According to Forbes Magazine, Amherst College is the 13th best college or university in the United States.

It is not Amherst College’s most impressive ranking. However, it is not college ranking systems that I want to talk about. Rather, the subject of this column will be Forbes’ presentation of Amherst College.

In particular, I was struck by a link on Forbes’ webpage that brings viewers to a small photography gallery, meant to exhibit Amherst’s essence through a collage of images.

If you’re a fan of video games, specifically PC games, you most likely have played Half Life. If you haven’t, it’s a sci-fi first person shooter released in 1998 by Valve, and one of the most important video games in history. Here’s the short version: you play as Gordon Freeman, a physicist in a high tech protective suit, who survives a freak accident in the Black Mesa research facility that results in extra-dimensional creatures infesting the complex. You then fight your way out with a variety of scavenged weapons.

Although the Las Vegas-based band Imagine Dragons has been around since 2008, they’ve only recently become a part of the world of mainstream music. Imagine Dragons is comprised of four people: front man and songwriter Dan Reynolds, guitarist Wayne Sermon, bassist Ben McKee and drummer Daniel Platzman. The band had actually originally considered a different band name, but chose to name the band “Imagine Dragons” as an anagram of the original idea, which, to this day, they still have not revealed.

The Lady Jeffs’ season had started promisingly, but, unfortunately, that has changed quickly after the Amherst squad dropped two league contests over the weekend of Sept. 14-15.

Both Bowdoin and Tufts proved to be too much for the Jeffs to handle, and in each case, the final score was 3-1 in the opponent’s favor.

Last Thursday, I took a trip to Holyoke, MA with my girlfriend to Mountain Park to see the first tour show of Ben Folds Five, which has recently reunited to record a new album entitled “The Sound of the Life of the Mind,” which came out yesterday. This was especially exciting, as it was the first show that Ben Folds Five had done (save a one-time performance in 2008) since the 90s.

A Short History of Ben Folds Five


This past weekend, the women’s golf team began their 2012 campaign at the NYU Invitational.

The Lady Jeffs are coming off one of the most successful seasons in program history, a year which saw them earn two victories and finish no worse than third in all other tournaments.

Although they lost an exceptionally talented senior class, the team has welcomed five new members onto the squad.

Their depth will take a hit, but with a group of reliable veterans leading the way, this team has the potential to build on last year’s success.

I have a confession to make. I was admitted to Amherst College because there are too many women in the applicant pool. They needed more men to reach the 50/50 ratio. They read “Matthew” at the top of my application, clearly a guy’s name, and were willing to overlook my other shortcomings and accept me into the College.