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Kyle Ballou,left, a 1980 graduate of Mount Holyoke College, has opened the doors of her Connecticut home to a current student, 22-year-old Simosenkosi Nkomboni of Zimbabwe.

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, laughing. “I thought there would be more …

Brandeis students occupy administration building for diversity demands

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

WALTHAM (AP) — Hundreds of Brandeis University students have occupied the school’s administration building and say they won’t leave until officials address their demands regarding diversity. A group of students called #ConcernedStudents2015 began occupying the Bernstein-Marcus Administrative Center on Friday after they say interim president Lisa Lynch failed to address 13 concerns about racial equality outlined in a letter sent to her on …

Hampshire College changes investment policy to exclude companies running private prisons and supporting genocide

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

AMHERST — At the urging of student activists, Hampshire College has amended its investment policy to specifically exclude companies associated with running private prisons and supporting genocide, according to President Jonathan Lash. That change will not involve selling stocks the college currently holds, because none of its current investments are with the types of companies named. “The Hampshire board (of trustees) rewrote the …

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 …

University of Massachusetts Amherst libraries director Jay Schafer retires

Sunday, October 25, 2015

AMHERST — After 11 years as director of libraries at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Jay Schafer is stepping down. Schafer, who will be 67 in April, started as a library assistant at the El Paso, Texas, public …

Three finalists for UMass police chief to visit Amherst campus during next two weeks

Friday, October 23, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst has three finalists for police chief who will come to campus for community forums over the coming two weeks. The candidates are Joseph R. Riley, deputy chief of the New York City Police Department; Tyrone A. Parham, chief of police and …