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Smith College students plan rally advocating for change in admission policy on transgender applicants

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Smith College students are planning a rally this week to advocate for change in the way the college deals with transgender applicants. Smith sophomore Sarah Fraas, 20, said organizers have been trying to get the college to adopt policies that would be more inclusive to transgender people who apply for admission to the women’s college. Fraas, one of the organizers of the rally, said students will protest outside … 0

Legislative committee recommends increased financial aid for public education

Saturday, April 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — A legislative committee led by a local lawmaker said last week that the state should act soon to help relieve rising college costs and student debt. “Fewer people are going to start going to college ... (and) you also can’t shed this debt,” said state Rep. Paul Mark, D-Peru, who co-chaired the Subcommittee on Student Loans and Debt. “If all of … 0

More than 1,000 support gay community at UMass rally, countering five from Westboro Baptist Church

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

AMHERST — The Westboro Baptist Church’s anti-gay protest at the University of Massachusetts came and went quickly and without incident Wednesday, while a rally supporting the campus’ gay community drew over 1,000 people. The two events were sparked by UMass sophomore Derrick Gordon becoming the nation’s first openly gay men’s college basketball player. … 3

University of Massachusetts ‘Stand Against Racism’ begins Monday

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

AMHERST — As Amherst residents confront racism and acts of hate that have occurred in the public schools, the University of Massachusetts launches its annual “Stand Against Racism” campaign Monday. The campaign, which is in its fourth year, … 0

Philadelphia consultant hired to advise UMass, town of Amherst on economic development, neighborhood change

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

AMHERST — A Philadelphia consulting company will develop a plan to improve neighborhoods near the University of Massachusetts campus and strengthen the local economy. U3 Advisors, which will work in partnership with Corneil Collaborative of Carlisle and The Cecil Group of Cambridge, was hired Wednesday to undertake the … 0

Mixed reception in Montague for representatives of Tennessee Gas Pipeline project

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

MONTAGUE — Representatives of the company planning a natural gas pipeline through Franklin County attended their first local public meeting this week to a mixed reception. At least 80 people Monday filled the Town Hall’s upstairs meeting room and the attached hallway, with an overflow room downstairs. The … 0

Mount Holyoke joins ranks of liberal arts colleges adding summer offerings

Sunday, April 6, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — Mount Holyoke College is taking the plunge this summer into offering an array of courses that give students a chance to acquire credits they need — and to appeal to people beyond the college who … 0

Making News: MHC new hires, UMass Fullbright, new STEM program at STCC

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Mount Holyoke names new hires SOUTH HADLEY — Two new administrators have been hired at Mount Holyoke College. Marcella Runell Hall, faculty member at the New York University school of social work and founding director of a multifaith … 0

Famed soccer manager will lecture at Harvard

Sunday, April 6, 2014

BOSTON — After years of giving pointers to soccer players, Alex Ferguson will pass his knowledge along to executives. The former Manchester United manager and the most successful coach in British soccer history has been hired by Harvard Business School for a long-term position. He will lecture to … 0

Smith College appoints Marianne Yoshioka as new dean of the School for Social Work

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Smith College has named Marianne Yoshioka as the new dean of the School for Social Work, succeeding Carolyn Jacobs who plans to retire May 17. Yoshioka, associate dean for academic affairs at the Columbia University School … 0

Retired professor Elaine Marieb offers $1 million fundraising challenge to benefit Holyoke Community College

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

HOLYOKE — When Elaine Marieb was a Holyoke Community College anatomy professor, she was so disappointed in what she saw as inadequate materials from commercial publishers, she created her own anatomy drawings for her students and went on … 0

Whole Children chorus to perform at Newman Center as part of events sponsored by Autism Speaks U

Monday, March 31, 2014

AMHERST — Joyful Noise, the chorus at Whole Children in Hadley, will perform a free concert at the Newman Center, 472 North Pleasant St., Tuesday. The concert at 5:30 p.m. is part of events by the Autism Speaks U chapter at the University of Massachusetts campus. In addition … 1

Williams pays $86,000 to settle tip lawsuit

Friday, March 28, 2014

WILLIAMSTOWN — Williams College has agreed to pay $86,000 total to dozens of servers, wait staff and bartenders the school employed to cater off-campus and non-college events. The Berkshire Eagle reports that under a settlement approved by a judge, the money will go to 58 current and former … 0