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FAFSA fiasco: Financial aid form meltdown trips up students, colleges
02-26-2024 5:00 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...

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Five College scholars join 1,000-plus New England educators to push senators for cease-fire in Gaza
12-10-2023 5:00 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

More than 100 scholars from the region’s Five Colleges have signed onto a letter sent to the New England’s 12 U.S. senators demanding a permanent cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas war, the peaceful release of Israeli hostages and arbitrarily detained...


State research project aims to study bear population size, distribution
09-24-2023 4:02 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

Experts say that if you encounter a bear it is important to immediately make yourself look big, talk very calmly and slowly back away.But after that, if you saw the carnivoran mammal in Massachusetts, you can go to bit.ly/3raabc8 to report the...


Hall of Fame coach David Hixon a true family man
08-10-2023 5:04 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

Michael Hixon waggled his feet sitting on a LeFrak Gymnasium locker room bench.The Amherst College men’s basketball team sat around the toddler, feet on the floor, heads down. Some covered their faces with towels.“Dad, what’s the matter?” Michael...


Hampshire County’s four colleges add $1.5B to state economy yearly 
07-16-2023 5:01 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — The four private colleges in Hampshire County generate an annual economic impact of more than $1.5 billion to the Massachusetts economy, including more than 8,000 jobs, according to a report released by the Association of Independent...


Peter Pouncey, who led Amherst College from 1984 to 1994, dies at 85
06-12-2023 5:08 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Peter Pouncey, Amherst College’s 16th president, who led the college from 1984 to 1994, died on May 30 at 85, according to the college.Pouncey’s tenure began at a time of unrest and transition, following the unexpected death of President...


Local researchers advocate for increased roles for citizen science
04-24-2023 5:00 AM

By EMILEE KLEIN

Among the lush hardwoods of Massachusetts’ forests and babbling brooks, volunteers with a keen interest in science trek through to check their trail cameras.These researchers review the footage for signs of black bears, which is used to track their...


‘A room of your heroes’: Longtime Amherst College coach Dave Hixon will be enshrined in basketball Hall of Fame
04-01-2023 3:08 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

Dave Hixon knew he was a Hall of Famer on Monday. He couldn’t say anything about it until the class was officially announced Saturday.“This has been a hard week because I’ve had a lot of people asking me,” Hixon said.When an Adrian Wojnarowski report...

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