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Nov. 30 Auditions for Twilight: LA 1992
"Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992," created by Anna Deavere Smith and directed by Timothy Hahn ’06, will be performed February 9-11 in the Holden Theater at Amherst College. Traditionally performed as a one-woman show, this production plans to retain that aspect while simultaneously incorporating a significant video component. Auditions for the actress who will perform the live/staged component of the piece will take place Wednesday, Nov. 30, and Thursday, Dec. 1, from 8 to 10 p.m. in Studio 3, Webster, at Amherst College. Callbacks are Friday, Dec. 2. Those auditioning need not prepare anything in advance, as audition sides will be available. The actress should be capable of commanding a stage and will be expected to play different genders, races, and ages and transform between them almost instantaneously. Actors for the video portion of the play will be auditioned separately. Anyone interested should send an e-mail to Sign-up sheet and perusal copy available outside of the Theater and Dance Office, Webster, G27.
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Heather Williams Will Lecture Nov. 30 on African-American Education
Heather Williams, assistant professor of history at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and author of "Self-Taught: African American Education in Slavery and Freedom" (2005), will speak on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 8 p.m. in the Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall. The title of her talk is “Teaching as a Political Act: African American Education in Slavery and Freedom.” The event is free and sponsored by The Presidential Initiative on Education and Social Justice.

Writer James Wood to Lecture at Amherst College Nov. 30
On Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 4 p.m. in Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall, James Wood will speak to students in English 01 (Novels, Plays, Poems) about Saul Bellow and "Herzog." Sponsored by the English Department, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

RC Applications Available -- Studying Abroad? Apply by Nov. 30
Interested in becoming a Resident Counselor for the 2006-07 academic year? Current sophomores and juniors who will be away from Amherst College during the Spring 2006 semester may pick up an application from the Residential Life Office, 106 Converse Hall. All applications must be returned to Emily in the Residential Office no later than Wednesday, Nov. 30. When you drop off your application you will sign up for an interview slot. For all students remaining on campus for the spring semester who are interested in applying for a Resident Counselor position, applications will be available in late January. Specific dates will be published at that time.

Bursting the Bubble Workshop Nov. 30
Bursting the Bubble. Wednesday, Nov. 30, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Friedmann Room, Keefe Campus Center. Join us for this third workshop of the Exploring Social Change Series. Come discuss what you know, what you need to know and how to be effective when working in the community. For students interested in getting involved, as well as tutors, mentors, nonprofit volunteers or interns and community activists. Fudgy oatmeal bars and lemonade will be served! For more info contact the Community Outreach Office at x5140.
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Nov. 30: Croxton Lecture/Culture and Politics Series
Colin (Joan) Dayan, Robert Penn Warren Professor in the Humanities at Vanderbilt University, will speak on "Legal Terror" on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 4:30 p.m. in the Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115). Sponsored by the President's Office.
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Kriss Ravetto Will Lecture Dec. 1 on Cinema in Europe
Kriss Ravetto will be speaking about "Cinema on the Margins of Europe" at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, in Fayerweather 115. Currently a fellow in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University, Ravetto is the author of "The Unmaking of Fascist Aesthetics" (Minnesota 2001), which explores links between violence and eroticism in the works of such filmmakers as Pier Paolo Pasolini, Liliana Cavani and Lina Wertmüller. Sponsored by the English Department, this event is free and open to the public.

Dec. 1 -- To Be Black in Hawai'i: Contradictions in Paradise
Please join us Thursday, Dec. 1, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall, for our third lecture in the Asian American Lecture Series: “To Be Black in Hawai`i: Contradictions in Paradise.” A longtime professor and poet from Honolulu, Kathryn Waddell Takara will explore the dynamics of race and aloha in a unique cultural and ethnic landscape. Takara is the founder of the Black Studies program at the University of Hawai’i and a leading figure in the study of the African Diaspora in Hawai’i. She is also a celebrated poet and has toured with Sonia Sanchez, Amiri Baraka, Quincy Troupe, Martin Espada, Lorenzo Thomas and Ishmael Reed. She has written two books, "Oral Histories of African- Americans" and "New and Collected Poems" by Ishmael Reed Publishing. Organized by the Asian Culture House.
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German Film Series: "Sieben Zwerge – Männer allein im Wald" Dec. 1
On Thursday, Dec. 1, the film "Sieben Zwerge – Männer allein im Wald" ("Seven Dwarves – Men alone in the Forest"; directed by Sven Unterwaldt, 2004, 90 mins.) will be shown at 4 and 7:30 p.m. in Stirn Auditorium. A smash, Monty Pythonesque comedy hit, featuring star comedian Otto Waalkes employing his daft wits to save the charming Snow White (Cosma-Shiva Hagen) from the vile machinations of the Evil Queen (scenery-chewing Nina Hagen). In German, with English subtitles. Admission is free.
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Student Open Forum Dec. 1
The Dining Hall managers will host a student open forum on Thursday, Dec. 1, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the upper terrace of Valentine Hall. Please come and share your comments and questions with us!

