Men’s basketball made its fourth straight appearance in the NESCAC championship this past Sunday, but was unable to secure its fourth consecutive NESCAC championship after a nail-biting overtime loss to Wesleyan. However, even though Amherst’s loss meant that Wesleyan earned the automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, Amherst will be making its fifth consecutive NCAA tournament appearance due to the team’s strong work during the 2014-2015 regular season and 2015 NESCAC tournament.

This past Saturday, Amherst squared off against Bowdoin in the semifinals of the NESCAC tournament. Despite three Jeffs scoring in double figures, the team was not able to come back from a strong run by the Polar Bears in the first half. After the first five minutes of play, Bowdoin gained momentum as they took the lead for good.

The Polar Bears went into the half with a 43-22 lead, outshooting the Jeffs 53.1 percent to 30.8 percent from inside and 80 percent to 10 percent from downtown.

The men’s ice hockey team had a convincing victory over Middlebury this past weekend as the Jeffs defeated the Panthers in the NESCAC quarterfinals. The win ensured the Jeffs a spot in the upcoming NESCAC semifinals, which are to be held at Orr Rink against the eight seed, Tufts. The Jumbos eliminated top-seeded Trinity in a thrilling upset during their quarterfinal match.

While wandering around the Amherst campus from mid-February to spring break, it’s hard not to feel a profound wave of stress. You could be excused if you expected the snow on the ground had to stay well into finals period in May. This existential stress, however, is different and far more pervasive than a scramble for grades. It makes students of all class years and majors constantly ask themselves: “What am I doing with the rest of my life?” Internship season has arrived at Amherst.

Chief of Campus Operations Jim Brassord announced in a campus-wide email Feb. 19 that the college will be taking down the red pine stands located in the Amherst Sanctuary behind the tennis courts. The trees were planted as fast-growing replacements following a hurricane that devastated tree stands across campus in 1938. According to Brassord, the trees now face two problems.

The Mental Health and Wellness Committee recently released the results from the series of student life mental health focus groups from fall 2014. The results show that many students share similar experiences regarding issues of loneliness, belonging and social connection on campus.

Kirk Bloodsworth, the first American on death row to be exonerated by DNA evidence, spoke about his experience in the Red Room in Converse Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 25. The event was organized by the Amherst College Political Union.