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Piotr Decowski at Smith College in the late 1990s or early 2000s

Smith salutes late physics professor’s genius for teaching

Friday, October 31, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Patrick Decowski can remember being a toddler in the backseat of the car, and asking his father, Piotr, endless questions about nature, science and anything else that made him wonder. “I was a very curious kid,” Patrick Decowski recalls. His father’s patience and willingness to answer all these questions became one of the reasons Decowski, 41, is a physicist. These are the same qualities that physics students at Smith College would later say Piotr Decowski inspired them to take their lives in a similar direction. Decowski, a professor at Smith College since 1990, died in May at the age of 74 in Poland. …

Obama administration rules target for-profit colleges

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Obama administration on Thursday will publish new regulations intended to target for-profit career colleges that leave students with debts they cannot repay. The U.S. Department of Education rules will sanction schools with students who carry too much debt compared with their earnings after graduation. Programs that fail to meet debt-to-income requirements for two out of three consecutive years would lose eligibility for …

Report: State needs more skilled college graduates

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

BOSTON — There is a shortage of skilled graduates in Massachusetts and more are needed to fill jobs in key industries that fuel economic growth, according to a report released Tuesday by the Department of Higher Education Officials are basing their projections on an expected drop in the state’s high school population in coming years, which comes at a time of rising demand …

UMass investigating racist vandalism targeting students on campus

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

AMHERST — Officials and police at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst are investigating an act of racist vandalism targeting two students in a residence hall over the Columbus Day weekend, according to a campuswide email issued by …

State educating more nurses

Monday, October 13, 2014

BOSTON — A collaboration launched four years ago between the state, the health care industry and colleges to educate more nurses appears to be paying off, according to state Higher Education Department figures. The number of bachelor of science in nursing degrees awarded by public and private colleges …

UMass chancellor names 11-member committee to review use of confidential student informants

Thursday, October 9, 2014

The 11-member group selected by University of Massachusetts Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy to review the use of confidential student informants by UMass police is expected to report its findings by the end of the semester. The practice …

UMass President Robert Caret opposes police use of students as confidential informants

Thursday, October 9, 2014

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts president Robert L. Caret said Thursday that he is opposed to UMass police using students as drug-case informants, particularly if they have been arrested and are pressured by legal and personal worries. However, …

Amherst College community dons T-shirts to support campaign against campus sexual assault

Thursday, October 9, 2014

AMHERST — Hundreds of Amherst College students donned purple T-shirts reading “It’s On Us” on the front and “I Pledge To Do Something” on the back as they headed to classes Thursday afternoon. Faculty and staff did the …

UMass President Robert Caret launches statewide bus tour

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — In what’s become an annual tradition, University of Massachusetts President Robert Caret is launching a statewide bus tour to highlight the impact and contributions of the five-campus system on the state. The tour begins Tuesday in Boston and Haverhill. Caret is scheduled to attend UMass-Boston …

UMass Student Government Association delays decision on resolution addressing confidential informant program

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

AMHERST — A resolution demanding an end to the confidential informant program used by University of Massachusetts Police — and calling on the department to make its top priority the well-being of all students — is being considered by student leaders. The Student Government Association met for more …

UMass student Eric Sinacori kept drug problems secret; was ‘caretaker’ to friends, girlfriend Brianne Oliveira says

Saturday, October 4, 2014

AMHERST — Brianne Oliveira learned that her boyfriend, Eric L. Sinacori, had used heroin during her first visit to his home in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey. He opened up to her about having had problems with the drug …

Partnership produces two scholarships for Latino students at Greenfield Community College

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Next spring two Latino students will receive $1,000 scholarships to Greenfield Community College resulting from a partnership between the Latino Scholarship Foundation and Baystate Franklin Medical Center. “This is possible because of the relationships we have,” said Sheryl Hruska, chief academic and student affairs officer at GCC. “We …

Two more members appointed to Westfield State University board of trustees

Friday, October 3, 2014

WESTFIELD — Two more members have been appointed to the Westfield State University board of trustees, completing the 11-member board, officials announced Friday. Madeline Landrau and Linda Slakey were appointed by Gov. Deval Patrick to five-year terms, joining several other new members who have joined the board this …