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Christopher Montanez, left, 6, Joe Beaulieu and Miriam Rosas, all of Chicopee, talk Tuesday morning about their overnight stay at the Red Cross emergency shelter at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School.

Few residents ride out the storm at Red Cross shelter in Northampton

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Six people spent Monday night at the Red Cross regional shelter at the Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School Monday. Joe Beaulieu was one of four people who drove up from Chicopee Monday evening to stay in the shelter, he said. The reason was his friend’s 6-year-old son, Christopher Montanez, has asthma and sometimes needs an electric respirator …

Governor names Victor Woolridge new chairman of University of Massachusetts board of trustees

Monday, January 26, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker has named Victor Woolridge the new chairman of the University of Massachusetts board of trustees. Woolridge will replace current Chairman Henry Thomas, who submitted his resignation as chairman. Thomas will continue to serve on the board. Woolridge’s first job will be to form a search committee to begin looking for a new University of Massachusetts president. UMass …

Plow crews in Valley will be sorely tested by heavy snowfall, officials warn

Monday, January 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — In company with 4,000 pieces of state-owned equipment and about 50 from the city of Northampton, Florence resident Kate Towles will be out with her own little snowblower clearing her patch of road Tuesday — her driveway. At the Northampton Department of Public Works facilities Monday, Towles filled up two buckets …

New banners in downtown Amherst celebrate private colleges and UMass

Monday, December 15, 2014

AMHERST — New banners hung from light posts in downtown Amherst are aimed at reflecting the community’s pride in hosting three institutions of higher learning, said Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Donald Courtemanche. The 57 banners, which each read “Welcome to Amherst,” prominently feature the University …

Friday, December 12, 2014

Campaign for moose as new mascot at Amherst College reaches Frost Library, Johnson Chapel

Thursday, December 11, 2014

AMHERST — In the seven months since an 800-pound female moose visited Amherst College and toured the president’s house property, a vigorous campaign by students has sought to have the animal replace Lord Jeffery Amherst as the college’s mascot. Posters advancing the cause are stapled to bulletin boards …

Smith announces new scholarships, expanded partnership with Holyoke, Greenfield community colleges

Thursday, December 11, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Smith College is opening a new door to welcome students on a non-traditional path in their education. The college announced Wednesday the creation of its Community College Scholarship Program, which will award four full-tuition scholarships to …

Smith College graduate Tess Grogan receives Marshall Scholarship

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Tess Grogan of Greenfield, who graduated earlier this year from Smith College, has received a Marshall Scholarship. Grogan works in Hadley on teacher license exams with Pearson Education, a publishing and assessment service. Now she has the opportunity to work on her master’s degree in the …

Senate airs reporting of campus sex assaults

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

WASHINGTON — Only a fraction of campus sexual assault victims go to police. Senators on Tuesday grappled with the thorny issue of why some just let their college handle it — or don’t report it at all. Some …

MIT pulls online lectures over harassment claim

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

CAMBRIDGE (AP) — The Massachusetts Institute of Technology says it has removed a retired physics professor’s lectures from an online learning platform after a school investigation found he had sexually harassed a woman. MIT said in a statement that it began investigating after receiving a complaint in October …

After email controversy, Smith President Kathleen McCartney leads campus vigil over police killings of blacks

Monday, December 8, 2014

NORTHAMPTON ­— Smith College President Kathleen McCartney led a vigil attended by 130 people Monday afternoon three days after she apologized for her original wording in an email she sent to the campus community in reaction to the …

‘Crosset Christmas’ at Amherst College draws 1,500, leads to two injuries and pair of arrests

Monday, December 8, 2014

AMHERST — Out-of-control partyers at Amherst College that resulted in two arrests, two injuries and intentionally pulled fire alarms prompted the Amherst fire chief and college officials to put an end to the event early Sunday. The annual event, known as “Crossett Christmas,” drew up to 1,500 people …

Amherst College endowment reaches all-time high of $2.15 billion

Friday, December 5, 2014

AMHERST — The endowment for Amherst College recently passed $2 billion, a milestone that will allow the college to continue covering its expenses, including providing grants to all eligible students. “It’s a very big, very healthy number,” Kevin Weinman, the college’s chief financial officer, said of the $2.15 …