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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 in support of Lord Jeff. Class Senator Virginia Hassell, a 22-year-old senior from Franklin, Virginia, said the poll was open only to students — who got one vote each over a 24-hour period. “We actually got over 1,600 students to vote and there’s a little over 1,800 students at the school,” she …

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 future improvements. Student organizers began organizing the sit-in after what some students saw as a …

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’ causes and enumerating a list of goals for the college to increase racial equity on …

Protesters march from Amherst College to UMass demanding increased access to education for undocumented immigrants

Friday, May 1, 2015

AMHERST — About 70 people, mostly college-aged, marched from Amherst College to the University of Massachusetts Amherst Friday chanting their mission to bring undocumented immigrants “out of the shadows, into the classroom.” Hampshire College student Gustavo Madrigal described …

‘The Hunting Ground’ producer Amy Ziering to speak at Amherst Cinema about sexual violence on campuses

Thursday, April 16, 2015

AMHERST — Marking Sexual Violence Awareness Month, “The Hunting Ground” producer Amy Ziering will be at the Amherst Cinema on Friday to answer questions and provide an introduction to her film examining the culture of sexual violence on college campuses. The film opens at the theater Friday, and …

Mikhail Gorbachev cancels visit to US, including talk at Amherst College

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

AMHERST — Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has canceled his visit to the United States, including a speaking engagement scheduled at Amherst College on May 4. The cancellation was explained only by a reference to “unforeseen circumstances” in an announcement Tuesday on the Amherst College website. Gorbachev, 84, …

Amherst creates new advisory board to bridge disconnect between town, students

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

AMHERST — For many of the nearly 25,000 undergraduate college students who live in Amherst, interactions with the larger community are limited to their four years in town. To improve and expand the relationship between students and the town, and to better understand and address student concerns, Town …

Dalai Lama’s visit to UMass, colleges confirmed for October

Sunday, April 5, 2015

HADLEY — The Dalai Lama will spend three days in the Pioneer Valley in October, giving talks at Smith College, Amherst College and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, it was confirmed Sunday. Arthur Zajonc, president of the Mind …

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Monday, March 16, 2015

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Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to speak at Amherst College May 4

Friday, March 13, 2015

AMHERST — The man who worked with President Ronald Reagan to help end the Cold War will speak with one of his latest biographers on an Amherst stage in May, then take questions from Valley residents. Former Soviet …

Amherst College professor addresses challenges faced by ex-prisoners seeking to lead productive lives

Saturday, March 7, 2015

GREENFIELD — A prisoner’s punishment does not end with his release. “People’s opportunities are fundamentally impaired by their involvement in the criminal justice system,” said Kristin Bumiller, a professor of political science at Amherst College. Bumiller is also an “inside-out” instructor at the Hampshire County House of Correction …

After delays in deportation trial, DREAMer Bryan Torres now a student at Amherst College

Friday, February 27, 2015

AMHERST — Bryan Torres was 12 when he made a three-week journey from El Salvador to Northampton. He cried nearly every day. He didn’t know if he would see his grandmother again — the woman who had raised …

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 …