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Over 100 students to present at annual research conference

Over 100 students to present at annual research conference

By Nick Swanson The Undergraduate Research Conference today will feature over 100 students presenting the research projects they have worked on over the course of the semester. There are no classes today so that all students will have an opportunity to take part in the campus-wide event. The keynote address is being held in the Campus Center gym from 12:30 […]

by · April 23, 2015 · News
Students urge legislators to increase college funding

Students urge legislators to increase college funding

By: Idalis Foster Eight student leaders of MCLA met with a group of legislators about the need to keep up funding for state colleges. They spoke on the perspective of students who are struggling to afford higher education, particularly due to loans. These students were freshmen Jennifer Baptiste, Sophie Delice, Makayla Parkin and Rachel Durgin, seniors Taylor Krowitz, Lucas McDiarmid […]

by · April 23, 2015 · News
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Student members of A Hand Up, including founder Ama Bemma Adwetewa-Badu, help prepare pasta, salad, and garlic bread for meal attendees.

A Hand Up volunteers hold community meal on campus

Monday through Friday the Berkshire Food Project in North Adams provides free meals, but on the weekends the hunger doesn’t disappear. On Sunday the first community meal was held in the Church Street Center Social Hall by volunteers of the Center for Service’s “A Hand Up” program.

by · April 23, 2015 · News
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2015 Class Secretary Rhea Werner will
read a poem written by the class of
2005 during Senior Days events.

Class of 2015 prepares for Senior Days events

By: Harmony Birch “The fewer people that know where the brick is, the better” Jenn Craig, Coordinator of Student Activities, said. She makes her rounds across Murdock pointing to the various bricks displaying class numbers. As the weather warms and finals approach, students and faculty prepare to wave a tearful goodbye to the class of 2015. To honor graduating seniors, […]

by · April 23, 2015 · News
Students collaborate to discuss art programs

Students collaborate to discuss art programs

By: Harmony Birch Lisa Donovan, professor of arts management, is a powerhouse. When she’s not running the arts management program at MCLA, writing up grants, or writing textbooks on how to integrate art into other academic disciplines, she’s helping her students run events that will set the standard for the way art programs are run across the country. At least […]

by · April 22, 2015 · News
$135,000 total raised for cystic fibrosis foundation

$135,000 total raised for cystic fibrosis foundation

By: Idalis Foster Hundreds were raised for a sponsor child from the Berkshires with Cystic Fibrosis in Pi Upsilon Pi’s (Pines) annual run. As of this, their 34th year, Pines has raised close to $135,000 for the foundation to help these young patients in Boston Children’s Hospital. In the past, the event has been a private one for the fraternity […]

by · April 15, 2015 · News
Students present research projects at national conference

Students present research projects at national conference

By: Juanita Doss A select number of students will be representing MCLA at the 29th Annual National Conference of Undergraduate Research (NCUR). NCUR was established in 1987 and promotes undergraduate research, scholarships, and creative activity in all fields of study according to their website. This year’s conference will be held at Eastern Washington University starting today and ending on Saturday. […]

by · April 15, 2015 · News
Clubs show support in new United festival

Clubs show support in new United festival

By: Idalis Foster A supplementary budget of $500 for the end of the year MCLA United Festival was approved by the Student Government Association (SGA) to help out with food and entertainment. Anthony Barbosa, vice president of the Multicultural Student Union, is spear heading the event with the help of the leaders of other ALANA clubs. In the past, the […]

by · April 15, 2015 · News
Dewain Lee: More opportunities to engage at smaller institutions

Dewain Lee: More opportunities to engage at smaller institutions

By Gionna Nourse and Nick Swanson Dr. Dewain Lee is currently the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Development at the University of Alaska (UA). She said, “My primary goal is to develop successful students.” Lee has worked in higher education for 25 years. Her mentality through specific situations, she said, inspired and strengthened her career today. She explained the qualities […]

by · April 15, 2015 · News
Brain Injury Awareness Month sparks discussion

Brain Injury Awareness Month sparks discussion

By Rominda Barros Although National Brain Injury Awareness month has passed, that doesn’t mean students shouldn’t be informed about it year round. Each year millions suffer from some sort of brain injury and the impact it has on their lives is great. Most importantly, teens and young adults are at the highest risk for sustaining brain injuries due to their […]

by · April 15, 2015 · News
Family support organization acknowledges national child abuse prevention month

Family support organization acknowledges national child abuse prevention month

By Makayla-Courtney McGeeney Managing Editor The Step Up for Kids event displayed 60 pairs of shoes to represent the average number of confirmed child abuse cases in one month in Berkshire County. On Friday the campus welcomed the Children’s Trust, Child Care of the Berkshires, State Senator Benjamin Downing, Representatives Gailanne Cariddi and Trisha Farley-Bouvier, District Attorney David Capeless, North […]

by · April 11, 2015 · News
VP candidate focuses on relationship with students

VP candidate focuses on relationship with students

By Nick Swanson Vice President Candidate Dr. Shannon Finning started working in student affairs 18-years ago and said she is honored by the positive reactions she has received. “I am proud of being able to say I’ve been there for students and others who lost a friend or family member that needed a little help to figure out exactly where […]

by · April 9, 2015 · News
Board of Trustees faces uncertainty in moving forward

Board of Trustees faces uncertainty in moving forward

By Idalis Foster With this unexpected end to a long presidential search, the Board of Trustees is uncertain as to how to begin the process again and has not set a deadline for the search since it has yet to begin. Tyler Fairbank, chair of the Board of Trustees, and William Dudley, incoming vice chair of the Board of Trustees, […]

by · April 9, 2015 · News
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"Nobody Is Ever  Missing" author Catherine Lacey spoke at the college last Thursday

Lacey’s journey an uncertain one

  Respected author shares her different perspectives on life By Harmony Birch Catherine Lacey doesn’t fit the stereotypical, published author coming to speak at a college mold. She’s young and petite, with a low soft voice, a kind smile, and bright blue eyes. “I don’t think I would have pursued writing as much if it wasn’t for my teachers in […]

by · April 9, 2015 · News
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Sixth grade students from Berkshire County visited MCLA during "Berkshire County Goes to College" event where they learned about the sciences, arts, athletic training and campus life.

Ready, set, go to college: Sixth graders experience life on campus

By Brittany Gallacher and Juanita Doss Sixth grade students from around Berkshire County raced across campus to get a taste of the college experience. Bringing elementary and middle school students to the College is part of the Berkshire Compact Program, an iniative designed for business and college leaders to get together and understand the needs in Berkshire County, according to MCLA […]

by · April 9, 2015 · News