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Scott Specht and Louise Harpman of Specht Harpman Architects are asked questions by Stephen Chan at TEDx Amherst Saturday. The duo spoke about rethinking the size of the American home.

TEDx at UMass explores ‘pioneering’ as event expands; 12 speakers reach audience of over 700

Saturday, April 25, 2015

AMHERST — Speakers at the largest TEDx event convened at the University of Massachusetts explored the theme of pioneering Saturday, defined this way by the event’s chief curator, Nicole Malinowski: “to develop or be the first to use and apply.” “We are living in an age of transformative and powerful pioneering ideas being implemented by people all around the world,” …

UMass engineering seniors’ year-end projects tackle issues like guiding the blind, treating post-traumatic stress

Friday, April 24, 2015

AMHERST — Can police chest cameras turn on automatically during an arrest? Can Blue Tooth technology help the blind navigate through their day? Can a device worn by soldiers help doctors treat them for post-traumatic stress disorder when they get home? Can you play “Chopsticks” when no piano is in sight? These were …

Rally at UMass calls attention to student debt resulting from loans

Thursday, April 23, 2015

AMHERST — As 100 or so prospective students and families made their way past the University of Massachusetts Amherst student union Thursday, a circle of current students wearing signs with messages such as, “You are not a loan,” and “Thanks for my UMa$$ive debt” chanted at the top of their lungs, “Education is …

Area police news

Monday, March 16, 2015

Amherst ∎ Anthony Vincent Caputo, 25, of Ludlow, was arrested at 10:30 p.m. Saturday on North Pleasant Street on a warrant. ∎ Mabvuto Tsonga, 38, who listed an address as the streets of Amherst, was arrested at 5:02 p.m. Saturday in front of Town Hall on charges of …

Lawyer: protect rights of fraternity members

Saturday, March 14, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY — The actions of some fraternity members at the University of Oklahoma caught engaging in a racist chant are inexcusable, but student members still have due process rights that must be protected, an attorney hired to …

Racist graffiti found at UMass Graduate Employee Organization condemned by chancellor

Friday, March 13, 2015

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts Amherst administrators have apologized for a delayed response to racist graffiti found outside the Graduate Employee Organization office March 7, according to GEO co-chairwoman Anais Surkin. This is the latest incident involving racist graffiti on campus, after offensive messages were found in three …

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to speak at Amherst College May 4

Friday, March 13, 2015

AMHERST — The man who worked with President Ronald Reagan to help end the Cold War will speak with one of his latest biographers on an Amherst stage in May, then take questions from Valley residents. Former Soviet …

After a brutal winter, Spring Bulb Show visitors take refuge amid color, soothing fragrances at Smith College

Thursday, March 12, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — After the winter we’ve endured, the long-running annual Spring Bulb Show at Smith College with its display of 7,000 colorful bulbs no doubt will be a bigger draw than ever this year. By way of verification, …

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, …