“What do you want to major in?” is a ubiquitous question among first-years during their first few months at Amherst. It’s one of those classic orientation conversation starters, like “Where are you from?” and “What dorm are you in?” The responses to the major question are always varied, but it’s striking how often they come in twos — whether it’s history and economics, Spanish and math or LJST and religion.

When students return to Amherst in the fall, the default conversation starter is always “Hey! How was your summer?” Usually these conversations are short: “It was good, how was yours?” we’ll respond. Rarely do we get to have in-depth conversations with our peers about what they actually did during their time away from campus.

In the critically acclaimed German film “Phoenix,” Nina Hoss shines as Nelly, a Jewish Holocaust survivor and a former nightclub singer. Following the liberation of Nazi concentration camps at the end of World War II, Nelly returns to Berlin under the care of her loyal friend and fellow survivor Lene Winter, played by Nina Kunzendorf.

The North Carolina Stage Company, culminated two years of work on Sept. 12, when they performed their rendition of Shakespeare’s “Pericles, Prince of Tyre” for the very last time at Amherst College.

The first performances of “Pericles” took place at the North Carolina Stage Company’s home theater in Asheville, North Carolina during the fall of 2014. After that, the play’s team dispersed and focused on other projects before reconvening in 2015 for a final production run from Sept. 9 to Sept. 11 at Amherst’s Holden Theater.

A beloved Friday night tradition returned to campus last weekend, drawing in a large audience of curious first-years and regular fans. Coffee Haus, a biweekly open mic event hosted by the Marsh arts theme house, kicked off the school year with hot coffee and an eclectic set of student performances. The night’s talents included original music, stand-up comedy routines, narrative storytelling, spoken word poetry and live jam sessions.

Yes, adult TV shows and thought-provoking movies are absolutely fantastic, but occasionally it’s good to kick back with some good, nostalgia-inducing children’s television. Over the summer, I began watching two TV shows that have achieved significant popularity not only among their targeted demographic (actual children), but also among many cartoon-loving adults — and for completely legitimate reasons. Cartoon Network’s “Steven Universe” and Disney Channel’s “Gravity Falls” are some of the best shows out there right now, whether adults or children watch them.

After garnering a considerable amount of buzz in late 2013 and early 2014 with the singles “Traps” and “Real,” which culminated in their January win of the prestigious BBC Sound of 2015 award, British electro-pop outfit Years & Years finally released their debut album “Communion” on July 10.