"Decolonize Val," a student-led sit-in aiming to break down what organizers called the “toxic culture” of the back room in Valentine Dining Hall, took place during the evenings last week from March 27-31.

The college announced that its first-ever official mascot is the Mammoth on Monday, April 3, marking the end of a six-month mascot selection process that began in October.

In total, 72 percent of the student body, 31 percent of eligible alumni and 35 percent of staff members voted for their mascots of choice, for a total of 9,260 votes.

Official data shows that the number of alumni votes amounted to three times that of student votes.

The Amherst women’s outdoor track and field team kicked off its season this past weekend by competing at the Tufts Snowflake Classic in Medford, MA. A strong showing by many underclassmen led the Mammoths to a 14th-place finish out of a talented 22-team pool.

Amherst performed well in the sprint and mid-distance events. Anna Buford ’20 clocked in a time of 13.56 seconds to claim 16th in the 100-meter dash.

Amherst baseball won their first two home games this week in blowout fashion, rolling over Springfield for a 20-5 victory on March 29 and taking down regional rivals Keene State on April 3. The purple and white’s victory over the Owls of Keene State came after five straight games were postponed due to inclement weather.

After a long layoff due to bad weather, the Amherst women’s tennis team finally returned to action on Tuesday, April 4, facing Connecticut College in their first NESCAC matchup of the season.

The Mammoths swept aside the Camels in the match, dominating both doubles and singles action to the tune of a 9-0 victory.

The match began with action on the three doubles courts, on which Amherst posted three comprehensive wins. The first pairing of Camille Smukler ’20 and Kelsey Chen ’19 rolled to an easy 8-1 win over their Conn. College counterparts.

The Amherst men’s lacrosse team successfully downed both out-of-conference foe Springfield College and NESCAC rival Middlebury College this week. After the two home wins, the 12th-ranked purple and white improved to 7-2 overall and 3-1 in conference play.

In their first matchup against Springfield, a low-scoring first quarter saw a goal by the Pride before Brogan Mahon ’19 opened up scoring for Amherst off an assist from fellow sophomore Andrew Ford.

The Amherst women’s lacrosse team went 1-1 over the past week, dominating out-of-conference foe Babson College before enduring a tought loss to No. 4 Middlebury College.

In a frigid, mid-week game, the Mammoths blanked the Beavers in an impressive 11-0 win.

Junior Kyra Gardner was a force in net, coming up with eight saves and notching her first shutout of the season. Claire Cagnassola ’17 led the 11-goal effort with four tallies of her own.