Q: What arts are you involved in?
A: I do visual art, digital design and drawing. My favorite media are ink and charcoal — really like the high contrast you can get.

It seems almost impossible that 40 years after Sylvester Stallone introduced audiences to Rocky Balboa, another movie emerged from the iconic franchise. What seems even more impossible is that the movie is good, good enough to earn a place in the upper echelons of “Rocky” movies. Director Ryan Coogler shows us just how hard it is to keep a champion franchise down.

Over Thanksgiving break, the Amherst women’s swimming and diving team got off to a great start to the season, defeating both Colby and Wesleyan to begin its campaign 2-0. Against Colby on Saturday Nov. 21, Amherst finished the meet with a final score of 149-108.

The purple and white outright won 12 events, including both individual and relay events. Amherst started off the meet in strong form, winning the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:50.58. Swimming in this event were Emily Hyde ’16, Destin Groff ’17, Sarah Conklin ’16 and Stephanie Moriarty ’18.

The Amherst College women’s ice hockey team kicked off the 2015-16 season with a two-game sweep over Connecticut College in its season opening weekend. The purple and white defeated the Camels 1-0 on Friday, Nov. 20, and then secured the series with a 4-1 win on Saturday, Nov. 21.

Captain Erin Martin ’16, as well as assistant captains Eileen Harris ’16 and Caroline Bomstein ’16, led Amherst to their victories. Impactful junior and sophomore classes are back, and a strong first-year group will help in the hunt for a NESCAC title.

Men’s squash, ranked 23rd nationally entering the season, kicked off a promising 2015-16 campaign on Friday, Nov. 20 when they hosted no. 19 Western Ontario. This matchup presented an opportunity for a minor upset and a statement to Amherst’s foes in the NESCAC and beyond that they were poised to make some noise this year.

The Amherst College women’s cross country team sent two runners to the NCAA Division III Championship on Saturday, Nov. 21. Savanna Gornisiewicz ’17 and Lizzie Lacy ’19 each notched top-75 finishes in the race at Lake Breeze Golf Course in Winneconne, Wisconsin.

Gornisiewicz claimed 65th place at the national meet with a time of 22:06.06. She finished a strong junior season with one of her best performances of the season, bettering her time at Division III championships last year by 14 seconds with an average mile time of 5:56.

The men’s hockey team started the season off with a strong 2-1-1 week, which included their first NESCAC victory, a come-from-behind win, a hard-fought out-of-conference loss, and a back-and-forth tie. The season opener was a tight game against Hamilton and ended in a 3-1 victory.

The first period went scoreless, but only 1:44 had passed in the second when sophomore Thomas Lindstrom sent a pass from center ice to linemate David White ’18, who netted Amherst’s shorthanded goal.