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Two staff houses evacuated at Smith College after excavator hits natural gas line

Monday, October 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Six people were evacuated from two houses for Smith College staff when an excavator working nearby on Paradise Road punctured an underground natural gas line. Northampton Deputy Fire Chief Timothy McQueston said the damage to the two-inch pipe was reported at 12:04 p.m. and Paradise Road was closed until 1:30 p.m. while Columbia Gas stopped the gas leak. He said he did not know the name of the …

Congressman James McGovern cites importance of Greenfield Community College to region at its foundation’s annual meeting

Saturday, October 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — Some colleges and universities build big fences and walls around their property and have no interaction with the community, said U.S. Congressman James McGovern, speaking at the Greenfield Community College Foundation’s annual meeting Friday night. Not here. “This school is an essential part to the future of this region,” said McGovern, D-Worcester. “The trouble with college education now is not only …

VIDEO: 1,000 UMass students attend rally for tolerance Thursday night in wake of racist dorm messages

Thursday, October 16, 2014

AMHERST — They flooded the University of Massachusetts Amherst Student Union building Thursday afternoon, some 1,000 students of all colors moved to lend their voices to a suddenly powerful outcry against racism on campus and to take whatever steps necessary to bring about inclusion and acceptance. They included Will Syldor, a first-year master’s-degree …

Five Colleges consortium issues statement discouraging travel to areas affected by Ebola

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Although the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is said to pose no immediate threat in the Valley, area colleges are taking extra precautions by educating the public. The Five Colleges — University of Massachusetts at Amherst, …

Ex-UMass student sues university, says he was unfairly expelled for code-of-conduct violations after 'consensual sex,' was discriminated against as a man

Monday, August 11, 2014

AMHERST — A former University of Massachusetts student claims in a federal lawsuit filed last week that he was unfairly expelled after consensual sex with another student last year was deemed a violation of the school’s code of …

UMass Amherst suspends Education Abroad programs in Israel for fall semester

Saturday, August 9, 2014

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst has suspended its Education Abroad programs in Israel for students during the fall semester. The decision was announced this week by the university’s International Risk Management Committee which considered “input and information from multiple sources, including insurance and risk management consultants …

How Mount Holyoke College brought online courses to life for educators this summer

Saturday, August 2, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — When Seattle math teacher Ellen Kleyman found through a Google search that Mount Holyoke College was the only place offering the professional development course she wanted, she was initially disheartened by the 3,000 mile distance. …

At new Holyoke Community College program, playing with Legos is more than a game

Saturday, August 2, 2014

HOLYOKE — Boxes filled with an assortment of Lego parts were the trappings for an experiment in which local teenagers built small robots that follow commands they programmed into a computer in a unusual class offered this summer …

University of Massachusetts and Hadley police to display safety techniques at community event Tuesday

Thursday, July 31, 2014

AMHERST — Police officers on horses, police with their canine partners and a display of emergency vehicles will greet visitors to the University of Massachusetts campus Tuesday. Residents of Amherst and surrounding communities are invited to the National Night Out on the UMass campus, a family-friendly event, running …

MAP UMass' Old Chapel nominated for inclusion on National Register of Historic Places; Bonus map of Hampshire County historic places

Thursday, July 31, 2014

AMHERST — The 129-year-old Old Chapel at the University of Massachusetts, on the verge of a $20 million renovation, has been nominated for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. The proposal, written by the private advocacy …

Hampshire College president says federal investigation into sexual abuse policy not prompted by complaint

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

AMHERST — Hampshire College was recently added to the list of 71 colleges being investigated by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights for its handling of campus sexual assaults, but this was not prompted by …

Anonymous donor gives $10.3M to UMass College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

AMHERST — An anonymous donor has given an estimated $10.3 million to the University of Massachusetts Amherst to benefit the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. UMass Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy calls it a “transformative gift” that is among the largest in the history of the university, according to …

University of Massachusetts-led team gets EPA grant to study air pollution inside Native American hunters’ teepees

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

AMHERST — A $700,000 grant from the federal Environmental Protection Agency will allow a team led by a University of Massachusetts researcher to travel with Native American hunters in Canada to determine how dangers from their meat-smoking practices …