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Hampshire College declares success in eliminating standardized test scores from admissions process

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

AMHERST — At a time when colleges are increasingly competing for students, Hampshire College has found that eliminating standardized test scores from consideration was appealing to its applicant pool. In the first full year of its “test-blind” application process, in which the college did not accept SAT or ACT results, Hampshire saw an increase in the proportion of students it …

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 restored in a timely fashion to most parts of the state, said data analyst Kristin …

Renowned artist and architect Maya Lin describes vision for new Smith College library in Northampton

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Renowned artist and architect Maya Lin told a full house at Smith College on Wednesday that when she is done redesigning the college’s main library, it will fit better with the campus and provide a more light-filled, pleasant experience inside. In fact, she described the 106-year-old William Allan Neilson Library — …

Tickets for Dalai Lama’s address at UMass in October on sale starting Wednesday

Friday, September 11, 2015

AMHERST — Tickets will go on sale Wednesday for the Dalai Lama’s public address at the University of Massachusetts Amherst through the Mullins Center box office. Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, will deliver a talk titled “A Force for Good” at the Mullins Center at …

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 …

Library annex project in Hadley to be discussed at Planning Board meeting Tuesday

Sunday, August 16, 2015

HADLEY — Planning Board officials are expecting a large crowd to discuss a controversial Five College Consortium library annex project at its meeting Tuesday. The meeting is a continuation of a July 7 hearing attended by what Planning Board clerk William E. Dwyer described as a “large neighborhood …

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 …

UMass bathroom policy affirms federal transgender protections in education

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

AMHERST — A recent change to a University of Massachusetts Amherst policy aims to expand protections of transgender people’s rights to choose bathrooms that they feel most comfortable using. The policy states that in an effort to provide safe, accessible and convenient bathroom facilities, students, faculty and staff …

All the right moves: How a Smith College athlete Claire Edwards’ connections in the gym led to a career in dentistry

Monday, July 6, 2015

As a track and field athlete at Smith College in Northampton, Claire Edwards knew how important it was to be in the right place at the right time. If she wanted a strong finish to a race, she …

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 …

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 …

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 …