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State medical examiner determines that UMass student Chloe Malast died of blood clots

Monday, July 6, 2015

AMHERST — A state medical examiner has determined that a 21-year-old University of Massachusetts Amherst student who died in October succumbed to blood clots in her lung’s arteries that may have been brought on by birth control pills. Chloe Malast, a student in the Commonwealth Honors College from Needham, died in her dorm room at McNamara dormitory in the Sylvan residential area on Oct. 19. Massachusetts Department of Public Health …

All the right moves: How a Smith College athlete Claire Edwards’ connections in the gym led to a career in dentistry

Monday, July 6, 2015

As a track and field athlete at Smith College in Northampton, Claire Edwards knew how important it was to be in the right place at the right time. If she wanted a strong finish to a race, she needed to position herself to be one step ahead of her competitors. As she learned …

UMass report on climate change to help guide wildlife action plans in 22 states

Monday, July 6, 2015

AMHERST — The work of University of Massachusetts Amherst climate scientists will be used in 22 states to inform decisions about how to protect vulnerable wildlife from the effects of climate change. Michelle Staudinger, science coordinator for the Northeast Climate Science Center at UMass, was the project leader for the center’s effort to …

Amherst College graduates 470, remembers first African-American to be chosen as class speaker 100 years ago

Sunday, May 24, 2015

AMHERST — Several thousand family members, friends and well-wishers gathered on white folding chairs in the shade of a couple dozen oak trees on the Amherst College quad Sunday to see the 470 students of the class of …

UMass Rising campaign exceeds $300 million goal more than a year ahead of schedule

Friday, May 22, 2015

AMHERST — The $300 million UMass Rising fundraising campaign has exceeded its goal more than a year ahead of schedule, the University of Massachusetts Amherst Foundation Board announced this week. “We have truly received exceptional and broad-based support in our drive to propel UMass Amherst to new heights,” …

Fourth group of machinists graduates from Franklin County Technical School

Thursday, May 21, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School machine shop turned out its fourth group of machinists Thursday through the adult training program of the Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board. The 13-week Middle Skills Manufacturing Initiative graduated 13 students Thursday for a total of 43 trained since the …

Mount Holyoke College graduates told, ‘be open to what life has to say to you’

Sunday, May 17, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — For Gabrielle Barnett of Montego Bay, Jamaica, graduation day Sunday at Mount Holyoke College had a slightly otherworldly feel. “It’s surreal, it’s amazing, you walk, you get your degree and wow, it’s over,” said the …

Pioneering educator Juliet Garcia delivers Smith College commencement address

Sunday, May 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The first Hispanic woman to lead a U.S. college or university told the 735 graduates of the class of 2015 to use their education and privilege “to become steadfast, powerful and incessant advocates for others” at …

At Hampshire College graduation, student speaker Jorrell Watkins looks for a home in a bag of popcorn

Saturday, May 16, 2015

AMHERST — Student speaker Jorrell Watkins of Richmond, Virginia, the first person in his family to graduate from college, said he knew when he came to Hampshire College that he had found a community, but he wasn’t sure …

Prof regrets bashing ‘white college males’

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

BOSTON — An incoming Boston University professor who called “white college males” a “problem population” and was publicly criticized by the university’s president said on Tuesday she regrets making the remarks. Black sociology professor Saida Grundy, who completed her doctorate at the University of Michigan last year, had …

Barney Frank brings lessons learned during 40-plus years in politics to Mount Holyoke College

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — Former state and U.S. representative Barney Frank can name two reasons why he will not run for president in 2016. “I’m too old,” Frank, 75, told around 150 people in the Gamble Auditorium at Mount …

UVA dean sues Rolling Stone

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. — A University of Virginia associate dean sued Rolling Stone magazine on Tuesday for more than $7.5 million, saying a debunked and retracted account of an alleged gang rape on campus cast her as the “chief villain.” Nicole Eramo, the top administrator dealing with sexual assaults …

‘Jon Stewart of Egypt’ eyes next project after teaching at Harvard

Monday, May 11, 2015

BOSTON — Bassem Youssef, the man dubbed the “Jon Stewart of Egypt,” is eyeing new projects after teaching students at Harvard University’s prestigious Kennedy School of Government how satire can disrupt the social and political order. It’s a …