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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 alumni into downtown,” Courtemanche said Monday. Each …

Campaign for moose as new mascot at Amherst College reaches Frost Library, Johnson Chapel

Thursday, December 11, 2014

AMHERST — In the seven months since an 800-pound female moose visited Amherst College and toured the president’s house property, a vigorous campaign by students has sought to have the animal replace Lord Jeffery Amherst as the college’s mascot. Posters advancing the cause are stapled to bulletin boards in academic buildings, a Facebook page is dedicated to the moose becoming the mascot and …

‘Crosset Christmas’ at Amherst College draws 1,500, leads to two injuries and pair of arrests

Monday, December 8, 2014

AMHERST — Out-of-control partyers at Amherst College that resulted in two arrests, two injuries and intentionally pulled fire alarms prompted the Amherst fire chief and college officials to put an end to the event early Sunday. The annual event, known as “Crossett Christmas,” drew up to 1,500 people into what is called the social dormitory quad, many whom were not students at the …

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 …

Amherst, Hampshire and Smith colleges among humanities grant recipients

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

AMHERST — Three area colleges are among the Massachusetts-based institutions that have been awarded nearly $260,000 in grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Amherst College received a total of more than $100,000 for humanities study projects on skepticism, and on Spanish representations of the Nazis’ Mauthausen …

Sexual assault complaints at Vanderbilt, Amherst

Friday, November 15, 2013

Students and former students at Vanderbilt University and Amherst College have filed federal complaints alleging the schools responded inadequately to their reports of sexual assaults, harassment and stalking, which one rape survivor said is a common problem on campuses nationwide. Vanderbilt senior Sarah O’Brien said Friday that she …