Five College Consortium

Media Alerts 9/8/2012 (from news dated August 31 - September 7)

Hampshire College

Basic Bittner: Enjoying 'Baseball'


Chronicle Times

Five College Students Moving Back Into Area



Hampshire College's Michael Klare to debate resources on global panel


Daily Hampshire Gazette

Justin Peligri: A scholarship to support the undocumented


GW Hatchet

Island Grabbing in Asia


Foreign Affairs

Undocumented Immigrants Deserve Opportunity


The Ram

Education, Equality, Freedom


Huffington Post

College hires new police chief


Berkshire Beacon

Katelynn's Ride continues fight against childhood cancer


The Reminder

Mount Holyoke College

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University of Massachusetts Amherst

An editorial lauds UMass Amherst for the high academic standards of this year’s entering class and says the students have made a sound economic choice to attend the university. It also calls on the state to provide more financial support for public higher education and UMass Amherst. (Republican, 9/7/12)

Researchers in robotics and communication disorders at UMass Amherst have teamed up to explore whether a personal humanoid robot may help people recovering from stroke by delivering therapy such as word-retrieval games and arm movement tasks in an enjoyable and engaging way. Speech language pathologist Yu-kyong Choe recently won a two-year, $109,251 grant from the American Heart Association to investigate the effect of stroke rehabilitation delivered by a humanoid robot, a child-sized unit with arms and a screen where therapists, doctors and others can interact with a client. Choe is collaborating with Rod Grupen, director of UMass Amherst’s Laboratory for Perceptual Robotics, on ways to bring more and longer-term, home-based therapy and social contact to people recovering from stroke. (Mass High Tech, 9/6/12; News Office release)

UMass officials say they will refund about $15,000 in towing fees to the owners of 141 cars towed from campus overnight on Sept. 3. Most of the cars were towed from lot 44 near the North Apartments after school officials failed to make clear that the lot was to be kept open as part of the move-in system. (Herald, WBZ-TV 4, Berkshire Eagle, Telegram & Gazette,, ABC 6 [Providence, R.I.], WFXT-TV 25 [all from AP], 9/6/12)

There is continued news coverage of chefs at UMass Amherst who have again set a new Guinness World Record, this time by cooking a 6,656-pound seafood stew at a Labor Day barbecue that celebrated the return of students to the campus. The record stew was the work of a team of culinary experts including celebrity chef Jet Tila of the Food Network, Willie Sng, UMass Amherst’s executive chef, and the UMass Amherst Dining Services team. They had help from UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy and a small army of student volunteers, administrators and staff. The seafood stew was prepared in the custom-built, 1-ton, 14-foot frying pan used last year to set the new Guinness Record of 4,010 pounds for the world’s largest stir-fry at UMass Amherst. Ken Toong, UMass Amherst’s executive director of auxiliary services and head of dining services, says this year’s record-setting performance continues a tradition of setting records with healthy food. (, 9/7/12; News Office release)

A letter-to-the-editor thanks the UMass swim team for its efforts last month to support the Amherst Survival Center in purchasing 1,500 pairs of underwear for needy residents. (Amherst Bulletin, 9/7/12)

A team of scientists, including Gregory Tew, polymer science and engineering, is developing a new antibacterial coating that is nearly 1,000 times more effective than what is currently used on surgical sutures. The new coating is expected to reduce the number of infection and other post-surgical complications that often lead to longer hospitalizations and higher health care costs. (Therapeutics Daily, 9/5/12)

The Amherst Fire Department will have all five of its ambulances in service this weekend as officials anticipate there may be a large number of medical calls on the first full weekend that local college students are in town. Walter “Tim” Nelson, Amherst’s fire chief, says he is planning for the next couple of weekends to be busy for the ambulance crews. (Gazette, 9/6/12)

UMass Amherst police arrested Marco Angelo Casarano, 22, of Revere on Sept. 1 at 2:28 a.m. after an officer saw him enter the construction site of the new Laboratory Science Building on Thatcher Road. He is charged with felony nighttime breaking and entering, trespassing and larceny of less than $250, says Patrick T. Archbald, deputy police chief. (Gazette, 9/6/12)

Craig Albertson, biology, will speak at the opening of the new Science Café series at the Esselon Café on Sept. 10 beginning at 5:30 p.m. His talk is titled, “How to Build an Organism: a DIY Guide.” (Republican, 9/6/12)

Robert A. Sharpe Jr., 48, of Belchertown, a former Physical Plant employee, died Sept. 3. (Republican, 9/6/12)

The parent of a UMass Amherst student writes to The Boston Globe about how move-in for his daughter was a “highly organized and friendly process, with organized staging areas, plenty of signs and helpful staff.” He compared this with the experience he had several years ago moving his older daughter to UMass Amherst that he says was just a random collection of cars, people and boxes. (Globe, 9/5/12)

Julio Capó, Jr., history, writes about how the Democratic Party platform that calls for supporting same-sex marriage is the result of efforts that began in 1972 at the party convention in South Florida. (USA Today, 9/5/12; Tucson Citizen, 9/4/12)

Chris Kilham, plant, soil and insect sciences, writes about natural remedies for back to school problems, including head lice, pink eye and anxiety. (Fox News, 9/4/12)

Editorial praises the University Museum of Contemporary Art’s Museum Without Walls program that places works in public venues. Most recently, “Two Ways of Looking at an Elm Tree, I and II,” by Williamsburg artist Carolyn Webb, was installed on the outside of the Fine Arts Center. (Gazette, 9/5/12)

Amherst Police Chief Scott Livingstone says he is “disappointed” in the 49 arrests made before and during Labor Day weekend with the return of large numbers of students to the area. The chief says efforts by university officials to educate students about responsible behavior were expected to reduce problems. Tony Maroulis of the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce expresses confidence in the university’s ability to discipline students for misbehavior. (Gazette, 9/5/12)

Amherst College

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Smith College

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