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David Andrews, an employee at the Smith College Museum of Art, draws at the entrance where he works.

Art at work

Monday, December 21, 2015

Smith College reports death of senior Noemi Collazo of Springfield

Friday, December 18, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Smith College senior Noemi Collazo of Springfield has died, according to an email sent to the college community Friday afternoon. The circumstances of Collazo’s death were not described in the email sent by Donna Lisker, dean of the college and vice president for campus life. College spokeswoman Stacey Schmeidel said she could not provide any further information. Smith College President Kathleen …

Smith College faculty members sign letter calling for divestment from fossil fuels

Friday, December 18, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A letter signed by 85 current and former faculty members and sent to the Smith College board of trustees has joined a growing chorus of voices calling for the school to divest from fossil fuels. “Our hopes are to send a strong message to the trustees and administration of Smith,” said James Lowenthal, a Smith physics professor who led the faculty …

Rainy day gear

Friday, December 18, 2015

Smith College junior Aly Johnson-Kurts interrupts Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin to protest fracking at Paris climate talks

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Smith College junior Aly Johnson-Kurts interrupted Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin at the Paris climate talks on Wednesday to protest a pipeline that would carry fracked natural gas through her home state. The governor responded by telling …

Gates Foundation awards $100,000 grant to three Smith College students working on system enabling non-cash purchases in India

Monday, December 7, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Three Smith College students working on a system enabling non-cash purchases in India have received a grant from the Gates Foundation. The $100,000 grant will support students Christine Yee, Darpan Bohara and Yashna Sureka in their …

Women activists subject of Smith College Massive Open Online Course

Monday, December 7, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Long touting its small, seminar-style classes, Smith College is making a foray into the opposite extreme, creating a Massive Open Online Course, or MOOC. The course, “Psychology of Political Activism: Women Changing the World,” will be available in March through the platform edX, run by the …

Orange farmer wins innovative idea award for proposal to extract from urine nutrients needed by crops

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — At the inaugural Simon Grinspoon Farm Awards, celebrating what farmers harvest from the Earth, one local farmer won $500 for his idea to harness what humans give back in great supply — urine. Ricky Baruc, winner of the ceremony’s Farm Innovation Idea Contest, warned those present …

Marchers in Northampton call for decisive international action on climate change

Sunday, November 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Among the first to arrive at Sunday’s climate march, Beth Fairservis assembled her Mother Earth puppet, an 8-foot-tall, full-body puppet she made herself with a likeness of planet Earth in the middle of its forehead. “She …

Students, alumnae urge Smith College to divest its $1.77 billion endowment from fossil fuels

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — An increasing number of students and alumnae are urging Smith College to divest its $1.77 billion endowment from fossil fuels, and say they are growing impatient with the lack of response from campus officials. Meghan Kallman, a 2005 Smith graduate who lives in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, …

Following Smith College anti-racism sit-in, administrators hear students’ concerns

Monday, November 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Following a sit-in at Smith College last week held to address racism there and at other campuses around the country, Smith administrators had the chance to listen to some of those concerns at a “town hall” …

Smith College issues statement clarifying stance on media coverage of sit-in

Friday, November 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Smith College issued a statement Friday clarifying the college’s stance toward the media, claiming that some press coverage incorrectly claimed that Smith supported banning the media at Wednesday’s sit-in. Some 300 Smith students gathered at the …

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 …