MGM casino to be built in Springfield causes controversy

MGM casino to be built in Springfield causes controversy

BY  EMMA RUBIN ‘20 

A new casino complex owned by MGM Resorts International is scheduled to open in Springfield, MA in September of this year. The $960 million project has been in progress since its approval in 2013 and has drawn critics as well as fervent supporters.


Senate approves plan to make campus water bottle-free

Senate approves plan to make campus water bottle-free

BY MELISSA JOHNSON ’20

At last Tuesday’s weekly Senate meeting, SGA senators voted in favor of the student-led initiative to make Mount Holyoke College a water bottle-free campus. This is the first of many steps that the student organization Think Outside the Bottle is taking in order to accomplish their goal of making the College a water bottle-free institution. 

South Hadley votes to ban sale of recreational marijuana

South Hadley votes to ban sale of recreational marijuana

BY  AVA BLUM-CARR ’21

South Hadley residents voted on Tuesday to ban the sale of recreational marijuana within the town, putting to rest the highly debated issue within the community. However, the controversial ballot question failed to increase voter turnout, which remained well under 20 percent, in keeping with the local elections of previous years.

South Hadley gears up for April municipal election

South Hadley gears up for April municipal election

BY  AVA BLUM-CARR ’21

The town of South Hadley is in the midst of preparing for the 2018 municipal election on April 10. Low voter turnout has plagued the town for years, but the content of this year’s ballot may succeed in bringing more people to the polls.

South Hadley Rep. Scibak will not run for re-election, launching race for seat in Massachusetts State House

South Hadley Rep. Scibak will not run for re-election, launching race for seat in Massachusetts State House

BY ALLYSON HUNTOON ’19

“It’s the best job in the world,” said Representative John Scibak (D) of South Hadley, “but you need to understand what it entails.” Scibak currently represents Hampshire County’s Second District, which includes the towns of South Hadley, Granby, Hadley and Easthampton in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. The House is composed of 160 members elected from districts within the state’s 12 counties. Representatives serve two-year terms, with all seats up for election every two years. The next general election is Nov. 6, 2018.

Elizabeth Warren discusses college debt at town hall in Greenfield

Elizabeth Warren discusses college debt at town hall in Greenfield

BY AVA BLUM-CARR ’21

This past Sunday, Senator Elizabeth Warren held a town hall event in Greenfield, Massachusetts, where citizens were encouraged to pose questions and voice concerns. A range of topics were addressed, but the issues of student debt and income inequality were at the forefront of the discussion.

South Hadley golf course remains open despite the financial strain

South Hadley golf course remains open despite the financial strain

BY  KATE TURNER ’21

The South Hadley Selectboard voted unanimously on Tuesday, Oct. 24 to keep the Ledges Golf Course open for another fiscal year. This decision comes despite a recently released report by Town Administrator Mike Sullivan which concluded that Ledges has lost the town $8.5 million since opening.

South Hadley to apply for infrastructure grant

South Hadley to apply for infrastructure grant

BY ABBY BAKER ’19 

The South Hadley local government has introduced the “Complete Streets Prioritization Plan,” a compilation of project proposals for local infrastructure improvement. The development of the plan was prompted by the local government’s decision to apply for a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT). 

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.

Northampton Police stops program with elementary schools

BY NICOLE VILLACRÉS

The Northampton Police Department has ended their “High Five Friday” program, in which a group of officers would rotate between the four elementary schools every Friday to welcome kids to school. The NPD initiated the program in December of 2016 to foster positive encounters between police and young children. The program was shut down due to parents’ concerns about the presence of officers and the effect it might have on their children, according to the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

Community leaders meet at Mount Holyoke, discuss sanctuary cities

BY SHELL LIN '17

Last Wednesday, the Community Based Learning program sponsored “Creating Brave Communities,” a panel on immigration, refugee resettlement and sanctuary cities. 

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.

Mass. transgender discrimination law officially in effect this week

Mass. transgender discrimination law officially in effect this week

BY HANNAH ROACH '17

This past weekend saw a major increase in the rights of transgender individuals in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Massachusetts law that prohibits any discrimination against gender identity in public spaces was signed in July, and went into effect this Saturday. Massachusetts is the 18th state in the country to create such provisions for transgender people, according to the Berkshire Eagle.

Voters to determine future of Massachusetts marijuana legalization

BY ABBY BAKER '19

On Nov. 8, Massachusetts voters will not only cast their votes for president, but will also vote for or against the legalization of marijuana for individuals over the age of 21 within the state. Question 4 on the ballot will also include an opportunity for Massachusetts residents to vote for or against increasing the number of charter schools in the state.