About a week ago, I walked into class reading an article about the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals’ unanimous decision to uphold a high school’s policy barring students from wearing American flag clothing on Cinco de Mayo. The largest court of appeals in the United States ruled that such a ban did not violate its students’ constitutional right to the freedom of expression, due process or equal protection under the law because it was intended to quell possible racial tensions.

Sophie Murguia’s article on the Humanities Center slated for Frost Library presents the project mostly from the viewpoint of its supporters. She notes, however, that the need to displace stacks and faculty carrels has aroused faculty concern.

The fourth-ranked Amherst men’s tennis team began their spring season this past week in sunny California where they played 17 dual matches over the course of six days. With enough players to fill three squads, the Jeffs went 15-2 — losing only against Concordia and Claremont-Mudd Scripps.

“Our spring break trip was exhausting but rewarding. Since we only lost twice, I think it shows that we can compete with any team in the country. Personally, I played pretty well, but I’m just glad Coach gave me a chance to play,” Phillip Qu ’16 remarked.

Each year as spring rolls around, sports fans are treated to the greatest month in sports. As the frozen tundra we call home becomes habitable, students across campus emerge from hibernation to play in or attend sporting events.


The Amherst men’s swimming and diving team finished 11th at the 2014 NCAA Div. III Championships, which took place March 19-24 at IUPUI, wrapping up another solid season.

Senior captain Parker Moody kicked things off with a 14th place finish in the 500-yard freestyle. In the 200-yard medley relay, Matt Heise ’16, Greg Han ’17, Tyler Bulakul ’14 and Connor Sholtis ’15 earned 13th.

The Amherst men’s golf team traveled to North Carolina’s Pinehurst Golf Resort for spring break to train for the upcoming spring season. Although the players were excited to leave the frigid northeast, the team still braved 30-degree chills and rain while taking on the Trinity College men’s golf team. Although Trinity placed ahead of the Lord Jeffs in the NESCAC tournament this fall, the Jeffs defeated the Bantams by a score of 4-1.


Over spring break, the men’s lacrosse team racked up three consecutive wins, including an important NESCAC victory over Hamilton.