Amherst softball played four games this week, contesting doubleheaders against Keene State College on Wednesday and Tufts on Saturday.

In the first game of the week, Amherst fell behind 2-0 against Keene State. However, Amherst scored three runs in the third, four runs in the fourth and two more runs in the fifth to secure a 9-2 victory.

Two weeks ago, I felt lucky to publish an editorial sharing my (primarily negative) experiences at Amherst’s Counseling Center. It gave me and, I hope, other students an outlet to express a deep frustration with the administration’s stubborn refusal to accept the prevalence of mental health problems on campus. This week, following an edifying conversation with Jacqueline Alvarez, director of the Counseling Center, I feel equally lucky to pass on information to students in need of help, as well as clarify a few points from my previous article.

Liberal and conservative institutions alike have always enshrined free thought as a virtue. At Amherst, where diversity of thoughts and opinions is highly prized, imposing institutional restrictions on what could be said, expressed or believed ranks as one of our highest sins. But I’d like to take this “free thought” that we value so much and lay it across the table, bare and questioned. What exactly is “free thought,” how is it different from free speech and what is it good for anyway?

The Amherst women’s golf team put on a dominant performance at the 2018 Jack Leaman Invitational this past weekend, placing first in the seven-team field. The victory is the team’s first of the spring season and bests the prior weekend’s sixth-place finish.

The Mammoths hosted the two-day event, with both days featuring beautiful spring weather. The first round of competition was held at the par-72, 5,806-yard Amherst Golf Club, and second round action was held at the par-74, 5,895-yard Hickory Ridge Golf Course in Amherst.

I am not a “film-buff,” as the cool kids say, but I do have a lot of opinions about movies. I do not see all the movies nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars, but I do still find a way to be angry about whichever movie wins (at least most of the time). I’m not the kind of guy who will try and impress someone by talking about the “brilliant cinematography” of a movie; I’m the kind of guy who wishes he could try and impress someone like that.

After playing just three games the previous week, the Amherst baseball team had a full schedule this week, playing a total of five games. The first game of the grueling week was on the road against Roger Williams University on Wednesday, April 18.