My favorite pieces of equipment at Val (besides the smoothie blenders) are found at the stir-fry station. This station opens up a whole window of opportunity, freedom and independence when it comes to your dinner choice. Learning how to control the temperature on the induction burners is crucial when it comes to cooking a non-burnt meal, so be weary of those little blinking lights. Here are a couple of my favorite pasta dishes that will hold you over until it’s vodka sauce night.

In Jenny Hubbard’s 2014 novel “And We Stay,” the author attempts to explore a teenager’s mind after a tragic loss: the untimely death of her high school boyfriend. After suffering from severe depression and unsure what else she can do, Emily Beam, the protagonist of the novel, ships off to an all girl’s boarding school in Amherst, Massachusetts. Once she’s there, Emily becomes enamored with another Emily — Emily Dickinson. Inspired by the poet, Emily Beam spends her first year at boarding school writing secret poems and harboring an even bigger secret.

The Amherst men’s lacrosse team travelled to Waterville, Maine and defeated Colby 13-9 this past Saturday. The Jeffs now boast a 12-1 record overall and stand 7-1 in NESCAC. Standout performances included Kane Haffey ’16 and Albanese ’17 scoring three goals apiece to contribute to the win, while Quinn Moroney ’16 tacked on two goals and two assists.

The Amherst men’s track and field team took a jaunt to nearby UMass Amherst to face off as the only Div.ision III team against a field of tough Division I competition. After travelling in a yellow school bus due to the meet’s proximity, the team fittingly schooled their competition as soon as they stepped onto the track, placing fifth overall.

The day opened with Amherst’s own Dan Crowley ’16 continuing his impressive winning streak with a quick 32:17.60 time in the 10K to earn the crown in the event. Meanwhile first-year Justin Barry placed fourth with a time of 32:59.48.

Amherst came in sixth out of a field of 12 teams this past weekend at the Vassar College Invitational, hosted by the Casperkill Golf Club in Poughkeepsie, New York. The women travelled to upstate New York for their first outdoor tournament of the spring season as courses finally began to open with the slowly melting snow.

The Amherst Student will regularly provide updates on initiatives carried about by the Amherst Athletic Team Engagement Leader program (ATEL). Individual team ATELs remained busy in the past few months, engaging with the local community in various ways.

Back on Feb. 22, members of the women’s volleyball team volunteered with Not Bread Alone, a group that provides homemade, hot meals to those in need of them.

The Amherst College baseball team extended its undefeated (6-0) start to the NESCAC season with a sweep over Little Three rivals Williams last weekend. The team recorded a 3-1 record for the week, falling to Eastern Connecticut State, a strong non-conference opponent,on Monday after claiming the sweep to finish with a 13-7 record overall.