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Amherst College women’s basketball coach Gromacki fastest in NCAA history to reach 600 wins
02-08-2024 8:33 PM

By GARRETT COTE

Dynasty isn’t a term that gets thrown around loosely – that word holds a ton of weight in the sports world. It takes a lot of success over an extended period of time to call something a dynasty.But that’s exactly what South Deerfield native G.P....

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Literary musing and gatherings: Amherst College host its ninth annual LitFest this weekend
02-23-2024 9:55 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Amherst College has sent many a successful writer into the world, or brought them in to teach: David Foster Wallace, Robert Frost, Richard Wilbur, Robert Stone, Lauren Groff, Chris Bohjalian, Charles Mann and many others.That legacy will be celebrated...


Councilors have doubts over Amherst College ‘gateway’ sign on public green
02-23-2024 9:53 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A large gateway sign to greet visitors to the Amherst College campus coming from points west and north, better announcing the college’s presence at the southern edge of downtown, is again being proposed for installation by college officials...


Amherst, college to host day for girls in sports on Saturday
02-03-2024 11:00 AM

Staff Report

AMHERST — Girls will have the opportunity to try a variety of sports and games as Amherst College’s female athletes help lead a regional celebration for the Women’s Sports Foundation’s National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Saturday.Running from 10...


30% of profs call for Amherst College to divest from firms making money from Gaza campaign
12-15-2023 11:28 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A call for Amherst College to divest from companies that could be making money off the Israel-Hamas war is being issued by 60 faculty members, who contend in a letter that Israel’s military response to the Oct. 7 Hamas attack violates...


Restless Books sets up shop in Amherst: Independent publisher started in New York City finds a new home in the Valley
12-09-2023 1:11 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

A bit over 10 years ago, Ilan Stavans, the longtime Amherst College professor and writer, made his first venture into the business world: starting a publishing company dedicated to international writing.Restless Books, whose tagline is “an...


Longtime Amherst College basketball coach Dave Hixon belonged in every room at Basketball Hall of Fame induction
08-16-2023 8:06 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

SPRINGFIELD — John Calipari wrapped an arm around Dave Hixon as he introduced the longtime Amherst College men’s basketball coach to Michigan State coach Tom Izzo.Their time in Amherst overlapped when Calipari was at UMass. Hixon coached at Amherst...


‘More than I could have imagined’: Longtime Amherst College basketball coach Dave Hixon inducted into Basketball Hall of Fame
08-16-2023 7:57 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

SPRINGFIELD — Basketball gave Dave Hixon everything he could ask for. When the longtime Amherst College men’s coach retired in 2020, his former players and friends made him an hour and a half long video thanking him for his impact on their lives.“I...


Top on-court moments from David Hixon’s Hall of Fame career coaching Amherst basketball
08-14-2023 7:33 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

Dave Hixon always wore a suit to Amherst College’s men’s basketball games but never coached in it. He walked out of the locker room to cheers in LeFrak Gymnasium and banter on the road, shook his counterpart’s hand and chatted during shootaround. Once...


Hampshire County’s four colleges add $1.5B to state economy yearly 
07-27-2023 7:34 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...


A fresh legacy: First-generation students replacing legacy admissions at Amherst College
06-28-2023 2:16 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Nearly one in five students in the incoming class at Amherst College will be the first members of their family to attend a four-year institution of higher education.In an early look at the 480 students expected to arrive in the fall to begin...


Peter Pouncey, who led Amherst College from 1984 to 1994, dies at 85
06-15-2023 10:58 AM

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...


COVID vaccine mandate ending at UMass as state stands down from emergency 
05-03-2023 8:30 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A mandate for students, faculty and staff at the University of Massachusetts to be vaccinated against COVID-19 is ending.“Effective July 1, 2023, the university will no longer require faculty, staff and students to receive a COVID-19...


Guest columnist Weston Dripps: 
05-03-2023 8:26 PM

By WESTON DRIPPS

I feel compelled to offer a few key facts relevant to the April 7 guest column, “Amherst College’s tree problem” [Gazette] that didn’t make it into the article. The piece suggested that sustainability isn’t top of mind when it comes to the college’s...


‘A room of your heroes’: Longtime Amherst College coach Dave Hixon will be enshrined in basketball Hall of Fame
04-05-2023 7:45 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

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


Singular jazz duo comes to Amherst College: PVJS concert will showcase renowned improvisational trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith
03-08-2023 6:38 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Over the years, Glenn Siegel has worked with a huge number of jazz musicians and composers, both as the founder of the former Magic Triangle concert series at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and with his Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares program.But...


The different sides of James Baldwin: Mead Museum exhibit showcases writer’s artistic connections
03-08-2023 6:29 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

It’s mostly a lesser-known footnote to his career: From 1983 to 1986, James Baldwin was based at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he was part of the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies and taught students from across the...


Where authors take center stage: Amherst College’s Litfest returns this weekend with talks, reading, more
02-23-2023 8:49 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

February has its national landmarks: Presidents Day, the Super Bowl, Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day.In the Valley, February also means it’s time for Amherst College’s LitFest.Now in its eighth year, the college’s literary festival brings acclaimed and...


Come on back: The Mead Art Museum, closed to the public since March 2020, reopens Jan. 31 for all visitors
02-01-2023 9:06 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

The Mead Art Museum at Amherst College, which has been closed to the public for nearly three years, has reopened with two new exhibits in place.The museum shut its doors for all in March 2020 when COVID-19 arrived, and though it eventually reopened...

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