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Kyle Ballou,left, a 1980 graduate of Mount Holyoke College, has opened the doors of her Connecticut home to a current student, 22-year-old Simosenkosi Nkomboni of Zimbabwe.

Other homes for the holidays

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — When a plate of neatly sliced dark and white meat landed in front of Jenny Ye at her first Thanksgiving table, she was surprised: it wasn’t a fully intact, roasted bird, like in the movies. “I didn’t realize that people cut the whole turkey before they eat it,” she said, laughing. “I thought there would be more …

Conservative Five College students voice opinions on Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

As Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump prepares to address Massachusetts voters at a campaign event Wednesday in Worcester, the businessman and reality TV star continues to ride a wave of popularity putting him — along with retired neurosurgeon and fellow political outsider Ben Carson — at the top of national polls on the …

Five Colleges Inc. appeals Hadley Planning Board denial of library annex proposed for vacant farmland

Friday, November 6, 2015

HADLEY — Five Colleges Inc. will try again to build a library annex on vacant farmland between North Maple Street and Rocky Hill Road, this time through the courts. The organization filed an appeal of an October Planning Board decision to deny it the right to build a 74,000-square-foot library annex, which would house rarely circulating volumes. In the decision, the Planning Board …

Tiny house owner in Hadley plans to take her case to Zoning Board of Appeals

Thursday, November 5, 2015

HADLEY — As Sarah Hastings plans to meet with local boards to see if zoning regulations can be changed to accommodate her “tiny house” on a homeowner’s East Street property, local and state officials say they are reviewing …

Alcohol referrals top list as colleges release crime statistics for 2014

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

AMHERST — Alcohol arrests were up at the University of Massachusetts Amherst while reported rapes were down in 2014. At Mount Holyoke College, burglaries outpaced drug or alcohol referrals. And Hampshire College had its first year without a …

Hadley Planning Board likely to rule Tuesday on permit for Five Colleges library annex

Monday, October 5, 2015

HADLEY — The Planning Board will likely decide Tuesday whether to permit a controversial Five Colleges library annex building to be built on unused farmland between North Maple Street and Rocky Hill Road, according to clerk William Dwyer. Five Colleges Inc., a consortium of Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke …

Experts highlight importance of data science, describe job opportunities at ‘Tech Trek’ event in Amherst

Monday, September 28, 2015

AMHERST — When Superstorm Sandy was targeting the Northeast three years ago, data analysts employed by National Grid prepared the company for where power outages would occur. With an 85 percent accuracy rate in Massachusetts, the utility was able to successfully deploy repair crews that would get power …

Student Debt — Part 3 of 3: Current Pioneer Valley students prepare for payments after graduation

Monday, September 7, 2015

AMHERST — During a student-debt rally at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in April, one of the most powerful statements came from a student who could not attend the event. First-generation college student Aja Gaskins wrote in a …

Hadley planners, residents press for smaller Five Colleges library annex

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

HADLEY — Although a representative for Five Colleges Inc. presented the Planning Board with a smaller library annex building than previously proposed, at the end of a two-hour meeting Tuesday evening, the board asked him to make it smaller still. The library annex was proposed to be larger …

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 …

Area observers skeptical of new surveillance law

Sunday, June 7, 2015

With the recent passage of the USA Freedom Act last week, experts at local colleges said that while some of the new guidelines curbing government surveillance are a step in the right direction, the law may fall short …

Barney Frank brings lessons learned during 40-plus years in politics to Mount Holyoke College

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — Former state and U.S. representative Barney Frank can name two reasons why he will not run for president in 2016. “I’m too old,” Frank, 75, told around 150 people in the Gamble Auditorium at Mount …

After delays in deportation trial, DREAMer Bryan Torres now a student at Amherst College

Friday, February 27, 2015

AMHERST — Bryan Torres was 12 when he made a three-week journey from El Salvador to Northampton. He cried nearly every day. He didn’t know if he would see his grandmother again — the woman who had raised …