A group of faculty has written the following letter to the students of Amherst College. For the full list of the 14 authors and 128 signatories, see below.

We are deeply saddened and upset by the recent disclosures of sexual misconduct and violence at the College. It is not only that acts of sexual violence have occurred that troubles us. It is the further injuries that students have suffered after these acts that also concern us.

When Andrew Luck was taken first overall in the NFL draft last year, I thought it would be tough to come up with a better name for a quarterback. But as it stands, he’s been outdone in the nickname department, as well as nearly every statistical category, by the man known as RG3. With a quarterback rating exceeded only by Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning, opponents and teammates alike gush about the abilities of Robert Griffin III.

Just when it seemed that the Firedogs were gathering some valuable momentum, the squad lost three straight contests, dropping to 11-8 on the season.

On their second-to-last weekend of regular season play, the Lady Jeffs dropped each non-conference game at the Hall of Fame Classic by a 3-1 score. The matches were held at the homes of local rivals Smith and Mount Holyoke.

Simply perfect. This week, at least. In two games, the women’s soccer team did not allow a goal en route to two wins to move them to 11-1- (7-1-1 NESCAC). After thrashing Keene State 5-0 on Wednesday, Amherst earned a hard-fought 1-0 overtime victory at Wesleyan.

Like Mitt Romney, I like Big Bird.

That’s not to say that I like watching “Sesame Street.” Actually, I find watching “Sesame Street” to be an infernal activity; time is a scarce resource, and time spent in my adult life without investment or pleasure is time poorly spent. Nevertheless, “Sesame Street” educates, engrosses and pacifies young children, as it once did for me, and if I could choose between a world with and a world without “Sesame Street,” I’d choose “with.”

“Argo” is the second of the handful of year-end films carrying with them heavy loads of Oscar buzz and attempting to bring home the hearts of film-goers and, more specifically, the Academy Awards come February. Following “The Master,” the result of a five-year toil of the director whose previous film was perhaps the most critically acclaimed of the last decade, hype for “Argo” was comparatively restrained.

I’m very excited for the Amherst College Orchestra’s upcoming season, because they’re playing two of the greatest pieces of music ever written: Beethoven’s 5th Symphony and Mahler’s 5th Symphony. Of these two, you’ve probably only heard the former. While the latter is one of Mahler’s better-known works, it is still quite obscure in comparison to Beethoven’s 5th. I want to convince you to not only go to the concert featuring Mahler’s 5th, but also to go prepared.