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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 from transcripts of the speeches and listening to the speakers deliver them, according to Sam Masinter, director of college relations at Smith. …

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 recently published books on the subject will be part of a panel in Seelye Hall …

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 & Life Institute in Hadley, invited his holiness, Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, to …

Who needs instruments? Silver Chord Bowl focuses on voices

Sunday, February 2, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Melodies and beat boxing could be heard backstage in John M. Greene Hall at Smith College Sunday in the moments before the stage lights went on for the Silver Chord Bowl. The enthusiasm burst through with …

Man found dead Saturday at Smith College identified as Kyle William Amidon of Florence

Sunday, February 2, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A man whose body was discovered on the grounds of Smith College on Saturday has been indentified as Kyle William Amidon of Florence, according to the Northwestern district attorney’s office. Amidon, 35, was discovered in a wooded area off Paradise Road on campus about 1:30 p.m., …

Music Review: Pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin performs epic program at Smith College in Northampton

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Marc-André Hamelin, the distinguished Canadian pianist and composer, played at Smith College Jan. 24, when the Music in Deerfield series resumed. The program was challenging for the pianist and his audience, which included many children. Hamelin began with …

Crash on West Street in Northampton injures two

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A collision on West Street between a Smith College public safety cruiser and a car driven by a Greenfield woman sent both drivers to the hospital with minor injuries Tuesday evening, police said. Sophie A. Lazu, 28, of Greenfield, was taken to Cooley Dickinson Hospital after …

CORRECTED MEETING LOCATION: Four-year study on food production, consumption heads to Northampton Agricultural Commission

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — The Agricultural Commission will begin taking a comprehensive look at how food is produced, distributed, sold and purchased in the city Wednesday night with the goal of developing plans to strengthen local food production. The Keep Farming Northampton project of the Agricultural Commission aims to develop …

Making News: Five Colleges edition

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Four join University Health Services AMHERST — Four medical providers have joined University Health Services at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Staff physicians Laura L. Scoville and Maria Gallo and nurse practitioners Yanghee Kwon and Patricia A. Mertes are providing care in the health center’s walk-in and general …

Smith College botanic garden seeks volunteers

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — The Smith College Botanic Garden is seeking volunteers to lead tours for school groups and greet the public at the Lyman Plant House. Trained volunteers provide tours of the greenhouses at the Lyman Conservatory at the Botanic Garden for school classes. Each January, the Botanic Garden …

Amherst, Hampshire and Smith colleges among humanities grant recipients

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

AMHERST — Three area colleges are among the Massachusetts-based institutions that have been awarded nearly $260,000 in grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Amherst College received a total of more than $100,000 for humanities study projects on skepticism, and on Spanish representations of the Nazis’ Mauthausen …

Music review: Concert celebrates music of local composers Ronald Perera, Donald Wheelock

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The Sage Chamber Music Society presented a concert Sunday of music composed by Ronald Perera and Donald Wheelock, emeritus professors of music at Smith College in Northampton. Formerly the Smith Chamber Music Society, the Sage Chamber Music Society is a faculty ensemble dedicated to performing chamber music from …

Banana plant busts through glass roof at Smith College conservatory

Monday, November 4, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — Not to be outdone by the fall mum show — or the even showier spring bulb show — a determined banana plant in the Smith College Botanic Garden’s Lyman Plant House broke through a pane of …