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CAROL LOLLIS
Gabby Geraghty, 12, a camper with the Western Mass. Carroll Teens summer enrichment camp program for blind and visually impaired teens reacts to touching a saw-whet owl held by Julie Collier, of WingMasters while she was conducting a program on birds of prey.

Birds of a feather: Visually impaired youth find new experiences, friendship at Northampton camp

Friday, July 11, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — In a quiet classroom on the Smith College campus Friday, a tiny, big-eyed saw-whet owl perched calmly while 10-year-old Paige Drury let her hands be guided until she was gently stroking feathers on the bird’s back. Afterwards, Drury, who is blind, smiled when she described what it felt like to touch an owl for the first time. “It … 0

UMass to begin limiting outdoor events starting Tuesday

Friday, July 11, 2014

AMHERST — Outdoor events on playing fields and grassy areas on the University of Massachusetts campus will be limited beginning Tuesday. UMass, working with the town of Amherst’s health department, is restricting these campus-sponsored events as a precaution against Eastern equine encephalitis, which is carried by mosquitoes that breed and typically bite during the dusk and early evening. Already, campus departments are scheduling … 0

Many colleges fall short in handling campus rape, study finds

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

WASHINGTON — Many colleges and universities are failing in how they handle sexual violence among students, according to Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., who Wednesday released a survey of colleges and universities. But the American Council on Education, which represents more than 1,700 colleges and university presidents, was “greatly disappointed” in a survey that was not balanced and draws unwarranted conclusions, the organization’s general … 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

From 'Lost boy' to Ph.D.: Doctoral student overcomes long odds on way to degree

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Amherst — Anyone who earns a doctorate knows hardship. And then there is James Alic Garang. The journey that led him to accepting his doctoral degree Friday at the University of Massachusetts began when he learned the alphabet … 25

Amherst College extends ban on fraternities to off-campus groups, at least three 'underground' frats affected

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

AMHERST — Amherst College has banned its students from joining fraternities and sororities, even if based off campus, triggering a range of reactions from relief that a clear policy finally is in place to doubts whether the college … 4

Amherst College, UMass Amherst among colleges and universities being investigated by the US Dept. of Education over handling of sexual abuse

Thursday, May 1, 2014

AMHERST — Amherst College and the University of Massachusetts Amherst are among 55 institutions being reviewed by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights for possible violations of federal law over the handling of sexual violence … 0

MIT plans nanotech building

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

CAMBRIDGE (AP) — The Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced Tuesday that is building a large $350 million facility in the heart of campus to study materials on the smallest scale. The 200,000-square-foot building, called MIT.nano, will house state-of-the-art cleanroom, imaging and prototyping facilities supporting research with nanoscale materials … 0