Gabriella Espinosa ’16 is a religion major. Her thesis explores the devotional practices of the internationally recognized guru Amma (Mata Amritanandamayi) and considers their appeal to transnational communities. Her adviser is Professor Maria Heim.

Renowned scientist and environmental activist David Suzuki ’58 gave a lecture on the effects of economic development on climate change, titled “The Currency of Change: How do We Define and Resolve Our Environmental Crisis?” on April 20 in the Cole Assembly Room. The talk is part of the Questions of Consequence speaker series, which aims to bring influential alumni of color to discuss issues relevant to the college and the world.

Faculty voted to approve a 13-week calendar for the spring 2017 academic semester on Tuesday, April 19. The new calendar, which will be implemented for the next three spring semesters, will replace one week of classes from the current 14-week spring calendar with a “reading and reflection period.” This time will consist of four days of reading period and three days reserved for snow days or a day of dialogue.

Three senators were removed from the Association of Amherst Students due to unexcused absences after a judiciary council hearing on April 17. One other student, who was elected to senate but had never attended a meeting, resigned prior to the hearing.

These incidents represent an uptick in senator absences this semester. The AAS constitution states, “Any senator or member of the Executive Branch entirely absent from (3) meetings per semester shall forfeit his or her seat on the Executive Branch or the Senate and its associated committees.”

On senior day, men’s lacrosse triumphed over longstanding rivals Williams to clinch a record of 11-2. It was a beautiful day in Amherst, and the purple and white looked to regroup from its loss to Tufts just one week earlier.

Seniors Dylan Park and Charlie Gill scored the first two goals, both unassisted, to give Amherst an early lead. Williams shot back to equalize with two goals of their own from Conor Roddy and Thomas Fowler. With 11 seconds remaining in the first quarter, junior Matt Killian snatched back the lead off an assist from Connor Crump ’16.

Still basking in the glow of last Sunday’s impressive win against Wesleyan, the Amherst women’s tennis team continued its recent run of strong conference play in a 6-3 victory over Tufts.

After last weekend’s mixed bag of results on the doubles courts, the purple and white recaptured their edge, taking a 2-1 lead into singles action after winning on the second and third doubles courts. While Amherst fell to Tufts’ number one doubles pairing 8-4, the second court tandem of Vickie Ip ’18 and Kelsey Chen ’19 easily handled their opponents en route to an 8-5 victory.

The Amherst women’s golf team had another strong outing this weekend at the Williams College Spring Invitational at Taconic Golf Club in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The purple and white finished second overall with a score of 653.

They were ousted only by rival Williams, who took first place with a score of 639. Rounding out the top teams of the tournament were Middlebury, with 660 strokes, and Hamilton, with 765 strokes.