Q: Was football always your passion?
A: Football has been a passion of mine since I was child. I grew up in a very athletic family and sports were always a big part of our lives. I played football, hockey and baseball throughout high school but football was always my number one.

Q: How did you end up at Tufts?
A: I actually went to Colgate for two years before transferring to Tufts. I looked at a lot of NESCAC schools before choosing Colgate, so I was very familiar with the league.

During my second semester at Amherst, I spent most of my Friday nights at Rao’s Coffee. Around 7 p.m., I would head to town and spend a few hours working on transfer applications to colleges that, however vaguely, offered a better social scene. Or at least, offered something more like the social scene that I was looking for. I was unhappy at Amherst, and I was lonely at Amherst. It wasn’t clear then, and it isn’t clear now, that my unhappiness wasn’t directly and inextricably tied to my loneliness.

With the news that Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry, former three-term governor of Texas, was suspending his campaign for the Republican nomination, Republican voters found their choices whittled to a slightly more manageable 16 candidates. Democrats are not likely to see Vice President Joe Biden pursue the nomination for his party as they witness him publicly struggle with the emotional wound left by the death of his son, Beau.

Aside from making sure we remembered our manners, Tomi Williams, in his welcome letter to students coming to campus, reminded us to be mindful. In Williams’ words, “When you begin to get a bit tired of the inevitable redundancy of welcome back exchanges, remember how fortunate you are to be a part of community that cares enough to ask and to actually listen.” He has a good point. We at Amherst are incredibly fortunate to belong to a community that has the resources to help those who feel lost or out of place during their time in college.

The Amherst men’s golf team opened its 2015 season with a 10th-place finish at the annual Williams Fall Invitational, a tournament hosted at the par-71 Taconic Golf Club in Williamstown.

NESCAC competitor Trinity won the tournament with a team score of 601. Williams, the host team, finished in second place with a 605 combined score. They were followed by Western New England, who posted a 612 team score.

Amherst posted a 309 score on day one and a 316 on day two to finish with a team total of 625.

The men’s cross country team got off to a strong start at the UMass Invitational last weekend. Facing a six-team field from Division I, the team amassed 59 points and finished second overall behind the University of Connecticut.

The Amherst College women’s volleyball team (4-0) started the season in dominant fashion, defeating four non-conference opponents in the Wildcat Invitational hosted by Johnson & Wales University on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 11 and 12.