I’m sure many of you have seen the pictures all over social media of Amherst athletes with “milk” mustaches on their faces. I’m going to let you in on a little secret, that isn’t milk! In any case, the social media campaign has not only garnered a lot of attention itself but also has brought attention to a previously little known group on campus called the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).

Although most high school seniors are still playing the waiting game when it comes to college admissions, a select number of Amherst applicants have recently been relieved of their anxiety. The Office of Admissions reported last week that 169 out of 476 Early Decision applicants received acceptance letters in December. The College received 8,460 applications in total this year, an increase of more than 6 percent from last year.

Assistant Professor of Sociology Eunmi Mun received a B.A. with honors from Seoul National Univ. where she majored in Sociology. She also received an M.A. in Sociology from Seoul National University. She earned her Ph.D. from Harvard in 2011. She is the first Asian faculty member in the Sociology Department, as well as the first Korean faculty member in the history of Amherst College.

Amherst’s next crop of first-years will experience a newly revamped orientation when they arrive on campus in the fall, Provost Peter Uvin reported earlier this week.

Many students are unable to study abroad, but now they can interact with students in other countries through a recently-established program, the Global Classroom Initiative.

In Spring 2012, Professor Austin Sarat pioneered a faculty discussion and planning group to discuss the feasibility of a project called the Global Classroom Initiative. The result was a proposal to the Administration for a three-year pilot program.

On Feb. 3, the College’s strategic planning committees held a town hall meeting to discuss the progress they have made since September and ask for student input.

Directed by Provost Peter Uvin, the strategic planning committees are organized under four core themes: The Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning, The Integration of Curricular and Co-Curricular learning, Diversity and Community and The Internalization of Liberal Arts Education. Each committee consists of diverse range of students, faculty and staff.

The Amherst men’s squash team sent their top four players to compete in the CSA Div. III Individual Championships this past weekend at Bowdoin.

In its first year, the tournament hosted 48 student athletes from 14 Div. III schools, including many from the NESCAC.

Playing in a field of 32 in the A bracket, Noah Browne ’16, seeded first, won his opening match against MIT’s Tyler Finkelstein with ease, sweeping him 3-0 to move onto the round of sixteen.