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Mo. protests helped fuel unrest at other colleges

Thursday, November 26, 2015

When student protesters lay down on cold, wet sidewalks this month at Ithaca College in New York state, the revolution had already started in Columbia, Mo., nearly 1,000 miles away. Racial tensions had been building for months at the private school in New York’s Finger Lakes region. In September, the school newspaper wrote about two altercations public safety officers had with students of color. Then, in early October during a …

Students, alumnae urge Smith College to divest its $1.77 billion endowment from fossil fuels

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — An increasing number of students and alumnae are urging Smith College to divest its $1.77 billion endowment from fossil fuels, and say they are growing impatient with the lack of response from campus officials. Meghan Kallman, a 2005 Smith graduate who lives in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, contacted the Gazette on Tuesday to share a letter sent last month to administrators which …

Other homes for the holidays

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — When a plate of neatly sliced dark and white meat landed in front of Jenny Ye at her first Thanksgiving table, she was surprised: it wasn’t a fully intact, roasted bird, like in the movies. “I didn’t realize that people cut the whole turkey before they eat it,” she said, …

Cuts coming at UMass after Legislature removes money for pay raises from supplemental budget

Friday, October 30, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst will bear nearly half of a system-wide $10.9 million cut after that amount to cover money already spent on pay raises was removed from a $328 million supplemental budget sent this …

UMass Center for Data Science draws representatives from Amazon, Google and more to campus

Thursday, October 29, 2015

AMHERST — Well-known businesses and organizations in Massachusetts and beyond are lavishing both time and money on the new Center for Data Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The center, established earlier this year, has received more than $1.5 million worth of computer hardware, cloud computing infrastructure, …

California sociologist Ramon Torrecilha chosen as Westfield State University president

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

WESTFIELD — A lifelong educator from California has been named the next president of Westfield State University, pending confirmation by state higher education officials. The university’s board of trustees Wednesday unanimously recommended Ramon S. Torrecilha, a professor of sociology and former provost and vice president for academic affairs …

UMass police chief finalist Joseph Riley cites importance of engaging community

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

AMHERST — New York City Deputy Police Chief Joseph R. Riley said he wants the job of police chief at the University of Massachusetts Amherst because he has always wanted to work in a higher education environment. While …

Westfield State University expected to select 20th president

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

WESTFIELD — The Westfield State University board of trustees is expected to select the school’s 20th president at a special meeting Wednesday. The open session is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. in the president’s board room at the Horace Mann Center on campus. The three finalists are: • Linda …

Amherst parents, officials debate school changes

Monday, October 26, 2015

AMHERST — As the date for a School Committee vote on Amherst’s elementary grade reconfiguration approaches, some parents remain unconvinced that switching from three elementary schools to two is the right way to go. The committee will vote …

Ole Miss retires state flag with Confederate emblem

Monday, October 26, 2015

OXFORD, Miss. — The University of Mississippi quietly pulled down the state flag on Monday, deciding that the 121-year-old banner’s Confederate battle emblem sends a harmful message in this age of diversity. Acting under the order of Interim …

UMass dining services worker fired for having gun in trunk of car

Monday, October 26, 2015

AMHERST — A University of Massachusetts dining services worker who allegedly brought a handgun to campus last week has been fired and will be summoned to Eastern Hampshire District Court on two weapons charges, according to UMass Police. According to police, the worker brought a .380-caliber handgun to …

UMass Amherst professor Joseph Berger named chair of global higher ed initiative

Sunday, October 25, 2015

AMHERST — A University of Massachusetts professor who has worked on improving access to higher education across the world has been tapped to lead a global research effort along the same lines. As chairman of the Global Higher Education & Research Challenge, Joseph Berger will oversee efforts to …

Smith College scholarship fund set up in memory of Christina Cavallari, late owner of Serio’s Market

Sunday, October 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Christina Cavallari served many Smith College students as owner of the long-running Serio’s Market before she died suddenly in May 2014. And starting next year, local Smith College students will benefit from a scholarship set up …