Breakthrough Collaborative Information Session
If you are interested in teaching and motivating students this summer, you should know that the Breakthrough Collaborative is currently accepting applications for summer teachers. To learn more about this opportunity, come to the information session on Thursday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m. at the Keefe Campus Center Friedmann Room (AKA Front Room). Refreshments will be served.
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Nobel Laureate Anthony Leggett to Speak Dec. 1
Anthony J. Leggett, who won the 2003 Nobel Prize in physics, will speak Thursday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. in Pruyne Auditorium (Fayerweather 115). His talk, titled "Does the Everyday World Really Obey Quantum Mechanics?", will focus on some of the philosophical and experimental problems with the foundations of quantum mechanics. The talk, which is free and open to the public, is part of the Five College "What's New in Physics" series. The event is sponsored by the Amherst College Physics Department and Five Colleges, Inc.
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Sharing or Stealing? Download At Your Own Risk - URichmond Law School Dec. 1
Join James Gibson, director of the Intellectual Property Institute at the University of Richmond School of Law, as he explains the copyrights and copywrongs of file-sharing. What can and can't you do with your own music? Are you going to get sued? The program will also include a Q&A session on law school and financial aid. Thursday, Dec. 1, 7-8:30 p.m., in the Career Center. Gibson will be joined by Michelle Rahman, associate dean for admissions at the University of Richmond School of Law.

"First Love" Will Be Performed Dec. 1-3
"First Love" by Charles Mee, Andrew Kelsey’s senior project in directing, will be performed December 1-3 at 8 p.m. in Kirby Theater. "First Love" tells the story of Harold and Edith, two former ‘60’s radicals who find love for the first time in the golden years of their lives. In one act, the couple, who meet on a park bench, endure all the fair and foul weather of a life-long relationship: jealousy, trust, passion, insecurity. Like many of Mee’s plays, "First Love" is a collage piece, composed of excerpts from sources ranging from the Greek classics to Jerry Springer. The result is a dynamic tragicomedy, vast in scope and lived out by two unpredictable characters. This play challenges the conventions of “stageable” theater in order to more thoroughly explore the human desire for partnership. Tickets are free, but reservations are recommended. Call the box office, 413/542-2277.

Amherst College Vespers Dec. 4
The annual Amherst College Christmas Vespers will be held on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 4 and 7:30 p.m. in Johnson Chapel. The "Festival of Lessons and Carols" is free, and the public is invited. Mallorie Chernin will direct the Amherst College Choral Society, assisted by Rachel Dunham '05. Jay Buchman '06 and Andrea Kahn '07 will direct the Amherst College Madrigal Singers. Other musicians will include organist James Maes and trumpeters Douglas Purcell and Kevin Daly '05, both of the Amherst College Music Department. The Choral Society will perform music of Mendelssohn, Schutz, Leontovich and many others. The congregation will be asked to join in the singing of traditional carols and the "Hallelujah Chorus" from The Messiah.
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Stanislavsky Theater Studio to Perform at the Center for Russian Culture Dec. 4
Andrei Malaev-Babel, grandson of Russian writer Isaac Babel and producing artistic director of the Stanislavsky Theater Studio in Washington, D.C., will perform "How It was Done in Odessa," a dramatization (in Russian and English) of three of Babel's short stories. The performance will take place at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4 in the Amherst Center for Russian Culture in Webster Hall. ACRC, Webster Hall. A reception will follow. The event is sponsored by the Vadim Filatov '86 Memorial Lecture Fund.
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Kwanzaa Celebration at Amherst College Dec. 4
Amherst College will present its annual Kwanzaa celebration at 12 noon on Sunday, Dec. 4, in the Cole Assembly Room (Red Room) in Converse Hall. Sponsored by the Dean of Students Office and the Black Students Union at the college, the program and traditional feast are free and open to the public.
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Special Marsh Coffee House Dec. 2
Please join us for a special Marsh Coffeehouse on Friday, Dec. 2, from 9 to 11 p.m. on the second floor of Moore Dormitory. The evening will begin with an open mic and feature a celebrated poet from Hawai'i, Kathryn Waddell Takara. Refreshments will be served; admission is free. Organized by the Asian Culture House and Marsh House. “When Kathryn Waddell Takara reads her poems, it’s like a soft, steady rain – a quiet affirmation of the meaning of things. Her poetry will take the audience to places of celebration and pain while maintaining a soul that is based in love.” - Honolulu Weekly
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Dec. 3 -- State Senator Jarrett Barrios
State Senator Jarrett Barrios will lecture Saturday, Dec. 3, at 1:30 p.m. in Fayerweather 115. You won't want to miss this! Senator Barrios will lecture on topics ranging from the difficulties of his role as the first Hispanic and openly gay state senator in Massachusetts, to his fight for bilingual education and gay marriage in the state, to how his background, activism and upbringing led him into politics. Sponsored by La Causa, Pride Alliance and the Community Outreach Office.

