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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg listens as the citation for her Radcliffe Medal is read during a luncheon at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard Friday, May 29, 2015, in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Ginsburg urges young women to wage inspiring fights

Saturday, May 30, 2015

BOSTON — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday advised young women to fight for things they care about, but to do so in a way that inspires others to join their cause. “Young women today have a great advantage, and it is that there are no more closed doors,” the 82-year-old justice said in a speech at …

Portman tells new Harvard graduates to take chances

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

CAMBRIDGE — Natalie Portman advised graduating Harvard seniors Wednesday to use their inexperience to their advantage, saying she has learned that taking calculated risks can lead to life-changing rewards. The Academy Award-winning actress, speaking at Harvard College’s Class Day, cited her work in “Black Swan” as an example of a time she didn’t …

Restoration of Smith College’s Grécourt Gates part of a six-month renovation at West  and Elm streets

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A $1.5 million project is underway at Smith College to improve pedestrian safety and accessibility at West and Elm streets, and to refurbish the college’s historic Grécourt Gates. The construction project — expected to last six months — has been in the planning phase since 2011, said Sam Masinter, Smith’s director …

UVA dean sues Rolling Stone

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. — A University of Virginia associate dean sued Rolling Stone magazine on Tuesday for more than $7.5 million, saying a debunked and retracted account of an alleged gang rape on campus cast her as the “chief villain.” Nicole Eramo, the top administrator dealing with sexual assaults …

‘Jon Stewart of Egypt’ eyes next project after teaching at Harvard

Monday, May 11, 2015

BOSTON — Bassem Youssef, the man dubbed the “Jon Stewart of Egypt,” is eyeing new projects after teaching students at Harvard University’s prestigious Kennedy School of Government how satire can disrupt the social and political order. It’s a …

Tufts students end hunger strike, say protests will continue

Monday, May 11, 2015

MEDFORD (AP) — Tufts University students have ended an almost weeklong hunger strike supporting janitors who face layoffs, but say they’ll continue to protest. The student Tufts Labor Coalition says Saturday the five-day strike ended to protect the health of the four people who had been fasting for …

University defends radio show’s silencing

Friday, May 8, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts is defending its decision that caused the “Focus” public affairs program to be taken off the air of the campus radio station May 3, observing that the potential for a lawsuit outweighed the free-speech implications. UMass spokesman Edward Blaguszewski said management’s option …

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson tells UMass graduates science matters

Friday, May 8, 2015

AMHERST — Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson gave the University of Massachusetts Class of 2015 a clear endorsement of the importance of education in human affairs during his speech at the school’s 145th commencement Friday afternoon. “The most dangerous …

UMass radio station WMUA gets new adviser amid reported investigation

Friday, May 8, 2015

AMHERST — A paid adviser to the radio station at the University of Massachusetts has been replaced and both he and another long-time program host are no longer broadcasting their shows. Glenn Siegel, the adviser to WMUA, 91.1 …

Tufts response frustrates hunger strikers

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

MEDFORD — Tufts University students on a hunger strike over janitor layoffs completed their third full day without food Wednesday, expressing growing frustration at the university’s lack of response to their demands. The Tufts Labor Coalition, a student …

New UMass president Marty Meehan visits Amherst campus, hopes for quick resolution to unfunded raises

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

AMHERST — In his first visit since being named the next president of the University of Massachusetts system, Marty Meehan told students and staff in Amherst, Wednesday, he would be on campus more than his predecessor. “One of …

Incoming UMass president vows to increase online learning

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

BOSTON — On the eve of a Wednesday visit to the flagship campus in Amherst, incoming University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan vowed to expand online learning at the five-campus system. Meehan, the current chancellor of the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, said more than half of recent Lowell graduates …

UMass commencement set for Friday; police offer tips for travelers

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

AMHERST — Go early. Don’t rely on your GPS. And don’t forget to stop downtown. Those are among the tips from police and local business boosters in advance of this week’s commencement activities at the University of Massachusetts …