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Social media fuel Blarney-style gatherings in hard-to-predict ways

Thursday, March 5, 2015

AMHERST — Last year, social media platforms such as Twitter and Instagram led Blarney Blowout revelers from one epic bash to another, leaving destruction and empty beer cans in their wake. Social media have changed the way the masses gather. Real-time tweets let wandering revelers unite under common hashtags. “It was like an amoeba, like a huge school of drunk fish,” UMass senior Brad Finn said of the crowd that …

Wellesley College to admit transgender students

Thursday, March 5, 2015

WELLESLEY (AP) — Wellesley College is joining a growing list of women’s colleges that accept transgender students. President H. Kim Bottomly and trustees’ chairwoman Laura Daignault Gates said in a letter Wednesday that “Wellesley will consider for admission any applicant who lives as a woman and consistently identifies as a woman.” Transgender men are not eligible for admission to the private liberal arts …

UMass students, officials have different ideas about successful Blarney Blowout

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AMHERST — Some plan to attend. Some plan to steer clear. But few if any University of Massachusetts Amherst students doubt this year’s Blarney Blowout will be the raucous event it’s known as despite the unpopular university policies that aim to tone it down. Electrical engineering major Edward Townsend, 20, of Falmouth, Maine, …

Juicy J, Kesha and Ludacris will appear at free concert for UMass students Saturday

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AMHERST — An on-campus concert aimed at keeping University of Massachusetts Amherst students off the town streets during this year’s Blarney Blowout on Saturday will feature three big names and about two dozen banned items. The artists will be Juicy J, Kesha and Ludacris, according to a statement …

Bacteria, the good kind: UMass researcher thinks salmonella could be player in cancer battle

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

AMHERST — Some day, cancer patients may owe their survival to creatures now considered harmful and even lethal in their own right — salmonella bacteria. In the mind of Neil S. Forbes, a chemical engineering professor at the …

Science for the People continues revitalization at UMass with panel discussion Saturday

Monday, March 2, 2015

AMHERST — Less than a year after a group focused on using science to pursue social and environmental justice held a reunion at the University of Massachusetts — a quarter century after the original Science for the People was dissolved — the group plans to continue its revitalization …

After delays in deportation trial, DREAMer Bryan Torres now a student at Amherst College

Friday, February 27, 2015

AMHERST — Bryan Torres was 12 when he made a three-week journey from El Salvador to Northampton. He cried nearly every day. He didn’t know if he would see his grandmother again — the woman who had raised …

MassPIRG report urges expanded use of open-source textbooks

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

AMHERST — Four years into a campus initiative aimed at reducing textbook costs by making course material available for free online, University of Massachusetts students and staff are pushing for more faculty to use this option. While the Open Source Initiative has already saved an estimated $1 million …

Amherst College outlines actions in quest for carbon-neutral campus

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

AMHERST — Amherst College trustees released a blueprint Tuesday for achieving a carbon-neutral campus, outlining steps to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, increase recycling and serve more homegrown food in its dining commons. The “Statement on Sustainability and Investment Policy” acknowledges the threats posed by climate change, states that …

UMass bans most vehicles without valid permits from campus parking lots between March 6 and 8

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst will ban all vehicles from its lots without valid parking permits the weekend of Blarney Blowout, except for some planned events on campus. The university’s parking services department posted a statement on its website that the ban would be in effect …

Drug sickens 11 students at Wesleyan

Monday, February 23, 2015

Police in Middletown, Conn., on Monday said they are searching for the source of what is likely a bad batch of Molly, an illegal synthetic party drug that sickened at least 11 students at Wesleyan University, two critically, after many used the drug Saturday. The drug, often found …

State rules that peer mentors at UMass may vote on joining Resident Assistant Union

Monday, February 23, 2015

AMHERST — Live-in peer mentors at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will have the opportunity to join the Resident Assistant Union after a ruling by the Commonwealth Employment Relations Board. The board issued a decision Friday ordering a vote among the approximately 75 peer mentors at UMass to …

Warren asks people’s support for more just education policies

Friday, February 20, 2015

GREENFIELD — Speaking Thursday at Greenfield Community College, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren asked for people’s support to help make college more affordable, to support early childhood education and to make education a priority and an opportunity for everyone. …