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Melissa Chenok sits before a laptop with two characters in her planned iPhone game app, Kim Kardashian and "Harry Potter" character Draco Malfoy.

Hack@Smith takes on gender imbalance in software field; teams tackle weekend of computing projects

Saturday, March 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A little after noon Saturday, Smith College senior Melissa Chenok pulled a photo up on her laptop, that of sinister “Harry Potter” character Draco Malfoy. Then she fetched another: celebrity Kim Kardashian, sporting blond tresses. The resemblance? Striking, actually. But the pressing question for Chenok was this: Could these two familiar faces be phone app gold? Chenok was …

Training drill for emergencies could draw 275

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

AMHERST — If an emergency shelter needs to be activated for Hampshire County residents during a major storm, those in charge of overseeing the site need to be prepared to safely and orderly accommodate people and their pets. This ability to ensure families have a safe place to stay is a primary objective of a six-hour emergency exercise hosted by the University of …

Activist Angela Davis to speak at UMass about social justice

Monday, March 23, 2015

AMHERST — Angela Davis, an internationally known civil and women’s rights activist and scholar, will speak at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Monday about social justice. Her talk, titled “Sustaining Social Justice Movements and Intersectional Struggles,” is scheduled from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Fine Arts Center in the UMass Campus Center. Davis spoke at Smith College for its Black Student …

Juliet Garcia, first Hispanic woman to lead U.S. college or university, will be commencement speaker at Smith

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The first Hispanic woman to lead a U.S. college or university will be the commencement speaker this spring at Smith College. Juliet V. García, former president of the University of Texas at Brownsville, was announced Wednesday as the speaker. “Juliet García is an accomplished leader in …

UMass reverses policy on Iranian graduate students in engineering, natural science programs

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst announced Wednesday it will end its ban on the admission of Iranian nationals to certain graduate programs in a quick about-face from its original policy enacted earlier this month. UMass will …

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Many considerations for consumers in hiring a financial adviser

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

When it comes time to seek professional advice to help with your financial goals, such as saving for college tuition or retirement or handling an estate plan, finding the right financial planner takes work. It’s the job of …

Westfield State University hires Philadelphia firm to assist with presidential search

Monday, February 16, 2015

Westfield State University took another step toward finding its 20th president when it hired an executive search firm from Philadelphia this month. The university’s presidential search committee chose Diversified Search to help manage the hunt for the leader who will replace interim President Elizabeth H. Preston. The hiring …

UMass bans admission of Iranian graduate students to specific programs

Saturday, February 14, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst has banned Iranian nationals from admission to specific graduate programs, a move university officials say brings their policies into accord with U.S. sanctions against Iran. But representatives of Iranian students call …

Divest Smith College members use Valentine’s Day song to press for end to holdings in fossil fuel companies

Saturday, February 14, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Smith College President Kathleen McCartney received an unusual Valentine’s Day card Friday in the form of 30 singing students all advocating for the college’s divestment from fossil fuels. Students with Divest Smith College and members of …

Friday, February 13, 2015

Dean’s List Holyoke Community College The following local students have been named to the deans list at the Holyoke Community College. Amherst: Aisha Ahmed, Iqbal Ahmed, Nuria Ayala, Eric Braverman, Maritza Briones, Stephanie Briones, Amber Buescher, Jose Cabrera, Muhammad Chaudhry, Alice Correia, Yulia El Khoury Brianna Fuller, Phurbu …

Five College Consortium hopes to build library annex for 2.5 million volumes on Hadley farmland

Friday, February 13, 2015

HADLEY — An unpopular piece of property may finally have found its use — storing unpopular books. The Five College Consortium announced Friday that it hopes to build a 2.5 million volume library annex on a vacant piece of Hadley farmland between North Maple Street and Rocky Hill …

Deaf advocates sue Harvard, MIT over closed captioning

Friday, February 13, 2015

CAMBRIDGE (AP) — Advocates for the deaf sued Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Thursday, saying the universities failed to provide closed captioning for online courses, podcasts and other educational programs. The National Association for the Deaf filed class action lawsuits in federal court, saying …