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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 …

Franklin County Community Development Corp. kitchen in Greenfield key link in local food chain

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

When Joe Czajkowski delivered a ton of carrots, already peeled and “coin-cut,” to the Western Massachusetts Food Processing Center last week from his 99-year-old Hatfield farm, Liz Buxton and her crew got to work. Next February will be …

Amherst College alumna seeks grant for video series on elders

Thursday, August 15, 2013

AMHERST — An Amherst College alumna who has dedicated her postgraduate years to photographing and filming senior citizens in several countries is seeking assistance in gaining funding for her latest project. Bessie Young, who graduated in 2011 and …

Movement and shadows

Friday, July 19, 2013

UMass lecturer launches first Massive Open Online Course

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

AMHERST — Large classes aren’t unusual at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. But a new one launched this week sets a record. “Building a Basic Website,” taught by a leader of the school’s online journalism program, counts 1,000 …

Skeleton of Dryosaurus altus donated to Amherst museum

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

AMHERST — A well-preserved skeleton of a dinosaur that lived in North America approximately 150 million years ago will soon have a new home at Beneski Museum of Natural History on the Amherst College campus. John Middleton, a 1977 graduate of Amherst College, and his wife, Leigh, recently …

Summary of disciplinary hearing changes at Amherst College 

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

AMHERST — Below is a summary of changes made to the Amherst College disciplinary hearing process last spring for handling cases of rape and sexual assault. The changes were directed by college President Carolyn “Biddy” Martin and approved by the College Council and the executive committee of the …

More concerns at Amherst College about sexual assaults 

Monday, November 12, 2012

AMHERST — A suicide note from a former Amherst College student who died in June is renewing questions about how college administrators have handled reported rapes and sexual assaults. Thomas “Trey” Malone took his life by jumping from …

Amherst College sexual assault counselor leaves

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

AMHERST — Amherst College’s sexual assault counselor has left the school in the wake of a pair of recent stories about sexual assault on campus, college President Carolyn “Biddy” Martin confirmed on Wednesday. The circumstances surrounding the departure …