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Tropical paradise? Not so much: Spring exhibits at Mead Art Museum examine the effect of tourism in the Caribbean, Native American art, and more
03-29-2024 12:40 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

What could be better in winter than a trip to the Caribbean? Warm but not overly hot temperatures, beautiful sandy beaches, crystalline waters — sounds like paradise.But as a current exhibit at the Mead Art Museum in Amherst shows, paradise for some...

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Amherst College committed to partnership with schools, though talks ongoing
06-09-2024 3:01 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Despite a number of appeals and meetings seeking financial support from Amherst College for the Amherst and Regional public schools, both through official and unofficial channels, no arrangement has yet been reached.Even so, both college and...


Pro-Palestinian protesters shut down Amherst College Alumni Weekend keystone
06-04-2024 4:19 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Alumni Weekend at Amherst College, typically a celebratory occasion for members of classes marking milestone anniversaries, featured two pro-Palestinian demonstrations, including one that shut down the annual Conversation with the President...


Amherst College faculty join students in urging divestment from military suppliers to Israel
05-08-2024 5:19 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — The faculty of Amherst College is joining the college’s Student Senate in asking trustees to divest from corporations supplying military equipment to Israel in its ongoing war in Gaza.The divestment appeal, made last week, came with support...


Amherst College store opens downtown in former Hastings space
05-02-2024 2:01 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A new retail store carrying assorted Amherst College merchandise, as well as school supplies, tech accessories and snacks, is open at 45 South Pleasant St., as demolition of a building immediately to the south, and removal of an attached ell...


Arts Briefs: Rising indie pop star Caroline Rose comes to Florence, UMass Amherst hosts a literary festival, and more
03-28-2024 12:24 PM

Hot tickets at BombyxFLORENCE — Indie pop singer and songwriter Caroline Rose, who’s gained increased attention and acclaim from the national music press in the last several years, is coming to the Bombyx Center for Arts & Equity for two shows, April...


Women’s hockey: OT goal sinks Amherst College in NCAA quarterfinal loss to Elmira (PHOTOS)
03-09-2024 9:04 PM

CONNOR PIGNATELLO

AMHERST – A once-promising season for the Amherst College women’s hockey team ended in a home ice overtime loss for the second straight year, as the Mammoths fell 2-1 to Elmira in the NCAA Division III quarterfinals Saturday afternoon at Orr...


Colleges: Smith women’s basketball, Amherst women’s hockey hosting huge games this weekend
02-29-2024 8:26 PM

By GARRETT COTE

Following its fourth conference crown in as many years, the Smith College women’s basketball team earned the top seed in its first-round pod and will host the opening two rounds of the NCAA Division 3 Tournament.The Pioneers stomped Babson 90-59 in...


Women’s basketball: Smith College draws Maine Maritime in first round, will host NCAA Division 3 pod
02-26-2024 5:35 PM

By GARRETT COTE

NORTHAMPTON — After winning its fourth consecutive NEWMAC tournament championship on Sunday, the Smith College women’s basketball team woke up Monday for the annual selection show to see where and when it would be playing in the first round of the...


FAFSA fiasco: Financial aid form meltdown trips up students, colleges
02-25-2024 2:18 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

NORTHAMPTON — A continued challenge for some prospective students and their families in accessing federal financial aid applications, and a corresponding delay in relaying the information from these forms to colleges and universities, is raising...


Colleges: UNH rallies late, takes down UMass hockey in OT
02-24-2024 9:48 PM

Clinging to a 2-1 lead late in the third period, the UMass hockey team was just a few minutes away from a weekend sweep over New Hampshire. The Minutemen defeated the Wildcats at the Mullins Center 3-2 on Friday night, and headed to Durham for...


Literary musing and gatherings: Amherst College host its ninth annual LitFest this weekend
02-22-2024 12:20 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Amherst College has sent many a successful writer into the world, or brought them in to teach: David Foster Wallace, Robert Frost, Richard Wilbur, Robert Stone, Lauren Groff, Chris Bohjalian, Charles Mann and many others.That legacy will be celebrated...


Councilors have doubts over Amherst College ‘gateway’ sign on public green 
02-13-2024 11:14 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A large gateway sign to greet visitors to the Amherst College campus coming from points west and north, better announcing the college’s presence at the southern edge of downtown, is again being proposed for installation by college officials...


Women’s hockey: Amherst College focused on road ahead as postseason play looms
02-07-2024 5:05 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — The Amherst College women’s hockey team finds itself in a familiar position entering the final stretch of the regular season.If the No. 3-ranked Mammoths are to take care of business over their last three games, all against teams with losing...


Women’s hockey: Trio of third-period goals enable Amherst College to rally past Western New England 4-2
02-06-2024 9:43 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — All night long, the Amherst College women’s hockey team kept the puck in the attacking zone for huge chunks of time, tiring out Western New England skaters with long shifts. But it hadn’t really paid off as the two teams were deadlocked at...


Amherst College women’s basketball coach G.P. Gromacki becomes fastest in NCAA history to reach 600 career victories
02-06-2024 5:29 PM

By GARRETT COTE

Dynasty isn’t a term that gets thrown around loosely – that word holds a ton of weight in the sports world. It takes a lot of success over an extended period of time to call something a dynasty.But that’s exactly what South Deerfield native G.P....


Amherst, college to host day for girls in sports on Saturday
01-31-2024 11:10 AM

AMHERST — Girls will have the opportunity to try a variety of sports and games as Amherst College’s female athletes help lead a regional celebration for the Women’s Sports Foundation’s National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Saturday.Running from 10...


30% of profs call for Amherst College to divest from firms making money from Gaza campaign
12-12-2023 4:58 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A call for Amherst College to divest from companies that could be making money off the Israel-Hamas war is being issued by 60 faculty members, who contend in a letter that Israel’s military response to the Oct. 7 Hamas attack violates...


Restless Books sets up shop in Amherst: Independent publisher started in New York City finds a new home in the Valley
12-01-2023 1:03 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

A bit over 10 years ago, Ilan Stavans, the longtime Amherst College professor and writer, made his first venture into the business world: starting a publishing company dedicated to international writing.Restless Books, whose tagline is “an...


State bill calls for taxing wealthy private colleges with endowments over $1B
11-27-2023 5:28 PM

By SOPHIE HAUCK

AMHERST — A group of local college students, along with a handful of Massachusetts lawmakers, are advocating to tax nearly a dozen elite Massachusetts colleges and universities, whose multibillion-dollar endowments they say should fund early and...


Local college basketball preview: Smith College must replace big pieces from last year’s dream season
11-17-2023 5:40 PM

By HANNAH BEVIS

Last year’s Smith College basketball team had a season for the history books. The Pioneers qualified for its first ever Final Four after winning their third consecutive NEWMAC title. Senior Morgan Morrison won the D3hoops.com Player of the Year Award,...

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