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State Board of Higher Education approves Ramon Torrecilha as new president of Westfield State University

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The state Board of Higher Education on Tuesday formally approved Ramon S. Torrecilha as the 20th president of Westfield State University. A lifelong educator from California who immigrated to the United States as a migrant worker at age 17, Torrecilha will be the first Latino to serve as president in the university’s 176-year history. His term is scheduled to begin Jan. 25, 2016. “I am delighted by the appointment of …

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 …

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 …

Amherst College President Carolyn ‘Biddy’ Martin issues statement supporting increased racial equity on campus

Monday, November 16, 2015

AMHERST — In a response to a list of demands from Amherst College students, including a call for the removal of the school’s unofficial mascot, “Lord Jeff,” college President Carolyn “Biddy” Martin has issued a statement supporting students’ …

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 …