The Association of Amherst Students debated van use policy last week, as the senate discussed whether students should be allowed to use AAS vans for profit.

The subject arose because some senators originally believed that a student had used the college’s pool vehicles to run a private shuttle service over interterm. The student, Alex Southmayd ’15, had advertised on Facebook that he would provide rides to campus from Bradley Airport in Hartford at a competitive price of $40.

Good intentions do not always equal a good movie. This is the situation with Mike Binder’s recent film, “Black or White.” This film highlights the importance of having open discussions concerning race, but it fails to meaningfully address the issues it tackles within its two-hour runtime. Binder, who both directed and wrote the film, clearly attempts to focus on race relations in the modern American society.

As a diehard Dallas fan, I have become accustomed to watching the Super Bowl with a combination of disappointment, feigned excitement and intense jealousy. Yet in the breaks between the on-field action, I can always take solace in the only sources of respite from mourning my poor Cowboys: the Super Bowl ads. From Doritos to every car model known to the modern world, brands battle for global supremacy and notoriety in an advertisement showdown.

This past weekend, the Amherst women’s basketball team headed up north to take on the Polar Bears of Bowdoin and the Mules of Colby. The Jeffs went one and one on the weekend in Maine, suffering their second loss of the season to Bowdoin on Saturday, but defeating Colby the following day.

On Saturday, the Jeffs would score the first points of the game thanks to layups from sophomores Jamie Renner and Ali Doswell.


The Amherst College Women’s Squash team handily defeated the host team Wesleyan 7-2 during the first day of play at the Little Three Championship. The 17th ranked Purple and White swept the 3rd to the 9th courts. Amherst’s top ranked players, Kimberly Krayacich ’18 and Arielle Lehman ’15 both fell in tough matches against their Wesleyan counterparts. After dropping her first set, Lehman won her second 13-11 and went on to play two more close sets (11-7 and 11-9) before falling to her opponent.


Men’s indoor track scored 159 points to edge host Springfield College and claim first place in the Springfield Invitational, held this past Saturday, Jan. 31. The meet was the first Jeffs’ team win this season.

First-year David Ingraham started the day with a win for the Jeffs, finishing the 600-meter race with a time of 1:26.22. His teammate, Jamie Sandel ’17 followed close behind with a time of 1:26.45, coming in second place in the field. Sandel also legged out a time of 9.04 for a third-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles.

After a recent setback against a competitive Trinity team, the Amherst men’s basketball team responded well this past weekend at home against a pair of NESCAC opponents and on the Tuesday evening in a non-conference matchup.

With the victories, the Jeffs now hold a three-game game winning streak, sport a 15-5 overall record (4-3 in the NESCAC), and will look to continue to do damage in the NESCAC after rising through the league standings this past week.