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UMass Amherst places second in Princeton Review ranking of ‘Best Campus Food’

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

AMHERST — The dining halls of the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Tuesday received yet another honor — this one from the Princeton Review. The new edition of the Princeton Review’s “The Best 380 Colleges” guidebook ranked UMass Amherst second in the “Best Campus Food” category, according to a statement from the university. The guidebook ranks colleges and universities in 62 different categories. UMass Amherst has been ranked among the …

UMass trustees approve first female chancellor for Lowell

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

BOSTON — The University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees unanimously approved Jacqueline Moloney as the new chancellor for the Lowell campus Monday. Moloney, who has been UMass-Lowell’s executive vice chancellor, succeeds Marty Meehan, now UMass System president. Moloney, a UMass-Lowell graduate, is the first woman to lead the university and its predecessor institutions in their 121-year history. Moloney said she is “very excited” …

UMass Amherst hires neighborhood liaison to deal with off-campus incidents

Monday, August 3, 2015

AMHERST — Enacting a recommendation from a report based on the 2014 Blarney Blowout police response, the University of Massachusetts Amherst has hired a neighborhood liaison, who started work Monday. Eric Beal, an Amherst attorney and former chairman of the Amherst Zoning Board of Appeals, will work with town and campus public safety officials in responding to off-campus student incidents and complaints in …

UMass official to attend ‘Open Textbook Network’ meeting

Sunday, August 2, 2015

AMHERST — With textbook costs estimated at about $1,300 by the College Board, the University of Massachusetts Amherst is participating in the first meeting of a group advocating for “open textbooks,” resources students can use for free. Marilyn Billings, scholarly communication and special initiatives librarian for UMass will …

Organic farming conference to return to UMass next month, feature speeches from neurologist, consumer activist

Thursday, July 30, 2015

AMHERST — A regional organic farming conference that drew more than 1,000 visitors to the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus last year is set to return next month, highlighted by keynote speeches from a neurologist and a consumer …

Research at UMass could prevent bats from being killed by flying into wind turbines

Sunday, July 26, 2015

AMHERST — High pitched frequencies may be the key to preventing hundreds of thousands of bats from being killed by wind turbine blades, according to a University of Massachusetts Amherst research team. Paul Sievert, a research associate professor in the department of environmental conservation at UMass Amherst, will …

UMass doctoral student seeks subjects for diabetes study

Friday, July 24, 2015

AMHERST — A University of Massachusetts Amherst doctoral student is looking to make some test subjects sweat. Jennifer Blankenship, a kinesiology doctoral student at UMass, is looking for participants for a study to determine whether a long period of exercise or several short periods of exercise are more …

Five Colleges’ library annex plans rouse opposition in Hadley

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

HADLEY — A proposed Five College Consortium library annex project off North Maple Street is facing opposition in a Planning Board hearing that began earlier this month and will continue in August. The building would initially house 2.5 million rarely circulating books in a roughly 35,000-square-foot facility. But …

UMass appropriation not a cut, governor’s office asserts

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

AMHERST — Gov. Charles D. Baker’s staff sought to clarify Tuesday that though the governor’s University of Massachusetts appropriation was less than the Legislature’s, it was still an increase. Baker appropriated $526.6 million to UMass, which is about $5.2 million less than the Legislature’s $531.8 million, approved July …

UMass tuition and fee hikes to remain in place following $5.25 million in cuts by Gov. Charlie Baker

Monday, July 20, 2015

AMHERST — With a sizable funding cut to the University of Massachusetts system included in the state budget signed Friday by Gov. Charlie Baker, the cost to attend the university will rise by the full amount approved earlier this year by the school’s trustees, the UMass president’s office …

Families needed to host Japanese students enrolled in summer program at Amherst College

Saturday, July 18, 2015

AMHERST — Exchange students from Doshisha International Junior/Senior High School in Kyoto, Japan, will be coming to stay with families in and around Amherst starting Friday. The only problem is: there aren’t enough host families. Diane Caraker, a host parent, said she has never had trouble recruiting families …

Greenfield Community College Foundation annual fundraising campaign raises $1.1 million

Saturday, July 18, 2015

GREENFIELD — Thanks to the strong annual fund support amounting to $1.1 million from 1,016 businesses and individuals, Greenfield Community College Foundation will continue to “invest in students and create a future” for students and the school. Along with the smaller donations this year, the foundation received three …

UMass bathroom policy affirms federal transgender protections in education

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

AMHERST — A recent change to a University of Massachusetts Amherst policy aims to expand protections of transgender people’s rights to choose bathrooms that they feel most comfortable using. The policy states that in an effort to provide safe, accessible and convenient bathroom facilities, students, faculty and staff …