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Kyle Ballou,left, a 1980 graduate of Mount Holyoke College, has opened the doors of her Connecticut home to a current student, 22-year-old Simosenkosi Nkomboni of Zimbabwe.

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, laughing. “I thought there would be more …

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 to address 13 concerns about racial equality outlined in a letter sent to her on …

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 investments are with the types of companies named. “The Hampshire board (of trustees) rewrote the …

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 …

Amherst College President Carolyn ‘Biddy’ Martin issues statement supporting increased racial equity on campus

Monday, November 16, 2015

AMHERST — In a response to a list of demands from Amherst College students, including a call for the removal of the school’s unofficial mascot, “Lord Jeff,” college President Carolyn “Biddy” Martin has issued a statement supporting students’ …

Smith community mourns terror victims in Paris, Baghdad, Beirut

Monday, November 16, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Mehammed Mack, an assistant professor of French studies at Smith College, related during a vigil on campus Monday how he was affected by the terrorist attacks last week in Paris, Baghdad and Beirut. Mack said he …

Area police news

Monday, November 16, 2015

Amherst • Police kept the peace between two guests at the Craig’s Place homeless shelter, 434 North Pleasant St., who were arguing over $10 that one owed the other at 8:09 p.m. Monday. • A car struck a pedestrian at 5:53 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of North …

UMass student named finalist for national green living award

Monday, November 16, 2015

AMHERST — A student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been selected as one of 14 finalists for Turning Green’s Project Green Challenge. Marina Qutab, of Rutland, is a junior majoring in communication and Arabic. The Project Green Challenge asks college and high school students to make …

Could free speech be casualty of student protests?

Monday, November 16, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO — A recent groundswell of protests on college campuses over race, sexual misconduct and other social issues has some civil libertarians worried that the prized principle of free speech could be sacrificed in the rush to …

At forum, UMass students demand faster responses to institutional racism

Saturday, November 14, 2015

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts Amherst students demanded faster responses by administration officials to examples of institutional racism on campus at a listening forum called by Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy. Subbaswamy created the session in response to recent …

Amherst College activists say President Martin will meet many of their demands, fight to remove ‘Lord Jeff’ as mascot continues

Saturday, November 14, 2015

AMHERST — Student protesters seeking equity for marginalized students at Amherst College praised College President Carolyn “Biddy” Martin for meeting with them and meeting a number of their demands Friday evening. Among student demands were that Martin issue …