With economic strife rising, it is no surprise that the value of college degrees has been widely debated. Most noticeably, while many economists argue that a vocational degree or bachelor’s from a state university is certainly better than no degree at all, in terms of preparing a student for employment post-graduate, the question of liberal arts degrees often hangs in the air.

Sahar Sadjadi grew up in Iran, studied medicine at Tehran Univ. of Medical Sciences and received her Ph.D. in medical anthropology at Columbia Univ. Before joining Amherst College, Dr. Sadjadi was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Committee for Interdisciplinary Science Studies, The Graduate Center and City University of New York. She is an associate professor in the Sexuality, Women’s and Gender Studies Department at Amherst College.

On Sunday, Nov. 10, Men’s Soccer won the NESCAC Title for the third straight season and the fourth time in program history after defeating No. 3 Williams in a 1-0 battle. The previous day the top-seeded Jeffs knocked off No. 5 Bowdoin in double overtime by a score of 2-1 to advance to the NESCAC Finals. With their two most recent victories, the Jeffs extended their unbeaten streak to 37 games and now have their sights on making a deep run in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.

The Firedogs entered the NESCAC tournament looking to win the NESCAC tournament championship, but fell in a heartbreaker to Bowdoin in the semifinals in five games.

In order to meet Bowdoin in the semifinals, Amherst first had to defeat a tough Middlebury squad in the quarterfinals that beat the Firedogs late in the season. After dropping the first game of the match, Amherst won straight games to win the match. The Firedogs lost the first game 25-21, and then won the next game in dramatic fashion 29-27.

With a 20-7 victory at Williams on Saturday, the Amherst Football team ended their 2013 season in style, securing a share of the NESCAC Championship.

With only one loss on the season (7-1), the Jeffs finished tied with Middlebury and Wesleyan for the best record in the conference.

The Cardinals entered the weekend undefeated and had a chance to earn sole possession of the NESCAC title. Unfortunately for them, a loss at Trinity dropped them into three-way tie and allowed the Jeffs and Panthers to share the honor.

This past Tuesday, the Cole Assembly room was filled with Five College students and faculty who were there to hear Alison Bechdel, a cartoonist and cultural commentator, give a talk about her work. The lecture, hosted by the Sexuality, Women’s and Gender Department, the Women and Gender Center and the Queer Resource Center, was titled “Drawing Lessons: The Comics of Everyday Life.”