Donna Brazile, political strategist and the Vice Chair of Voter Registration and Participation of the Democratic National Committee, gave a talk titled “Race and Politics in America: The Past and 2016” in Stirn Auditorium on Feb. 18.

The event was funded by the Croxton Lecture Fund, which was established to bring renowned speakers to campus. The lecture was part of a series of events hosted by the college in honor of Black History Month.

Chair of the college council and professor Nicola Courtright introduced the proposal to shorten the college’s spring semester during the Association of Amherst Students meeting on Monday, Feb. 22.

The new proposed calendar would decrease the length of future spring semesters from 14 to 13 weeks, which would match the length of fall semester. The proposal includes an extension of reading period in the spring to a minimum of four days, three potential make-up days for weather emergencies or campus-wide events such as the day of dialogue and a full three-week interterm session.

French House will move from Newport House to the second floor of King Dormitory next year, and La Casa will move into Newport from the third floor of Moore.

According to associate director of residential life Corry Colonna, members of French House had been suggesting a move for a long time. Colonna said the Greenway dorms will increase the college’s total count of non-suite singles next year, which made it possible to allocate the singles in King Dormitory to a theme house. The Office of Student Affairs made the final decision to move the theme houses.

It was an impressive weekend for the Doswell sisters and the rest of the Amherst women’s basketball team in the first round of NESCAC tournament last Saturday in LeFrak. The purple and white trampled over Bates in a decisive 82-29 victory in the quarterfinal game, in which Ali Doswell ’17 achieved her 1000th career point and sister Meredith Doswell ’17 put away 22 points to lead the team to the next round.

The Amherst men’s ice hockey team encountered two NESCAC rivals on the road this weekend. Williams and Middlebury proved to be tough competition for the purple and white, who went 0-2 with only a single goal between the two games.

Up against Williams, the top-ranked team in the NESCAC, Amherst faced a tough challenge on Friday. While the 0-2 result was not ideal, the purple and white made the talented Ephs work for the win, nearly matching them in shots with a 35-32 tally and keeping the game close throughout. In addition, each team went 0/3 on power plays.

The men’s swimming and diving team took fourth place at the 2016 NESCAC championships, held at Williams.

Men’s squash participated in its final team competition of the year on Friday at Yale. The team entered the Collegiate Squash Association (CSA) team championships, primarily hosted at Yale, sporting a 6-8-season record and the No. 22 spot in the CSA’s national rankings. That ranking placed Amherst in the Summers Cup (C Division) of the CSA Championships: an eight-team bracket featuring the squads ranked between No. 17 and No. 24 nationally.