Last Monday, Sept. 17, former professor Carleen Basler resigned from the College after admitting that her written work contained unattributed verbatim quotations and improper references of other scholars’ work.

    “My reason for resigning is simple. In certain sections of my scholarly work, I unintentionally failed to cite and improperly cited previously published materials. In the realm of academic scholarship, such mistakes are very serious in nature,” Basler said in a statement given to The Student.

    Discovery and Acknowledgment