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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 …

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 …

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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 …