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Melissa Chenok sits before a laptop with two characters in her planned iPhone game app, Kim Kardashian and "Harry Potter" character Draco Malfoy.

Hack@Smith takes on gender imbalance in software field; teams tackle weekend of computing projects

Saturday, March 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A little after noon Saturday, Smith College senior Melissa Chenok pulled a photo up on her laptop, that of sinister “Harry Potter” character Draco Malfoy. Then she fetched another: celebrity Kim Kardashian, sporting blond tresses. The resemblance? Striking, actually. But the pressing question for Chenok was this: Could these two familiar faces be phone app gold? Chenok was …

Training drill for emergencies could draw 275

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

AMHERST — If an emergency shelter needs to be activated for Hampshire County residents during a major storm, those in charge of overseeing the site need to be prepared to safely and orderly accommodate people and their pets. This ability to ensure families have a safe place to stay is a primary objective of a six-hour emergency exercise hosted by the University of …

Activist Angela Davis to speak at UMass about social justice

Monday, March 23, 2015

AMHERST — Angela Davis, an internationally known civil and women’s rights activist and scholar, will speak at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Monday about social justice. Her talk, titled “Sustaining Social Justice Movements and Intersectional Struggles,” is scheduled from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Fine Arts Center in the UMass Campus Center. Davis spoke at Smith College for its Black Student …

More than 100 people participate in ‘active-shooter’ simulation training exercise at UMass Amherst

Thursday, March 19, 2015

AMHERST — Inside Franklin Dining Commons at the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus, where an “active shooter” had reportedly injured people, police officers responded to bring order to the scene as additional emergency personnel offered medical attention for …

Fraternities under fire for abusive, boorish, racist behavior

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Racist chants. Nude photos of unconscious women. A criminal investigation into hazing. Fraternities around the country seem to be coming under fire as never before over behavior that would shock the frat boys of “Animal House.” Despite a …

UMass Police Chief John Horvath will remain for most of spring semester before departing to take Rockport job

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts Amherst Police Chief John Horvath will remain in his job for most of the spring semester before he departs to lead the Rockport Police Department. A week after learning that Horvath had accepted the job in the North Shore community, UMass spokesman Edward …

Hampshire Regional eighth-graders explore intersection of art and science during Smith College field trip

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Nearly 60 eighth-graders from Hampshire Regional Middle School descended on the Smith College campus Wednesday to spill water, melt plastic and spin on office chairs until dizzy — all in the name of science. The field …

Area police news

Monday, March 16, 2015

Amherst ∎ Anthony Vincent Caputo, 25, of Ludlow, was arrested at 10:30 p.m. Saturday on North Pleasant Street on a warrant. ∎ Mabvuto Tsonga, 38, who listed an address as the streets of Amherst, was arrested at 5:02 p.m. Saturday in front of Town Hall on charges of …

Lawyer: protect rights of fraternity members

Saturday, March 14, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY — The actions of some fraternity members at the University of Oklahoma caught engaging in a racist chant are inexcusable, but student members still have due process rights that must be protected, an attorney hired to …

Racist graffiti found at UMass Graduate Employee Organization condemned by chancellor

Friday, March 13, 2015

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts Amherst administrators have apologized for a delayed response to racist graffiti found outside the Graduate Employee Organization office March 7, according to GEO co-chairwoman Anais Surkin. This is the latest incident involving racist graffiti on campus, after offensive messages were found in three …

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to speak at Amherst College May 4

Friday, March 13, 2015

AMHERST — The man who worked with President Ronald Reagan to help end the Cold War will speak with one of his latest biographers on an Amherst stage in May, then take questions from Valley residents. Former Soviet …

After a brutal winter, Spring Bulb Show visitors take refuge amid color, soothing fragrances at Smith College

Thursday, March 12, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — After the winter we’ve endured, the long-running annual Spring Bulb Show at Smith College with its display of 7,000 colorful bulbs no doubt will be a bigger draw than ever this year. By way of verification, …

Frat probe broadens amid more racism claims

Thursday, March 12, 2015

NORMAN, Okla. — Investigations into racism at Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity chapters have extended to college campuses in Louisiana and Texas, the organization said Thursday, after its national office received word that members in those places had direct …