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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 than 130,000 square feet in a July 7 Planning Board meeting, and the project received opposition from abutters. Attorney Peter W. MacConnell, …

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 contingent” who asked questions about the library project. The building would be constructed on a …

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 dorm room that she said started as a “hook up” and quickly turned nonconsensual — …

Five Colleges consortium issues statement discouraging travel to areas affected by Ebola

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Although the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is said to pose no immediate threat in the Valley, area colleges are taking extra precautions by educating the public. The Five Colleges — University of Massachusetts at Amherst, …

Ex-UMass student sues university, says he was unfairly expelled for code-of-conduct violations after 'consensual sex,' was discriminated against as a man

Monday, August 11, 2014

AMHERST — A former University of Massachusetts student claims in a federal lawsuit filed last week that he was unfairly expelled after consensual sex with another student last year was deemed a violation of the school’s code of …

Area police news

Monday, February 24, 2014

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Amherst College, FBI reopen 1975 Mead Art Museum heist investigation

Friday, February 21, 2014

AMHERST — It was just over 39 years ago that the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College experienced what was likely its worst moment: Thieves broke in on a winter night and made off with three centuries-old paintings …

Amherst ‘On the Same Page’ events in March to focus on Armenian genocide

Monday, February 17, 2014

AMHERST — In the early 1980s, Vermont writer Chris Bohjalian was an undergraduate at Amherst College. Thirty years later, Bohjalian, with a string of best-selling and critically acclaimed novels under his belt, will return to Amherst next month to discuss his 2012 novel “The Sandcastle Girls.” A New …

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 …