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Changes afoot at Hampshire Mall as Best Buy, GlowGolf exit

HADLEY — Hampshire Mall management hopes to name a new tenant for the former Best Buy space within the next 30 to 60 days — but the replacement of the former anchor store won’t come in time for the holiday shopping season, according to Dennis Golas, operations manager for the mall. “We’re working very hard to fill in the space; we know it is valuable,” he said. Golas said having the space vacant would affect sales in some parts of the mall, which is owned 0

Smith College clarifies stance on media coverage of sit-ins

NORTHAMPTON — Smith College has issued a statement clarifying the college’s stance toward the media, claiming that some press coverage incorrectly stated that Smith supported banning the media at Wednesday’s sit-in. Some 300 Smith students gathered at the Campus Center Wednesday to support students of color on campuses across the nation and to address racism at Smith. According to the statement issued by the Office of College Relations, “Several media reports have inaccurately characterized the college as supporting restrictions on media; the college supports no 0

Sounds good: large lecture, small class

Ah, the freshman class at the big state U — the one with 300-plus students crowded into a lecture hall as the professor delivers the day’s lesson from a stage, perhaps with a few visual backdrops to try and make the material more understandable. As Jason Hooper sees things, it doesn’t have to be that way. Hooper, who teaches a number of music theory and aural skills courses at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is taking a different approach this year in his Music Theory 0

GCC might move nursing program back to Smith

NORTHAMPTON — Greenfield Community College’s Licensed Practical Nurse program may return to its roots at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School as early as next summer. The program has been housed at several locations across the Pioneer Valley in recent years, including the Veterans Administration Hospital in Leeds, the GCC’s downtown center on Main Street in Greenfield and currently, in Florence in a building leased by Cooley Dickinson Hospital. “They worked to make that happen when it was clear that was in the best interest 0

Students at UMass, Amherst College demand change

AMHERST — Student protesters seeking equity for marginalized students at Amherst College praised College President Carolyn “Biddy” Martin for meeting with them and agreeing to a number of their demands Friday evening. Among student demands were that Martin issue a statement of apology to Amherst College community members who have been the victims of injustices on campus related to being a part of a marginalized segment of the population. The students also demanded she support the removal of “Lord Jeff,” named for Lord Jeffrey Amherst, 0

Smith College protest over racism on campus supports actions at University of Missouri

NORTHAMPTON — About 200 Smith College students, Dean of the College Donna Lisker, and faculty and staff members joined in front of the Campus Center in the rain at noon Wednesday, calling attention to racism on campus and supporting similar actions at Ithaca College and University of Missouri. Raven Fowlkes-Witten, chairwoman of the student organization Multiethnic Interracial Smith College, organized the walkout, which lasted about 20 minutes, so that students could stand “in solidarity with the Ithaca College walkout against the overt racism from their 0

Deal would fund UMass pay raises, aid for students

AMHERST — The presidents of the state Senate and University of Massachusetts have reached an agreement under which UMass may receive $10.9 million for employee pay raises after the money was removed from a supplemental budget approved last week. UMass, meanwhile, would establish a $5 million financial aid fund if the money for pay raises is approved. The Senate removed the $10.9 million from the supplemental budget at the request of President Stanley C. Rosenberg, D-Amherst, because Martin T. Meehan, president of the university, ruled 0

UMass braces for $10.9 million budget cut

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst will bear nearly half of a system-wide $10.9 million cut after that amount to cover money already spent on pay raises was removed from a $328 million supplemental budget sent by the Legislature to Gov. Charlie Baker. The university asked for the money after it paid the raises to union workers in September. The $10.9 million had been in the earlier House version of the budget, but was removed by the Senate. UMass system President Martin Meehan issued 0

Extravaganja event organizers ask for one more year on Amherst Town Common

AMHERST — Despite being informed by town officials that this year’s Extravaganja festival would be the last permitted on the Town Common, the president of the Cannabis Reform Coalition at the University of Massachusetts is appealing to hold the annual marijuana legalization rally in Amherst center again in 2016. In an Oct. 21 letter to the Select Board and interim Town Manager David Ziomek, coalition president Sebastian Vivas wrote that the process of relocating the event is underway, but may not be complete in time 0

Rosenberg reflects on first year as Senate pres.

NORTHAMPTON — As an agency that can remove a child from parental custody, the Department of Children and Families may hold the most significant power in a state without the death penalty and its budget should not face cuts, according to Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg. Notable failures by the agency, including the August death of a 2-year-old girl in Auburn, highlight the continued challenges imposed by a state budget that features a structural deficit and the inability to properly fund the staff needed to 0