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STEPHANIE McFEETERS
GRiD member Ankita Shankhdhar takes the PVTA bus every day from Puffton Village to UMass. With the data, she's interested in predicting how late buses typically run.

UMass hackathon seeks to unravel mysteries of PVTA bus performance

Saturday, February 6, 2016

AMHERST — These students already know the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority buses pretty well. They know certain buses tend to run a few minutes behind. They know that on weekend evenings, leaving downtown Amherst, they’ll have to squeeze. And sometimes, if traveling from one spot on the University of Massachusetts campus to another, it can be faster to walk. These …

UMass investigates alleged workplace fraud at Physical Plant, five employees on paid leave, one resigns

Thursday, February 4, 2016

AMHERST — Five employees at the University of Massachusetts have been put on paid leave while another has resigned as part of a continuing internal investigation into allegations of workplace misconduct that involve the misreporting of time and misuse of campus resources in the Physical Plant division, according to university officials. “Significant allegations …

University of Massachusetts Amherst astronomers help create powerful telescope to explore center of galaxy

Saturday, January 30, 2016

AMHERST — Some questions in science can only be answered by more powerful equipment. So University of Massachusetts Amherst astronomers are working to create one of the most powerful telescopes yet — one the size of the Earth. How is this possible? Gopal Narayanan, an associate professor in the UMass astronomy department, said …

US Sen. Elizabeth Warren to visit Westfield State University, talk about student debt

Friday, January 29, 2016

WESTFIELD — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren will visit Westfield State University Monday morning to talk with local officials and students about college affordability. Senate Democrats launched a legislative package and educational campaign called #InTheRed earlier this month, encouraging Congress to address the cost of higher education and move …

Literacy Project at Jewish Community of Amherst aims to improve lives of back-to-school adults

Friday, January 29, 2016

AMHERST — About 20 years ago, Bose Teluwo decided to leave Nigeria and arrived in the United States as an immigrant with hopes of improving the life of her family. On Thursday morning, standing in front of her …

UMass gets $4.2 million National Science Foundation grant for CyberCorps Scholarships for Service program

Thursday, January 28, 2016

AMHERST — Students at the University of Massachusetts Amherst are poised to bolster the ranks of those protecting the country against cyberattacks. Researchers at UMass received a $4.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to bring a CyberCorps Scholarship for Service program to campus. The money will …

Sheffield teens face charges for pulling gun on UMass student who tried to stop girl, 15, from leaving with them

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

BELCHERTOWN — Two Sheffield teens were arraigned Monday on a slew of charges related to pulling a gun on a University of Massachusetts Amherst student on campus Saturday who tried to talk a 15-year-old female friend out of driving off with them. Jeremy A. Borges, 19, and Isaiah …

Amherst College trustees discuss retiring Lord Jeff

Monday, January 25, 2016

AMHERST — Amherst College’s unofficial “Lord Jeff” mascot, based on controversial historical figure Lord Jeffery Amherst, was discussed at a trustees meeting late last week, but the college is still silent on whether there will be a change. …

Harvard vandalism probe closes empty-handed

Monday, January 25, 2016

BOSTON (AP) — Harvard University police have closed their investigation into the vandalism of portraits of some black law professors without finding a culprit. A campus email from Harvard Law School’s dean for administration said police conducted numerous interviews and performed a forensic examination. But they could not …

Search continues for new site, funding to relocate Little Red Schoolhouse from Amherst College

Friday, January 22, 2016

AMHERST — As the clock ticks down on the year-long demolition delay imposed by the town’s Historical Commission on the Little Red Schoolhouse at Amherst College, a group advocating for its preservation is scrambling to find a new site for the building and money to pay for the …

UMass officials do not expect to hire permanent adviser for WMUA until fall semester

Friday, January 22, 2016

AMHERST — A full-time adviser to assist students in running University of Massachusetts campus radio station WMUA will provide renewed stability for its operations, help meet Federal Communications Commission guidelines and promote participation by students of all racial and ethnic backgrounds, according to UMass spokesman Edward Blaguszewski. But …

Review of WMUA included option to entirely eliminate community hosts (Read full report here)

Thursday, January 21, 2016

AMHERST — While community hosts have complained about a decision to dial back their role at the University of Massachusetts radio station WMUA, it could have been worse. Eliminating community hosts altogether was one of the options presented …

A brisk walk

Wednesday, January 20, 2016