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Health workers carry the body of a man suspected of dying from the Ebola virus and left in the street, in the capital city of Monrovia, Liberia,  Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. The World Health Organization declared it’s ethical to use untested drugs and vaccines in the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa although the tiny supply of one experimental drug handed out to three people has been depleted and it could be many months until more is available. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)

Five Colleges consortium issues statement discouraging travel to areas affected by Ebola

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Although the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is said to pose no immediate threat in the Valley, area colleges are taking extra precautions by educating the public. The Five Colleges — University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Smith College, Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College, and Hampshire College — jointly issued a statement this week that includes facts on the …

With UMass talk overrun by activists, John Ashcroft answers questions from audience on the Patriot Act, torture

Thursday, April 17, 2014

AMHERST — When former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft stepped up the podium in the UMass Student Union Ballroom Wednesday night to both hearty applause and boos, he told the crowd of about 150 that he planned to talk about liberty. But after just a few minutes of his thoughts on freedom, a …

Mount Holyoke joins ranks of liberal arts colleges adding summer offerings

Sunday, April 6, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — Mount Holyoke College is taking the plunge this summer into offering an array of courses that give students a chance to acquire credits they need — and to appeal to people beyond the college who want to add to their professional skills. College officials make no bones about the fact …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Band booted from Hampshire College Halloween show over Facebook flap to play at the Pub Friday

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

AMHERST — Skokazoba, the Valley Afrobeat band whose gig at Hampshire College was canceled last month due to a bitter Facebook fight over its musical style, will play at the Pub on East Pleasant Street Friday night. That date materialized this week when a fellow musician who manages …

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 …

Hampshire expects quick return to dorm after fire

Monday, October 28, 2013

AMHERST — Most of the 44 Hampshire College students displaced by a Sunday afternoon fire should be able to move back into their dormitory in the next couple of days, according to a college spokeswoman. College officials are …

No mow: Hampshire College turns lawns into meadows to protect species, fight climate change

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Drivers traveling past Hampshire College on Route 116 used to see an expanse of well-groomed lawn at the edge of campus. They now see what appear to be unkempt, overgrown fields but are actually managed meadowlands that provide …

Cyclist killed in Amherst collision was Hampshire College student

Monday, May 27, 2013

AMHERST — The 22-year-old cyclist who was killed Sunday afternoon in a collision with a truck was a Hampshire College art student who was slated to graduate next year. Hampshire College officials and friends identified the victim as Livingston “Liv” Pangburn, a student from Newton who was bicycling …

Hampshire’s 300 graduates urged to confront challenges

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Student moderator Aaron Richmond-Havel broke into dance on the stage, and the crowd of more than 2,500 people cheered, whistled and screamed for the approximately 300 graduates awarded bachelor’s degrees Saturday during the 43rd spring commencement at Hampshire …