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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 the strike, The Boston Globe reported. About a dozen tents were set up in a circle, and the student group organizing the …

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 feel proud of the decision we’ve made. We are proclaiming that trans women are women. …

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 best and promising to raise more money than his predecessors. “I want excellence in everything …

Smith College School for Social Work, Veterans Education Project offer panel addressing impact of war on returned troops

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A collaboration between the Smith College School for Social Work and the Veterans Education Project Thursday will take up one of the most pressing social issues of our time — the impact of war on troops once back on home soil. Three local authors who have …

Amherst creates new advisory board to bridge disconnect between town, students

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

AMHERST — For many of the nearly 25,000 undergraduate college students who live in Amherst, interactions with the larger community are limited to their four years in town. To improve and expand the relationship between students and the town, and to better understand and address student concerns, Town …

Hampshire College establishes program focusing on ethics and doing good in the world

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

AMHERST— A new program offered this fall at Hampshire College will introduce students from all disciplines academic courses and other educational opportunities that specifically focus on ethics and what it means to do good in the world. The …

Dalai Lama’s visit to UMass, colleges confirmed for October

Sunday, April 5, 2015

HADLEY — The Dalai Lama will spend three days in the Pioneer Valley in October, giving talks at Smith College, Amherst College and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, it was confirmed Sunday. Arthur Zajonc, president of the Mind …

UMass names Dartmouth professor Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina to head Commonwealth Honors College

Friday, April 3, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst has named a Dartmouth College professor to head its Commonwealth Honors College. Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina of Thetford, Vermont, will become dean of the honors college beginning July 15. She was born …

Dalai Lama expected to speak at UMass this fall; details being worked out

Thursday, April 2, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst is in discussions with the Dalai Lama to have him speak at the university this fall. Nancy Buffone, the university’s executive director of external relations and university events, said the university …

UMass names astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson as commencement speaker

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

AMHERST — Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson will speak at the undergraduate commencement of the University of Massachusetts Amherst on May 8, the school announced Wednesday. Tyson is executive editor and on-camera host for “Cosmos: a Spacetime Odyssey,” the …

Hack@Smith takes on gender imbalance in software field; teams tackle weekend of computing projects

Saturday, March 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A little after noon Saturday, Smith College senior Melissa Chenok pulled a photo up on her laptop, that of sinister “Harry Potter” character Draco Malfoy. Then she fetched another: celebrity Kim Kardashian, sporting blond tresses. The …

Training drill for emergencies could draw 275

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

AMHERST — If an emergency shelter needs to be activated for Hampshire County residents during a major storm, those in charge of overseeing the site need to be prepared to safely and orderly accommodate people and their pets. This ability to ensure families have a safe place to …

Activist Angela Davis to speak at UMass about social justice

Monday, March 23, 2015

AMHERST — Angela Davis, an internationally known civil and women’s rights activist and scholar, will speak at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Monday about social justice. Her talk, titled “Sustaining Social Justice Movements and Intersectional Struggles,” is scheduled from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Fine Arts …