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DAN LITTLE
Frances Crowe, right, and Jenny Fleming-Ives gather with Smith College students and community members for a vigil at the college Friday evening in Northampton to honor the lives lost in the killings at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Mourners gather at Smith College to remember lives of nine killed in Charleston shooting

Friday, June 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — About 200 people gathered Friday night at Smith College for music, prayer and meditation to mourn the killings of nine Charleston, South Carolina, churchgoers. “It’s really important to be here,” longtime activist Frances Crowe of Northampton said before the vigil. “Small acts lead to more courageous acts and this is just one of the small things.” Marianne Yoshioka, dean of the Smith School for Social Work, which organized the event, said the vigil is a response to more than just the Charleston shootings. “It just feels like there’s this ongoing barrage of racialized violence,” she said. “As a community, we wanted to do …

Smith School for Social work invites community to vigil Friday night for victims of Charleston shooting

Thursday, June 18, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Organizers at the Smith College School for Social Work are planning a vigil at 7 p.m. Friday night for its students and the wider community to mark the killings of nine people in Charleston, South Carolina, Wednesday night as they prayed at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Marianne Yoshioka, dean of the school, said plans for the vigil developed …

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 of protecting civil liberties. President Barack Obama signed the USA Freedom Act into law last …

Smith College community supportive of new admissions policy welcoming transgender women

Monday, May 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Smith College’s admissions policy accepting transgender women — those born male who identify as female — has been met largely with approval from students on campus. Jess Marlor, a 22-year-old junior from Beverly, said that when …

Smith College to welcome trans women as part of new admissions policy

Saturday, May 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Smith College will join Mount Holyoke College in welcoming self-identified transgender women in its admissions policy beginning in the fall of 2015. “It is a historic moment,” said Smith College President Kathleen McCartney on Saturday. “I …

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 …

Smith College commencement speeches to be offered in Mandarin, Spanish translations

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — At least 130 friends and family members of the graduating Smith College class of 2015 will be the first to pilot the college’s new simultaneous translation service at commencement next month. The May 17 event will be translated into Spanish and Mandarin by live translators working …

Smith College School for Social Work, Veterans Education Project offer panel addressing impact of war on returned troops

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A collaboration between the Smith College School for Social Work and the Veterans Education Project Thursday will take up one of the most pressing social issues of our time — the impact of war on troops once back on home soil. Three local authors who have …

Dalai Lama’s visit to UMass, colleges confirmed for October

Sunday, April 5, 2015

HADLEY — The Dalai Lama will spend three days in the Pioneer Valley in October, giving talks at Smith College, Amherst College and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, it was confirmed Sunday. Arthur Zajonc, president of the Mind …

Dalai Lama expected to speak at UMass this fall; details being worked out

Thursday, April 2, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst is in discussions with the Dalai Lama to have him speak at the university this fall. Nancy Buffone, the university’s executive director of external relations and university events, said the university …

Activist Angela Davis to speak at UMass about social justice

Monday, March 23, 2015

AMHERST — Angela Davis, an internationally known civil and women’s rights activist and scholar, will speak at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Monday about social justice. Her talk, titled “Sustaining Social Justice Movements and Intersectional Struggles,” is scheduled from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Fine Arts …

Hampshire Regional eighth-graders explore intersection of art and science during Smith College field trip

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Nearly 60 eighth-graders from Hampshire Regional Middle School descended on the Smith College campus Wednesday to spill water, melt plastic and spin on office chairs until dizzy — all in the name of science. The field …

After a brutal winter, Spring Bulb Show visitors take refuge amid color, soothing fragrances at Smith College

Thursday, March 12, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — After the winter we’ve endured, the long-running annual Spring Bulb Show at Smith College with its display of 7,000 colorful bulbs no doubt will be a bigger draw than ever this year. By way of verification, …