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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 …

Spring Bulb Show at Smith College daily through March 22

Thursday, March 12, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Spring Bulb Show in the Lyman Conservatory at Smith College runs from March 6 to 22. The hours are daily, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with extended weekend hours Friday, Saturday and Sunday through 8 p.m. in the illuminated greenhouses. There is a suggested $5 …

UMass Police Chief John Horvath takes pay cut to lead Rockport department

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts Amherst Police Chief John K. Horvath will take a pay cut to become chief of the Rockport Police Department on the North Shore, according to a report in the Gloucester Times. When Horvath …

First Pioneer Valley Ecological Management Conference fuels collaborative efforts by environmentalists

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — The first Pioneer Valley Ecological Management Conference was deemed a success by organizers who were pleased by the presentations and the community turnout Saturday. “We are thrilled. This was a tremendous mix of people with a …

Northampton poet Jennifer Jabaily Blackburn a runner-up in her second ‘Jeopardy!’ episode

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — You win some; you lose some. On the television show “Jeopardy!” this week, Northampton poet and Smith College employee Jennifer Jabaily Blackburn had one of each — a win on Monday and a loss on Tuesday. Because she came in second place on Tuesday, winning $2,000, …

Search committee hopes to have new UMass president hired by end of June

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

AMHERST — A search committee hopes to have a new University of Massachusetts president hired by June 30, according to its consultant, Kenneth L. Kring of Korn/Ferry International, which has its headquarters in Los Angeles. “For a search like this, while it will be extensive and there will …

Amherst Regional School Committee approves $30 million budget which cuts equivalent of 16 positions

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

AMHERST — The Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee unanimously passed a budget Tuesday calling for the elimination of approximately 16 positions. The 2015-16 budget is about $30 million, an increase of roughly $400,000 or 1.4 percent from the current year’s budget. The budget was reduced by $7,000 from previous …

U of Oklahoma expels students over video

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

NORMAN, Okla. — The University of Oklahoma’s president expelled two students Tuesday after he said they were identified as leaders of a racist chant captured on video during a fraternity event. University President David Boren said in a …

Demonstrators at UMass call for sexual assault survivors’ bill of rights

Monday, March 9, 2015

AMHERST — After a woman reported being raped at the University of Massachusetts, a sexual assault disciplinary hearing forced her to face the man she was accusing. Following the hearing, as she continued to recover from the sexual assault, her attacker not only remained a student at the …

Northampton poet and Smith College employee Jennifer Blackburn advances on ‘Jeopardy!’

Monday, March 9, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Millions of people watching the quiz show “Jeopardy!” Monday night saw Northampton poet and Smith College employee Jennifer Jabaily Blackburn come from behind to win the show and take home $19,700. Blackburn won in Final Jeopardy …

University cuts ties with fraternity after racist chant surfaces on video

Monday, March 9, 2015

NORMAN, Okla. — The president of the University of Oklahoma severed the school’s ties with a national fraternity on Monday and ordered that its on-campus house be shuttered after several members took part in a racist chant caught …