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Some UMass students plan post-Blarney Blowout cleanup Sunday

Friday, March 6, 2015

AMHERST — As thousands of University of Massachusetts Amherst students geared up to take to the streets and celebrate Blarney Blowout, a handful of students prepared to clean up after them. Cody Potasky, a sports management major and a senior, said he plans to be out Sunday picking up trash following along with what he hopes will be about 150 others. Vice president of the event planning committee of a …

Social media fuel Blarney-style gatherings in hard-to-predict ways

Thursday, March 5, 2015

AMHERST — Last year, social media platforms such as Twitter and Instagram led Blarney Blowout revelers from one epic bash to another, leaving destruction and empty beer cans in their wake. Social media have changed the way the masses gather. Real-time tweets let wandering revelers unite under common hashtags. “It was like an amoeba, like a huge school of drunk fish,” UMass senior …

Wellesley College to admit transgender students

Thursday, March 5, 2015

WELLESLEY (AP) — Wellesley College is joining a growing list of women’s colleges that accept transgender students. President H. Kim Bottomly and trustees’ chairwoman Laura Daignault Gates said in a letter Wednesday that “Wellesley will consider for admission any applicant who lives as a woman and consistently identifies as a woman.” Transgender men are not eligible for admission to the private liberal arts …

Warren asks people’s support for more just education policies

Friday, February 20, 2015

GREENFIELD — Speaking Thursday at Greenfield Community College, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren asked for people’s support to help make college more affordable, to support early childhood education and to make education a priority and an opportunity for everyone. …

Faculty, students blast UMass misstep on Iran

Friday, February 20, 2015

AMHERST — One day after University of Massachusetts Amherst officials reversed a ban on admitting Iranians to certain graduate programs, the university chancellor apologized to faculty and students, many of whom expressed outrage and remorse over the policy. …

Boston College under investigation over access for disabled

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Boston College has become more difficult to navigate for people with disabilities in recent years, according to former and current students whose complaints have prompted an investigation into whether the school is violating accessibility laws. Students said in a complaint to the U.S. Education Department’s …

Juliet Garcia, first Hispanic woman to lead U.S. college or university, will be commencement speaker at Smith

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The first Hispanic woman to lead a U.S. college or university will be the commencement speaker this spring at Smith College. Juliet V. García, former president of the University of Texas at Brownsville, was announced Wednesday as the speaker. “Juliet García is an accomplished leader in …

UMass reverses policy on Iranian graduate students in engineering, natural science programs

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst announced Wednesday it will end its ban on the admission of Iranian nationals to certain graduate programs in a quick about-face from its original policy enacted earlier this month. UMass will …

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Many considerations for consumers in hiring a financial adviser

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

When it comes time to seek professional advice to help with your financial goals, such as saving for college tuition or retirement or handling an estate plan, finding the right financial planner takes work. It’s the job of …

Westfield State University hires Philadelphia firm to assist with presidential search

Monday, February 16, 2015

Westfield State University took another step toward finding its 20th president when it hired an executive search firm from Philadelphia this month. The university’s presidential search committee chose Diversified Search to help manage the hunt for the leader who will replace interim President Elizabeth H. Preston. The hiring …

UMass bans admission of Iranian graduate students to specific programs

Saturday, February 14, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst has banned Iranian nationals from admission to specific graduate programs, a move university officials say brings their policies into accord with U.S. sanctions against Iran. But representatives of Iranian students call …

Divest Smith College members use Valentine’s Day song to press for end to holdings in fossil fuel companies

Saturday, February 14, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Smith College President Kathleen McCartney received an unusual Valentine’s Day card Friday in the form of 30 singing students all advocating for the college’s divestment from fossil fuels. Students with Divest Smith College and members of …