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JERREY ROBERTS
A worker from Truehart Construction in Southampton work at Smith College Monday to restore an area near Paradise Pond where a sinkhole occurred, due to a ruptured storm drain pipe. The College Lane entrance to a frequently used walking path has been closed for the repairs, but is expected to re-open soon.

Smith College works on sinkhole near Paradise Pond

Monday, July 14, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Work to repair a sinkhole that swallowed up a paved path on the hill overlooking Smith College’s Paradise Pond is underway. The sinkhole opened up in mid-May and is 15 feet in diameter and 12 feet deep, according to Smith College spokeswoman Stacey Schmeidel. Located about halfway down the hill between the admissions office and the pond, the … 0

Birds of a feather: Visually impaired youth find new experiences, friendship at Northampton camp

Friday, July 11, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — In a quiet classroom on the Smith College campus Friday, a tiny, big-eyed saw-whet owl perched calmly while 10-year-old Paige Drury let her hands be guided until she was gently stroking feathers on the bird’s back. Afterwards, Drury, who is blind, smiled when she described what it felt like to touch … 0

UMass to begin limiting outdoor events starting Tuesday

Friday, July 11, 2014

AMHERST — Outdoor events on playing fields and grassy areas on the University of Massachusetts campus will be limited beginning Tuesday. UMass, working with the town of Amherst’s health department, is restricting these campus-sponsored events as a precaution against Eastern equine encephalitis, which is carried by mosquitoes that breed and typically bite during the dusk and early evening. Already, campus departments are scheduling … 0

MIT plans nanotech building

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

CAMBRIDGE (AP) — The Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced Tuesday that is building a large $350 million facility in the heart of campus to study materials on the smallest scale. The 200,000-square-foot building, called MIT.nano, will house state-of-the-art cleanroom, imaging and prototyping facilities supporting research with nanoscale materials … 0

$10 million gift for UMass Amherst Isenberg School of Management's entrepreneurship program

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

AMHERST — A $10 million gift from longtime University of Massachusetts supporters will help create a Center for Entrepreneurship at the Isenberg School of Management. Douglas and Diana Berthiaume recently made the donation that will establish the Douglas … 0

Expected increase in state money for Greenfield Community College may again freeze student fees

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College is in line for an increase of $310,000 to $450,000 in state funding, which may be enough to convince trustees to again freeze student fees. President Robert Pura said fee increases will be discussed by his staff and the board of trustees in … 0

Smith College students plan rally advocating for change in admission policy on transgender applicants

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Smith College students are planning a rally this week to advocate for change in the way the college deals with transgender applicants. Smith sophomore Sarah Fraas, 20, said organizers have been trying to get the college … 3

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. … 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 … 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 … 1

Mount Holyoke lacrosse team pays it forward — and reaps unexpected return

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — It’s difficult for the captains of the Mount Holyoke College lacrosse team to explain why they cleaned up a mess they did not make while waiting for a flight at Bradley International Airport to spring … 0

Anti-Obama filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza to speak at Amherst College April 29

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

AMHERST — Conservative author, commentator and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza will speak at Amherst College April 29. D’Souza, director of the anti-Obama documentary “2016: Obama’s America” and the forthcoming documentary “America,” will give his talk at 8 p.m. in Stirn Auditorium at an event sponsored by the Amherst College … 0

UMass students revise demonstration to take focus off of anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

AMHERST — After a day rethinking their plans, University of Massachusetts students have decided to hold a demonstration in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students on campus Wednesday instead of at a public intersection where they … 1