Chloe Revery is a history and computer science double major who is writing a history thesis on the software developed for the NASA space shuttle program. Her thesis adviser is Anson D. Morse Professor of History John Servos.

This year some first-year students will have a new chance to engage in in-depth conversations with faculty and staff outside the classroom.

Half of this semester’s first-year seminars started a pilot program that created “teams.” The professor and students of each seminar in the program were matched to two or three college staff members, forming a team.

The Center for Humanistic Inquiry held its opening ceremony on Thursday, welcoming faculty and staff to its space on the second floor of Frost Library.

Completed over the summer, the center was constructed in a previously unrenovated space with the goals of facilitating research in the humanities, organizing talks and activities for faculty and staff, and bringing research in the humanities to the public.

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor spoke to a packed Johnson Chapel on Tuesday, Sept. 8, answering questions and giving advice to a crowd of enthusiastic students.

Sotomayor was in the midst of a trip to Massachusetts to speak at the Springfield Public Forum, an organization that brings public figures to speak in Springfield. Iliana Cruz, an aide to Sotomayor and the sister of Amherst’s Chief Diversity Officer Mariana Cruz, asked Sotomayor to visit the college while she was in the area.

This past weekend, the women’s cross country team started its season at the UMass Invitational. The team finished in fifth place overall as the only Division III school in a six-team field.

Impressively, the Jeffs had seven runners that contributed to the final score. Captain Savanna Gornisiewicz ’17 was first among Amherst runners with a time of 18:31, good for 11th place in the 82-person field.

Right behind her was first-year Lizzy Lacy, who finished her first race in the purple and white in a time of 18:32.

Men’s soccer began the 2015 season impressively, scoring five goals over two games to move to 2-0 on the season and 1-0 in the NESCAC.

Less than five minutes into the Jeffs’ season opener on the road against New England College, Amherst’s offensive attack began to impose its will on the Pilgrims’ defense.

The 18th-ranked Amherst women’s soccer team kicked off to a strong start capturing a victory in their season opener in an away matchup against Mount Holyoke College and then returning to home action to defeat NESCAC opponent Bowdoin and Springfield College.

At Mount Holyoke, Amherst dominated play, controlling possession of the ball and tempo of play. Mount Holyoke, however, was the first to slot the ball between the posts when Ashleigh Hartsock connected on an assist from Sara Sanau Ruiz in the 17th minute of action.