The Amherst squad started the season in winning fashion this past week, with a season-opening, 9-0 thrashing of Mount Holyoke followed by a 2-0 victory at Bates to open NESCAC play.

In the opening game, the seventh-ranked Jeffs had little trouble dispatching the Lyons, scoring early and often in a dominant performance that showcased the team’s ability to play an all-around tight game. Chloe McKenzie ’14 set the tone for an impressive season by netting a hat trick, with her goals coming in the seventh, 24th and 64th minutes.

I don’t know that television stations can keep track of how infrequently viewers channel surf while watching their programming, but if they did, I think football games would win out in keeping remotes glued to coffee tables everywhere.

Dynamic doubles duo Jordan Brewer ’14 and Gabby Devlin ’14 seem to have lost little momentum over the summer.
After capturing the Div. III National double’s title last spring (and going undefeated throughout the fall and spring), the tandem started their fall campaign with the Stony Brook Women’s Tennis Classic’s flight ‘A’ doubles championship.

In a Div. I tournament no less, Brewer and Devlin went 4-0 over the weekend to add another piece of hardware to their already-impressive trophy case.

The men’s soccer team kicked off its NESCAC title defense in convincing fashion last weekend, booting Bates by a 2-0 score this Saturday. Federico Sucre ’13 paced the Jeffs’ attack with a goal and an assist, while the stingy, disciplined Amherst backline suffocated the Bobcats’ offense, not allowing a single shot on net.

Through their first three games, the Jeffs (3-0-0, 1-0-0 NESCAC, ranked No. 3 nationally) have outscored their opponents 10-0, opening the season with three consecutive shutouts for the first time in more than 15 years.

This election year is a special one: the first time this particular body of Amherst students will experience a presidential election on campus.

This election marks an intersection too; it is a means through which the community at Amherst intersects with the world at large. We bring what Amherst gives us to the voting booth, to determine the course of this country and the role of government in our lives.

Some people on campus may lack the courage to speak up yet still believe that the meritocratic culture of Amherst College provokes a sense of personal inadequacy among students of color. Others, like Katrin Marquez, recognized the inadequacy but misidentify its source. In last week’s issue, she disclosed how a faculty member puzzled her by paying more attention to her ethnic background than to her academic interests in an early advising meeting.


The Amherst cross country squad made the short trip to the UMass Minutemen Invitational on Saturday to open the 2012 campaign, and both teams turned out performances to build upon against very strong competition.

The men’s team came in fourth place overall out of five teams in a field that included two Division I programs and a Division II program. In fact, the efforts of Greg Turissini ’15 and his teammates were almost enough to beat the Univ. of Connecticut for third place, but the Huskies just edged out the men’s squad.