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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 …

Training session in January for volunteers at Smith College Botanic Garden

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A training session will be offered this month to prepare community members who would like to volunteer at the Botanic Garden at Smith College. Once a year in January, the Botanic Garden offers an intensive three-day …

After email controversy, Smith President Kathleen McCartney leads campus vigil over police killings of blacks

Monday, December 8, 2014

NORTHAMPTON ­— Smith College President Kathleen McCartney led a vigil attended by 130 people Monday afternoon three days after she apologized for her original wording in an email she sent to the campus community in reaction to the …

Smith College geosciences professor Sara Pruss featured on National Geographic Channel ‘Big Cat Week’

Thursday, November 27, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When producers from the National Geographic Channel told Smith College professor Sara Pruss that they needed her expertise for a special on “big cats,” she wondered if they had the right person. Pruss, an associate professor …

‘Free plants’ sign leads to magnolia mix-up at Smith College Lyman Conservatory

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Students and staff at the Smith College Lyman Conservatory were relieved to learn Wednesday that the disappearance of a flat of rare plants was the result of a mix-up, not a theft. The plants, which had …

Creating the night away: Young innovators descend on Mount Holyoke College for hackathon

Friday, November 7, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — Over 200 students showed up at Mount Holyoke College Friday ready to stay up all night, but they weren’t there for a party. They came for a hackathon — a competitive event in which computer …

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 …

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 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 …

Birds of a feather: Visually impaired youth find new experiences, friendship at Northampton camp

Friday, July 11, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — In a quiet classroom on the Smith College campus Friday, a tiny, big-eyed saw-whet owl perched calmly while 10-year-old Paige Drury let her hands be guided until she was gently stroking feathers on the bird’s back. …

Smith College students plan rally advocating for change in admission policy on transgender applicants

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Smith College students are planning a rally this week to advocate for change in the way the college deals with transgender applicants. Smith sophomore Sarah Fraas, 20, said organizers have been trying to get the college …