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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 …

Experts highlight importance of data science, describe job opportunities at ‘Tech Trek’ event in Amherst

Monday, September 28, 2015

AMHERST — When Superstorm Sandy was targeting the Northeast three years ago, data analysts employed by National Grid prepared the company for where power outages would occur. With an 85 percent accuracy rate in Massachusetts, the utility was able to successfully deploy repair crews that would get power …

New England Public Radio News Network to air on FM station WAMH 89.3 starting Monday

Friday, September 18, 2015

AMHERST — Area fans of the New England Public Radio News Network will find it at 89.3 on the FM dial beginning Monday. WAMH at Amherst College will start broadcasting the news feed from 2 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Previously, the NPR news programming has been available …

Tickets for Dalai Lama’s address at UMass in October on sale starting Wednesday

Friday, September 11, 2015

AMHERST — Tickets will go on sale Wednesday for the Dalai Lama’s public address at the University of Massachusetts Amherst through the Mullins Center box office. Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, will deliver a talk titled “A Force for Good” at the Mullins Center at …

At Amherst College, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor encourages students to listen, work hard and be passionate

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

AMHERST — Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor told Amherst College students Tuesday she felt like “an alien in a strange land” when she was in college. She attended Princeton University, graduating summa cum laude in 1976, and earned …

Student Debt — Part 3 of 3: Current Pioneer Valley students prepare for payments after graduation

Monday, September 7, 2015

AMHERST — During a student-debt rally at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in April, one of the most powerful statements came from a student who could not attend the event. First-generation college student Aja Gaskins wrote in a …

Hadley planners, residents press for smaller Five Colleges library annex

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

HADLEY — Although a representative for Five Colleges Inc. presented the Planning Board with a smaller library annex building than previously proposed, at the end of a two-hour meeting Tuesday evening, the board asked him to make it smaller still. The library annex was proposed to be larger …

Library annex project in Hadley to be discussed at Planning Board meeting Tuesday

Sunday, August 16, 2015

HADLEY — Planning Board officials are expecting a large crowd to discuss a controversial Five College Consortium library annex project at its meeting Tuesday. The meeting is a continuation of a July 7 hearing attended by what Planning Board clerk William E. Dwyer described as a “large neighborhood …

Lawsuit against Amherst College from expelled student offers window into sexual misconduct investigation and hearing process

Friday, August 7, 2015

AMHERST — In a meeting room on the Amherst College campus in December 2013, a male and female student sat on opposite sides of a dividing screen. For nearly two years — since a night in the woman’s …

Five Colleges’ library annex plans rouse opposition in Hadley

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

HADLEY — A proposed Five College Consortium library annex project off North Maple Street is facing opposition in a Planning Board hearing that began earlier this month and will continue in August. The building would initially house 2.5 million rarely circulating books in a roughly 35,000-square-foot facility. But …

UMass bathroom policy affirms federal transgender protections in education

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

AMHERST — A recent change to a University of Massachusetts Amherst policy aims to expand protections of transgender people’s rights to choose bathrooms that they feel most comfortable using. The policy states that in an effort to provide safe, accessible and convenient bathroom facilities, students, faculty and staff …