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Elizabeth Barajas-Roman new director of Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

After advocating for issues related to women’s rights and immigrants on the national level, Elizabeth Barajas-Román has switched to promoting change and creating partnerships locally as the new chief executive officer of the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts. An experienced leader in policy and advocacy, Barajas-Román will now lead one of the top social change philanthropic organizations dedicated to women’s … 0

First things first, it's 'Go! Go U! Go UMass! Go U-Mass!' Freshman convocation clam bake teaches the ropes, rules and pride

Monday, September 1, 2014

AMHERST — The 4,650 members of the incoming freshman class at the University of Massachusetts Amherst had a lot to learn their first weekend on campus, from the location of the dining commons to the names of their peer mentors and advisers. And at the annual new students convocation at the Mullins Center … 0

New students number about 6,760 at Five Colleges from nearly all states, 30 countries

Saturday, August 30, 2014

AMHERST — With gear piled high atop car roofs and minivans filled to capacity, thousands of new and returning students arrived on campus this weekend at Hampshire County’s four private colleges and the University of Massachusetts. The combined class of 2018 at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Smith, Amherst, Hampshire, and Mount Holyoke … 0

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

Amherst College initiative part of a bigger trend of colleges promoting green practices

Sunday, May 11, 2014

AMHERST — Amherst College has created a new department, the Office of Environmental Sustainability, in an effort to integrate conservation and green initiatives into the campus culture. College President Biddy Martin recently announced the establishment of the office, initially funded through alumni donations. A national search begins this … 1

UMass graduates 5,500 under gray skies

Friday, May 9, 2014

AMHERST — Gray skies and a light drizzle couldn’t dampen the spirits of the ebullient crowd at the 144th University of Massachusetts undergraduate commencement ceremony Friday evening. Approximately 5,500 students donned caps and gowns and said goodbye to … 0

From 'Lost boy' to Ph.D.: Doctoral student overcomes long odds on way to degree

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Amherst — Anyone who earns a doctorate knows hardship. And then there is James Alic Garang. The journey that led him to accepting his doctoral degree Friday at the University of Massachusetts began when he learned the alphabet … 25

Amherst College extends ban on fraternities to off-campus groups, at least three 'underground' frats affected

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

AMHERST — Amherst College has banned its students from joining fraternities and sororities, even if based off campus, triggering a range of reactions from relief that a clear policy finally is in place to doubts whether the college … 4

Amherst College, UMass Amherst among colleges and universities being investigated by the US Dept. of Education over handling of sexual abuse

Thursday, May 1, 2014

AMHERST — Amherst College and the University of Massachusetts Amherst are among 55 institutions being reviewed by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights for possible violations of federal law over the handling of sexual violence … 0