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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 …

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 …

Klemens Wilhelm von Klemperer, Nazi regime historian who taught at Smith College, dies at 96

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

BOSTON (AP) — Klemens Wilhelm von Klemperer, a German refugee who wrote extensively about the rise and fall of the Nazi regime has died in Massachusetts. He was 96. Von Klemperer was an emeritus professor of history at Smith College in Northampton. His Dec. 23 death of natural …

Home stretch

Sunday, December 2, 2012

A student listens to a recording at the Josten Performing Arts Library at Smith College. First-semester classes end at Smith Dec. 13. …

Pallav K. Parakh, pedestrian struck by truck in Northampton, succumbs to injuries

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Pallav K. Parakh of Hatfield has died as a result of injuries he suffered when he was struck by a truck in downtown Northampton Oct. 31. First District Attorney Steven E. Gagne said Tuesday afternoon that Pallav K. Parakh, 35, of 6 Bridge St., died within the last …

Smith College battens down the hatches as student wait for Sandy

Monday, October 29, 2012

NORTHAMPTON — At Smith College Monday, students nervously anticipated the much-heralded arrival of Sandy. Classes were cancelled, dining halls closed early. And then it was hurry up and wait. The college had sent repetitive warnings to students about the possibility of a power outage. Students took heed. “I …

Beehive at Smith College a 'colossal' challenge

Thursday, September 27, 2012

NORTHAMPTON — High above the Smith College campus, Northampton resident Adam Novitt leaned over the top of a brick chimney on the roof of the four-story Seelye Hall. He’s not a chimney sweep, a roofer or even a …