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Harvard’s prestigious debate team loses to NY inmates

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Months after winning a national title, Harvard’s debate team has fallen to a group of New York inmates. The showdown took place at the Eastern New York Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison where convicts can take courses taught by faculty from nearby Bard College, and where inmates have formed a popular debate club. Last month, they invited the Ivy League undergraduates and this year’s national debate champions …

Hadley Planning Board likely to rule Tuesday on permit for Five Colleges library annex

Monday, October 5, 2015

HADLEY — The Planning Board will likely decide Tuesday whether to permit a controversial Five Colleges library annex building to be built on unused farmland between North Maple Street and Rocky Hill Road, according to clerk William Dwyer. Five Colleges Inc., a consortium of Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith colleges and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, started in 2011 planning a library …

Consumer advocate Ralph Nader to talk politics at Amherst College

Monday, October 5, 2015

AMHERST — Consumer advocate and former independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader will be at Amherst College Tuesday evening to discuss third-party and outsider candidates and the role they could play in the 2016 election. Nader’s talk, which comes at the invitation of the nonpartisan student group Amherst Political Union, will be held at Stirn Auditorium in the Mead Art Museum from 7:30 to …

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 …

Student debt, part 1 of 3: More college, university students across Valley take on loan obligations that follow them for years

Friday, September 4, 2015

AMHERST — Britainy “Story” Young had to drop out of college at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2010 because she could not afford it. Now enrolled again, she expects to owe $86,000 when she graduates next May …

Friday move-in for first-year students goes smoothly at UMass Amherst

Friday, September 4, 2015

AMHERST — First-year students, their parents and maroon-shirted helpers scurried around the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Friday as the first large wave of students moved into the dorms for the year. Those interviewed by the Gazette said …

Confident of state funding, President Marty Meehan says UMass will pay retroactive raises to union employees

Friday, September 4, 2015

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan announced Thursday that the system will retroactively pay raises it promised to 6,500 faculty and staff in a 2014 contract. The university system’s unionized workers have lobbied the board of …

Mount Holyoke Deputy Police Chief Barbara Arrighi earns rare title in form of karate

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — When Barbara Arrighi walked into her first karate class 43 years ago, she was one of a small number of women pursuing this martial art. Last month, Arrighi, the deputy chief of campus police at …

UMass issues traffic advisory ahead of student move-in days

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

AMHERST — They’re coming. University of Massachusetts Amherst students will move in to campus housing between Friday and Sunday. First-year students — 4,685 in all, according to the university — will arrive between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday. Transfer students will move in on Saturday from …