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UMass Rising campaign exceeds $300 million goal more than a year ahead of schedule

Friday, May 22, 2015

AMHERST — The $300 million UMass Rising fundraising campaign has exceeded its goal more than a year ahead of schedule, the University of Massachusetts Amherst Foundation Board announced this week. “We have truly received exceptional and broad-based support in our drive to propel UMass Amherst to new heights,” said Robert Epstein, campaign co-chairman. “The $310 million that we have raised to date for the commonwealth’s flagship campus reflects the passion …

Fourth group of machinists graduates from Franklin County Technical School

Thursday, May 21, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School machine shop turned out its fourth group of machinists Thursday through the adult training program of the Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board. The 13-week Middle Skills Manufacturing Initiative graduated 13 students Thursday for a total of 43 trained since the program began in 2013. More than 80 percent are employed in the field, according to …

Mount Holyoke College graduates told, ‘be open to what life has to say to you’

Sunday, May 17, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — For Gabrielle Barnett of Montego Bay, Jamaica, graduation day Sunday at Mount Holyoke College had a slightly otherworldly feel. “It’s surreal, it’s amazing, you walk, you get your degree and wow, it’s over,” said the international relations major who is off to China next year to continue her studies in …

Pioneering educator Juliet Garcia delivers Smith College commencement address

Sunday, May 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The first Hispanic woman to lead a U.S. college or university told the 735 graduates of the class of 2015 to use their education and privilege “to become steadfast, powerful and incessant advocates for others” at …

At Hampshire College graduation, student speaker Jorrell Watkins looks for a home in a bag of popcorn

Saturday, May 16, 2015

AMHERST — Student speaker Jorrell Watkins of Richmond, Virginia, the first person in his family to graduate from college, said he knew when he came to Hampshire College that he had found a community, but he wasn’t sure …

Prof regrets bashing ‘white college males’

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

BOSTON — An incoming Boston University professor who called “white college males” a “problem population” and was publicly criticized by the university’s president said on Tuesday she regrets making the remarks. Black sociology professor Saida Grundy, who completed her doctorate at the University of Michigan last year, had …

Barney Frank brings lessons learned during 40-plus years in politics to Mount Holyoke College

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — Former state and U.S. representative Barney Frank can name two reasons why he will not run for president in 2016. “I’m too old,” Frank, 75, told around 150 people in the Gamble Auditorium at Mount …

UVA dean sues Rolling Stone

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. — A University of Virginia associate dean sued Rolling Stone magazine on Tuesday for more than $7.5 million, saying a debunked and retracted account of an alleged gang rape on campus cast her as the “chief villain.” Nicole Eramo, the top administrator dealing with sexual assaults …

‘Jon Stewart of Egypt’ eyes next project after teaching at Harvard

Monday, May 11, 2015

BOSTON — Bassem Youssef, the man dubbed the “Jon Stewart of Egypt,” is eyeing new projects after teaching students at Harvard University’s prestigious Kennedy School of Government how satire can disrupt the social and political order. It’s a …

Tufts students end hunger strike, say protests will continue

Monday, May 11, 2015

MEDFORD (AP) — Tufts University students have ended an almost weeklong hunger strike supporting janitors who face layoffs, but say they’ll continue to protest. The student Tufts Labor Coalition says Saturday the five-day strike ended to protect the health of the four people who had been fasting for …

University defends radio show’s silencing

Friday, May 8, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts is defending its decision that caused the “Focus” public affairs program to be taken off the air of the campus radio station May 3, observing that the potential for a lawsuit outweighed the free-speech implications. UMass spokesman Edward Blaguszewski said management’s option …

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson tells UMass graduates science matters

Friday, May 8, 2015

AMHERST — Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson gave the University of Massachusetts Class of 2015 a clear endorsement of the importance of education in human affairs during his speech at the school’s 145th commencement Friday afternoon. “The most dangerous …

UMass radio station WMUA gets new adviser amid reported investigation

Friday, May 8, 2015

AMHERST — A paid adviser to the radio station at the University of Massachusetts has been replaced and both he and another long-time program host are no longer broadcasting their shows. Glenn Siegel, the adviser to WMUA, 91.1 …