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FILE - This Nov. 7, 2012 file photo shows a medical marijuana plant at a dispensary in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

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 will continue to ban all uses of marijuana because federal law still classifies it as an illegal drug. Schools say they fear … 0

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 the renter of a car from July 24 to 27. Westfield State University officials said … 0

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 and the U.S. Department of State, which recommends the deferral of any non-essential travel. The … 0

Smith College works on sinkhole near Paradise Pond

Monday, July 14, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Work to repair a sinkhole that swallowed up a paved path on the hill overlooking Smith College’s Paradise Pond is underway. The sinkhole opened up in mid-May and is 15 feet in diameter and 12 feet … 0

Birds of a feather: Visually impaired youth find new experiences, friendship at Northampton camp

Friday, July 11, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — In a quiet classroom on the Smith College campus Friday, a tiny, big-eyed saw-whet owl perched calmly while 10-year-old Paige Drury let her hands be guided until she was gently stroking feathers on the bird’s back. … 0

UMass to begin limiting outdoor events starting Tuesday

Friday, July 11, 2014

AMHERST — Outdoor events on playing fields and grassy areas on the University of Massachusetts campus will be limited beginning Tuesday. UMass, working with the town of Amherst’s health department, is restricting these campus-sponsored events as a precaution against Eastern equine encephalitis, which is carried by mosquitoes that … 0

Many colleges fall short in handling campus rape, study finds

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

WASHINGTON — Many colleges and universities are failing in how they handle sexual violence among students, according to Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., who Wednesday released a survey of colleges and universities. But the American Council on Education, which represents more than 1,700 colleges and university presidents, was “greatly … 0

Greenfield Community College receives additional $300,000 from state

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College is re-evaluating whether to increase fees in the fall after learning it will receive an additional $300,000 from the state this year. President Robert Pura said Wednesday that the state announced it would provide another $13 million to community colleges throughout the state … 0

Greenfield Community College officials testify at congressional hearing about energy-related jobs and education

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

GREENFIELD — For a second time this year, Greenfield Community College’s program in renewable energy and energy efficiency is being recognized by national leaders in Washington, D.C. President Bob Pura and Associate Professor Teresa Jones on Tuesday attended a congressional hearing on energy-related jobs and education at the … 0

Greenfield Community College graduates 22nd Practical Nursing Program

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Greenfield Community College Practical Nursing Program students graduated Friday afternoon. This is the 22nd graduating class of the program that prepares students to become licensed practical nurses. Many in the class are nontraditional students who have balanced family and work responsibilities to successfully complete the program. Some are … 0

University of Massachusetts Amherst again freezes fees, tuition for in-state undergraduates

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — For the second year in a row, there will be no increase in tuition and mandatory fees for in-state undergraduate students at the University of Massachusetts. The school’s board of trustees unanimously approved the freeze on Wednesday, crediting an increase in state support for the … 0

Senate bond bill includes money for child care center at Greenfield Community College

Friday, June 13, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College’s quest to secure an on-campus child care center received legislative backing on Thursday, with a proposed $9.5 million allocation from the state. State Sen. Stanley C. Rosenberg, D-Amherst, said the Senate’s capital bond bill includes the child care amendment. It will now go … 0

Number of University of Massachusetts students disciplined for off-campus misbehavior declines in past year

Friday, June 13, 2014

AMHERST — Fewer incidents in Amherst meant fewer University of Massachusetts students were disciplined because of their off-campus behavior during the recently completed academic year, according to a report compiled by the dean of students office. However, the number of students involved in major incidents remained almost the … 0