Scholar: how to take out spotlight, replace with widgets?

Hi:

My client wants to have sponsors' ads in place of the Spotlight section on the front page. I looked at the Theme Options but there doesn't seem to be an option to turn the spotlight on or off - have have to select a post category.

Here's the production site:

http://few.modernmediajapan.com/

Further detail: where now you see a post about Boudoir, instead I want to have the same FEW Strategic Partners widget that you can see on this page:
http://few.modernmediajapan.com/about_membership/

Thanks!

best,
Terri