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Joel Arce finds a way to study in the sun on the UMass campus Wednesday afternoon.

Made in the shade

Thursday, October 8, 2015

In college rape debate, overseas-study crimes gain attention

Thursday, October 8, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. — As colleges wrestle with how to address sexual assault, a legal challenge involving a small Vermont institution brings an obscure part of the equation to the fore: how to report, investigate and punish sexual assaults that happen in overseas-study programs. Statistics on such assaults are scant, although no one disputes …

MIT upgrades free online classes

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

CAMBRIDGE — The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has offered free online courses for the last four years with one major downside: They didn’t count toward a degree. That’s about to change. In a pilot project announced Wednesday, students will be able to take a semester of free online courses in one of MIT’s …

Friendly’s founder asks college to take name off building

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The co-founder of the Friendly’s ice cream restaurant chain has asked a Massachusetts college to remove his name from a campus building. American International College in Springfield complied with the request from Curtis Blake on Tuesday. Earlier this year, Blake expressed disappointment with a decision …

Alcohol referrals top list as colleges release crime statistics for 2014

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

AMHERST — Alcohol arrests were up at the University of Massachusetts Amherst while reported rapes were down in 2014. At Mount Holyoke College, burglaries outpaced drug or alcohol referrals. And Hampshire College had its first year without a …

Harvard’s prestigious debate team loses to NY inmates

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Months after winning a national title, Harvard’s debate team has fallen to a group of New York inmates. The showdown took place at the Eastern New York Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison where convicts can take courses taught by faculty from nearby Bard College, and …

Hadley Planning Board likely to rule Tuesday on permit for Five Colleges library annex

Monday, October 5, 2015

HADLEY — The Planning Board will likely decide Tuesday whether to permit a controversial Five Colleges library annex building to be built on unused farmland between North Maple Street and Rocky Hill Road, according to clerk William Dwyer. Five Colleges Inc., a consortium of Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke …

Consumer advocate Ralph Nader to talk politics at Amherst College

Monday, October 5, 2015

AMHERST — Consumer advocate and former independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader will be at Amherst College Tuesday evening to discuss third-party and outsider candidates and the role they could play in the 2016 election. Nader’s talk, which comes at the invitation of the nonpartisan student group Amherst Political …

Theology college cancels sale of Native objects

Monday, October 5, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska — A Massachusetts theology college has abandoned plans to sell off art from 52 Native tribes, including Tlingit and Haida items, as the federal government investigates. The Andover Newton Theological School could face penalties for quietly planning the sale of 80 Native art pieces this summer, …

Two arrested at party on Smith College campus Sunday

Sunday, October 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police arrested two people at a party on the Smith College campus early Sunday morning that had devolved into a mass of between 400 to 500 people, some of whom were involved in multiple fights, according to Northampton Police Sgt. Josef Barszcz. Northampton police arrested Lenroy …

Shiny light

Friday, October 2, 2015


WMUA community members will meet with UMass officials over radio station disagreements

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

AMHERST — WMUA community members will meet with high-ranking University of Massachusetts officials in mid-October with the hope of addressing what they perceive as a nearly six-month-long crisis at the campus radio station. Louise Dunphy, a spokeswoman for the community group and host of the “Celtic Crossings” program, …

Finalists announced for 20th Westfield State University president

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

WESTFIELD — Three finalists are candidates to become the 20th president of Westfield State University. They are Damian J. Fernandez, the chief executive officer and head of the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York City; Ramon S. Torrecilha, a professor of sociology and former provost and vice …