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YOSHITAKA HAMADA
The sweetbay magnolia plants are seen at the Smith College greenhouse Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014.

‘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 been missing at least since Friday, were back in the conservatory Wednesday, said manager Rob Nicholson. They are young sweetbay magnolia trees, propagated from cuttings that he and interns collected in 2013 from the only population of the trees in New England. They plan to use the roughly 20 young trees to create a kind of back-up population of sweetbay magnolia, which could then be planted on …

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 programmers and those in similar fields work in teams to create innovative projects. Some hackathons …

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 …

Smith College inaugurates McCartney as 11th leader

Saturday, October 19, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — Smith College president Kathleen McCartney presented a four-point agenda for the years ahead in her inaugural speech to nearly 3,000 guests and well-wishers attending an elaborate series of events Saturday to celebrate her installation as the …

Photo Gallery: In its 27th year, Pulaski Parade still charms the crowds in Northampton

Monday, October 14, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — The 27th annual Pulaski Day Parade Monday was a special treat for Smith College student Jess Marlor. Born in Poland, Marlor has lived in the United States for most of her life, but her Polish heritage …

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 …