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KEVIN GUTTING
Smith College students relax under an elm tree in front of the Student Center on Monday.

Smith College community supportive of new admissions policy welcoming transgender women

Monday, May 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Smith College’s admissions policy accepting transgender women — those born male who identify as female — has been met largely with approval from students on campus. Jess Marlor, a 22-year-old junior from Beverly, said that when she heard about the policy, she felt “pure joy.” “Being a woman should not lie in documents,” she said. “Saying a woman …

Smith College to welcome trans women as part of new admissions policy

Saturday, May 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Smith College will join Mount Holyoke College in welcoming self-identified transgender women in its admissions policy beginning in the fall of 2015. “It is a historic moment,” said Smith College President Kathleen McCartney on Saturday. “I feel proud of the decision we’ve made. We are proclaiming that trans women are women. …

Nepali students in Valley band together for support

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Smith College senior Pratistha Bhattarai was having a Skype conversation with her parents in Kathmandu, Nepal, when Saturday’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake caused them to flee their home. Bhattarai, 22, stayed glued to her screen for 40 minutes waiting for her parents to come back. What she heard instead were rumblings of …

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 …

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 …