The men’s swimming and diving team opened their season on Saturday, Nov. 21 with a decisive victory over NESCAC foe Colby and followed up their impressive opener with another conference victory against Wesleyan.

In their meet against Colby, the purple and white picked up their first win by way of a 147-119 score. The team took first place in 11 total events to earn the victory.

The Amherst College men’s cross country team placed 10th in a field of 32 teams at the 2015 NCAA Division III championship on Saturday, Nov. 21. Competing at the Lake Breeze Golf Course in Winneconne, Wisconsin, Amherst was led by Dan Crowley ’16, who finished first among Amherst runners and 24th overall with a time of 24:48.4.

Playing past Thanksgiving and into December for the first time since 2008, men’s soccer looks to make history this upcoming weekend in Kansas City, as the team has a chance to win its first-ever Division III national championship title.
Amherst advanced to its first Final Four since 2008 with a pair of shutout victories two weekends ago on Hitchcock Field, defeating Lycoming, 2-0, in the Sweet 16, and earning a thrilling 1-0 double-overtime victory against Trinity (Texas) in the Elite Eight. Heading into the Final Four, the purple and white stand at 17-1-1 on the season.

The Amherst College women’s basketball team started off its season strong, winning their first three consecutive games by significant margins.

In the seasonopener against Albertus Magnus, the purple and white took an early leap past their opponent, coming out of the first five minutes on an 11-0 run.

As an activities coordinator at the Queer Resource Center, I recently helped put on an event that focused on the ways in which language shapes conversations about gender and sexuality. It was incredibly interesting to hear so many people describing their own experiences with their mother tongue and the ways in which the language they grew up with affected the way they thought and spoke about gender and sexuality.

During the afternoon of Thursday, Nov. 12, I was caught up in the rip-tide like force of a collective cri de coeur in the foyer of the Frost Library.

At the Nov. 17 faculty meeting, Dean of the Faculty Catherine Epstein invited students to speak about academic workload. Students spoke about how they juggled academics alongside work study jobs, familial and personal issues, extracurricular and athletic commitments and sleep. They called on faculty members to be more flexible with deadlines. They spoke about how fear permeated Amherst classrooms. Interestingly, the stories, grievances and suggestions which students shared did not wholly cohere around the idea that we have too much work.