Behind another staunch defensive effort, the Lord Jeffs rolled to their second win of the season Saturday. Amherst allowed only one touchdown on the afternoon and led by as many as 24 points before coasting to a 27-11 victory.

After rolling to an easy win at Hamilton in their season opener, the Jeffs expected — and got — a stern challenge from the Polar Bears. Hosting their first game at the newly renovated Pratt Field, Amherst was too motivated to allow a letdown.

The men’s and women’s tennis team both got off to an excellent start this past weekend at the ITA Tournament held at Middlebury for the men and at Williams for the women. The Jeffs brought home three titles: women’s doubles thanks to dynamic duo and reigning NCAA Div. III champions, Jordan Brewer ’14 and Gabby Devlin ’14; women’s singles also won by Brewer; and men’s doubles won by Joey Fritz ’14 and Ben Fife ’16. The weekend displayed some great play, and the fall season looks extremely promising for both teams.

As I sit in a dark green lawn chair overlooking the beauty of memorial hill, it’s hard to ignore the thoughts of doubt that creep into my mind. Have I taken advantage of this amazing place in which I live? Am I going to have any regrets? The uniqueness of the Pioneer Valley is one of the main reasons I chose to attend Amherst.

The fourth annual Massachusetts Dance Festival, held over the past weekend at UMass, is one of the rare events in the region that make you forget the remoteness of Amherst from fine arts hubs such as Boston and New York. Indeed, the eleven dance companies that put on a fast-paced, eclectic two-night gala concert last Friday and Saturday reminded us that Massachusetts, despite having a reputation for producing but not keeping top-notch dancers, still has a vibrant dance scene that more people ought to learn about and appreciate.

Sept. 20 was supposed to be the day after which nothing would ever be the same again — the official release date of Drake’s anticipated third-studio album, entitled none other than “Nothing Was the Same.” Call it hubris, call it a misinterpretation on my part, but the album does implicitly establish for Drake a high set of standards to meet; for the most part, he not only meets, but surpasses, those expectations. While I wouldn’t call the album a triumph or genius (or any other praise I feel compelled to save for Kendrick or Kanye), it is highly enjoyable from start to finish.