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Cornel West speaks at Smith College, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016.

At Smith College, Cornel West urges unity, integrity in the face of racism

Friday, February 12, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Influential scholar and civil rights activist Cornel West spoke passionately to a crowd at Smith College Thursday night, urging them to come together and seek truth as the nation continues to reckon with police brutality and systemic racism. Speaking, as always, in a fiery manner that defies synopsis, West told the around 2,000 people packed into John M. …

Swastika found in UMass bathroom prompts police investigation

Thursday, February 11, 2016

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts Amherst police have launched an investigation after a swastika was found carved in a bathroom stall on campus earlier this month. The swastika was discovered etched into a bathroom stall in the Integrative Learning Center building. After the symbol was found, officials taped over it and closed the stall while police investigated, UMass spokesman Ed Blaguszewski said. “It’s …

Dean and two associates resign from UMass College of Education

Thursday, February 11, 2016

AMHERST — Three top officials at the University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Education are all resigning, and there has been no public explanation for their departures. Dean Christine McCormick, who has held that role since 2005, as well as associate deans Joseph Berger and Linda Griffin, have all announced they will leave the college, according to an announcement last month by UMass …

Gates Foundation awards $100,000 grant to three Smith College students working on system enabling non-cash purchases in India

Monday, December 7, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Three Smith College students working on a system enabling non-cash purchases in India have received a grant from the Gates Foundation. The $100,000 grant will support students Christine Yee, Darpan Bohara and Yashna Sureka in their …

UMass professor gets $2.2 million National Institutes of Health grant to research standard measurement of exercise

Monday, December 7, 2015

AMHERST— Catrine Tudor-Locke has spent much of her career studying walking behavior across a person’s life span. “I am interested in from the first steps you take as a toddler to the last steps you take in older …

Five College Learning in Retirement recruits participants for spring classes and special events

Monday, December 7, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — The Willits-Hallowell Center at Mount Holyoke College was crowded with seniors one Sunday last month who came to learn about the spring 2016 classes and special events of the Five College Learning in Retirement program. …

Divisions emerge on campuses over tactics used by activists fighting racial discrimination

Monday, December 7, 2015

LOS ANGELES — Alton Luke II is an African-American sophomore at Occidental College who backs the broad goal of racial equity for students. But he has chosen not to support the minority student movement aimed at ousting college President Jonathan Veitch and improving campus diversity — and bluntly …

Higher education briefs

Monday, December 7, 2015

HCC professor awarded national fellowship HOLYOKE — Holyoke Community College associate professor Vanessa Martinez, of Sunderland, has been selected as a 2015 Leadership Fellow for the American Anthropological Association. Martinez is an associate professor of anthropology in the …

Women activists subject of Smith College Massive Open Online Course

Monday, December 7, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Long touting its small, seminar-style classes, Smith College is making a foray into the opposite extreme, creating a Massive Open Online Course, or MOOC. The course, “Psychology of Political Activism: Women Changing the World,” will be available in March through the platform edX, run by the …

Students urge UMass to adopt a Survivor’s Bill of Rights for victims of sexual assaults

Friday, December 4, 2015

AMHERST — Lampposts around the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus bore photos of men and women with their mouths taped shut, captioned with facts related to sexual assault. In front of the Student Union, a voice bellowed through …

UMass Foundation to divest endowment funds from coal, but not other fossil fuels

Thursday, December 3, 2015

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts endowment funds overseen by the UMass Foundation will no longer be invested in coal, though the foundation will continue to invest in other fossil fuels, according to a statement Thursday. The foundation oversees $770 million, according to the statement. Its decision was reached …

WMUA radio station turmoil continues as more jazz hosts quit, annual fund drive falls short of goal

Thursday, December 3, 2015

AMHERST — With most jazz hosts quitting their programs and the recent annual fund drive falling short of its goal, community members involved with WMUA are renewing calls for the University of Massachusetts to hire a permanent professional …

Tyrone Parham named new UMass police chief

Thursday, December 3, 2015

AMHERST — Pennsylvania State University’s police chief has been chosen to lead the University of Massachusetts Amherst Police Department in an expanded role that will also make him adviser to the vice chancellor of student affairs and campus …