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Christopher Montanez, left, 6, Joe Beaulieu and Miriam Rosas, all of Chicopee, talk Tuesday morning about their overnight stay at the Red Cross emergency shelter at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School.

Six people ride out the storm at Red Cross regional shelter in Northampton

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Six people spent Monday night during the storm at the American Red Cross regional shelter at the Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School. Joe Beaulieu was one of four people who drove up from Chicopee Monday evening to stay in the shelter, he said. The reason was his friend’s 6-year-old son, Christopher Montanez, has asthma and sometimes needs …

Governor names Victor Woolridge new chairman of University of Massachusetts board of trustees

Monday, January 26, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker has named Victor Woolridge the new chairman of the University of Massachusetts board of trustees. Woolridge will replace current Chairman Henry Thomas, who submitted his resignation as chairman. Thomas will continue to serve on the board. Woolridge’s first job will be to form a search committee to begin looking for a new University of Massachusetts president. UMass …

Plow crews in Valley will be sorely tested by heavy snowfall, officials warn

Monday, January 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — In company with 4,000 pieces of state-owned equipment and about 50 from the city of Northampton, Florence resident Kate Towles will be out with her own little snowblower clearing her patch of road Tuesday — her driveway. At the Northampton Department of Public Works facilities Monday, Towles filled up two buckets …

Smith goes early with early-decision announcement

Monday, January 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — One potential upside to this week’s predicted record-breaking storm is that early-decision applicants to Smith College learned their fate a full 24 hours earlier than planned. Smith offers two rounds of early-decision applicants, and the second batch expected to find out if they’d been accepted by …

Textbooks still pricey, but University of Massachusetts Amherst students and staff look for ways to reduce costs

Friday, January 23, 2015

AMHERST — At a time when University of Massachusetts Amherst students spend about $1,200 a year on textbooks, one wonders whether the authors of the nearly $300 “Essentials of Investments” would advise students to actually buy a new …

Male peregrine falcon, star of UMass webcam atop campus library, dies days after rescue from snowbank

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

AMHERST — The male peregrine falcon found injured last week on Sunset Avenue has died. The 14-year-old bird, the star of a University of Massachusetts webcam on top of the campus library, had been recuperating at the Leverett …

At Amherst College event honoring legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., Billy McBride says more kindness needed

Monday, January 19, 2015

AMHERST — Courage, faith and compassion for others are blessings Billy T. McBride said he received after surviving a stabbing as a teenager growing up in Syracuse, New York. “Those blessings were often shared with my college roommate …

Mount Holyoke College student group ditches ‘The Vagina Monologues,’ saying play excludes transgender experience

Sunday, January 18, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — Breaking a decade-long tradition, the student-run Project Theatre group at all-women’s Mount Holyoke College will not stage “The Vagina Monologues,” stating the play is not inclusive enough. Instead, the group will produce its own student-written play about gender, according to Mount Holyoke senior Erin Murphy, …

UPDATED WITH INTERACTIVE GRAPHIC: Beloved UMass peregrine falcon on mend after rescue from snowbank

Friday, January 16, 2015

AMHERST — A male peregrine falcon that has been the star of a popular webcam feed at the University of Massachusetts is recovering from injuries it suffered Thursday. Those who watch the falcon believe he may have crashed …

UMass students agree with decision to end confidential drug informant program

Thursday, January 15, 2015

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts students interviewed Thursday all said they agree with the university’s decision to end its confidential informant program. Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy in an email Thursday morning told students about his decision to end the program because it was “fundamentally inconsistent” with the core values …

Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy ends UMass confidential informant program, citing inconsistency with university’s ‘core values’

Thursday, January 15, 2015

AMHERST — Reactions were mixed to Thursday’s announcement by University of Massachusetts Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy that he will end the police department’s confidential student informant program, saying it is “fundamentally inconsistent with the core values of …

Online store run by Amazon will replace textbook annex at UMass Amherst

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

AMHERST — A virtual textbook store, run by the largest online retailer in the United States, will arrive on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus this spring, with officials expecting many students to have costs for purchasing classroom …

UMass malaria researchers find value in ‘whole plant’ treatment of infection

Monday, January 12, 2015

AMHERST — Purified drugs created in labs, long thought to be the gold standard in fighting disease, may actually be inferior to the herbal remedies they replaced as far back as the 19th century. University of Massachusetts Amherst …