Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz spoke to the college community on March 2 in Johnson Chapel. The event was a part of Lit Fest, a three-day literary festival that celebrates the college’s literary history by inviting distinguished writers to campus. Lit Fest is sponsored by Amherst College-affiliated literary magazine The Common, the Emily Dickinson Museum and the Center for Humanistic Inquiry (CHI).

The Amherst women’s lacrosse team kicked off its 2018 season with a huge wins over NESCAC rival Colby on Saturday and Keene State University on Tuesday. The previously unranked Mammoths upset the No. 9 Mules 13-12 after scoring eight goals in the second half.

This weekend, the women’s basketball team topped both Becker College and Saint Joseph’s College to reach the third round of the NCAA Division III tournament.

Amherst, the reigning national champions, entered NCAA action ready to play and defend their title.

The Mammoths jumped out to an early 19-2 first quarter lead in Friday’s game against Becker.

At this year’s LitFest, Junot Díaz started his talk with a reading from his nonfiction essay “Money,” which discusses remittances, a part of the immigrant experience that isn’t discussed often. We must continue to do what Díaz is doing: bring to light stories about immigrants and other underrepresented groups and give more varied insight into how others live.

The most recent mass shooting, and it’s tragic that I even need to say “most recent,” was close to home — literally. Stoneman Douglas is 20 minutes away from my high school; we competed against them in sports. My best friend went to camp with a teacher who was murdered.When I first heard about the shooting in my high school friend group chat, I was shocked, but my day continued. I told the people at Amherst who I was with at the time and looked up articles about it, but felt numb. 17 people were murdered, though the number was not finalized at the time, and I felt desensitized.

The Amherst women’s track and field team sent five runners to the Tufts University Last Chance National Qualifier meet Saturday afternoon at the Gantcher Center.

Last week, two Amherst runners impressed, and put themselves in a strong position to qualify for the DIII National Championships: Danielle Griffin ’18 and Leonie Rauls ’18.

These two runners finished in the top two spots in the 800-meter race at the Maine State Open, held on Feb. 24, and looked to lock down spots in the championship.

After a disappointing NESCAC campaign in 2017, the Amherst men’s lacrosse team kicked off this spring season with a dominant 22-7 win over the Colby Mules.

Sophomore Colin Minicus started his season right where he left off last year after being named NESCAC Rookie of the Year.

Against Colby, Minicus led Amherst in scoring with nine points, tallying five goals and four assists.

A home matchup for the Mammoths, Amherst ran onto Pratt Field clad in its all-white uniforms with visible confidence.