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Lord Jeffery Amherst, commander-in-chief of the British forces in North America, 1758-65

Amherst College trustees discuss retiring Lord Jeff

Monday, January 25, 2016

AMHERST — Amherst College’s unofficial “Lord Jeff” mascot, based on controversial historical figure Lord Jeffery Amherst, was discussed at a trustees meeting late last week, but the college is still silent on whether there will be a change. College spokeswoman Caroline Hanna said she expected there would be a statement about the mascot sometime this week. “This is a very important issue to the college, so it will be sooner rather than later,” Hanna said Monday. Students staged a sit-in at Amherst College’s Frost Library in November, sending a list of demands to college leaders. Among them was the removal of Lord Jeff as the …

Inside Out Prison Exchange Program pairs Amherst College students, Hampshire County inmates in educational experience

Thursday, December 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The event was billed as a debate, but there was far more camaraderie than contention among the 15 students at the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction — some inmates, some enrolled at Amherst College. The students studied the topic — sexual violence: prevention, consent and the law — for …

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 …

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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 …

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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, …