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Dr. Greg Summers announced as 12th MCLA president

Dr. Greg Summers announced as 12th MCLA president

  By: Brittany Gallacher After a six-month search process, the presidential search committee has chosen Dr. Greg Summers to serve as the 12th MCLA president. Summers has accepted the position, and will be visiting campus in the near future. The vote, which was unanimous, will be submitted for recommendation to the Board of Higher Education, which will vote to approve […]

by · March 5, 2015 · News

College adjusts spending in reaction to $768 million state budget deficit

By Nick Swanson Massachusetts State Gov. Charles Baker and his administration discovered a budget gap of $768 million with four months still left in the 2015 fiscal year. Baker responded to the deficit by putting forth a large amount of reductions in state spending through areas such as institutions of higher education and other state sections. In result of the […]

by · March 5, 2015 · Front Page, News
Cole: War on drugs doesn’t work

Cole: War on drugs doesn’t work

By Idalis Foster Jack Cole, one of the founders of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), spoke about the failures of the “War on Drugs” and the successes of countries that have done away with the criminalization of drugs. This lecture and discussion session was brought to members of the MCLA community on Feb. 25 in Murdock 218 by Students for […]

by · March 5, 2015 · News

Green Team resurrected

By Harmony Birch Last week a small group made up of college staff, administration, and students gathered to discuss ways to make MCLA more environmentally sustainable. They call themselves the Green Team. The Green Team, also known as the Sustainability Committee, was developed in accordance to former president Mary Grant’s pledge to climate commitment. In 2007 Grant signed the American Colleges […]

by · March 5, 2015 · News

Club budgets to rise for fiscal year 16

By Nick Swanson The SGA’s Budget Finance Committee (BFC) has recommended a Fiscal Year ’16 budget that increases club allocations by an average of 152%. The total budget recommendation is $410,000 with $279,209 allocated for clubs, $117,000 for SGA operating budget, and a $10,000 SGA supplemental budget. “Clubs are going to be excited to hear about the average increase of […]

by · March 5, 2015 · Front Page, News
Is a Full Service Hospital Financially Sustainable?

Is a Full Service Hospital Financially Sustainable?

  By: Harmony Birch A report done by Stroudwater Associates in September found that a full-service hospital in North Adams would only be financially possible if it were to receive critical access status (status that gives hospitals additional government support if they are located in rural areas). However, Berkshire Health Systems (BHS) owner of the former hospital now called BMC […]

by · March 5, 2015 · News
New club to get students involved with wildlife

New club to get students involved with wildlife

  By:Caitlin O’Neill Last Thursday the MCLA student chapter of the Wildlife Society held its first official meeting. Attending students introduced themselves with the usual name, year, and major, along with why they were interested in the club and what their favorite animal was. Once introductions were complete, club president and founder TaylorJae Taber gave a presentation detailing her goals […]

by · March 5, 2015 · News
SGA’s Food Committee Finally Meets

SGA’s Food Committee Finally Meets

  By: Idalis Foster Due to the multiple snow days and holidays, the Food Committee was not able to meet with Aramark until Monday, March 2 at 3 p.m. These meetings are open to all students who wish to attend, but an email RSVP to Executive Vice President Alexandra Kadell is preferred. According to Kadell, the new Executive Chef Tony Fiorentino […]

by · March 5, 2015 · News
Green Team aims to make Campus more sustainable

Green Team aims to make Campus more sustainable

By: Rominda DeBarros Last week a small group made up of college staff, administration, and students gathered to discuss ways to make MCLA more environmentally sustainable. They call themselves the Green Team. The Green Team, also known as the Sustainability Committee, was developed in accordance to former president Mary Grant’s pledge to climate commitment. In 2007 Grant signed the American […]

by · March 5, 2015 · News
Alternative film awards

Alternative film awards

By: Shirin Hijab You may have watched something on Sunday night. There were many things to watch, in many ways better and in many ways worse. You may have been enthusiastic about this event. You may have heard Neil Patrick Harris (NPH) joke about how white this event was. You may have thought that this was funny and inventive. You […]

by · February 27, 2015 · News
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Cheryl Jacques to speak on LGBTQ+ civil rights movement

  By: Nick Swanson Civil rights activist Cheryl Jacques will be speaking about the current civil rights movement for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and other marginalized identities next week for the Spring Public Policy Lecture. “This battle [for LGBTQ+ rights] is far from over,” Jacques said. “It will be an interesting and dynamic conversation. I will talk about where […]

by · February 26, 2015 · News
SGA Funds New Device for WJJW

SGA Funds New Device for WJJW

  By: Idalis Foster The Student Government Association (SGA) approved a supplemental budget request from WJJW for an automation device for the studio. The device, which WJJW needs $800 for, will enable the station to continue to play prerecorded shows for the public between the hours of 12-8 AM when the Amsler Campus Center is closed. “The device will help […]

by · February 26, 2015 · News
California rolls are among new head chef Florentino's proposed new offerings for the centennial room. 
Meg Gugarty/The Beacon

Aramark chef brings international cuisine

By Idalis Foster Aramark has been making many new changes to the Centennial Room’s offerings, including a spice station and fresh rice served every day. But one of the major changes they have made this semester is the addition of a new member of their team: head chef, Tony Fiorentino. Fiorentino comes to MCLA from the University of North Carolina […]

by · February 26, 2015 · News
Senator Ben Downing Speaks About Energy Policy and Climate Change in the Commonwealth

Senator Ben Downing Speaks About Energy Policy and Climate Change in the Commonwealth

  By: Gionna Nourse Senator Ben Downing told MCLA students of his two “AHA!” moments that led him to want to make a difference in the MA energy policy at his lecture on Feb. 19. A Pittsfield native himself, Downing grew up in a family that was focused on politics. His father ran for District Attorney when he was nine […]

by · February 26, 2015 · News
Conference encourages leadership, community

Conference encourages leadership, community

  By: Nick Swanson Students from multiple colleges arrived last Saturday to participate in the Student Leadership Conference: Cruise Toward Leadership. Frank C. Kitchen was the keynote speaker at the cruise-themed conference, which ran all day from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and was filled with student leadership sessions directed by student leaders from MCLA, other colleges, and MCLA staff. […]

by · February 26, 2015 · News