200,000 RMB. That is how much a Chinese high school senior would pay a Shanghai-based consulting agency to apply to U.S. colleges. 200,000 RMB is about $33,000 and more than five times the 2012 Chinese GDP per capita. Coincidentally co-directed by an Amherst alum, this agency advertises its admission results to attract prospective customers. Along with two competitors, the company has advertised online a total of 12 Amherst College admits since 2010 .


The Amherst Men’s Swimming and Diving Team notched two more victories at Colby College and then at Wesleyan to improve to 3-0 on the season.

On Saturday, Nov. 23, the meet at Colby started off with a pleasant surprise in the 200-yard medley relay as Amherst’s “E” team won the event with a time of 1:38.47.

Amherst took the next three places as well, foreshadowing a great performance by the Purple and White.

The next two events, the 1000-yard freestyle and 200-yard freestyle, were both won by Amherst in dominating fashion.

The Amherst women’s ice hockey team has looked strong throughout the first couple weeks of the season with a record to 3-0-1 in the NESCAC and 3-1-2 overall.

Adding to the NESCAC standings were two games against little-three rival, Wesleyan Univ. In their first match-up 3-2, the Jeffs garnished their 20th straight win over the Cardinals, who have not beaten the Jeffs since the 2003 season.

The women’s basketball team is off to a strong start for the 2013-14 season, posting four impressive out-of-conference wins over the past two weeks.

In the season opener on Nov. 19, three Jeffs scored in the double-digits as they defeated Keene State, 67-52.

This win extended the Jeffs home winning streak to 87 games.

After a dominant second half, Amherst is now 13-2 all time against the Owls.

The successful 2013 journey of Amherst men’s soccer through the NCAA Tournament came to an end on Sunday, Nov. 24 against Williams in the Elite Eight following a 1-0 loss in frigid conditions.

With the loss to Williams, Amherst fell one win short of reaching the Final Four for the second consecutive season.
The Jeffs also snapped a 40 game unbeaten streak that began at the start of the 2012 season following their last regulation loss in the 2011 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 against Stevens Institute.

Normally, with Week 13 of the NFL season in the rearview mirror, discussion mounts about Aaron Rodgers’ candidacy for Most Valuable Player. However, this year is different.

There is still chatter about Aaron Rodgers, but it surrounds the fractured collarbone he suffered in Week 9 against the Chicago Bears.

Rodgers, the 2011 NFL MVP and Superbowl XLV MVP, has become a co-poster-child for the NFL alongside quarterbacks Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees.

Picking up where they left off last year, the Jeffs once again captured the Ken Wright ’52 Memorial Invitational Championship with two convincing victories.

The Jeffs, who never trailed at any point over the weekend, defeated Newbury and Nichols, scoring a combined 213 points in the two victorious efforts.