Amherst College Jazz Ensemble to Perform on December 2
The Amherst College Jazz Ensemble will perform a free concert on Friday, Dec. 2, in Buckley Recital Hall at 8 p.m. The group will perform music by Jerome Kern, Rob Tapper, Fred Sturm and others. Under the direction of Bruce Diehl, the Amherst College Jazz Ensemble consists of more than 20 musicians who perform jazz standards and contemporary jazz arrangements. For more information, contact Bruce Diehl at 413-542-8308.
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Dec. 2 -- Was that God or Indigestion?
Join the Amherst Christian Fellowship at our weekly Friday meeting in Chapin Chapel and Lounge, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2. Chris Nichols, the regional director of Intervarsity, will speak on "Was that God or Indigestion? Recognizing God's Voice in the Midst of Life."
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Biology Dept. Lecture Dec. 5
Maryellen Ruvolo, professor of biological anthropology at Harvard University, will speak on Monday, Dec. 5, at 3:30 p.m. in Merrill Lecture Hall 4. Her talk will be "Using the Chimpanzee Genome to Detect Human Adaptations".

Joan Sorabella '93 Will Lecture Dec. 5 on "The Barberini Faun and Hellenistic Royal Fantasy"
On Monday, Dec/ 5, at 4:30 p.m., in Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115) Jean Sorabella, professor of art and art history at Adelphi University, will deliver a lecture titled "The Barberini Faun and Hellenistic Royal Fantasy." Sorabella graduated from Amherst College in 1993 with a degree in Fine Arts and French. She attended the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, and received a Ph.D. from Columbia University in the Department of Art History and Archaeology. She has also worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; she can speak to students' career inquiries based on her range of experience. The lecture is sponsored by the Classics Department and is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.
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Honors Thesis Exhibition; Reception Today
Mixed Medium: new works on paper, wood, and in video. The 2005 collection by Evan Nabrit '06E deals primarily with the figure, with issues of territory, intimacy and conflict. The mode is automatic. The style, direct and unapologetic. The show will run from Dec. 5 to Dec. 10 in the Eli Marsh Gallery on the first floor of Fayerweather Hall. A small reception will be held at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 5. Gallery hours: M-F, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat., noon - 4 p.m.
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talk on physiological benefits of breathing techniques, yoga, and meditation
Sudarshan Kriya® and its accompanying practices taught in the Art of Living Course are time-honored stress management/health promotion techniques. Independent research has shown that Sudarshan Kriya and its accompanying practices (or SK&P) significantly: - Reduce levels of stress (reduce Cortisol - the "stress" hormone) - Reduce cholesterol - Relieve anxiety and depression (mild, moderate and severe) - Increase anti oxidant protection - Enhanced brain function (increased mental focus and recovery from stressful stimuli) Learn about the physiological benefits of yoga, meditation, and the breathing techniques taught by the foundation. Monday Dec 5, 4 pm, Merrill 131.
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Sushi Bar Night Dec. 6
Sushi Bar Special at Valentine Hall at dinner on Tuesday, Dec. 6. Hope to see you there!!!

