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‘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 Ziering will attend the 7 p.m. screening. Ziering participated in a conference call Thursday with other sexual violence awareness activists including Laura …

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, was in an automobile accident on April 3, and was unhurt, according to the Russian …

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 Manager John Musante announced Monday the creation of a Student-Town Advisory Board. The board will …

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 …