Amherst has joined 80 other colleges and universities in implementing an alternative college application program, the Coalition Application, in its admissions process. The new service will become available to applicants in July 2016.

Naomi Klein, the author of “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate,” addressed the Amherst community at the annual DeMott Lecture on Wednesday, Sept. 30. Her book was this year’s required reading for incoming first-year and transfer students. After the event, Divest Amherst held a rally to urge the college’s board of trustees to divest from all fossil fuel industries.

Political activist, lawyer and longtime presidential candidate Ralph Nader spoke in Stirn Auditorium on Tuesday, Oct. 6. Nader urged students to become politically engaged and argued that small groups of committed citizens can bring about change. The Amherst Political Union hosted the event.

Members of the student mascot committee said this week that they plan on taking steps toward holding a college-wide vote on whether or not to replace the Lord Jeff, the college’s current unofficial mascot. Committee members said they also plan to facilitate open discussions about the mascot in conjunction with the Association of Amherst Students.

The No. 19 Amherst College women’s soccer team went 1-1 in two games last weekend against NESCAC competition at Hitchcock Field. The Jeffs fell in a hard-fought, 1-0 loss to Tufts University on Saturday before completing a 3-0 rout of Connecticut College on Sunday. The results bring their record to 5-2-0 (2-2-0 NESCAC) on the season.

Goalkeeper Holly Burwick ’16 registered eight saves in a high-tempo matchup against Tufts that featured a combined 24 shots, but Amherst fell to their second loss of the season.

The Amherst men’s golf team tied for third overall at the NESCAC championship qualifier this past week, earning a spot in the conference championship tournament which will be held during the spring season, the weekend of April 30 to May 1, 2016.

Amherst shared a two-day score of 628 with the team from Hamilton. Middlebury earned first place at the qualifier, posting a team score of 605 while Trinity shot a 617, good for second place.

This weekend, the Amherst men’s tennis team continued its upward swing at the annual MIT invitational. The invitational featured top rated talent from the region, including Boston University, Dartmouth University, Harvard University, and MIT.

The invitational was structured on an individual basis as more of a showcase for the top singles and doubles players in the region to play against one another.