Journalism, The Amherst Student included, deserves criticism. Often times what journalists write is wrong, sensationalized, unfair or incorrectly focused. But while other presidents have complained about the press, President Donald Trump has dangerously changed the role of journalism by not acknowledging the essential role that an independent press plays in our democracy.

Finals are around the corner, and that means that interterm is around the next corner. If you’re anything like me, you spend your interterm pretending to be too cool for your parents (even though you actually really want to hang out with them) and watching TV and movies. So, I thought that I’d give a few recommendations for some good things to watch during interterm.

This week, the Amherst women’s hockey team returned to action and picked up two important wins against NESCAC rival Trinity to push the team’s overall record to 4-2.

In their first contest against the Bantams, the Mammoths used a dominant offensive performance to leave the ice with an impressive 6-2 win. Following a scoreless first period, Trinity was the first team to get on the board, scoring in the sixth minute of the second period during a power play stemming from an Amherst hooking penalty.

The Amherst College women’s squash team extended its spotless record this week with wins against Conn. College and Northeastern University at home on Dec. 2. The Mammoths began the round robin tournament with a match against NESCAC rival Conn. College.

After four days of rest, the Amherst men’s basketball team was back in action this past Saturday, Dec. 2, when the Mammoths made the trip to Boston to take on Emerson College in an out of conference match-up.

On Saturday, Dec. 2, the Amherst men’s swimming and diving team hosted Middlebury in the Mammoths’ home opener at Pratt Pool.
Maintaining their perfect record, the Amherst men drowned the Panthers 165-102.

Ranked 16th in the nation, the Mammoths demonstrated their overwhelming talent in the weekend win.
Starting the meet strong as always, Craig Smith ’20, Elijah Spiro ’18, Tristian So ’21 and Jack Koravos ’20 gave Amherst its first win in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:33.63.

The National Football League (NFL) announced last month that it would fine Miami Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso for hitting Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco in the head as he started to slide. Flacco, on a third-and-10 play on the Dolphins’ 20-yard line, dropped back to throw before scrambling to his right past the line of scrimmage. Alonso, who had dropped back toward his team’s end zone to defend against the pass, charged in to stop Flacco before he reached a first down. Alonso lowered his shoulder right as Flacco started to slide, crashing into Flacco’s head and knocking off his helmet.