The Green Athletics committee, a student-led group aimed at increasing environmental sustainability in the Athletics Department, has begun carrying out plans to reduce athletics-related waste and energy consumption.

The committee, which first met on Sept. 23, has planned ways to make the Athletic Department more environmentally friendly by making changes in areas ranging from facilities to varsity team equipment. The students involved in the committee have proposed initiatives that could work toward the group’s goal.

This year Amherst College is undertaking a massive overhaul of its medical services, bringing Keefe Health Center under college ownership and hiring an almost entirely new medical staff. But the transition period has proven rocky. As the health center completes the process of hiring and training new staff members, some students have experienced lapses in service.

A task force will begin meeting this semester to discuss changes to club sports and club sports’ relationship with the Athletic Department. Representatives from the Association of Amherst Students, Athletic Department and various club sports will begin meeting as early as the beginning of October.

The group plans to discuss the increasing demand for field space, facilities, funding, medical resources and transportation for Amherst’s growing club sports program.

The Center for Humanistic Inquiry held its opening ceremony on Thursday, welcoming faculty and staff to its space on the second floor of Frost Library.

Completed over the summer, the center was constructed in a previously unrenovated space with the goals of facilitating research in the humanities, organizing talks and activities for faculty and staff, and bringing research in the humanities to the public.

A calligrapher, a musician who plays nine instruments and the founder of an organic farm were among the 477 new first-years who descended on campus Tuesday, marking the start of Amherst’s orientation week.

Members of the class of 2019 weathered a highly competitive admissions process: The college received a record 8,568 applications this year. Amherst admitted 1,210 of those applicants, making for a 14.1 percent acceptance rate.

A triple major with a formidable mind, Daniel Ang is a true poster child for the liberal arts. While majoring in math, music and physics, Ang has composed award-winning musical works, including a thesis, and conducted groundbreaking research in the lab. To Ang, the liberal arts education has made these milestones possible. He was able to meaningfully explore many disciplines, all while connecting and collaborating with professors and peers in an “irreplaceable” way.

Two Passions

The Office of Environmental Sustainability held an informational meeting on April 28 about an initiative to develop a Climate Action Plan for the college. Director of Sustainability Laura Draucker is leading a task force of students, faculty and staff in developing the plan. It aims to set comprehensive plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the college and create strategies to achieve them.

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