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GRiD member Ankita Shankhdhar takes the PVTA bus every day from Puffton Village to UMass. With the data, she's interested in predicting how late buses typically run.

UMass hackathon seeks to unravel mysteries of PVTA bus performance

Saturday, February 6, 2016

AMHERST — These students already know the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority buses pretty well. They know certain buses tend to run a few minutes behind. They know that on weekend evenings, leaving downtown Amherst, they’ll have to squeeze. And sometimes, if traveling from one spot on the University of Massachusetts campus to another, it can be faster to walk. These …

UMass investigates alleged workplace fraud at Physical Plant, five employees on paid leave, one resigns

Thursday, February 4, 2016

AMHERST — Five employees at the University of Massachusetts have been put on paid leave while another has resigned as part of a continuing internal investigation into allegations of workplace misconduct that involve the misreporting of time and misuse of campus resources in the Physical Plant division, according to university officials. “Significant allegations …

University of Massachusetts Amherst astronomers help create powerful telescope to explore center of galaxy

Saturday, January 30, 2016

AMHERST — Some questions in science can only be answered by more powerful equipment. So University of Massachusetts Amherst astronomers are working to create one of the most powerful telescopes yet — one the size of the Earth. How is this possible? Gopal Narayanan, an associate professor in the UMass astronomy department, said …

Caroline Gear named executive director of International Language Institute

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Longtime International Language Institute staff member Caroline Gear has been named the language and teacher training school’s executive director. Gear, of Whately, succeeds retiring director Alexis Johnson. She most recently worked as the institute’s director of programs. Gear began teaching Spanish and English as a second …

UMass-Boston bans tobacco across campus

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

BOSTON (AP) — The University of Massachusetts-Boston says it’s banning the use of all tobacco products on campus. Tobacco use is already banned inside buildings on the campus. A new policy that takes effect Tuesday extends the ban to all outdoor spaces, including the school’s bayside property. The …

‘Focus’ ends 50-year run on WMUA Sunday

Friday, January 15, 2016

AMHERST — After nearly 50 years on the University of Massachusetts Amherst radio station, the public affairs program “Focus” ends its run Sunday with interviews of the remaining polka hosts at WMUA. Todd Zaganiacz and Helen Curtin, who will each continue with two-hour polka blocks Sunday mornings, from …

National Weather Service designates University of Massachusetts Amherst as ‘StormReady’

Thursday, January 14, 2016

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst is the first public university in the state to receive a “StormReady” designation from the National Weather Service, according to a university statement. It joins private universities Harvard, Boston College, Boston University and Tufts as well as 14 communities, one military …

Reduced polka programming on radio station WMUA stirs more controversy in the community

Monday, January 11, 2016

AMHERST — Polka music playing on campus radio station WMUA would be the first sounds Michael Medeiros would hear when he awoke most Saturday mornings as a college student at the University of Massachusetts in the mid-1990s. Though …

Colleges tell students to leave their hoverboards at home

Friday, January 8, 2016

BC-US--Campus Hoverboard Bans, 1st Ld-Writethru,620 Colleges tell students to leave their hoverboards at home AP Photo BX203 Eds: Updates with details, quotes. With AP Photos. By COLLIN BINKLEY Associated Press BOSTON — One of the holiday’s hottest presents …

Amherst College, University of Massachusetts join other campuses in banning hoverboards, citing safety concerns

Friday, January 8, 2016

AMHERST — As winter break wraps up and students head back to campus this month, some area universities are warning them to leave a certain gadget behind: hoverboards. They aren’t worried about Marty McFly’s retro levitating device or …

Mount Holyoke College President Lynn Pasquerella will leave office in June

Monday, January 4, 2016

SOUTH HADLEY — Mount Holyoke’s president, Lynn Pasquerella, will step down from that role to accept a position leading the Association of American Colleges & Universities. Her last day will be June 30, and Sonya Stephens, vice president …

UMass to complete $1.45 million in residence hall security upgrades by 2016; more projects planned

Friday, January 1, 2016

AMHERST — Two years after pledging to improve residence hall security, the University of Massachusetts plans to complete projects which cost $1.45 million by the end of 2016 and already has implemented 60 of 87 security improvements recommended …

Campus activists unite for divestment battle

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

BOSTON — Campus activists who often fight in parallel with one another for their respective causes are now starting to form alliances as they turn up the pressure on some U.S. colleges to financially divest from industries that …