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Student debt: More college, university students across Valley take on loan obligations that follow them for years

Friday, September 4, 2015

AMHERST — Britainy “Story” Young had to drop out of college at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2010 because she could not afford it. Now enrolled again, she expects to owe $86,000 when she graduates next May — and she has little hope of paying it off in full. Jennifer DeCarolis of Florence graduated from Keene State College in …

Friday move-in for first-year students goes smoothly at UMass Amherst

Friday, September 4, 2015

AMHERST — First-year students, their parents and maroon-shirted helpers scurried around the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Friday as the first large wave of students moved into the dorms for the year. Those interviewed by the Gazette said they found the experience orderly and smooth, though only a fraction made use of a …

Confident of state funding, President Marty Meehan says UMass will pay retroactive raises to union employees

Friday, September 4, 2015

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan announced Thursday that the system will retroactively pay raises it promised to 6,500 faculty and staff in a 2014 contract. The university system’s unionized workers have lobbied the board of trustees and picketed graduations in their fight for the raises the system agreed to pay …

Mount Holyoke Deputy Police Chief Barbara Arrighi earns rare title in form of karate

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — When Barbara Arrighi walked into her first karate class 43 years ago, she was one of a small number of women pursuing this martial art. Last month, Arrighi, the deputy chief of campus police at …

UMass issues traffic advisory ahead of student move-in days

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

AMHERST — They’re coming. University of Massachusetts Amherst students will move in to campus housing between Friday and Sunday. First-year students — 4,685 in all, according to the university — will arrive between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday. Transfer students will move in on Saturday from …

Federal Reserve Board Chairwoman Janet Yellen to speak at UMass

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

AMHERST — Federal Reserve Board Chairwoman Janet L. Yellen will deliver the University of Massachusetts Amherst economics department’s Philip Gamble Memorial Lecture later this month, but she has not said what topic she will address. The talk, free …

RI university facility under construction collapses

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

SMITHFIELD, R.I. — An athletic building under construction at a private university collapsed Tuesday, injuring six construction workers and leaving crumpled steel strewn across the site. Workers were installing steel beams on a new indoor practice facility for …

Harvard launches live ‘virtual classroom’

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

BOSTON — The newest classroom at Harvard’s business school has no desks or chairs. Instead, the professor teaches facing a towering digital screen that stretches from wall to wall, filled with the live video feeds of up to …

Annual community breakfast highlights UMass collaboration with businesses, towns

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

AMHERST — Closer ties between the University of Massachusetts Amherst and its surrounding towns will foster success — not only for the students who are educated on campus but for the business community and the residents who make their homes in the region. That was the message delivered …

Amherst forms town-gown collaborative to address housing, economic development

Monday, August 31, 2015

AMHERST — A newly appointed group of residents, University of Massachusetts students and UMass and Amherst officials will work together on housing and economic development initiatives aimed at improving both the town and campus. Town Manager John Musante and UMass Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy on Monday announced the creation …

Search underway for next head of UMass police department; position carries new title, responsibilities

Monday, August 31, 2015

AMHERST — More than five months after Police Chief John Horvath announced he would leave the University of Massachusetts Amherst department, campus officials are beginning the search for a successor in a position that carries a revised title, job description and new responsibilities, including a larger focus on …

Dartmouth, Vermont town have century-long tuition deal

Monday, August 31, 2015

WHEELOCK, Vt. — For more than a century Dartmouth College has been making good on a promise to students from a hardscrabble Vermont town that helped the keep the school afloat in its early years: get in, and …

UMass cancer researcher looks to limit testing on animals

Sunday, August 30, 2015

AMHERST — Shelly Peyton, a 34-year-old assistant professor and chemical engineer at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is working on a project that may lead to a reduction in testing cancer drugs in animals. Peyton recently received a …