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Arthur Herrera, of Silver Design, adds a fresh coat of paint to a lamp post Thursday on the Smith College campus in Northampton.

Shiny light

Friday, October 2, 2015


WMUA community members will meet with UMass officials over radio station disagreements

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

AMHERST — WMUA community members will meet with high-ranking University of Massachusetts officials in mid-October with the hope of addressing what they perceive as a nearly six-month-long crisis at the campus radio station. Louise Dunphy, a spokeswoman for the community group and host of the “Celtic Crossings” program, said Wednesday that members are scheduled to sit down with associate chancellor Susan Pearson and …

Finalists announced for 20th Westfield State University president

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

WESTFIELD — Three finalists are candidates to become the 20th president of Westfield State University. They are Damian J. Fernandez, the chief executive officer and head of the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York City; Ramon S. Torrecilha, a professor of sociology and former provost and vice president for academic affairs at California State University, Dominguez Hills; and Linda Vaden-Goad, provost and …

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 …

Nursing students sue college after failing crowded course

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

NEW LONDON, N.H. (AP) — Three nursing students have sued a New Hampshire college after they failed a required course that was overbooked. The students from Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island say Colby-Sawyer College needed to “thin the herd” of nursing students, so it failed them. Colby-Sawyer requires …

Student Debt — Part 3 of 3: Current Pioneer Valley students prepare for payments after graduation

Monday, September 7, 2015

AMHERST — During a student-debt rally at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in April, one of the most powerful statements came from a student who could not attend the event. First-generation college student Aja Gaskins wrote in a …

Student Debt, part 2 of 3: Pioneer Valley families consider college costs

Sunday, September 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A self-proclaimed “screw-up” when it comes to money, Pam Hannah, 44, of Northampton is determined to help her 5-year-old son avoid the mistakes she made taking on debt as a college student, which led to her …