Physics -- Senior Honors Talks Dec. 6
Tuesday, Dec. 6, Merrill 220 at 5 p.m. Tea/Munchies at 4:15 p.m. in Merrill 204. Seniors Rishidev Chaudhuri and Ben Heidenreich will speak.
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New Way to Make Deposits to Your Student ACDollar$ Account!
“Check by Phone” is a new service offered by the Comptroller's Office. This service allows deposits to a student’s ACDollar$ account. This makes it easier than ever for family, friends and loved ones to make a deposit to your account! Just call 1-866-654- 2439, choose option two, and follow the voice prompts to input the last seven digits of your student number, the bank routing number and bank account number (this bank information can be found at the bottom of your checks) that will fund the transaction. (Note that a $2 charge will be made to the account used to make the deposit.) Write down the confirmation number for tracking purposes. Questions? Call the Student Accounts Department in the Comptroller’s Office at ext. 2811.
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Learn From Alumni Over Interterm
The Office of Alumni and Parent Programs will present several events during Interterm. Day-long seminars on “The Publisher and the Published,” “Must I Really Choose Between Money and Happiness?” “What Does it Mean to be Green? The Future of Environmentalism,” “The First Amendment and 'The New York Times'” and “Boundless Opportunities: How the Medical Profession Responds to International Crises” will be presented during the last week of Interterm. Each program will run from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and include presentations and panel discussions by alumni, as well as a networking reception. Register by Dec. 19 by contacting Marcy Larmon, associate director of alumni and parent programs.
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Visited the Campus Discussion Forums Lately?
A staff member has raised a question about how the college should respond to Patriot Act subpeonas, and the Library Planning Group has asked, "how could the Amherst College Library be re-conceptualized to more effectively sustain and enrich teaching?" Please join the discussions!
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Juniors Going Abroad in the Spring - Want to be a Peer Career Advisor Next Year? Apply by Dec. 7
If you are interested in being a Peer Career Advisor for your senior year, and you are going abroad in the spring, we have a special application period for you. The application is in Experience under Career Center on the Amherst College Intranet (, and the deadline is Dec. 7. Interviews will be held the week of Dec. 12. This is a great position in a fun office. You cannot apply from abroad in the spring, so this is your chance. Apply now! Questions? Stop by the Career Center.

Dec. 7 -- Law and Science, Science and Law Seminar Series
The Law and Science, Science and Law Seminar Series presents Julie Gage Palmer, professor of law at the University of Chicago Law School. On Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 4:30 p.m. in the Octagon, Palmer will give a lecture titled "Law and Genetic Modification." Sponsored by the Office of the President.

Stephen Urice Will Lecture Dec. 7
Stephen Urice, Lecturer at Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School, will give a lecture called "The Barnes Foundation: How Long is Forever" on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 4:30 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall, 115 Fayerweather. Sponsored by the Eastman Fund and the Department of Fine Arts. Free and open to the public.
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Toys for Tots -- Dec. 7
Make a child's December better: give him/her a new toy! The second annual Toys for Tots will be held Wednesday, Dec. 7, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Davis Basement. Please bring a NEW TOY or $5 donation. There will be tons of snacks and a good time. We will have food from Sugar Jones, Wings, Antonios and Panda East. Toys for Tots is sponsored by your Social Dorm RCs. If you have questions contact ersilberstein or bddupreez.

