Spanish professor Ilan Stavans premiered the pilot episodes of his new radio program, “In Contrast with Ilan Stavans,” on New England Public Radio this past July and August.

The show mainly discusses cultural life in New England, but also explores themes such as the art of translation and the politics of using one’s personal voice on public radio. It is structured as a series of interviews, and interviewees in the pilot episodes included a translator and author, a professor of cultural studies, undocumented students from the Five Colleges and members of a local theatre troupe.

A task force will begin meeting this semester to discuss changes to club sports and club sports’ relationship with the Athletic Department. Representatives from the Association of Amherst Students, Athletic Department and various club sports will begin meeting as early as the beginning of October.

The group plans to discuss the increasing demand for field space, facilities, funding, medical resources and transportation for Amherst’s growing club sports program.

This year a new faculty committee has been formed to review the current Amherst curriculum. The Curriculum Committee, formed as a result of the college’s recently completed strategic plan, will provide recommendations for action to the Committee on Educational Policy, a permanent faculty committee, at the end of the academic year.

“The major focus of the [curriculum] committee is to figure out what is the right education for Amherst College students right now in this decade and entering the next,” said Dean of the Faculty Catherine Epstein.

Five College Assistant Professor of History Adi Gordon has previously taught at Hebrew University, Tulane University and the University of Cincinnati. He is currently working on a biography of Hans Kohn, a Jewish-American philosopher and historian.

Amherst women’s volleyball built on its impressive, undefeated record this week: The team earned its first two wins in NESCAC competition, boosting the Jeffs to 7-0 overall and 2-0 in conference play.

Five games into the 2015 season, the men’s soccer team has impressed both offensively and defensively. After three victories this past week, the Jeffs are riding a five-game winning streak to open the season, standing at 5-0-0 overall and 2-0-0 in the NESCAC.

While Amherst needed a dramatic, come-from-behind victory to beat the Western New England Golden Bears in 2014, this time the Jeffs were in control the whole way in a road game last Wednesday.

Major League Baseball’s one-game, wild-card playoff — an arbitrary gimmick devised in 2012 — is coming under increased scrutiny this year. The format pits the top two non-division winners in each league against each other in a one-game playoff, the winner of which advances to the real playoffs.