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University of Massachusetts Amherst Police Chief Tyrone A. Parham was sworn in Friday after joining the department in January.

On day of swearing in, UMass Police Chief Tyrone Parham looks ahead

Friday, February 12, 2016

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts Amherst Police Chief Tyrone A. Parham was sworn in Friday during an afternoon ceremony at the Mullins Center. Earlier in the day, Parham spoke to reporters about his impressions of the department, which he joined in January. “My entire professional career was at one institution and when this job came about, it looked like this would be a really good experience and opportunity for me, and I haven’t looked back since,” he said at the UMass police station. Parham worked for 26 years at the Pennsylvania State University Police Department, with his final four as chief, and was selected from …

At Smith College, Cornel West urges unity, integrity in the face of racism

Friday, February 12, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Influential scholar and civil rights activist Cornel West spoke passionately to a crowd at Smith College Thursday night, urging them to come together and seek truth as the nation continues to reckon with police brutality and systemic racism. Speaking, as always, in a fiery manner that defies synopsis, West told the …

Swastika found in UMass bathroom prompts police investigation

Thursday, February 11, 2016

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts Amherst police have launched an investigation after a swastika was found carved in a bathroom stall on campus earlier this month. The swastika was discovered etched into a bathroom stall in the Integrative Learning Center building. After the symbol was found, officials taped over it and closed the stall while police investigated, UMass spokesman Ed Blaguszewski said. “It’s …

Creator of Harvard affirmative-action policy dies

Monday, December 21, 2015

WASHINGTON — Walter Leonard, an attorney and university administrator who designed an admissions process at Harvard University that led to more minority students being admitted, has died. He was 86. Leonard died Dec. 8 in Kensington, Maryland, of complications from Alzheimer’s disease, said his wife, Betty Leonard. The …

Smith College reports death of senior Noemi Collazo of Springfield

Friday, December 18, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Smith College senior Noemi Collazo of Springfield has died, according to an email sent to the college community Friday afternoon. The circumstances of Collazo’s death were not described in the email sent by Donna Lisker, dean of the college and vice president for campus life. College …

Smith College faculty members sign letter calling for divestment from fossil fuels

Friday, December 18, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A letter signed by 85 current and former faculty members and sent to the Smith College board of trustees has joined a growing chorus of voices calling for the school to divest from fossil fuels. “Our hopes are to send a strong message to the trustees …

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Friday, December 18, 2015

Inside Out Prison Exchange Program pairs Amherst College students, Hampshire County inmates in educational experience

Thursday, December 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The event was billed as a debate, but there was far more camaraderie than contention among the 15 students at the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction — some inmates, some enrolled at Amherst College. …

Community members seek review by Senate and UMass presidents of WMUA restructuring

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

AMHERST — Saying that the restructuring of operations at radio station WMUA will reduce the educational opportunities for students and diminish the cultural life of the Pioneer Valley, community members are calling on Senate President Stanley Rosenberg and …

University announces WMUA restructuring as roles of students, community members to shift

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

AMHERST — Under a restructuring of University of Massachusetts campus radio station WMUA, students will play a greater role in running the station next spring while community members will see a diminished role in on-air programming and the …

BU revokes Cosby’s honorary degree

Monday, December 14, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Boston University trustees have voted to revoke an honorary degree awarded to Bill Cosby. The university said in a statement Monday that the entertainer’s treatment of women “brought significant and lasting discredit upon himself” and was inconsistent with the school’s values. The university joins several …

Video game helps spur environmental learning

Sunday, December 13, 2015

PITTSFIELD (AP) — Through the use of a popular video game and a federal grant of nearly $37,000, one local partnership is using virtual insights to help shift students’ realities. Greenagers are just wrapping up a fall semester pilot of a program they call “Crafting the Landscape,” which …

Smith College junior Aly Johnson-Kurts interrupts Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin to protest fracking at Paris climate talks

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Smith College junior Aly Johnson-Kurts interrupted Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin at the Paris climate talks on Wednesday to protest a pipeline that would carry fracked natural gas through her home state. The governor responded by telling …