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Legislative committee recommends increased financial aid for public education

Saturday, April 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — A legislative committee led by a local lawmaker said last week that the state should act soon to help relieve rising college costs and student debt. “Fewer people are going to start going to college ... (and) you also can’t shed this debt,” said state Rep. Paul Mark, D-Peru, who co-chaired the Subcommittee on Student Loans and Debt. “If all of a sudden almost 20 percent of the … 0

More than 1,000 support gay community at UMass rally, countering five from Westboro Baptist Church

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

AMHERST — The Westboro Baptist Church’s anti-gay protest at the University of Massachusetts came and went quickly and without incident Wednesday, while a rally supporting the campus’ gay community drew over 1,000 people. The two events were sparked by UMass sophomore Derrick Gordon becoming the nation’s first openly gay men’s college basketball player. … 3

With UMass talk overrun by activists, John Ashcroft answers questions from audience on the Patriot Act, torture

Thursday, April 17, 2014

AMHERST — When former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft stepped up the podium in the UMass Student Union Ballroom Wednesday night to both hearty applause and boos, he told the crowd of about 150 that he planned to talk about liberty. But after just a few minutes of his thoughts on freedom, a … 1

GCC Foundation aims to build donor support from Hampshire County; campaign kicks off Thursday

Saturday, March 8, 2014

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Community College Foundation will reach out to current and former students from Hampshire County to help it reach a fundraising goal. The college kicks off a $825,000 campaign Thursday. The drive will be led by honorary co-chairs Chia Collins and Michael Cohen of Northampton. … 0

Hampshire College building center to teach importance of eating locally grown food

Friday, March 7, 2014

AMHERST (AP) — Hampshire College is building a new center that will help teach students the importance of eating locally grown food. The western Massachusetts college serves food grown mostly at local farms or on its 15-acre campus farm that has cows, pigs and even hens. The Center … 1

Amherst, UMass officials take steps to minimize pre-St. Patrick’s Day partying

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

AMHERST — Social media is buzzing and event T-shirts are ready to order. Some University of Massachusetts students seem to be itching for the pre-St. Patrick’s Day “Blarney Blowout” Saturday that is becoming an annual promotion at downtown … 0

Nonhazardous deicing material spills into Mill River at Smith College

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — As much as 2,600 gallons of deicing material spilled into and around the Mill River off West Street last week, prompting Smith College to hire an environmental firm to clean up the site. State environmental regulators say the material is nonhazardous. The cleanup was completed Friday, … 0

New Greenfield Community College training program targets unemployed, underemployed

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

GREENFIELD — A new training program will equip unemployed and underemployed residents with manufacturing and work readiness skills so they can fill open entry-level jobs at local companies. Greenfield Community College and partner organizations will train at least 40 people in free 80-hour “foundational mechanical” training programs this … 0

A greenhouse full of pink to banish the wintertime blues: Smith College bulb show opens

Saturday, March 1, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — For Rachel Lord, weaving through the narrow passages in the Botanic Garden of Smith College greenhouse among 5,000 bulbs that planters coaxed into early bloom was part business and all pleasure. She had her 6-month-old baby, … 0

Commonwealth to have greater oversight in Westfield State University president search

Friday, February 28, 2014

As Westfield State University’s trustees ramp up their search for a new president, state education leaders will have more oversight than they did when Evan S. Dobelle was hired in 2007. New guidelines for the search, selection, appointment … 0

UMass program offers dog snuggles as a stress buster for students

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

AMHERST — Dogs proved to be good therapy for hundreds of University of Massachusetts Amherst students Wednesday. The crowd reached 100 people outside the Student Union Ballroom before the Paws Program was even set to begin, bringing therapy … 0

Expansion, renovation underway at UMass Blue Wall cafe

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

AMHERST — With the demolition process wrapping up and construction to begin in early March, the $19 million project to renovate the Blue Wall cafe in the University of Massachusetts Campus Center is well underway. The project, which … 0

UMass-Amherst town-gown steering committee to interview three finalists for consultant

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

AMHERST — Three finalists to assist the University of Massachusetts and town of Amherst in completing a town-gown study focused on meeting future housing needs and promoting economic development will be interviewed Tuesday afternoon. The town-gown steering committee, which is overseeing the process of hiring a consultant for … 0