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Five Colleges’ library annex plans rouse opposition in Hadley

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

HADLEY — A proposed Five College Consortium library annex project off North Maple Street is facing opposition in a Planning Board hearing that began earlier this month and will continue in August. The building would initially house 2.5 million rarely circulating books in a roughly 35,000-square-foot facility. But Five College Consortium officials are seeking permission to build a much larger facility in phases — possibly over decades — with the …

UMass bathroom policy affirms federal transgender protections in education

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

AMHERST — A recent change to a University of Massachusetts Amherst policy aims to expand protections of transgender people’s rights to choose bathrooms that they feel most comfortable using. The policy states that in an effort to provide safe, accessible and convenient bathroom facilities, students, faculty and staff “should use the bathroom facilities that correspond to their sex or gender identity, or utilize …

All the right moves: How a Smith College athlete Claire Edwards’ connections in the gym led to a career in dentistry

Monday, July 6, 2015

As a track and field athlete at Smith College in Northampton, Claire Edwards knew how important it was to be in the right place at the right time. If she wanted a strong finish to a race, she needed to position herself to be one step ahead of her competitors. As she learned …

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 …

Mount Holyoke joins ranks of liberal arts colleges adding summer offerings

Sunday, April 6, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — Mount Holyoke College is taking the plunge this summer into offering an array of courses that give students a chance to acquire credits they need — and to appeal to people beyond the college who …

Smith College appoints Marianne Yoshioka as new dean of the School for Social Work

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Smith College has named Marianne Yoshioka as the new dean of the School for Social Work, succeeding Carolyn Jacobs who plans to retire May 17. Yoshioka, associate dean for academic affairs at the Columbia University School …

Nonhazardous deicing material spills into Mill River at Smith College

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — As much as 2,600 gallons of deicing material spilled into and around the Mill River off West Street last week, prompting Smith College to hire an environmental firm to clean up the site. State environmental regulators say the material is nonhazardous. The cleanup was completed Friday, …

A greenhouse full of pink to banish the wintertime blues: Smith College bulb show opens

Saturday, March 1, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — For Rachel Lord, weaving through the narrow passages in the Botanic Garden of Smith College greenhouse among 5,000 bulbs that planters coaxed into early bloom was part business and all pleasure. She had her 6-month-old baby, …

Colleges help with tips on various business ventures

Monday, February 10, 2014

Though starting a business in an uncertain economy may seem intimidating, educators from the Five Colleges believe that need not stand in the way of entrepreneurial success. A diverse range of programs offered by the colleges and University of Massachusetts Amherst help students realize that creating a profitable …

Local scholars cite spending, security issues at Winter Olympics in Russia

Thursday, February 6, 2014

AMHERST — Are the Winter Olympics, with its opening ceremonies Friday in the Black Sea resort town of Sochi, mainly a spectacle of overspending and corruption or a sign of an emerging new Russia that is reshaping its …

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 …