A Look Back
50 Years Ago
∎ Miss Catherine L. O’Brien, chairwoman of the board of Stanley Home Products Inc. in Easthampton, has been appointed to the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services, it was announced today by Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara.
∎ Two students from Tougaloo Christian College, a Negro institution in Jackson, Miss., are visiting Amherst College this week under an exchange program arranged by and for undergraduates of the two institutions. The Tougaloo visitors are attending Amherst classes, meeting with student groups and taking part in general campus life.
25 Years Ago
∎ Following a weekend protest, minority students at Smith College say they will file formal discrimination complaints against the school if administrators do not seek immediate solutions to 18 grievances. Meanwhile, college President Mary Maples Dunn said today she will meet with the minority student protesters to come up with a plan of action.
∎ The recent success of an all-male strip show at hotels in Springfield and Hartford has prompted hotel managers to book the show in Northampton. The all-male revue “Chippendales” will be performing in May at the Northampton Hilton Inn.
10 Years Ago
∎ More than 1,800 students, staff and faculty at Holyoke Community College have registered their disapproval of a proposed merger and budget cuts in letters to Gov. Mitt Romney and key legislators. Romney’s proposed reorganization of higher education would include the merger of HCC with Greenfield Community College.
∎ Early-retirement incentives, a one-year wage freeze and possible elimination of as many as 63 city jobs are among the scenarios Mayor Clare Higgins is considering as she puts together a budget for the fiscal year beginning in July.