Campus-Wide Prayer Sunday Nights in Chapin Chapel
Campus-wide prayer is held in Chapin Chapel Sunday nights at 8:30 p.m. Feel free to come and go as you need; stay for an hour, or just for a few minutes.
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Rides to Local Churches Available
Get a ride to a local church (MercyHouse, First Baptist) on Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. in front of the Keefe Campus Center!
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Dining Hall Office Hours During Break Weeks
The Dining Hall Office will be open Wednesday, Dec. 28 - Friday, December 30, from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. From Tuesday, Jan. 3, to Friday, Jan. 6, the office will be open from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Regular office hours (8 a.m. -4:30 p.m.) will resume on Monday, Jan. 9. If you have any questions, please contact the Dining Hall Office at 542- 2221.
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Emily Dickinson's Fascicles: The Fox & the Hound
Thursday, Dec. 8, 4 p.m. In honor of Emily Dickinson's 175th birthday, the Emily Dickinson Museum and the Amherst College Archives and Special Collections are delighted to present a lecture that investigates a subject at the heart of Dickinson's work and at the center of Dickinson studies: her fascicles. The speaker, Dorothy Oberhaus, is professor of English at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., and is the author of "Emily Dickinson's Fascicles: Method and Meaning" (1995). At the Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Frost Library. Co-sponsored by the Amherst College Archives and Special Collections. No charge.
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Dec. 8 -- What Do Urban Crises Tell Us about the Poverty in Our Midst?
Ira Silver will speak on "What Do Urban Crises Tell Us About the Poverty in Our Midst?" on Thursday, Dec. 8, at 4 p.m. in the Babbott Room of the Octagon. News reports following Hurricane Katrina and after the 1992 L.A. riots similarly presented poverty as stemming from inequality of opportunity. This portrayal contrasted with Americans' prevalent view that poverty derives chiefly from individual pathology. Both events also fueled massive charitable concern, suggesting that the underlying crisis for many people was not necessarily the physical devastation wrought by fires or floods, but rather the unmasking of stark and uncomfortable truths about poverty in the U.S. Second lecture, Anthropology-Sociology Dept's "Old Students with New and Nifty Ideas" lecture series.
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Physics Senior Honors Talks Dec. 8
Thursday, Dec. 8, 5 p.m. in Merrill 3. Tea/Munchies at 4:15 in Merrill 204. Seniors Michael Foss-Feig, Jason Merrill and David Stein will speak.
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Pedagogy Lunch, Dec. 9: Teaching in Politically Fraught Times
The Project on Teaching and Learning invites faculty members to a lunchtime conversation on the changed relationship of the classroom and the world since 9/11. This will be an open conversation, with no set agenda. Some possible questions: Is it harder to maintain an atmosphere of open and unconstrained exchange? Are there particular risks for untenured teachers? Are faculty members obliged to avoid partisanship or even the appearance of it? What rights should students have to see their own political views represented in the classroom? In dangerous times, how much should we protect students? The lunch will be held in the Mullins and Faerber Rooms of Lewis-Sebring Dining Commons from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9.

Dec. 9 -- First Five College Dialogue between National-Community Poets and Academics
Friday, Dec. 9, 6 p.m., Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115). The discussion will feature a panel of poets, including Jose Montoya, Jesus Tato Laviera, Louis Reyes Rivera, Roberto Vargas, Shaggy Flores and Tonia Maria Mathews. The poets will be discussing Latino and African Diaspora Studies and their relationship to the spoken word tradition. Please join us. There will be a reception to follow with food and wine. The panel will be co-facilitated by Dr. John Bracey (UMass) and Shaggy Flores (DarkSoul Collective). This is the opening ceremony and part of the 8th Annual Voices for the Voiceless.

Make Your Own Mochi Night Dec. 9
Asian Culture House invites everyone to 4th floor Moore Friday, Dec. 9, at 8 p.m. for a fun- filled evening of learning how to make mochi (and eating it, too)! Mochi (Japanese rice cake)is a food product prepared from glutinous rice and used as an ingredient in Japanese, Chinese and Korean cuisine. Traditionally in Japan, it is made in a ceremony called mochitsuki. While eaten year-round, mochi is a traditional food for the Japanese New Year and commonly sold and eaten at that time. Come enjoy the opportunity to make and try some yourself. We hope to see you there!

Guest lecturer in Biology 14 to Speak Dec. 9 on the Role of Cooking in Human Evolution
Richard Wrangham, professor of biological anthropology at Harvard University, co-author of "Demonic Males: Apes and the Origins of Human Violence" and a leading investigator of chimpanzee and human social evolution, will give a talk in Biology 14 titled “The Cooking Ape." He and his associates have been testing his theory that the use of fire for cooking was discovered by humans about 2 million years ago and that it played a crucial role in the evolution of the genus Homo. Friday, Dec. 9, 4 p.m., Merrill Lecture Room 3. Anyone interested in attending should contact Professor Zimmerman,

Library Toga Party -- Dec 9
On Friday, Dec. 9, the Friends of the Amherst College Library invite the college community to a screening of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum." Hors d'ouevres and mocktails will be served at the Archives beginning at 7 p.m. Film to screen at 8:30 p.m. Togas encouraged and welcomed!

College Offices Will Close Early on Friday, Dec. 9
Due to inclement weather conditions College offices will close at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9. This will allow employees to clean cars and travel in daylight hours. Please remember, essential personnel must remain at work.

