’62 Center to Present 'Savage Love Live'

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williams College ’62 Center’s Off-Center Series will present internationally syndicated columnist Dan Savage on Monday, Oct. 25 at 9 p.m.

Savage, who writes the weekly love and sex advice column "Savage Love," will recreate the "Savage Love" podcast with questions from the audience. Savage Love ranks as the number one “Health” podcast and number 20 overall on iTunes. Questions can be submitted in advance by going to tinyurl.com/WCLove

The show will take place at Chapin Hall, located at 62 Chapin Hall Drive. There are no tickets. This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. A limited number of Williams Savage Love t-shirts will be on sale. All proceeds will be used to support the Williams Queers Student Union’s charity Sylvia's Place.

Savage's column, Savage Love, first appeared in 1991, in the first issue of The Stranger. Readers of any sexual persuasion were invited to seek Savage's pithy advice with the salutation "Hey faggot," an attempt by Savage to make the word more socially acceptable. In 1999, Savage announced he'd grown weary of "Hey faggot," possibly because a lot of readers thought "Hey faggot" not "Savage Love" was the name of the column.

Savage is the author of "The Commitment: Love, Sex, Marriage and My Family," Skipping Towards Gomorrah: The Seven Deadly Sins And The Pursuit Of Happiness In America," "Savage Love: Straight Answers from America's Most Popular Sex Columnist," and "The Kid: What Happened After My Boyfriend and I Decided to Go Get Pregnant." The latter book tells how Savage and his boyfriend adopted their son from his willing mother, a "spare-changing gutter punk." It is also the inspiration for the upcoming musical from the producers of "Avenue Q," which will have its debut in the 2009-2010 season for the New York-based New Group theater company.

In addition to writing his column, Savage is now the editor of The Stranger. He's also active in theater, directing queer plays as Keenan Hollahan. Keenan is Savage's middle name, and Hollahan is his grandmother's maiden name.
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Mount Greylock School Project Submitting for LEED Certification

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School building project officials are confident that the new middle-high school is on track to receive the sustainable construction designation it needs in order to receive more financing from the Massachusetts School Building Authority.
On Thursday, the School Committee sat as the School Building Committee — a designation it took on this summer, along with a few members of the former School Building Committee, as the $64 million addition/renovation project moves into the closeout phase.
Owner's project manager Trip Elmore told the panel that on Friday, documents would be submitted to the U.S. Green Building Council, which administers the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, program.
Elmore said that the project needs to score between 50 and 59 points on the USGBC's scale in order to achieve LEED Silver designation. With that designation comes an additional 2 percent to MSBA's contribution to the project — lowering the impact to taxpayers in Lanesborough and Williamstown.
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