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Former Amherst College student Angie Epifano speaks out in documentary about college rape

Thursday, February 12, 2015

AMHERST — A new documentary shining a light on sexual abuse and rape on college campuses focuses on Amherst College’s past troubles and hopes for the future. When film producer Marjorie Nielsen began the project, called “It Happened Here,” she said she knew she wanted former Amherst College student Angie Epifano to be involved. Epifano, who did not return requests by the Gazette for an interview, wrote a letter in …

Academics react to terrorism in France, study-abroad students safe

Friday, January 9, 2015

In an essay he wrote in response to the terrorism that occurred in Paris while he was visiting this week, Ronald C. Rosbottom opened with a response to someone who asked if he was safe. “The answer is yes, we are, but we do not live in safe times,” he wrote. Rosbottom, an …

New banners in downtown Amherst celebrate private colleges and UMass

Monday, December 15, 2014

AMHERST — New banners hung from light posts in downtown Amherst are aimed at reflecting the community’s pride in hosting three institutions of higher learning, said Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Donald Courtemanche. The 57 banners, which each read “Welcome to Amherst,” prominently feature the University of Massachusetts, Amherst College and Hampshire College. “It’s really meant to welcome students, faculty and …

Colleges help with tips on various business ventures

Monday, February 10, 2014

Though starting a business in an uncertain economy may seem intimidating, educators from the Five Colleges believe that need not stand in the way of entrepreneurial success. A diverse range of programs offered by the colleges and University of Massachusetts Amherst help students realize that creating a profitable …

Local scholars cite spending, security issues at Winter Olympics in Russia

Thursday, February 6, 2014

AMHERST — Are the Winter Olympics, with its opening ceremonies Friday in the Black Sea resort town of Sochi, mainly a spectacle of overspending and corruption or a sign of an emerging new Russia that is reshaping its …

Amherst ambulance fees set to go up to support increased staffing

Thursday, January 30, 2014

AMHERST — Fees for Amherst ambulances services, which are increasing for the first time in nearly five years, will be used to support additional paramedic and emergency medical technician staffing during the spring and fall semesters. The Select Board this week voted unanimously to adjust the fees for …

Catherine Epstein named dean of faculty at Amherst College

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

AMHERST — An Amherst College history professor will assume duties as dean of faculty July 1. The selection of Catherine Epstein, the William R. Kenan Jr. professor of history, was announced Monday by President Carolyn “Biddy” Martin. “We …

Area police news

Friday, January 17, 2014

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Amherst College hires Pete Mackey as chief communications officer

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

AMHERST — A chief communications officer responsible for overseeing Amherst College’s marketing, communications, public affairs and major events will begin his role on campus in March. Pete Mackey, vice president for communications and community relations at Bucknell University, …

Amherst College buys former auto dealership property on Dickinson Street for $474,000

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

AMHERST — A Dickinson Street property where a longtime car dealership was based, and a portion of which once housed a 19th century palm-leaf hat manufacturing operation, has been purchased by Amherst College. The college recently spent $474,000 …

Newt Gingrich talks government efficiency, energy independence at packed Amherst College hall

Thursday, December 12, 2013

AMHERST — Many of the approximately 600 students in Johnson Chapel at Amherst College Wednesday night gave Newt Gingrich a standing ovation when he approached the podium, but not all of them. The former Republican speaker of the …

Police, firefighters respond to large crowd during ‘Crossett Christmas’ at Amherst College; fire-code violations found

Monday, December 9, 2013

AMHERST — Several fire-code violations were discovered on the Amherst College campus after town police officers and firefighters responded to an out-of-control party early Sunday morning. An annual gathering at Crossett Hall, a social dorm with large common …

Making News: Five Colleges edition

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Four join University Health Services AMHERST — Four medical providers have joined University Health Services at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Staff physicians Laura L. Scoville and Maria Gallo and nurse practitioners Yanghee Kwon and Patricia A. Mertes are providing care in the health center’s walk-in and general …