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DAN LITTLE
Hampshire College students, from left, Suyeon Min, Katy Andres, Breonna Mabry and Samuel Dean celebrate Saturday during the class of 2015 commencement ceremony in Amherst.

At Hampshire College graduation, student speaker Jorrell Watkins looks for a home in a bag of popcorn

Saturday, May 16, 2015

AMHERST — Student speaker Jorrell Watkins of Richmond, Virginia, the first person in his family to graduate from college, said he knew when he came to Hampshire College that he had found a community, but he wasn’t sure if he had found a home. An African American, Watkins likened his experience at Hampshire to being inside a microwaved bag of …

Nepali students in Valley band together for support

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Smith College senior Pratistha Bhattarai was having a Skype conversation with her parents in Kathmandu, Nepal, when Saturday’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake caused them to flee their home. Bhattarai, 22, stayed glued to her screen for 40 minutes waiting for her parents to come back. What she heard instead were rumblings of …

Valley residents with links to Nepal urge help for relief work

Monday, April 27, 2015

AMHERST — Kabindra Man Shakya, a Nepalese postdoctoral student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, found out about the earthquake that devastated his country when he received a call from his wife’s family at 4 a.m. Saturday. “At night when you get a call, you already know it is bad news,” he said …

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 …

Hampshire College establishes program focusing on ethics and doing good in the world

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

AMHERST— A new program offered this fall at Hampshire College will introduce students from all disciplines academic courses and other educational opportunities that specifically focus on ethics and what it means to do good in the world. The …

Amherst celebrates Black History Month with flag-raising, other activities

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

AMHERST — A red, black and green flag representing the Black Liberation Movement that began in the 1960s will be raised above the Town Common Saturday morning as part of the town’s recognition of Black History Month. Judy Brooks, a retired elementary school teacher, organized the flag-raising event …

New banners in downtown Amherst celebrate private colleges and UMass

Monday, December 15, 2014

AMHERST — New banners hung from light posts in downtown Amherst are aimed at reflecting the community’s pride in hosting three institutions of higher learning, said Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Donald Courtemanche. The 57 banners, which each read “Welcome to Amherst,” prominently feature the University …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …