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Consumer advocate Ralph Nader to talk politics at Amherst College

Monday, October 5, 2015

AMHERST — Consumer advocate and former independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader will be at Amherst College Tuesday evening to discuss third-party and outsider candidates and the role they could play in the 2016 election. Nader’s talk, which comes at the invitation of the nonpartisan student group Amherst Political Union, will be held at Stirn Auditorium in the Mead Art Museum from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Liam Fine, co-president of the …

Theology college cancels sale of Native objects

Monday, October 5, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska — A Massachusetts theology college has abandoned plans to sell off art from 52 Native tribes, including Tlingit and Haida items, as the federal government investigates. The Andover Newton Theological School could face penalties for quietly planning the sale of 80 Native art pieces this summer, possibly violating a federal law that would require some items to be returned to the …

Two arrested at party on Smith College campus Sunday

Sunday, October 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police arrested two people at a party on the Smith College campus early Sunday morning that had devolved into a mass of between 400 to 500 people, some of whom were involved in multiple fights, according to Northampton Police Sgt. Josef Barszcz. Northampton police arrested Lenroy A. Neysmith, 26, of 117 Maple St. in Meriden, Connecticut, and Horatio Pinnock, 23, of …

New England Public Radio News Network to air on FM station WAMH 89.3 starting Monday

Friday, September 18, 2015

AMHERST — Area fans of the New England Public Radio News Network will find it at 89.3 on the FM dial beginning Monday. WAMH at Amherst College will start broadcasting the news feed from 2 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Previously, the NPR news programming has been available …

Renowned artist and architect Maya Lin describes vision for new Smith College library in Northampton

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Renowned artist and architect Maya Lin told a full house at Smith College on Wednesday that when she is done redesigning the college’s main library, it will fit better with the campus and provide a more …

UMass has record-setting fundraising year with endowment at $768 million

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — The University of Massachusetts raised more money during the latest fiscal year than it ever has before, and the five-campus system’s endowment grew to a record high. The university announced Wednesday its endowment was at …

WMUA hosts, student staff clash over changes

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

AMHERST — Longtime radio DJs and students who make up the executive staff of the WMUA 91.1 college radio station at the University of Massachusetts Amherst clashed at the station’s first general body meeting of the school year …

Feds plan to streamline student loan application

Monday, September 14, 2015

CHICAGO — The Department of Education announced an initiative Monday designed to make the cumbersome college financial aid application process start earlier and go easier. The new plan, which takes effect in fall 2016, allows families to begin the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid, better known …

Dialing in chancellor: Community allies of WMUA radio want UMass leader to mediate ‘chaotic’ situation

Friday, September 11, 2015

AMHERST — Community members at the University of Massachusetts radio station are calling on Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy to meet with them by Oct. 1 to resolve what they view as a continuing crisis at WMUA. They say …

Tickets for Dalai Lama’s address at UMass in October on sale starting Wednesday

Friday, September 11, 2015

AMHERST — Tickets will go on sale Wednesday for the Dalai Lama’s public address at the University of Massachusetts Amherst through the Mullins Center box office. Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, will deliver a talk titled “A Force for Good” at the Mullins Center at …

Feds to probe Wheaton College’s policies on sexual misconduct

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

NORTON (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice has started an investigation and compliance review of Wheaton’s policies and practices in responding to sexual misconduct, Wheaton’s president said Wednesday. President Dennis Hanno said in a letter to students, faculty and parents that the department indicated the probe is …

At Amherst College, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor encourages students to listen, work hard and be passionate

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

AMHERST — Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor told Amherst College students Tuesday she felt like “an alien in a strange land” when she was in college. She attended Princeton University, graduating summa cum laude in 1976, and earned …

U. of Iowa faculty blast regents over new president

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa faculty leaders expressed outrage Tuesday over the selection of corporate executive Bruce Harreld as the next university president, accusing the school’s governing board of conducting a sham search that ended with …