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MATT BURKHARTT
Students at the UMass textbook annex locate their books Wednesday January 21

Textbooks still pricey, but University of Massachusetts Amherst students and staff look for ways to reduce costs

Friday, January 23, 2015

AMHERST — At a time when University of Massachusetts Amherst students spend about $1,200 a year on textbooks, one wonders whether the authors of the nearly $300 “Essentials of Investments” would advise students to actually buy a new copy of their own book. That was not the path chosen by finance major Curtis Kowalski of Boxford, for whom the book …

Male peregrine falcon, star of UMass webcam atop campus library, dies days after rescue from snowbank

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

AMHERST — The male peregrine falcon found injured last week on Sunset Avenue has died. The 14-year-old bird, the star of a University of Massachusetts webcam on top of the campus library, had been recuperating at the Leverett home of Richard Nathhorst, research facilities project manager at UMass, since being discovered in a …

At Amherst College event honoring legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., Billy McBride says more kindness needed

Monday, January 19, 2015

AMHERST — Courage, faith and compassion for others are blessings Billy T. McBride said he received after surviving a stabbing as a teenager growing up in Syracuse, New York. “Those blessings were often shared with my college roommate and teammate,” said McBride, the assistant director of athletics and diversity inclusion at Amherst College, …

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 …

Mount Holyoke President Lynn Pasquerella to announce plan for more women in sciences at second college summit in Washington

Thursday, December 4, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — Mount Holyoke College President Lynn Pasquerella will announce a plan to get more women into the sciences when she joins President Obama and more than 400 fellow college leaders at the second College Opportunity Day …

Gov.-elect Charlie Baker encounters recipient of his own scholarship during visit to UMass

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

AMHERST — Squeezed between scheduled events during his visit to the University of Massachusetts Amherst science facilities, Gov.-elect Charlie Baker ran into a student who received a scholarship he established. UMass junior Patrice Charlot of Brockton is among …

Doctors without Borders nurse Deborah Wilson speaks to UMass students about fighting Ebola in Africa

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

AMHERST — For six weeks this fall, Doctors Without Borders nurse Deborah Wilson fought Ebola in Liberia. When she returned, she found herself fighting for the rights of her colleagues. Speaking to an ethics class taught by professor …

Indian schools facing decayed buildings, poverty

Sunday, November 30, 2014

WINSLOW, Ariz. — On a desert outpost miles from the closest paved road, Navajo students at the Little Singer Community School gleefully taste traditional fry bread during the school’s heritage week. “It reminds us of the Native American …