As I Steelers fan, I admit that I have little sympathy for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s recent troubles. Goodell’s crackdown on physical play hit the Steelers particularly hard and damaged a team whose identity was built around its physicality. Although Goodell undoubtedly bungled Ray Rice’s domestic violence case, calls for his resignation demonstrate the shrill way our media deals with controversy.

We often use this phrase: shadow Amherst. It typically refers to students who are rarely seen, or don’t provide the smiling, socializing ideal we imagine each other to be. But I think the Amherst shadow is much more encompassing than we might like to admit. Indeed, during our four years here, all of us spend time in the Amherst shadow. Sometimes, the stress of class can overwhelm us. Other times, we cannot even manage a smile in Val, or even want to go to Val at all.

I think everyone in the Amherst community would agree that what is worse than having a little-known name is having a bad name. Now, explaining why Amherst is so great is hard, and in the highly competitive college admissions race it seems what we’ve been pitching is “things won’t get worse,” rather than “things are better than ever.” Amherst College is one of the best educational institutions in the world, but who would believe us now? This year we have a chance to act, to take control of this narrative.

Like thousands of other teenagers, Ohio State University student senate president Megan Marzec completed the ALS ice bucket challenge. But Marzec added a twist. There was no ice in her bucket. There was no water in her bucket.  Just “blood.”

The eagerly awaited Powerhouse opened on Friday, Sept. 5, greeting a crowd of students and administrators with steak sandwiches and hors d’oeuvres. Since then, the Powerhouse Committee has demonstrated the versatility of the space, following up their opening event with a feast of wings and pizza for hungry Saturday-night partiers and a screening of the seminal 1980’s classic “Goonies.”

Good books are apt to attract a lot of press attention, and books with dramatic titles and beloved subjects are even likelier attention-grabbers. Professor of French and European Studies Ronald C. Rosbottom’s recent book “When Paris Went Dark” is no exception.

A self-described food and fashion aficionado, Sam Callahan, a first-year from San Antonio, Texas, is known for brewing his own coffee in the Charles Pratt common room and having an encyclopedic knowledge of men’s fashion. His style is never ostentatious; rather, it’s quietly polished. He has a keen eye for details. Thoughtful and introspective in person with a dry and surprising sense of humor, Sam can usually be spotted around campus wearing his signature wire-rimmed glasses and leather high top sneakers.