Performance Project December 9 and 10
The Amherst College Department of Theater and Dance is proud to present Performance Project, an evening of original choreography and performance works created by Five College students as part of their work in Performance Studio taught by Wendy Woodson. The concert will also include a new work by visiting guest artist Amie Dowling. Performances are on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9 and 10, at 8 p.m. in the Holden Theater, Amherst College. Tickets are free, but reservations are recommended. For reservations, call the box office, (413) 542-2277. This year’s production includes works by Amherst students Nicholas Brentley, Taela Brooks, Dorothy Lee and Zeina Nasr. The program will also include a new piece created by Amherst College Visiting Artist and Five College Dance Department alumna Amie Dowling.

Emily Dickinson Museum Celebrates the Poet’s Birthday Dec. 10
The Emily Dickinson Museum will host its annual Open House on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 1 to 4 p.m. in honor of Emily Dickinson’s 175th birthday (Dec. 10, 1830). The event is free and open to the public. The Emily Dickinson Museum is composed of the Dickinson Homestead, birthplace and home of the poet, and The Evergreens next door, the home of Austin and Susan Dickinson, the poet’s brother and sister-in-law.
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Dec. 11 Memorial Service for Rosemary Sprague
Rosemary Sprague, daughter of Atherton Sprague, Class of 1920 and Professor of Mathematics, died on November 12, 2005. Rosemary was a lifelong friend to the college and resident of Amherst, who made extensive use of the Robert Frost Library, as well as Oxford’s Bodleian Library and other research collections. She graduated from Smith College in 1949 and practiced law in Northampton for many years. There will be a celebration of her life at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11, in the Archives and Special Collections in the Robert Frost Library. All who knew Rosemary and her family are welcome to share their recollections.

Nanjing Massacre Exhibition and Discussion
"But if it is true that even in such horror tales there are degrees of ruthlessness, then few atrocities in world history compare in intensity and scale to the Rape of Nanking during WWII." - Iris Chang Come see an exhibition about the Nanjing Massacre, on the second floor of Frost Llibrary from Dec. 5 to Dec. 9. A discussion (facilitated by four professors) will follow a documentary screening on Friday, Dec. 9, at 4 p.m. in Stirn Auditorium. Presented by the China Awareness Organization (CAO).

Ben Rogers '06 to Present Senior Music Composition Thesis on December 11
On Sunday, Dec. 11, Ben Rogers ’06 will present “A Symphony of Spam,” his senior thesis in music composition. Rachel Dunham ’05, assistant director of the Amherst College Choral Society, will lead a 25-piece orchestra and a 20-voice choir in the premiere performance of his symphony. The concert, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall.
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Voices For The Voiceless Dec. 10
Eighth Annual Historic Poetry & Spoken Word Concert by La Causa and Chicano Caucus. Voices for the Voiceless will bring 12 established national poets on one stage for an evening of literary and cultural entertainment. Focusing on nationally recognized artists, this event will celebrate and honor this year’s recipients of the “Louis Reyes Rivera” lifetime achievement award. This event will take place at the Keefe Campus Center Friedmann Room (formerly the Front Room) on Saturday, Dec. 10, between 6 and 10:30p.m. The event promises to be a captivating example of the talent that exists amongst the ALANA poetry community. Food and music provided! Free!

Dec. 11 -- The Portrait, AC Fine Arts Magazine Information and Recruitment Meeting
Information and recruitment meeting will be held on Sunday, Dec.11, 7:30-8:30 p.m. at 103 Keefe Conference Room. The Portrait is a quarterly fine arts magazine that creates a forum for the arts within Amherst College. Our mission is to encourage arts appreciation and activism through exposure and insight.
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Amherst College Orchestra to Join with DQ for Holiday Pops Concert Dec. 10
The Amherst College Symphony Orchestra will present its annual “Holiday Pops” concert at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 10, in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. The concert will feature an array of solo vocal performances as well as songs from Amherst’s coed a cappella group, the DQ, and seasonal favorites performed by the orchestra. Mark Lane Swanson will conduct the concert, along with Rob Lane ’05, assistant director.
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CANCELLED -- Michael Buckley Lecture, Dec. 11
The Michael Buckley lecture scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 11, has been postponed until February 2006. Details to follow in January.

