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Wesleyan orders fraternities to become coed

Monday, September 22, 2014

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. — Wesleyan University in Connecticut on Monday ordered its fraternities with houses on campus to become coeducational within three years, a move it says is not just about bad behavior but also equality. Wesleyan follows Trinity College in Hartford, which began the transition starting in 2012, citing problems with drinking and drug use in Greek organizations. It also comes less than a month after Wesleyan closed the Beta …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Police, traffic adjustments in Amherst as UMass freshman class arrives Friday

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

AMHERST — The town’s population will swell Friday as the 4,650 members of the freshmen class at the University of Massachusetts arrive for orientation. While entering students spend their Labor Day weekend learning the ins and outs of living at UMass — including taking a pledge to affirm …

UMass physicists Andrea Pocar, Laura Cadonati and graduate student Keith Otis part of team detecting neutrinos at sun’s core

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

AMHERST — Scientists are a step closer to understanding the interior of the sun and the process that creates the light and energy that it sends to Earth after physicists, including two at the University of Massachusetts, have directly detected neutrinos from the sun’s core for the first …

New students at UMass, Amherst College invited to meet downtown businesses Saturday

Monday, August 25, 2014

AMHERST — More than 4,000 new students at the University of Massachusetts, joined by Amherst College freshmen, will come to downtown Amherst on Saturday. The Amherst Business Improvement District and the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce are working with officials at both institutions on this year’s Adventure into …

Colleges in legal bind over allowing student use of medical marijuana

Friday, August 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When it comes to medical marijuana, Massachusetts colleges are left to choose between the right of the patient and compliance with federal law. Educational institutions are fearful that sanctioning medical marijuana use on campus could jeopardize …

UMass to continue campus ban on all uses of marijuana; Greenfield Community College studies issue

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The University of Massachusetts Amherst will continue to ban all marijuana use, medical or otherwise, on university property under the Code of Student Conduct, despite the state’s legalization of the drug for medicinal purposes. Many colleges and universities …

Westfield State University sends attorney general $273.48 bill for California car rental by ex-president Evan Dobelle

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Westfield State University has forwarded a $273.48 rental car bill from July to the state attorney general’s office because it appears to be from former president Evan S. Dobelle who resigned nine months ago. The bill came from Enterprise Rent-A-Car in San Francisco and lists Evan Dobelle as …

UMass Amherst suspends Education Abroad programs in Israel for fall semester

Saturday, August 9, 2014

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst has suspended its Education Abroad programs in Israel for students during the fall semester. The decision was announced last week by the university’s International Risk Management Committee which considered “input and information from multiple sources, including insurance and risk management consultants …

Five Colleges consortium issues statement discouraging travel to areas affected by Ebola

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Although the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is said to pose no immediate threat in the Valley, area colleges are taking extra precautions by educating the public. The Five Colleges — University of Massachusetts at Amherst, …

Ex-UMass student sues university, says he was unfairly expelled for code-of-conduct violations after 'consensual sex,' was discriminated against as a man

Monday, August 11, 2014

AMHERST — A former University of Massachusetts student claims in a federal lawsuit filed last week that he was unfairly expelled after consensual sex with another student last year was deemed a violation of the school’s code of … 4