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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 …