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Campus security officers on the Main Quadrangles at the University of Chicago in Chicago on Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. The University of Chicago announced Sunday that all classes and other activities planned for Monday on its Hyde Park campus will be canceled after the university was informed by FBI counterterrorism officials of a gun violence threat to the campus. (Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune via AP)

U of Chicago disrupted by online threat

Monday, November 30, 2015

CHICAGO — Federal authorities said an online threat that led the University of Chicago to cancel classes Monday targeted whites and was motivated by the police shooting of a black teenager, video of which was released last week and led to protests. Jabari R. Dean, 21, of Chicago, threatened to kill 16 white male students or staff at the school …

Marchers in Northampton call for decisive international action on climate change

Sunday, November 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Among the first to arrive at Sunday’s climate march, Beth Fairservis assembled her Mother Earth puppet, an 8-foot-tall, full-body puppet she made herself with a likeness of planet Earth in the middle of its forehead. “She brings a lot of peace and, of course, love to the world,” Fairservis said as …

UMass doctoral student receives fellowship to support research on teaching juveniles in youth correctional facilities

Friday, November 27, 2015

AMHERST — A University of Massachusetts Amherst doctoral student studying how best to teach science to juveniles in youth correctional facilities, has received a national fellowship to aid her research. Christina Anderson Bosch, who is pursuing a doctoral degree in special education in the College of Education at UMass, was awarded a fellowship to work with the Community for Advancing Discovery Research in …

Smith community mourns terror victims in Paris, Baghdad, Beirut

Monday, November 16, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Mehammed Mack, an assistant professor of French studies at Smith College, related during a vigil on campus Monday how he was affected by the terrorist attacks last week in Paris, Baghdad and Beirut. Mack said he …

Area police news

Monday, November 16, 2015

Amherst • Police kept the peace between two guests at the Craig’s Place homeless shelter, 434 North Pleasant St., who were arguing over $10 that one owed the other at 8:09 p.m. Monday. • A car struck a pedestrian at 5:53 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of North …

UMass student named finalist for national green living award

Monday, November 16, 2015

AMHERST — A student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been selected as one of 14 finalists for Turning Green’s Project Green Challenge. Marina Qutab, of Rutland, is a junior majoring in communication and Arabic. The Project Green Challenge asks college and high school students to make …

Could free speech be casualty of student protests?

Monday, November 16, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO — A recent groundswell of protests on college campuses over race, sexual misconduct and other social issues has some civil libertarians worried that the prized principle of free speech could be sacrificed in the rush to …

At forum, UMass students demand faster responses to institutional racism

Saturday, November 14, 2015

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts Amherst students demanded faster responses by administration officials to examples of institutional racism on campus at a listening forum called by Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy. Subbaswamy created the session in response to recent …

Amherst College activists say President Martin will meet many of their demands, fight to remove ‘Lord Jeff’ as mascot continues

Saturday, November 14, 2015

AMHERST — Student protesters seeking equity for marginalized students at Amherst College praised College President Carolyn “Biddy” Martin for meeting with them and meeting a number of their demands Friday evening. Among student demands were that Martin issue …

Activists raise voices on 2 Amherst campuses

Friday, November 13, 2015

AMHERST — Student protesters seeking equity for marginalized students at Amherst College praised College President Carolyn “Biddy” Martin for meeting with them and agreeing to a number of their demands Friday evening. Among student demands were that Martin …

Smith College to host ‘town hall event’ in wake of student demonstration on race

Friday, November 13, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Administrators at Smith College will hold a “town hall event” to address racism on college campuses at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 23 in the Campus Center, the colleges’s chief diversity officer Dwight K. Hamilton announced in a email sent Friday to students, faculty and staff. Hamilton sent …

Claremont McKenna dean resigns after students protest campus racial bias

Thursday, November 12, 2015

LOS ANGELES — Student protests roiled college campuses Thursday, when Claremont McKenna College’s dean of students resigned under pressure over racial tensions and protesters at more than 100 colleges and universities nationwide demanded the cancellation of student debt. Dean Mary Spellman at Claremont McKenna stepped down after she …

#MillionStudentMarch at UMass Amherst brings together voices for a variety of issues

Thursday, November 12, 2015

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts Amherst students rallied for a range of social and economic issues Thursday at a demonstration billed as the Million Student March — one in a series of such events held on campuses around …