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New students at UMass, Amherst College invited to meet downtown businesses Saturday

Monday, August 25, 2014

AMHERST — More than 4,000 new students at the University of Massachusetts, joined by Amherst College freshmen, will come to downtown Amherst on Saturday. The Amherst Business Improvement District and the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce are working with officials at both institutions on this year’s Adventure into Amherst, from 12:30 to 3 p.m. This marks the fourth year UMass students have come downtown as part of new student orientation. … 0

Colleges in legal bind over allowing student use of medical marijuana

Friday, August 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When it comes to medical marijuana, Massachusetts colleges are left to choose between the right of the patient and compliance with federal law. Educational institutions are fearful that sanctioning medical marijuana use on campus could jeopardize federal funding — which includes financial aid for students. “Although Massachusetts law permits the use … 0

UMass to continue campus ban on all uses of marijuana; Greenfield Community College studies issue

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The University of Massachusetts Amherst will continue to ban all marijuana use, medical or otherwise, on university property under the Code of Student Conduct, despite the state’s legalization of the drug for medicinal purposes. Many colleges and universities will continue to ban all uses of marijuana because federal law still classifies it as … 0

Greenfield Community College Foundation short of fundraising goal as campaign nears end

Friday, May 30, 2014

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Community College Foundation is hoping a surge of donations on its final campaign day will help it reach its $825,000 fundraising goal. As of Thursday, the annual campaign had collected just over $798,000. The campaign ends on Saturday, which this year falls on the … 0

In wake of Dobelle debacle, Westfield State interim president adds spending safeguards, increases transparency

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Six months after taking over as interim president of Westfield State University in November, Elizabeth H. Preston has instituted changes in financial practices to bring accountability and oversight to campus along with greater transparency to restore … 0

Amherst College president uses speech to address issue of campus sexual assaults

Sunday, May 25, 2014

AMHERST — In a commencement address Sunday, Amherst College President Carolyn “Biddy” Martin acknowledged the unwelcome attention the school attracted as one of 55 institutions named by the federal Department of Education this year for possible mishandling of … 0

Loss of electricity closes Hampshire College

Thursday, May 22, 2014

AMHERST — Hampshire College was closed Thursday after buildings lost power because of a faulty terminal inside the main switchgear that distributes electricity on campus. Crews from Utility Service New England were on campus making repairs throughout the day, with power expected to be restored by early evening, … 0

Smith College moving ahead with plan for housing complex of five buildings off Paradise Road in Northampton

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Responding to a demand from students who would prefer more apartment-style housing options, Smith College intends to construct a five-building housing complex along Paradise Road near the college quadrangle that will house 80 students. The two-story … 2

Simmons gives Smith College grads thoughts on protest

Sunday, May 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Without addressing the substance of the controversy that prompted Smith College’s original speaker to withdraw, former president Ruth Simmons called Sunday on the class of 2014 to “fight for the jangling discord of learning at its … 0

Mount Holyoke College grads hear ‘funny thing’

Sunday, May 18, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — Deborah Bial thinks that a commencement speech is a “funny thing.” Standing in the center of the Richard Glenn Gettell Amphitheater at Mount Holyoke College on Sunday, the 1987 graduate of Brandeis University alluded to … 0

Protests take down more grad speakers

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Forget about their students not making it to graduation. Now colleges have to wonder whether their speakers will. From former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to the head of the International Monetary Fund and the ex-chancellor of the … 0

Smith College economics professors cite ‘lost opportunity’ with IMF head Christine Lagarde’s withdrawal from grad talk

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Lamenting a “lost opportunity,” 14 members of the Smith College economics department publicly expressed disappointment over Christine Lagarde’s decision to back out of delivering the school’s commencement address this weekend. A student and faculty protest, including … 7

Backstory: Facing protest, Smith grad speaker drops out; Simmons to step in

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The planned keynote speaker for Smith College’s commencement Sunday dropped out amid student and faculty outcry, saying she did not want controversy over her appearance to detract from the occasion. In a letter to students, faculty … 3