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Five Colleges’ library annex plans rouse opposition in Hadley

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

HADLEY — A proposed Five College Consortium library annex project off North Maple Street is facing opposition in a Planning Board hearing that began earlier this month and will continue in August. The building would initially house 2.5 million rarely circulating books in a roughly 35,000-square-foot facility. But Five College Consortium officials are seeking permission to build a much larger facility in phases — possibly over decades — with the …

UMass bathroom policy affirms federal transgender protections in education

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

AMHERST — A recent change to a University of Massachusetts Amherst policy aims to expand protections of transgender people’s rights to choose bathrooms that they feel most comfortable using. The policy states that in an effort to provide safe, accessible and convenient bathroom facilities, students, faculty and staff “should use the bathroom facilities that correspond to their sex or gender identity, or utilize …

Expelled student sues Amherst College, faulting investigation into 2012 rape case

Saturday, May 30, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — A former Amherst College student expelled in 2013 after being found responsible for sexual assault is suing the college, arguing that a “deeply flawed” investigation failed to consider key evidence that proved his innocence. This is the second federal lawsuit against the college this year related to its sexual assault discipline …

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 …

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 …