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University of Massachusetts system president-elect Marty Meehan talks with press during his first visit to the flagship Amherst campus on Wednesday.

Confident of state funding, President Marty Meehan says UMass will pay retroactive raises to union employees

Friday, September 4, 2015

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan announced Thursday that the system will retroactively pay raises it promised to 6,500 faculty and staff in a 2014 contract. The university system’s unionized workers have lobbied the board of trustees and picketed graduations in their fight for the raises the system agreed to pay them starting July 1, 2014. The three-year …

Mount Holyoke Deputy Police Chief Barbara Arrighi earns rare title in form of karate

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — When Barbara Arrighi walked into her first karate class 43 years ago, she was one of a small number of women pursuing this martial art. Last month, Arrighi, the deputy chief of campus police at Mount Holyoke College, became an eighth-degree black belt and possibly the only woman in the …

UMass issues traffic advisory ahead of student move-in days

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

AMHERST — They’re coming. University of Massachusetts Amherst students will move in to campus housing between Friday and Sunday. First-year students — 4,685 in all, according to the university — will arrive between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday. Transfer students will move in on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 13,000 returning students will move in on Sunday from …

UMass police officers receive diversity training

Monday, August 24, 2015

AMHERST — From a police officer shooting an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014 to a prisoner dying while in custody of Baltimore Police this year, a seeming racial divide between police and black citizens with …

UMass named one of the top 25 colleges and universities in the country for LGBTQ students

Monday, August 24, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst has once again been named one of the top 25 colleges and universities in the country for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning (LGBTQ) students by Campus Pride, a national support and advocacy organization. Genny Beemyn, director of the UMass …

New app designed to make move-in easier for UMass students

Sunday, August 23, 2015

AMHERST — Moving into the dorms at the University of Massachusetts Amherst? There’s an app for that. This week UMass unveiled a free digital application for Apple’s phone and tablet operating system and Android devices called “Living at UMass.” Eventually it will provide students with assistance in a …

Massachusetts Senate president Stanely Rosenberg asks UMass officials to rethink fee increases

Thursday, August 20, 2015

AMHERST — State Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg is calling on University of Massachusetts leadership to look again at reducing a fee increase to students, saying that such a move would ease the financial burden of a college …

Hadley planners, residents press for smaller Five Colleges library annex

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

HADLEY — Although a representative for Five Colleges Inc. presented the Planning Board with a smaller library annex building than previously proposed, at the end of a two-hour meeting Tuesday evening, the board asked him to make it smaller still. The library annex was proposed to be larger …

Frustrations mount with WMUA review still weeks from completion

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

AMHERST — A review of operations of the University of Massachusetts radio station WMUA — including personnel matters that led to the dismissal of a longtime student adviser and the banning of a former program host from the …

UMass notches record year for U.S. patents, increasing its licensing income by $3 million

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts was awarded 65 U.S. patents during the past fiscal year, a record amount for the system, which has doubled down on increasing research in recent years, university officials say. “Cutting-edge research by our faculty puts us in the upper echelon of universities …

Organic farmers share ideas, expertise at NOFA conference

Sunday, August 16, 2015

AMHERST — For Northeast Organic Farming Association Executive Director Julie Rawson, the organization’s summer conference at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is about doing what organic farmers do best — sharing their knowledge. Among dozens of farmers and …

Library annex project in Hadley to be discussed at Planning Board meeting Tuesday

Sunday, August 16, 2015

HADLEY — Planning Board officials are expecting a large crowd to discuss a controversial Five College Consortium library annex project at its meeting Tuesday. The meeting is a continuation of a July 7 hearing attended by what Planning Board clerk William E. Dwyer described as a “large neighborhood …

UMass Off-Campus Conduct Report shows fewer students disciplined during 2014-15 academic year, but more suspended

Thursday, August 13, 2015

AMHERST — Fewer students were disciplined for off-campus behavior under the University of Massachusetts code of conduct during the 2014- 2015 academic year, but administrators handed down nearly three times the number of suspensions for the most serious offenses. UMass on Thursday released its annual Off-Campus Conduct Report, …