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State Board of Higher Education approves Ramon Torrecilha as new president of Westfield State University

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The state Board of Higher Education on Tuesday formally approved Ramon S. Torrecilha as the 20th president of Westfield State University. A lifelong educator from California who immigrated to the United States as a migrant worker at age 17, Torrecilha will be the first Latino to serve as president in the university’s 176-year history. His term is scheduled to begin Jan. 25, 2016. “I am delighted by the appointment of …

U of Chicago disrupted by online threat

Monday, November 30, 2015

CHICAGO — Federal authorities said an online threat that led the University of Chicago to cancel classes Monday targeted whites and was motivated by the police shooting of a black teenager, video of which was released last week and led to protests. Jabari R. Dean, 21, of Chicago, threatened to kill 16 white …

Marchers in Northampton call for decisive international action on climate change

Sunday, November 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Among the first to arrive at Sunday’s climate march, Beth Fairservis assembled her Mother Earth puppet, an 8-foot-tall, full-body puppet she made herself with a likeness of planet Earth in the middle of its forehead. “She brings a lot of peace and, of course, love to the world,” Fairservis said as …

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 …

Amherst College student vote supports changing ‘Lord Jeff’ mascot

Thursday, November 19, 2015

AMHERST — Current Amherst College students overwhelmingly support replacing Lord Jeff as the college’s unofficial mascot, according to poll results released Thursday by the Association of Amherst Students, the school’s student government association. Students voted 1,338 to 268 …

Sit-in at Smith draws attention to racism on college campuses

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Hundreds of students wearing black filled the Campus Center at Smith College in a daylong sit-in Wednesday to support students of color at campuses across the nation, present their demands to the Smith community and brainstorm …

UMass students participate in ‘Student Blackout’ over racial issues

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

AMHERST — Participating in a national “Student Blackout Day” on Wednesday, students at the University of Massachusetts Amherst led a march to demand racial equity on campus. The action follows a listening session held Friday in which students aired grievances before UMass Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy and other campus …

Few black faculty at ‘flagship’ universities

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

BUFFALO, N.Y. — If the University of Missouri succeeds in meeting a student demand for a faculty that’s 10 percent black in two years, it will likely be alone among its peers. No state’s “flagship” public university campus …

Conservative Five College students voice opinions on Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

As Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump prepares to address Massachusetts voters at a campaign event Wednesday in Worcester, the businessman and reality TV star continues to ride a wave of popularity putting him — along with retired neurosurgeon …