College drafts new faculty-student dating policy

College drafts new faculty-student dating policy

BY MELISSA JOHNSON ’20

Mount Holyoke faculty have joined together to create a campus-wide policy prohibiting all romantic relationships between faculty and students. Pre-existing faculty-student relationships must also be disclosed to the College under the new policy. Mount Holyoke joins a growing number of institutions in updating these policies,  including, the UMass, Amherst, which recently announced an immediately effective policy barring all faculty-student relationships on its campus. 

Town of Amherst votes to change their 1938 charter and implement new form of city council government

Town of Amherst votes to change their 1938 charter and implement new form of city council government

BY  EMMA RUBIN ’20

On Tuesday March 27, the town of Amherst voted to implement a new form of government. A charter in favor of replacing the current system, a 240-member town meeting, with a 13-member city council passed in a popular vote, 3,476 to 2,468.

Students rally against proposed PVTA cuts

Students rally against proposed PVTA cuts

BY EMMA RUBIN ’20 AND EILEEN O’GRADY ’18

A group of approximately 20 to 30 protesters gathered outside the Old Chapel on the UMass Amherst campus last Monday, holding signs and chanting. “FUND PUBLIC TRANSIT,” one sign read. “PUBLIC TRANSIT IS AN ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUE,” said another. 

Students vaccinated in wake of UMass meningitis outbreak

Students vaccinated in wake of UMass meningitis outbreak

BY MERYL PHAIR ’21

George A. Corey, M.D., executive director of the UMass Amherst Health Services, declared an outbreak of meningitis B on the UMass Amherst campus on Nov. 28. Now the Mount Holyoke administration is urging students to get vaccinated against the disease.

Healey speaks on student debt, American values at UMass Amherst

Healey speaks on student debt, American values at UMass Amherst

BY  KATE TURNER ’21

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey addressed an assembly full of college students and community members alike at her town hall meeting on Monday night, located on the University of Massachusetts, Amherst campus and hosted by the student Democrats Association and political science department.

Noose found at Amherst College, suspects identified

BY ABBY BAKER ’19

Early last week, a noose was found on Amherst College’s Pratt Football Field, setting the campus on edge and prompting a police investigation. According to police, the noose was placed there on either Sept. 4 or 5.                             

Amherst Colleges settles on mammoth mascot

BY TESSA SCHWARZ '17 

Mammoths will be soon be stampeding into the Pioneer Valley, joining the Lyons, Pioneers and Minutemen. No, this isn’t a remake of the Wizard of Oz — Amherst College has announced that the Mammoth will be its new mascot.

Senator Elizabeth Warren announced as spring speaker

Senator Elizabeth Warren announced as spring speaker

BY NICOLE VILLACRÉS '18

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren will be visiting Mount Holyoke to discuss her book, “This Fight is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America’s Middle Class” on Friday, April 21 in Chapin Auditorium at 7 p.m.

Representatives speak on Progressive Politics in the Age of Trump at UMass Amherst

BY ANNA SHORTRIDGE '19 

On the evening of March 26, Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., and DNC Deputy Chair Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., held a forum in Bowker Auditorium at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Cornell William Brooks, President of the NAACP, comes to Amherst

Cornell William Brooks, President of the NAACP, comes to Amherst

BY ALLYSON HUNTOON '19

By 7:40 p.m. on Friday, March 24, the pews of Amherst College’s Johnson Chapel were nearly full. A crystal chandelier hung above guests’ heads as they filed into the room, shuffling across the red carpet to their seats. Students, faculty, alumni and community members alike had gathered to hear from, Dr. Cornell William Brooks.

UMass officials, Amherst police: Shrubbery as crowd deterrent

BY ALLYSON HUNTOON '19

On Saint Patrick’s Day, the evening of the Super Bowl or even just a sunny Saturday afternoon in the spring semester, University of Massachusetts, Amherst students can often be found celebrating outdoors.

400 people protest Hampshire College's removal of the American flag

400 people protest Hampshire College's removal of the American flag

BY LEAH WILLINGHAM '17 

Hampshire College became the site of protest by outraged veterans and community members this weekend when school officials decided to remove the American flag from the flagpole after a student reportedly stole and burned it.

First Generation student concerns are being brought to forefront by conference, student groups

BY NICOLE VILLACRES '18 

Smith College hosted the first Five College First Generation Conference on Friday, Nov. 4 at its Conference Center. Helen Mayer, a senior at Smith, organized and directed the conference. 

Amherst searches for replacement mascot in light of Jeff controversy

Amherst searches for replacement mascot in light of Jeff controversy

BY ABBY BAKER '19

Recent student protests at Amherst College over Lord Jeffery Amherst’s controversial legacy have yielded results; the College will accept suggestions for a new school mascot through Nov. 30.