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Party-goers are detained by police in a parkinglot behind an Amherst residence near the corner of North Pleasant St. and Fearing St., on Saturday afternoon, March 8th.

Report faults UMass and Amherst police for mishandling ‘Blarney Blowout,’ calls for better crowd control, coordination and police training

Thursday, September 18, 2014

AMHERST — A much-anticipated report on the March 8 “Blarney Blowout” faults University of Massachusetts officials for failing to recognize the risk of a swelling group of young people on campus and Amherst police for reacting with too much force once the hard-drinking hordes surged into town. While the report by former Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis assigns blame to …

Westfield State University to break ground on $33 million science center

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

WESTFIELD — Westfield State University will break ground Thursday on a $33 million science center, the first new academic building on campus in more than 40 years, according to university officials. State Secretary of Education Matthew Malone is expected to speak at the 2 p.m. ceremony behind the public safety building along with Westfield State University President Elizabeth H. Preston and other local …

UMass gets three-year, $1 million federal grant to boost nursing program for minority, disadvantaged veterans

Monday, September 15, 2014

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Nursing has received a three-year, $1 million federal grant to implement “Heroes into Health Care: Veterans Entering the Nursing Workforce,” a program designed to increase the number and percentage of ethnic minority and disadvantaged veterans who successfully complete a university-based nursing education and become employed as nurses. Funding for the new program comes from …

Five College consortium to build library annex to hold excess 2.5 million volumes from member campuses

Friday, September 12, 2014

AMHERST — Prompted mainly by the need for more space at the University of Massachusetts and Smith College libraries, the Five College Consortium expects to begin construction next spring of a 2.5-million volume annex to hold lesser-used books and materials. The consortium, based in Amherst, plans to purchase …

Joe Kareta memorial scholarship benefit Sunday; More than $100K raised in four years

Thursday, September 11, 2014

It’s been four years since Joe Kareta was killed at age 22 in South Hadley by a drunken driver, during which time his family launched a scholarship fund in his memory. Since 2010, the Kareta family of Westfield …

UMass students to volunteer throughout Valley Saturday on Mass Impact Day of Service

Thursday, September 11, 2014

AMHERST — A white picket fence surrounding the North Cemetery on East Pleasant Street in Amherst will be getting a fresh coat of paint Saturday. Also that day, senior citizens will be provided companionship at the Northampton Senior Center and The Overlook at Northampton retirement community in Leeds. …

VIDEO Students rally at UMass to denounce police killing of unarmed black people

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

AMHERST — A crowd of about 75 students — most of them black — moved slowly down a University of Massachusetts campus path Wednesday afternoon with their arms raised above their heads. Their “Hands up, don’t shoot” chant, …

CHART Eureka! licensing and royalties: UMass makes millions off research patents, technology transfers

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Robert MacWright brings an enthusiasm for the nexus between gee whiz technology, legal logic, and the history of American entrepreneurship to his job as director of commercial ventures and intellectual property at UMass-Amherst. Yes, his office works hard …

Harvard health school gets $350M

Monday, September 8, 2014

BOSTON — Harvard University announced Monday that its school of public health has received a record $350 million donation to support students and bolster research into major global health threats. The gift, the largest single donation in the history of the university, came from a philanthropic foundation established …

Mount Holyoke blazes trail by considering trans applicants for admission

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Mount Holyoke College this week became the second women’s college in the country to consider for admission any student who identifies as a woman, whether or not she was born female. Mount Holyoke President Lynn Pasquerella …

Elizabeth Barajas-Roman new director of Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

After advocating for issues related to women’s rights and immigrants on the national level, Elizabeth Barajas-Román has switched to promoting change and creating partnerships locally as the new chief executive officer of the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts. …

First things first, it's 'Go! Go U! Go UMass! Go U-Mass!' Freshman convocation clam bake teaches the ropes, rules and pride

Monday, September 1, 2014

AMHERST — The 4,650 members of the incoming freshman class at the University of Massachusetts Amherst had a lot to learn their first weekend on campus, from the location of the dining commons to the names of their …

New students number about 6,760 at Five Colleges from nearly all states, 30 countries

Saturday, August 30, 2014

AMHERST — With gear piled high atop car roofs and minivans filled to capacity, thousands of new and returning students arrived on campus this weekend at Hampshire County’s four private colleges and the University of Massachusetts. The combined …