From a grand slam spark by a first-year to consistently strong output from their captains and seniors, the Amherst women’s softball team bounced back from a tough series last weekend. Amherst won their Wednesday game against Elms College and their weekend series against Wesleyan to close out their 2015 regular season campaign.

It is common knowledge that Amherst College is plagued by a plethora of social issues. From loneliness to an acute lack of a sense of community, the problems that affect our campus may be small or great depending on who you ask. In the past year many a dining table conversation has been dedicated to the dreaded topics of loneliness and inclusiveness. Ideas like reviving fraternities or creating social clubs have even been brought up, but all to no avail, it seems. So here we are, lonely.

In their final meet of the regular season the Amherst College women’s golf team combined for a score of 654 to earn fourth place at the Williams College Spring Invitational.

Host Williams took the top two spots as their “A” squad earned a two-day score of 618 and their “B” squad took the runners-up spot with a 640 two day total. Fellow NESCAC competitor Middlebury took third place, finishing 11 strokes ahead of Amherst. Rounding out the field were Holy Cross, coming in fifth with a score of 746 and Westfield State, posting a team mark of 781.

Do you remember how the campus felt during the first few weeks of last year? In the aftermath of the trustees’ decision on fraternities, the contentious presidential elections and in the midst of all that tension with Amherst’s administrators? It made me think senior year was going to be an absolute crawl, through two semesters of perpetual angst with a collapse — no, an escape — at graduation. I was wrong. I was wrong not because of some sudden turnaround of the decision on fraternities, a somehow remodeled senate or a radical new administrative attitude.

The Amherst men’s track and field team traveled northwest to Williamstown to face off against stiff competition for the NESCAC championships. The day opened with a brisk wind and party sunny and cloudy conditions that kept up for the remainder of the day. The Jeffs book-ended the day with two particularly stellar performances, opening and closing the day with two second-place finishes in the 10K and 4x800 meters.

In a recently released video by the Social Project Work Group, “Jess,” a fictional first-year student having trouble finding her place at Amherst, finds a diverse group of friends in the “Coolidge Club.” Social clubs have generally been presented as a panacea for students facing the challenge of finding themselves and their place at college. The promise of instantaneous friends and an inclusive environment without the classic “fraternity problems” seems too good to be true. That’s because it is. In fact, social clubs have the potential to further divide an already fractured community.

The Amherst women’s tennis team took on Middlebury last Saturday. Going into the weekend, the Jeffs stood at second in the NESCAC, with the Panthers closely behind in third.

Nationally, Amherst held the No. 3 rank with Middlebury at No. 8. Amherst traveled up to Middlebury’s Proctor Tennis Courts for this NESCAC showdown and after a nail-biter of a match, came home with a loss.