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Mo. protests helped fuel unrest at other colleges

Thursday, November 26, 2015

When student protesters lay down on cold, wet sidewalks this month at Ithaca College in New York state, the revolution had already started in Columbia, Mo., nearly 1,000 miles away. Racial tensions had been building for months at the private school in New York’s Finger Lakes region. In September, the school newspaper wrote about two altercations public safety officers had with students of color. Then, in early October during a …

Students, alumnae urge Smith College to divest its $1.77 billion endowment from fossil fuels

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — An increasing number of students and alumnae are urging Smith College to divest its $1.77 billion endowment from fossil fuels, and say they are growing impatient with the lack of response from campus officials. Meghan Kallman, a 2005 Smith graduate who lives in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, contacted the Gazette on Tuesday to share a letter sent last month to administrators which …

Other homes for the holidays

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — When a plate of neatly sliced dark and white meat landed in front of Jenny Ye at her first Thanksgiving table, she was surprised: it wasn’t a fully intact, roasted bird, like in the movies. “I didn’t realize that people cut the whole turkey before they eat it,” she said, …

Brandeis students occupy administration building for diversity demands

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

WALTHAM (AP) — Hundreds of Brandeis University students have occupied the school’s administration building and say they won’t leave until officials address their demands regarding diversity. A group of students called #ConcernedStudents2015 began occupying the Bernstein-Marcus Administrative Center on Friday after they say interim president Lisa Lynch failed …

Hampshire College changes investment policy to exclude companies running private prisons and supporting genocide

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

AMHERST — At the urging of student activists, Hampshire College has amended its investment policy to specifically exclude companies associated with running private prisons and supporting genocide, according to President Jonathan Lash. That change will not involve selling stocks the college currently holds, because none of its current …

UMass officials say ‘White Students Union’ Facebook page is fake, and one of several reported around the country

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

AMHERST — A recently created “UMass Amherst Area White Students Union” Facebook page is not associated with the University of Massachusetts Amherst or any student groups, according to campus officials, and appears to be one of a number …

UMass chancellor, provost meet with students to discuss diversity on campus

Monday, November 23, 2015

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy and Provost Katherine Newman met with students and faculty for about 2½ hours Sunday to discuss plans to make the campus more welcoming to students of color, according to university spokesman Edward F. Blaguszewski. “It was a helpful and …

Following Smith College anti-racism sit-in, administrators hear students’ concerns

Monday, November 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Following a sit-in at Smith College last week held to address racism there and at other campuses around the country, Smith administrators had the chance to listen to some of those concerns at a “town hall” …

UMass to hold 2nd issue forum

Sunday, November 22, 2015

AMHERST — A second campus forum addressing diversity issues will be held Dec. 3 at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. The session will run from 5:30 to 7:15 p.m. at Mahar Auditorium where Provost Katherine Newman and other leaders in academic affairs are expected to engage students …

University heads defend free speech

Sunday, November 22, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. — As debates about race and other social issues flare on campuses, college presidents are increasingly intervening to draw a line when cultural sensitivity conflicts with freedom of speech. At schools including Yale, Williams College and …

Smith College issues statement clarifying stance on media coverage of sit-in

Friday, November 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Smith College issued a statement Friday clarifying the college’s stance toward the media, claiming that some press coverage incorrectly claimed that Smith supported banning the media at Wednesday’s sit-in. Some 300 Smith students gathered at the …

Portraits of black faculty members defaced at Harvard Law School

Thursday, November 19, 2015

BOSTON — Portraits of several black professors were found vandalized at Harvard Law School on Thursday, a day after a campus rally for black students. Black strips of tape were placed diagonally over at least five photo portraits, Harvard officials said. Students and professors noticed the tape as …

US colleges update mascots, mottos under pressure from students

Thursday, November 19, 2015

BOSTON — Amherst College has turned on its mascot. Georgetown University is renaming buildings. Union College has a new motto. Faced with growing pressure from students, colleges across the U.S. are updating campus fixtures that have been deemed …