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Review: Book captures a resonante time at Mount Holyoke College

Friday, April 4, 2014

By TINKY WEISBLAT Special to The Recorder “A Male President for Mount Holyoke College” by Ann Karus Meeropol (McFarland, 258 pages, $45) Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley is the oldest ongoing institution of higher learning for women in the United States. Founded in 1837 by Mary Lyon of Buckland as a female seminary, the school has generally been run by women. In Mount Holyoke’s centennial year, Roswell Ham became the first male president of the college. Men continued to run the school until the late 1970s. Ham’s appointment in 1937 was unexpected and controversial. In “A Male President for Mount Holyoke College: The Failed … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: 'Songs of Divine Chemistry'

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

All day long a little burro labors, sometimes with heavy loads on her back and sometimes just with worries about things that bother only burros. Once in a while a kind monk comes to her stable and brings a pear, but more than that, he looks into the burro’s eyes and touches her … 0

Sounds Local: Russell Kaback comes out to play

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Considering that singer-songwriter Russell Kaback of Greenfield was writing songs at age 12 and played his first gig at 14, it is clear that music has always been a big part of his life. Yet Kaback, 39, didn’t release his first CD, “Message of Love,” until a couple of months ago. “Music has … 0