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Pittsfield Schools Backs Indigenous Peoples Day
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:19AM / Friday, January 26, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Christopher Columbus wasn't just a poor explorer, but also a horrible human being who should never have been honored in the first place, according to School Committee member Daniel Elias.   Elias joined in a unanimous vote on Wednesday to delete Columbus' name from the school calendar on the second Monday of October and replace it with Indigenous People's Day. The public holiday known as Columbus Day is slowly being replaced throughout the nation as history has now shown that not only was Columbus not the first person to discover America but he was also responsible for committing atrocities against the people who were living here when he

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MCLA Adds New Minor in Entrepreneurship
01:21PM / Monday, January 22, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts recently approved a new minor in entrepreneurship within the Department of Business Administration and Economics. Although many of the classes required for this new minor already are offered at the college, new courses will be added when the program is officially offered in January 2018.

According to Dr. Thomas Whalen, associate professor of business, the entrepreneurship minor may be added to most – if not all – of the majors MCLA offers.

"I cannot think of a single major that cannot be brought into some sort of entrepreneurial endeavor," Whalen said. "For example, someone in education might

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College Notes: January 2018
06:30PM / Thursday, January 18, 2018
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Christine Kiernan of Lanesborough, a registered nurse who graduated last year from the ' School of Nursing, was elected to Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing as a nurse leader. She was chosen to be inducted into the honor society as recognition of outstanding achievements and contributions to the community.   Also inducted into the Beta Zeta at-Large Chapter on Dec. 7, 2017, at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst were Elms nursing students and seniors Tracey J. Fletcher of Adams, Jessica Lescarbeau of Clarksburg, Melanie Robins of Hinsdale and Martha J. Rodriguez of North Adams.   Membership to Sigma Theta Tau is by invitation to nursing students who

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Yon Will Continue to Chair Pittsfield School Committee
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
09:40AM / Wednesday, January 17, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Katherine Yon will continue to chair the Pittsfield School Committee.   During the re-organization meeting Wednesday, the committee voted Yon back to the leadership position. Yon has served as chair since 2014.   "We have such important work. At a time when public education is being assailed on many fronts, it is our duty to stand firm for the young people in our charge. All of our students have the right to a high-quality education," Yon said after accepting the nomination.   The former English teacher has been on the committee since 2010. She expressed confidence in her colleagues and staff in the schools that the district will be able to

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Williams College Seeks 'Books' for Human Library Project
03:01PM / Monday, January 15, 2018
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College is seeking volunteers for its seventh annual Human Library, which will be held on Friday, Feb. 9, and Saturday, Feb. 10, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Paresky student center.

Founded in 2001 in Denmark, the Human Library seeks to promote human rights and social cohesion by creating greater understanding between people. It provides an opportunity for people to learn more about each other while working through stereotypes and discrimination. The event has been held at Williams annually since 2012.

A Human Library consists of volunteers who act as "books" that can be "checked out" by "readers." Each book decides on a title

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Pittsfield Schools Considers Using Indigenous People Day, Not Columbus
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
12:38PM / Sunday, January 14, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The School Department may join the growing movement behind switching out Columbus Day with Indigenous People Day.   School Committee member Cynthia Taylor suggested the school change the name when written on the school calendar. The change may be small but the gesture is part of a growing movement to use the weekend to celebrate the original natives of the Americas instead of the person whose "discovery" lead to an invasion of their land.   "I've come to realize really, there is nothing to honor about this man. The only thing I can come up with as a positive is I get a day off from the bank," said School Committee Daniel

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Taconic Principal Plotting Use, Scheduling of New High School
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Thursday, January 11, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — More than 100 tradesmen have been on and off the site of the new Taconic High School getting the building ready.   And inside the current building across the driveway, Principal John Vosburgh has been doing the same. Vosburgh has been meeting with faculty, staff, and parents to devise a plan on how to layout and schedule operations in the new Valentine Road school.   "I hope we can get it right the first time and if we don't, we'll fix it," Vosburgh told the School Committee on Wednesday night.   The biggest struggle relates to the cafeteria. The capacity is only 300, which means the school will have to have three lunch periods

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MCLA Announces New Performing Arts Programs
02:31PM / Wednesday, January 10, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts announces the addition of five new programs to its Department of Fine and Performing Arts, as two concentrations, in design and studio art, and three minors in dance, design, and music production, recently were added.

"The design concentration prepares students for traditional graphic design careers, web design, animation, concept, as well as character development for films, graphic novels or video games. It’s also great for illustrators and public relations professionals, and for self-promotion," said Melanie Mowinski, associate professor of visual art. "We imagine that students who are choosing the

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Berkshire Community College Brings On New Faculty and Staff
04:49PM / Friday, December 22, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has announced new faculty and staff additions.

Pam Coley McCann joined BCC as an assistant professor of human services. Prior to joining the college, McCann had a full-time private practice in Pittsfield, and before that she worked for the Department of Mental Health as a clinical social worker. McCann received a master’s degree in social work at Springfield College. She currently lives in Pittsfield with her husband and her dog.

Antonia Buckley joined BCC as the Berkshire Immigrant Stories coordinator. Buckley previously worked as a freelance photographer and was a co-founder of The Hoping Machine. Buckley received a

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Dream Center Brings Christmas To Morningside Community School
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:22PM / Friday, December 22, 2017
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A total of 386 students and more than 100 staff members received gifts. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A miracle happened at Morningside Community School last year.   Well, at least that is what it seemed like to the students and staff. The Berkshire Dream Center "adopted" the school for Christmas and collected gifts for every single student and staff member and delivered them the final day before the Christmas break.   "The students and the faculty named it the miracle at Morningside. We learned from talking to the teachers that this is something they dreamed of and never thought was possible," Executive Director Katelynn Miner said.   "From having

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