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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...

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Greening our brains and our thumbs: The many opportunities in the Valley to increase your garden knowledge and skills
02-29-2024 2:22 PM

By PAT JAMES

After moving from the city into a rural home with land 25 years ago, I was excited that the property was mostly bare ground that I could bend to my will and create beautiful gardens over time. As a kid, I’d helped in the garden a lot, so how hard...


Spreading the wealth of wisdom: Smith College to have 5 keynote speakers at 2024 graduation
02-26-2024 2:00 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — In a break from tradition, Smith College’s graduating class of 2024 will not have one keynote speaker during May’s commencement but five different honorees who will offer parting wisdom for students looking to begin the first steps of...


Women’s basketball: Smith College blasts Babson, captures 4th straight NEWMAC title
02-25-2024 6:07 PM

By HANNAH BEVIS

NORTHAMPTON – Since the 2019-20 season, the Smith College women’s basketball team has always finished at the top of their conference standings. That streak continued on Sunday as the Pioneer won their fourth consecutive NEWMAC championship via a 90-59...


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: Samuli Niinisaari scores pair, UMass hockey overcomes adversity in 3-2 win over New Hampshire
02-23-2024 9:40 PM

Challenges, disallowed goals, penalties… it was all on display Friday night at the Mullins Center.The 14th-ranked UMass hockey team had two goals disallowed due to video replay, and survived five shorthanded situations to No. 16 New Hampshire. Despite...


Local roundup: Balanced Smith College routs Clark, into NEWMAC semifinals
02-21-2024 9:43 PM

Behind five players with double-digit points, the Smith College women’s basketball team cruised to a 95-40 victory over Clark in the quarterfinal round of the NEWMAC Tournament on Wednesday night at Ainsworth Gymnasium in Northampton.Ally Yamada led...


Colleges notebook: UMass hires Shane Montgomery as new offensive coordinator
02-15-2024 3:19 PM

By GARRETT COTE

Following the departure of offensive coordinator Steve Casula, the UMass football team had perhaps the most important decision of its offseason when choosing who was going to fill the hole.Casula left to take the tight ends coaching job for the...


Taking up long-form fiction: Acclaimed short-story writer Kelly Link is set to debut her first novel
02-09-2024 12:33 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Kelly Link has piled up quite a few accolades and honors over the years: a MacArthur “genius grant,” a Pulitzer Prize nomination, several awards for fantasy fiction — a Hugo, a World Fantasy, and three Nebulas — and the kind of praise writers dream...


Women’s basketball: After reaching 300 career wins, Smith College coach Lynn Hersey isn’t staying complacent
02-08-2024 4:25 PM

By GARRETT COTE

NORTHAMPTON — Anticipation built as teams across Division 3 waited to hear their name called on selection Sunday. Smith College was coming off its best season (at the time) under head coach Lynn Hersey, going 16-2 in the NEWMAC, but the Pioneers came...


Art that traveled far, wide: Smith College exhibit showcases venerable art from the Persianate world
02-08-2024 3:29 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Before it became recognized by its modern name in 1935, Iran was known for centuries — at least in the western world — as Persia, a name that reflected the language of the same name and the culture that was part of it.In the 1970s, academics coined...


Still harmonizing after all these years: Silver Chord Bowl marks its 40th anniversary
02-08-2024 3:21 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

The 1980s witnessed the start of what have become some longstanding artistic landmarks in Northampton: the Young@Heart Chorus, the downtown New Year’s Eve festival called First Night Northampton, and a good-natured competition involving collegiate a...


Smith College student dining workers vote for union
02-03-2024 3:17 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — Dining workers at Smith College voted overwhelmingly Thursday in favor of organizing as United Smith Student Workers (USSW), a new union affiliated with the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 153.“I am so...


Spicing up breakfast: Smith College seeks help from Humane Society with its vegan pledge
01-21-2024 12:22 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Inside Smith College’s Chase House building on a recent morning, several campus chefs could be seen working diligently in the kitchen, even after the usual breakfast hours in the building had ended.These food experts — about a dozen who...


Women’s basketball: Smith College locks down late, holds off WPI 82-78 (PHOTOS)
01-14-2024 11:10 AM

Clutch baskets and timely defense down the stretch propelled the Smith College women’s basketball team to a wild 82-78 victory over WPI in the Pioneers’ NEWMAC opener on Saturday afternoon at Ainsworth Gymnasium in Northampton.Smith improved to 12-2...


Women’s basketball: Ally Yamada’s career-high 28 points helps Smith College take down Hamilton 74-56
01-09-2024 9:01 PM

By GARRETT COTE

NORTHAMPTON — Smith College guard Ally Yamada battled for a steal, poked the ball to Hannah Martin and took off running up the sideline. Martin swung it up to Yamada as time ticked down in the third quarter.Yamada had no time to think, she just had to...


The Smith College effect: Should the college do more to help the community it calls home?
12-29-2023 5:39 PM

By MAX ACENOWR,DIANA ZAMUDIOand BEX CONNOR

NORTHAMPTON — Smith College and the city of Northampton are heavily intertwined and have been since Smith’s founding in 1871. The college’s Grecourt Gates stand tall atop the rolling hill of Main Street Northampton, overlooking the city’s vibrant...


A real old-school First Night: Northampton New Year’s Eve festival returns with its old energy
12-21-2023 9:43 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

As Steve Sanderson sees it, First Night Northampton is getting its mojo back.The annual New Year’s Eve celebration got shot down two years in a row by COVID-19, first in December 2020 and then again in December 2021 when, just days before the event...


Safety improvements coming to streets near Smith College after 2 people hit by cars in last week
12-20-2023 4:30 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — In the wake of two pedestrians struck by vehicles in the last week on busy streets bordering Smith College — the latest in a string of such incidents dating back years — city and college officials said this week they are moving ahead...


Finding a way past apartheid: Documentary revisits program that brought Black South African students to Smith College during civil rights struggle
12-08-2023 4:58 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

The 1980s were a brutal time in South Africa. Decades of apartheid, the ironbound racial segregation system that relegated a majority Black population to second-class citizenship under white rule, led to increasing Black resistance, followed by severe...


Five College scholars join 1,000-plus educators to push New England senators for permanent cease-fire in Gaza
12-06-2023 6:17 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...

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