After finishing the 2014 season with a 12-5-1 overall record and a 7-3 mark in conference play, the Amherst women’s soccer team will kick off its 2015 season effort with a non-conference matchup against Mount Holyoke on Tuesday, Sept. 8.

1. Rao’s Coffee
17 Kellogg Ave.
(413) 253-9441
If you’re sick of Frost and need a change of study space, consider Rao’s. Seating is usually hard to come by, especially on Sundays, but the coffee shop is a favorite of local students. Beverages can also be a little pricey, but there are lots of choices and both the food and coffee are locally sourced. Definitely worth the walk.

Warning: This mid-season review will contain some major and minor spoilers for the first six episodes of “Rick and Morty” Season 2.

After just six episodes of the second season of Adult Swim’s latest animated venture, would I be completely out of line to call “Rick and Morty” a certified masterpiece? Actually, that question was completely rhetorical.

Many of my most memorable nights at Amherst have involved going out to see live music. Amherst itself has some concert venues (for example, the biweekly Coffee Haus in Marsh), but, in my opinion, Northampton is where it’s at. It’s where things can get a little more intense. This guide is mainly intended for first-years who want to have a great music experience, but don’t really know where to go yet. (I definitely didn’t during my first semester at Amherst.)

After a couple singles and a few sold-out shows at Los Angeles club The Mint, Nina Shallman ’18 released her eponymous first album on Aug. 11.

I saw her perform live last semester at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton and was amazed enough by her strong vocals and smooth music to write a glowing review. Much of my praise applies to her new album too. The album is a great show of her musical talent, a delightful treat and a pleasant listen; it’s a reminder that music was meant to decorate silence.

Tomi Williams is the president of the Association of Amherst Students.

Welcome to (or back to) Amherst, folks! On behalf of the Association of Amherst Students, otherwise known as the AAS, I would like to express our excitement about kicking off the 2015-2016 academic year. My name is Tomi Williams, and I have the pleasure of serving as the president of the student body.

Samuel Rosenblum is the editor of the Amherst College Disorientation Guide 2015-2016.