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MATT BURKHARTT
Students walk between the Southwest Residence Halls on campus at the University of Massachusetts where riots have taken place on Superbowl Sunday in previous years.

Students frustrated by UMass Amherst banning guests from dorms during Super Bowl in attempt to control behavior

Thursday, January 29, 2015

AMHERST — At the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Wednesday evening, freshman Ben Reider didn’t know who will win Sunday’s Super Bowl, but he expects one thing for sure: chaos on campus. “If we lose I guess they’ll riot, and if we win, they’ll still riot,” Reider of Columbia, Maryland, said matter-of-factly in reference to students living in the Southwest …

Colleges seek economic diversity in students abroad

Thursday, January 29, 2015

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Widely regarded overseas as places only for children of the rich and powerful, top American universities like Yale and Harvard are increasing efforts to attract the best international students, regardless of their financial backgrounds. With more undergraduates coming from abroad than ever, the Ivy League universities that have worked …

Dartmouth bans hard alcohol on campus

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Dartmouth College is banning hard alcohol on campus and threatening to disband organizations that don’t shape up as part of efforts to “root out extreme behavior,” the school’s president announced Thursday amid controversies enveloping universities across the nation. Dartmouth President Philip Hanlon announced the “Moving Dartmouth Forward” plan in a speech Thursday morning after a school committee had studied campus issues for months. …

Governor names Victor Woolridge new chairman of University of Massachusetts board of trustees

Monday, January 26, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker has named Victor Woolridge the new chairman of the University of Massachusetts board of trustees. Woolridge will replace current Chairman Henry Thomas, who submitted his resignation as chairman. Thomas will continue to serve on the board. Woolridge’s first job will be to …

Plow crews in Valley will be sorely tested by heavy snowfall, officials warn

Monday, January 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — In company with 4,000 pieces of state-owned equipment and about 50 from the city of Northampton, Florence resident Kate Towles will be out with her own little snowblower clearing her patch of road Tuesday — her …

Smith goes early with early-decision announcement

Monday, January 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — One potential upside to this week’s predicted record-breaking storm is that early-decision applicants to Smith College learned their fate a full 24 hours earlier than planned. Smith offers two rounds of early-decision applicants, and the second batch expected to find out if they’d been accepted by …

Textbooks still pricey, but University of Massachusetts Amherst students and staff look for ways to reduce costs

Friday, January 23, 2015

AMHERST — At a time when University of Massachusetts Amherst students spend about $1,200 a year on textbooks, one wonders whether the authors of the nearly $300 “Essentials of Investments” would advise students to actually buy a new …

Male peregrine falcon, star of UMass webcam atop campus library, dies days after rescue from snowbank

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

AMHERST — The male peregrine falcon found injured last week on Sunset Avenue has died. The 14-year-old bird, the star of a University of Massachusetts webcam on top of the campus library, had been recuperating at the Leverett …

At Amherst College event honoring legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., Billy McBride says more kindness needed

Monday, January 19, 2015

AMHERST — Courage, faith and compassion for others are blessings Billy T. McBride said he received after surviving a stabbing as a teenager growing up in Syracuse, New York. “Those blessings were often shared with my college roommate …

Mount Holyoke College student group ditches ‘The Vagina Monologues,’ saying play excludes transgender experience

Sunday, January 18, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — Breaking a decade-long tradition, the student-run Project Theatre group at all-women’s Mount Holyoke College will not stage “The Vagina Monologues,” stating the play is not inclusive enough. Instead, the group will produce its own student-written play about gender, according to Mount Holyoke senior Erin Murphy, …

UPDATED WITH INTERACTIVE GRAPHIC: Beloved UMass peregrine falcon on mend after rescue from snowbank

Friday, January 16, 2015

AMHERST — A male peregrine falcon that has been the star of a popular webcam feed at the University of Massachusetts is recovering from injuries it suffered Thursday. Those who watch the falcon believe he may have crashed …

UMass students agree with decision to end confidential drug informant program

Thursday, January 15, 2015

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts students interviewed Thursday all said they agree with the university’s decision to end its confidential informant program. Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy in an email Thursday morning told students about his decision to end the program because it was “fundamentally inconsistent” with the core values …