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Actress Natalie Portman addresses an audience during Harvard College's Class Day, Wednesday, May 27, 2015, on the campus of Harvard University, in Cambridge, Mass. Portman, a 2003 Harvard graduate, was the 2015 Class Day speaker for Harvard College. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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 know her own limitations — and it …

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 …

Filmmaker Waters to receive honorary degree from RISD

Monday, May 25, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — When the Rhode Island School of Design offered iconic filmmaker John Waters an honorary degree, he was surprised. After all, he got thrown out of every school he ever went to. Known for quirky films that push the boundaries of good taste, including 1972’s outrageous cult classic “Pink Flamingos,” …

Area police news

Monday, May 4, 2015

Amherst ∎ Police issued a written warning to a woman who drove her vehicle into a concrete wall outside the Mom’s House Chinese Food Market, 318 College St., at 11:16 a.m. Saturday and fled. The wall sustained damage in excess of $1,000, police said. ∎ Andrew P. Robichaud, …

UMass police deputy chief Patrick Archbald to lead department for third time in interim role

Monday, May 4, 2015

AMHERST — Patrick Archbald, a deputy chief with the University of Massachusetts Amherst Police Department, will take over as interim chief to fill the gap left by departing chief John K. Horvath. Archbald’s tenure as interim chief begins Monday, May 11. Horvath is leaving the post to head …

Janitor layoffs incite hunger strike at Tufts

Monday, May 4, 2015

MEDFORD — Five students at Tufts University began a hunger strike Sunday over the university’s plans to cut about 35 janitorial jobs at the end of May. More than 80 students, janitors and families of the staff gathered outside the main administrative building to mark the start of …

Smith College to welcome trans women as part of new admissions policy

Saturday, May 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Smith College will join Mount Holyoke College in welcoming self-identified transgender women in its admissions policy beginning in the fall of 2015. “It is a historic moment,” said Smith College President Kathleen McCartney on Saturday. “I …

Ex-Congressman Marty Meehan named UMass president

Friday, May 1, 2015

BOSTON — Marty Meehan, the former congressman and current chancellor of the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, was named president of the five-campus UMass system on Friday after selling his vision of turning the system into one of the nation’s …

Protesters march from Amherst College to UMass demanding increased access to education for undocumented immigrants

Friday, May 1, 2015

AMHERST — About 70 people, mostly college-aged, marched from Amherst College to the University of Massachusetts Amherst Friday chanting their mission to bring undocumented immigrants “out of the shadows, into the classroom.” Hampshire College student Gustavo Madrigal described …

UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan to head UMass system

Friday, May 1, 2015

Marty Meehan, chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Lowell and former representative of the 5th Congressional District of Massachusetts in the U.S. House of Representatives, will be the next president of the University of Massachusetts system. Meehan was chosen in a unanimous vote at a UMass Board of …

Former Westfield State University president Evan Dobelle to pay damages in settlement with state

Thursday, April 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Former Westfield State University president Evan S. Dobelle has agreed to pay the state $185,000 to settle allegations that he used school money for personal spending and vacations during his tenure. Dobelle also cannot accept any …

UMass trustees expected to choose president Friday from finalists UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan and Harvard Professor John Quelch

Thursday, April 30, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts system may name a new president as early as Friday. A presidential search committee announced Thursday morning it had selected two finalists — Marty Meehan, chancellor of UMass Lowell, and John A. Quelch, professor of business administration at Harvard Business School. UMass …

Krauthammer talks politics with UMass Republicans

Thursday, April 30, 2015

AMHERST — Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Charles Krauthammer won another honor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Wednesday evening — he became the first speaker for the school’s Republican Club in recent memory who did not inspire …