Unlike Ernie Els at the Masters, none of the men of the Amherst golf team seven-putted at the Hampton Inn Invitational in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts this past Friday and Saturday. A strong showing on the second day of the men’s opening spring tournament, which included an 18-stroke improvement on the previous day, secured the purple and white an eighth-place finish among the 18 teams competing. The Amherst men finished with a combined scored of 656 at the conclusion of the invitational.

Students gathered to hear Buzzfeed senior political reporter McKay Coppins speak on his experiences following Donald Trump’s presidential campaign last Thursday, April 7, in the Center for Humanistic Inquiry. The talk, titled “Life on the Trump Trail,” was co-sponsored by the Religion Department and the Willis D. Wood Fund.

Visiting professor of religion Max Mueller introduced Coppins for the talk.

The Curriculum Committee held two open meetings on April 5 to present its preliminary recommendations for updating the Amherst curriculum. The Curriculum Committee was formed by the faculty’s Committee of Six based on recommendations made in the strategic plan approved last June. The Curriculum Committee will send proposals to the Committee of Six this fall semester and the faculty will vote on them.

The committee members largely agreed that the open curriculum is worth keeping, but that students needed better advising and other resources to help navigate the curriculum.

The Amherst men’s outdoor track and field team competed at its own Amherst Spring Fling Invitational meet on Saturday afternoon at Pratt Field. Compiling 78 total points, the team claimed third place in a field of nine teams.

In the 100-meter dash, senior Thomas Matthew sprinted to a second-place finish with a time of 11.26 seconds,while first-year Stadtler Thompson finished in 11.40 seconds for a sixth-place finish.

Valentine Dining Hall introduced a three-week trial program that offers a limited menu on weekdays from 2 to 4:30 p.m. During these expanded hours, the dining hall will open the salad bar, deli, cereal bar, desserts and beverages to students. The program officially began on Monday, April 11.

Students on the meal plan can now swipe into Valentine between 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or eat once at Grab-N-Go, which continues to operate from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. On the first day of the trial period, 72 students swiped into the dining hall between 2:30 and 4 p.m.

The Amherst softball team hosted Hamilton for a three-game series this weekend. During the week, the team enjoyed a reprieve from its packed schedule when its double-header against MCLA on Wednesday was canceled due to snow. Rejuvenated and strong from a week of practices, they faced Hamilton in the first of three games on Friday evening.

Karen Blake ’17 was elected Association of Amherst Students president in a race against Heru Craig ’17E on April 7. Olivia Pinney ’17 was also running for president but pulled out of the race before the elections.

Chico Kosber ’17 was elected vice president, with little over a two-percent margin over Paul Gramieri ’17. Aditi Krishnamurthy ’18 was elected treasurer, Silvia Sotolongo ’19 became secretary and Felix Edwards ’18 was elected chair of the judiciary council.