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Smith College shuts down event in Scott Gym

Sunday, April 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Smith College police had to close down an event in Scott Gynasium late Friday night after the crowd became too large and additional people were trying to enter the building, a college spokesperson said. Sam Masinter, director of college relations, said in an email in response to questions from the Gazette that the “student event” in Scott Gym attracted a full house but that, just after midnight, an …

‘The Hunting Ground’ producer Amy Ziering to speak at Amherst Cinema about sexual violence on campuses

Thursday, April 16, 2015

AMHERST — Marking Sexual Violence Awareness Month, “The Hunting Ground” producer Amy Ziering will be at the Amherst Cinema on Friday to answer questions and provide an introduction to her film examining the culture of sexual violence on college campuses. The film opens at the theater Friday, and Ziering will attend the 7 p.m. screening. Ziering participated in a conference call Thursday with …

UMass to establish College of Information and Computer Sciences

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

AMHERST — Quick on the heels of the launch of its Center for Data Science came the announcement Wednesday that the University of Massachusetts Amherst will establish a College of Information and Computer Sciences. Formerly a department in the College of Natural Sciences, computer science became a “school” in 2012 and will rise …

Frat probe broadens amid more racism claims

Thursday, March 12, 2015

NORMAN, Okla. — Investigations into racism at Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity chapters have extended to college campuses in Louisiana and Texas, the organization said Thursday, after its national office received word that members in those places had direct …

Spring Bulb Show at Smith College daily through March 22

Thursday, March 12, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Spring Bulb Show in the Lyman Conservatory at Smith College runs from March 6 to 22. The hours are daily, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with extended weekend hours Friday, Saturday and Sunday through 8 p.m. in the illuminated greenhouses. There is a suggested $5 …

UMass Police Chief John Horvath takes pay cut to lead Rockport department

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts Amherst Police Chief John K. Horvath will take a pay cut to become chief of the Rockport Police Department on the North Shore, according to a report in the Gloucester Times. When Horvath …

First Pioneer Valley Ecological Management Conference fuels collaborative efforts by environmentalists

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — The first Pioneer Valley Ecological Management Conference was deemed a success by organizers who were pleased by the presentations and the community turnout Saturday. “We are thrilled. This was a tremendous mix of people with a …

Northampton poet Jennifer Jabaily Blackburn a runner-up in her second ‘Jeopardy!’ episode

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — You win some; you lose some. On the television show “Jeopardy!” this week, Northampton poet and Smith College employee Jennifer Jabaily Blackburn had one of each — a win on Monday and a loss on Tuesday. Because she came in second place on Tuesday, winning $2,000, …

Search committee hopes to have new UMass president hired by end of June

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

AMHERST — A search committee hopes to have a new University of Massachusetts president hired by June 30, according to its consultant, Kenneth L. Kring of Korn/Ferry International, which has its headquarters in Los Angeles. “For a search like this, while it will be extensive and there will …

Amherst Regional School Committee approves $30 million budget which cuts equivalent of 16 positions

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

AMHERST — The Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee unanimously passed a budget Tuesday calling for the elimination of approximately 16 positions. The 2015-16 budget is about $30 million, an increase of roughly $400,000 or 1.4 percent from the current year’s budget. The budget was reduced by $7,000 from previous …

U of Oklahoma expels students over video

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

NORMAN, Okla. — The University of Oklahoma’s president expelled two students Tuesday after he said they were identified as leaders of a racist chant captured on video during a fraternity event. University President David Boren said in a …

Demonstrators at UMass call for sexual assault survivors’ bill of rights

Monday, March 9, 2015

AMHERST — After a woman reported being raped at the University of Massachusetts, a sexual assault disciplinary hearing forced her to face the man she was accusing. Following the hearing, as she continued to recover from the sexual assault, her attacker not only remained a student at the …

Northampton poet and Smith College employee Jennifer Blackburn advances on ‘Jeopardy!’

Monday, March 9, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Millions of people watching the quiz show “Jeopardy!” Monday night saw Northampton poet and Smith College employee Jennifer Jabaily Blackburn come from behind to win the show and take home $19,700. Blackburn won in Final Jeopardy …