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Lord Jeffery Amherst, commander-in-chief of the British forces in North America, 1758-65

Amherst College trustees discuss retiring Lord Jeff

Monday, January 25, 2016

AMHERST — Amherst College’s unofficial “Lord Jeff” mascot, based on controversial historical figure Lord Jeffery Amherst, was discussed at a trustees meeting late last week, but the college is still silent on whether there will be a change. College spokeswoman Caroline Hanna said she expected there would be a statement about the mascot sometime this week. “This is a very important issue to the college, so it will be sooner rather than later,” Hanna said Monday. Students staged a sit-in at Amherst College’s Frost Library in November, sending a list of demands to college leaders. Among them was the removal of Lord Jeff as the …

Inside Out Prison Exchange Program pairs Amherst College students, Hampshire County inmates in educational experience

Thursday, December 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The event was billed as a debate, but there was far more camaraderie than contention among the 15 students at the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction — some inmates, some enrolled at Amherst College. The students studied the topic — sexual violence: prevention, consent and the law — for …

Amherst College student vote supports changing ‘Lord Jeff’ mascot

Thursday, November 19, 2015

AMHERST — Current Amherst College students overwhelmingly support replacing Lord Jeff as the college’s unofficial mascot, according to poll results released Thursday by the Association of Amherst Students, the school’s student government association. Students voted 1,338 to 268 to change the mascot, according to the student government announcement. Meanwhile, many alumni have written …

Sit-in at Smith draws attention to racism on college campuses

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Hundreds of students wearing black filled the Campus Center at Smith College in a daylong sit-in Wednesday to support students of color at campuses across the nation, present their demands to the Smith community and brainstorm …

Amherst College President Carolyn ‘Biddy’ Martin issues statement supporting increased racial equity on campus

Monday, November 16, 2015

AMHERST — In a response to a list of demands from Amherst College students, including a call for the removal of the school’s unofficial mascot, “Lord Jeff,” college President Carolyn “Biddy” Martin has issued a statement supporting students’ …

Area police news

Monday, November 16, 2015

Amherst • Police kept the peace between two guests at the Craig’s Place homeless shelter, 434 North Pleasant St., who were arguing over $10 that one owed the other at 8:09 p.m. Monday. • A car struck a pedestrian at 5:53 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of North …

Amherst College activists say President Martin will meet many of their demands, fight to remove ‘Lord Jeff’ as mascot continues

Saturday, November 14, 2015

AMHERST — Student protesters seeking equity for marginalized students at Amherst College praised College President Carolyn “Biddy” Martin for meeting with them and meeting a number of their demands Friday evening. Among student demands were that Martin issue …

Activists raise voices on 2 Amherst campuses

Friday, November 13, 2015

AMHERST — Student protesters seeking equity for marginalized students at Amherst College praised College President Carolyn “Biddy” Martin for meeting with them and agreeing to a number of their demands Friday evening. Among student demands were that Martin …

Five Colleges Inc. appeals Hadley Planning Board denial of library annex proposed for vacant farmland

Friday, November 6, 2015

HADLEY — Five Colleges Inc. will try again to build a library annex on vacant farmland between North Maple Street and Rocky Hill Road, this time through the courts. The organization filed an appeal of an October Planning Board decision to deny it the right to build a …

Alcohol referrals top list as colleges release crime statistics for 2014

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

AMHERST — Alcohol arrests were up at the University of Massachusetts Amherst while reported rapes were down in 2014. At Mount Holyoke College, burglaries outpaced drug or alcohol referrals. And Hampshire College had its first year without a …

Hadley Planning Board likely to rule Tuesday on permit for Five Colleges library annex

Monday, October 5, 2015

HADLEY — The Planning Board will likely decide Tuesday whether to permit a controversial Five Colleges library annex building to be built on unused farmland between North Maple Street and Rocky Hill Road, according to clerk William Dwyer. Five Colleges Inc., a consortium of Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke …

Consumer advocate Ralph Nader to talk politics at Amherst College

Monday, October 5, 2015

AMHERST — Consumer advocate and former independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader will be at Amherst College Tuesday evening to discuss third-party and outsider candidates and the role they could play in the 2016 election. Nader’s talk, which comes at the invitation of the nonpartisan student group Amherst Political …

Hampshire College declares success in eliminating standardized test scores from admissions process

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

AMHERST — At a time when colleges are increasingly competing for students, Hampshire College has found that eliminating standardized test scores from consideration was appealing to its applicant pool. In the first full year of its “test-blind” application …