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The campus is on the verge of the biggest building boom since the early 1960s, with some $547 million in construction and renovation projects scheduled for the next five years, according to Jim Cahill, director of Facilities and Campus Planning.

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A process for involving the campus community in the planning of a major fundraising campaign was endorsed by the Faculty Senate on Dec. 2.

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New ''EweMass'' blankets, made from wool sheared from sheep at the Hadley Farm, are being sold to benefit the Livestock Program at the facility.

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Jewish-Russian writer Isaac Babel (1894–1940), whose 1926 story cycle “Red Cavalry” gave many Westerners their first window onto the turbulent years of the Russian Civil War, will be remembered through a series of musical, theatrical, film and scholarly events at the Five Colleges Dec. 9-11.

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The University system ranked 14th among American universities with $19.7 million in licensing income in fiscal year 2003, according to a report by the Chronicle of Higher Education using information from an Association of University Technology Managers survey.

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The Philosophy graduate program has been ranked among the best in the English-speaking world in an influential survey published every two years by the Philosophical Gourmet Report. Evaluating the quality of philosophical work, talent and the range of area that the faculty covers, the survey was completed by 266 established philosophers throughout the world.

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Chemical Engineering major Matthew Pearlson, a junior in Commonwealth College, recently won first place in the fuels and petrochemical division of the National Student Research Poster Competition at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers annual conference.

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The campus-based DEFA Film Library has released its first feature film DVD, German filmmaker Andreas Dresen’s 1997 work “Changing Skins.”

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Two faculty members in the Nutrition Department have received a four-year, $800,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a project titled “Tween POWER: Preventing Obesity through Wise Expenditures of Resources.” The project will examine the thinking and spending patterns of 11- to 14-year-olds about food and beverages to develop a curriculum to promote wiser food choices for “tweens.”

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Computer Science graduate student Anders Jonsson competed against more than 7,500 participants from more than 100 countries to reach the championship finals in Google''s Code Jam 2004 computer programming competition. As one of the 50 finalists, Jonsson was flown to Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. to compete in the championship round on Oct. 15.

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