President Biddy Martin announced at the Dec. 15 faculty meeting that the college will create the equivalent of five new tenure-track faculty positions.

The college received a $1.5 million grant from the Mellon Foundation this past December to make teaching more inclusive and effective for students starting in the fall of 2016.

The mission of the Mellon Foundation is to promote the humanities, arts and social sciences through supporting institutions of higher education.

The board of trustees announced the removal of Lord Jeffery Amherst as Amherst College’s unofficial mascot on Tuesday, Jan. 26.

The announcement followed the board’s annual meeting on Jan. 21 and 22. The board’s decision stated that the college will no longer use the Lord Jeff in official communications, messaging or symbolism. This includes changing the name of the Lord Jeffery Inn, which the college owns, and phasing out athletic gear displaying the Lord Jeff.

t has been a busy month for the Amherst men’s indoor track & field team. On Jan. 16, the team notched four event victories en route to scoring 128 points, winning four individual events and claiming second place overall at the 2015-16 Little Three Indoor Championships at Wesleyan University.

David Ingraham ’18 claimed first place in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.46.

After Saturday’s win over MIT (198-117) and Sunday’s defeat of Springfield College (202-95), the women’s swimming and diving team boasts a record of 7-1. They fell short against Williams with a score of 114-180 on Jan. 9, but after a 10-day training trip to Puerto Rico, the women bounced back with a 152.5-131.5 victory against Connecticut College.

The men’s ice hockey team finished interterm with a 2-4-1 record for the month-long break. Highlights include an overtime win against NESCAC rival Connecticut College, which was clinched by a Thomas Lindstrom ’18 goal, assisted by fellow sophomores Patrick Mooney and David White.

Hosting Assumption College on Tuesday, Jan. 26, Amherst rode strong performances from their defensemen to a 4-2 win over the Greyhounds. It was a back-and-forth game through the first two periods, although the visitors held the 2-1 advantage entering the final twenty minutes.

The Amherst women’s basketball team has continued its win streak through interterm and the start of second semester, tackling some tough non-conference teams as well as six NESCAC opponents. Now with a 20-0 overall record, the women hope to maintain the streak for the duration of the regular season and into an inevitable postseason run.

The purple and white have had little to no trouble putting away games this season. In the last few weeks they have handily beaten teams by 30 and 40 points, demonstrating strength on both the defensive and offensive ends of the court.