Mandatory Study Abroad Pre-Departure Meeting Sunday, Dec. 11
There is a mandatory meeting for all students who will be studying abroad in the spring. Sunday, Dec. 11, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Fayerweather 115.

Voice Students of Ann Maggs Will Perform Dec. 12
The voice students of Ann Maggs will give a concert in Room 3 of the Arms Music Building on Monday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. The concert will feature an exciting mix of songs from the jazz, Broadway, cabaret and popular repertoire. The concert is free and open to the public.

Biology Honors Defense Dec. 12
Jessica L. Blanton '06E, candidate for Biology Honors (Advisor Prof. Miller), will present "Species-level phylogenetics for an American clade of Lycium (Solanaceae): Exploring the utility of the genetic marker nitrate reductase", Monday, Dec. 12, 2005 at 3:30 p.m. in Merrill 4.

Jazz Combos Will Perform December 7 and December 12
What better way to relax before finals than with an evening of jazz? The Amherst College Jazz Combos will perform three concerts to close the fall semester. The combos Catfish and Red Beans will perform on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall. That same evening, the Blue Nomads will play in the Friedmann Room (formerly the Front Room) of the Keefe Campus Center at 9:15 p.m. The combos Rotisserie Chicken and Another Shade of Blue will close the fall season with a concert in Buckley Recital Hall on Monday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. All of these concerts are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jazz Director Bruce Diehl at 542-8308.
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Dec. 13 -- Multifaith Council Discussion of Jewish and Catholic Mysticism
On Tuesday, Dec. 13, Elizibeth Carr, religious advisor to the Newman Club, will be discussing her thesis on the Jewish philosopher Max Jacob. This event, sponsored by the Multifaith Council, will take place in the Valentine Mezzanine over lunch, from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.. All are welcome to attend.

Dec. 13 -- Wrangham Lecture on the Role of Cooking in Human Evolution
Richard Wrangham, professor of biological anthropology at Harvard University, will give a talk on his theory that the discovery of fire for cooking played a crucial role in the early evolution of the genus Homo two million years ago. Wrangham is co-author of "Demonic Males: Apes and the Origins Human Violence," and he is a leading investigator of chimpanzee behavior and early human social evolution. His talk, the last class in Biology 14, will take place on Tuesday, Dec.13, in Merrill Lecture Room 3 at 11:30 a.m. AC students and faculty are welcome to attend.

Sign Up by Dec. 14 for Intramural Basketball and Volleyball!
Want to play 5v5 basketball (intermediate or advanced league) or volleyball? All rosters must be submitted by e-mail to Roster size is unlimited, but players must be on the roster to participate, and a player can only be on one roster per sport. (You cannot play on an intermediate and advanced basketball team.) Also, we MUST have the class year, AC # and gender of each team member. Please select a team name, a team captain (include his/her e-mail address and phone number), and specify in which sport and level your team will be participating. All members of the Amherst College community are welcome. The season will run from February 6th to March 17. Rosters are due by December 14.

Creative Writing Center Student Readings Dec. 14
Students from various Creative Writing workshops--fiction, poetry and screenwriting--will give a joint reading at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 14, in Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115). Refreshments will be served.

Eli Marsh Gallery Exhibition Dec. 12-16
The Five College Advanced Drawing Seminar held first semester will exhibit their work in the Eli Marsh Gallery (105 Fayerweather Hall) from Dec. 12 to Dec. 16. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Details forthcoming.

First Annual Amherst College Crafts Fair Will Be Held Dec. 16
The first annual Campus Holiday Crafts Fair will be held in the Friedmann Room of the Keefe Campus Center from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16. If you are interested in selling your crafts, please e-mail Denise McGoldrick (dmcgoldrick) or call 542-2760 by Nov.21. Students, staff and faculty crafters are welcome.

Dec. 16 -- Marsh FaculTea (Faculty Are Invited to Participate)
At 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16, Marsh coffee house would like to invite our revered faculty members to share their fine artistic talents at Marsh FaculTea. E-mail Jacob Birk ( if you are interested in participating. There will be tasty desserts and coffee to tempt you and the audience. This could give you the street cred you so desperately desire to make your students hang on your every word in class.

Career Center Senior Social Thursday, Dec. 15
Seniors: You are invited to an Open House at the Career Center between 6 and 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15. Several staff will be available to answer questions and queries, hear concerns or comments, or just to chat and wish you well for the holidays. Yummy refreshments will be on hand to entice you.

