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Hampshire College president says federal investigation into sexual abuse policy not prompted by complaint

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

AMHERST — Hampshire College was recently added to the list of 71 colleges being investigated by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights for its handling of campus sexual assaults, but this was not prompted by a complaint, according to an internal memo sent to the campus community by college president Jonathan Lash. Lash said the college had … 0

Anonymous donor gives $10.3M to UMass College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

AMHERST — An anonymous donor has given an estimated $10.3 million to the University of Massachusetts Amherst to benefit the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. UMass Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy calls it a “transformative gift” that is among the largest in the history of the university, according to a statement. “The growth in research that will result from this gift will benefit society … 0

University of Massachusetts-led team gets EPA grant to study air pollution inside Native American hunters’ teepees

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

AMHERST — A $700,000 grant from the federal Environmental Protection Agency will allow a team led by a University of Massachusetts researcher to travel with Native American hunters in Canada to determine how dangers from their meat-smoking practices can be diminished. Richard Peltier, an assistant professor of environmental health science at UMass, heads … 0

Amherst College president uses speech to address issue of campus sexual assaults

Sunday, May 25, 2014

AMHERST — In a commencement address Sunday, Amherst College President Carolyn “Biddy” Martin acknowledged the unwelcome attention the school attracted as one of 55 institutions named by the federal Department of Education this year for possible mishandling of … 0

Loss of electricity closes Hampshire College

Thursday, May 22, 2014

AMHERST — Hampshire College was closed Thursday after buildings lost power because of a faulty terminal inside the main switchgear that distributes electricity on campus. Crews from Utility Service New England were on campus making repairs throughout the day, with power expected to be restored by early evening, … 0

Smith College moving ahead with plan for housing complex of five buildings off Paradise Road in Northampton

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Responding to a demand from students who would prefer more apartment-style housing options, Smith College intends to construct a five-building housing complex along Paradise Road near the college quadrangle that will house 80 students. The two-story … 2

Simmons gives Smith College grads thoughts on protest

Sunday, May 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Without addressing the substance of the controversy that prompted Smith College’s original speaker to withdraw, former president Ruth Simmons called Sunday on the class of 2014 to “fight for the jangling discord of learning at its … 0

Mount Holyoke College grads hear ‘funny thing’

Sunday, May 18, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — Deborah Bial thinks that a commencement speech is a “funny thing.” Standing in the center of the Richard Glenn Gettell Amphitheater at Mount Holyoke College on Sunday, the 1987 graduate of Brandeis University alluded to … 0

Protests take down more grad speakers

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Forget about their students not making it to graduation. Now colleges have to wonder whether their speakers will. From former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to the head of the International Monetary Fund and the ex-chancellor of the … 0

Smith College economics professors cite ‘lost opportunity’ with IMF head Christine Lagarde’s withdrawal from grad talk

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Lamenting a “lost opportunity,” 14 members of the Smith College economics department publicly expressed disappointment over Christine Lagarde’s decision to back out of delivering the school’s commencement address this weekend. A student and faculty protest, including … 7

Backstory: Facing protest, Smith grad speaker drops out; Simmons to step in

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The planned keynote speaker for Smith College’s commencement Sunday dropped out amid student and faculty outcry, saying she did not want controversy over her appearance to detract from the occasion. In a letter to students, faculty … 3

Amherst College initiative part of a bigger trend of colleges promoting green practices

Sunday, May 11, 2014

AMHERST — Amherst College has created a new department, the Office of Environmental Sustainability, in an effort to integrate conservation and green initiatives into the campus culture. College President Biddy Martin recently announced the establishment of the office, initially funded through alumni donations. A national search begins this … 1

UMass graduates 5,500 under gray skies

Friday, May 9, 2014

AMHERST — Gray skies and a light drizzle couldn’t dampen the spirits of the ebullient crowd at the 144th University of Massachusetts undergraduate commencement ceremony Friday evening. Approximately 5,500 students donned caps and gowns and said goodbye to … 0