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Two staff houses evacuated at Smith College after excavator hits natural gas line

Monday, October 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Six people were evacuated from two houses for Smith College staff when an excavator working nearby on Paradise Road punctured an underground natural gas line. Northampton Deputy Fire Chief Timothy McQueston said the damage to the two-inch pipe was reported at 12:04 p.m. and Paradise Road was closed until 1:30 p.m. while Columbia Gas stopped the gas leak. He said he did not know the name of the …

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, Smith College, Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College, and Hampshire College — jointly issued a statement …

Smith College works on sinkhole near Paradise Pond

Monday, July 14, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Work to repair a sinkhole that swallowed up a paved path on the hill overlooking Smith College’s Paradise Pond is underway. The sinkhole opened up in mid-May and is 15 feet in diameter and 12 feet deep, according to Smith College spokeswoman Stacey Schmeidel. Located about halfway down the hill between …

Summit explores money’s role in combating rural family violence

Friday, September 20, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — Domestic violence and sexual abuse are rural problems as well as urban ones, yet most rural battered women are excluded from help available in metropolitan areas, advocates say. Experts in the field gathered Friday in Northampton to address the problem in a daylong summit held by …

Smith College to preserve 190 acres in Whately

Monday, July 29, 2013

WHATELY — Smith College on Tuesday will preserve nearly 200 acres of hilltop forest land at the Ada and Archibald Mac-Leish Field Station in West Whately. Smith College is signing a conservation restriction on 190 of the 240 acres of the college-owned property. It will be held by …

Former Smith College leader Jill Ker Conway honored for longtime support of humanities

Friday, July 19, 2013

After 10 years serving as Smith College’s first woman president beginning in 1975, and a lengthy stint as a visiting professor in the sciences at MIT, Jill Ker Conway decided she wanted to do something that would “reach …

UMass lecturer launches first Massive Open Online Course

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

AMHERST — Large classes aren’t unusual at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. But a new one launched this week sets a record. “Building a Basic Website,” taught by a leader of the school’s online journalism program, counts 1,000 …

Paul Alpers, husband of Smith College President Carol T. Christ, dies of cancer

Monday, May 20, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — Paul J. Alpers, the husband of Smith College President Carol T. Christ and an unofficial ambassador for the school, died Sunday night after a battle with cancer. Alpers, 80, died the same day that the college …

Arianna Huffington at Smith calls for ‘third women’s revolution’

Sunday, May 19, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief of the news website that bears her name, challenged Smith College graduates Sunday to redefine the meaning of success and lead what she called “the third women’s revolution.” In her commencement …

Smith engineering students help solve run-off problem

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

When Smith College senior Monique Gagne can find the time to think past graduation, one image that comes to mind is a garden. Not the vegetable kind. As an engineer, she and a team this year sprouted plans …

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper shares stories of life in journalism during talk at Smith College

Monday, April 15, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — Swimming with crocodiles in the Nile, interviewing the late Walter Cronkite and being sung to by Dr. Conrad Murray were among the many topics discussed during a lecture given Sunday night by CNN anchor Anderson Cooper …

Transgender applicant’s rejection by Smith causes stir

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — Smith College has rejected a male-to-female transgender applicant, sparking controversy at the college and an outpouring of support for the student online. “It’s important to recognize transwomen as women” and admitting transwomen to women’s colleges is …

Human trafficking in US topic for Mount Holyoke panel

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

SOUTH HADLEY — Few issues could seem further from the quiet Mount Holyoke College campus than human trafficking. But as experts will discuss Thursday at a panel on the topic, the sale of people for sex work or …