Holiday Luncheon Dec. 23 -- Sign Up To Serve
The annual holiday luncheon will be held on Friday, Dec. 23, 2005. Hors d’oeuvres will be served starting at 11:30 a.m. in Lewis-Sebring, and lunch will be served at 12:15 p.m. in Valentine Dining Hall. If you wish to volunteer to serve, please call Heap Sin in the Office of Human Resources at extension 2372. Donations for the annual food and clothing drive will also be accepted at the luncheon.

Funeral Services for James Ostendarp Are Monday, Dec. 19
James Ostendarp, football coach and professor of physical education at Amherst College for 32 years until his retirement in 1992, died on Thursday, Dec. 15, at his home in Sunderland, Mass. He was 82 years old. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 19, at St. James Church in South Deerfield. A reception will follow in the Friends Room at the Alumni Gym at Amherst College.
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Seniors -- Nominate a Secondary School Teacher for Swift Moore Teaching Award
Graduating seniors are invited to nominate a secondary school teacher for the Phebe and Zephaniah Swift Moore Teaching Awards, presented annually to recognize teachers who have made a difference in the lives of the senior class. Presented on Commencement Weekend, the awards carry a substantial cash prize. The nomination form is online; deadline extended to Dec. 19.
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Lend a Helping Hand for Holidays
The Amherst College athletic department will continue its aid to those in need during the holiday season by sponsoring a pair of charity drives this week. Head men's lacrosse and women's squash coach Tom Carmean and Hitchcock fellow Kathryn Honderd '05 are spearheading the "Hope for the Holidays" toy drive, while the Amherst men's lacrosse team is sponsoring a food drive for the Northampton Survival Center. The "Hope for the Holidays" toy drive will be held this Thursday and Friday, Dec. 15 and 16, when new toys, gift cards, or holiday bags can be dropped off at the Amherst College Gymnasium (Coolidge Cage) from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Amherst IT Newsletter Online
What's new in technology at Amherst? Quite a lot, actually, and you can catch up with it all in the Winter 2005 IT Newsletter.
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Amherst Story Project Preserves Diverse Experiences of Student Body
When Raul Altreche lost his mother to AIDS as a young boy, his whole life changed. That moment set him on a path that would eventually lead to Amherst. Today, with tragedy behind him, Raul has a difficult story to tell, but he feels compelled to tell it in this year’s release of the Amherst Story Project.
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Looking for a Computer?
The IT Department wants to remind you of all the resources available during Reading Period and exams. More than 50 computers are available in the Seeley Mudd Computer Center until 3 a.m. every night. The basement (40 more computers) is open evenings until 3 a.m. If you want to stay later any night, stop by before 4:30 p.m. on weekdays and sign up to keep the Center open. You can now check to see whether computers are available in the Media Center or Computer Center by checking our availability pages, available from the IT web site:
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Dec. 23 Holiday Luncheon Food Drive
As we gather at our Dec. 23 luncheon to celebrate the holidays, we invite you to remember those less fortunate than we are. Please consider bringing one or more of the following items with you on Friday to be distributed to the Amherst Survival Center.
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Seniors -- Schedule a Health Review
January Interterm is an ideal time for seniors wishing to schedule a Senior Health Review. This opportunity to review your medical file, obtain necessary medical exams, lab tests, immunizations and prescriptions is available by contacting the Amherst College Keefe Health Center at 413/542-2267.

In Memoriam: Hilda Gricius
The Johnson Chapel flag has been lowered to half-staff in memory of Hilda Gricius, who worked as an order assistant at the Robert Frost Library from 1961 until her retirement in 1985.

Dec. 29 Funeral Service for The Right Rev. George L. Cadigan '33
Emeritus college minister The Right Rev. George L. Cadigan '33 died on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at his home in Topsham, Maine. He was 95 years old. A funeral service will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Brunswick, Maine, on Thursday, Dec. 29 at 10 a.m. In addition, services may be held in Amherst after the new year. The Cadigan family has requested that memorial tributes be directed to the George L. Cadigan '33 Chaplaincy Fund at Amherst. The George L. Cadigan '33 Chaplaincy Fund was established in 1986 by alumni and friends of George L. Cadigan '33, retired religious advisor at Amherst. Income from this endowed fund supports religious activities and counseling.
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