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Brandeis students occupy administration building for diversity demands

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

WALTHAM (AP) — Hundreds of Brandeis University students have occupied the school’s administration building and say they won’t leave until officials address their demands regarding diversity. A group of students called #ConcernedStudents2015 began occupying the Bernstein-Marcus Administrative Center on Friday after they say interim president Lisa Lynch failed to address 13 concerns about racial equality outlined in a letter sent to her on Thursday. Students continued protesting inside the building …

Hampshire College changes investment policy to exclude companies running private prisons and supporting genocide

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

AMHERST — At the urging of student activists, Hampshire College has amended its investment policy to specifically exclude companies associated with running private prisons and supporting genocide, according to President Jonathan Lash. That change will not involve selling stocks the college currently holds, because none of its current investments are with the types of companies named. “The Hampshire board (of trustees) rewrote the …

UMass officials say ‘White Students Union’ Facebook page is fake, and one of several reported around the country

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

AMHERST — A recently created “UMass Amherst Area White Students Union” Facebook page is not associated with the University of Massachusetts Amherst or any student groups, according to campus officials, and appears to be one of a number of similar hoax pages reported at colleges and universities around the country. UMass student trustee …

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 …

Black administrator named Missouri System’s interim head

Thursday, November 12, 2015

COLUMBIA, Mo. — The University of Missouri’s governing board on Thursday appointed a recently-retired senior administrator from its flagship campus to be the university system’s interim president. Michael Middleton, 68, takes over for Tim Wolfe, who resigned abruptly …

UMass workshop focuses on supporting students in pursuit of Fulbright, other national scholarships

Thursday, November 12, 2015

AMHERST — Students at public colleges and universities across the state should get support to pursue prestigious national scholarships that further their education and experience in their fields of study, according to University of Massachusetts officials. But, to …

Protest at Smith College over racism on campus supports similar actions at Ithaca College, University of Missouri

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — About 200 Smith College students, Dean of the College Donna Lisker, and faculty and staff members joined in front of the Campus Center in the rain at noon Wednesday, calling attention to racism on campus and …

Professor with doctorate from UMass at center of controversy over right to cover protesting students at University of Missouri

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

AMHERST — A viral video showing student protesters at the University of Missouri blocking members of the media from accessing a portion of their protest site in a public space on campus has sparked differing views at the University of Massachusetts Amherst about the rights of journalists and …

University of Missouri president leaves over race complaints

Monday, November 9, 2015

COLUMBIA, Mo. — The president of the University of Missouri system and the head of its flagship campus resigned Monday with the football team and others on campus in open revolt over what they saw as indifference to …

Civil rights class, mechanical engineering research impress UMass President Martin Meehan in visit to Amherst

Monday, November 9, 2015

AMHERST — Observing student questions and comments Monday following screenings of speeches by Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, University of Massachusetts President Martin Meehan said a few words of his own to a History of the …

Mo. football players press school on racism

Sunday, November 8, 2015

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Student protests over racial incidents on the University of Missouri campus escalated over the weekend when at least 30 black football players announced they will not participate in team activities until the school’s president is …