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Congressman James McGovern cites importance of Greenfield Community College to region at its foundation’s annual meeting

Saturday, October 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — Some colleges and universities build big fences and walls around their property and have no interaction with the community, said U.S. Congressman James McGovern, speaking at the Greenfield Community College Foundation’s annual meeting Friday night. Not here. “This school is an essential part to the future of this region,” said McGovern, D-Worcester. “The trouble with college education now is not only trying to figure out what you want …

VIDEO: 1,000 UMass students attend rally for tolerance Thursday night in wake of racist dorm messages

Thursday, October 16, 2014

AMHERST — They flooded the University of Massachusetts Amherst Student Union building Thursday afternoon, some 1,000 students of all colors moved to lend their voices to a suddenly powerful outcry against racism on campus and to take whatever steps necessary to bring about inclusion and acceptance. They included Will Syldor, a first-year master’s-degree …

‘That was not just his door, that was our door’: UMass Students respond to racist threats written on dorm room doors

Thursday, October 16, 2014

AMHERST — Students in the University of Massachusetts Southwest Residential Area where several threatening racist messages were scrawled on dorm-room doors this week said Wednesday they believe racism is rare on campus and had not heard many of their friends talking about it. In contrast, nearly 200 people — mostly students of color …

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 …

‘Orange is the New Black’ author Piper Kerman talks about prison reform, sexuality and being a ‘Smithie’ in return to alma mater

Thursday, October 2, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Many Smith College alumnae have made names for themselves and then returned to address students or serve as commencement speakers. Piper Kerman, who graduated in 1992, knows that she would not be back at the college …

UMass professor Robert Rothstein honored with Republic of Poland Order of Merit

Thursday, October 2, 2014

AMHERST — Robert A. Rothstein, professor of Judaic and Slavic Studies and comparative literature at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been honored with the Republic of Poland Order of Merit. The Order of Merit is given to foreigners and Polish citizens permanently living abroad who have made …

Greenfield Community College shares in grant for STEM training

Thursday, October 2, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College is one of 15 schools statewide to get a slice of $20 million to promote programs and train prospective workers in science, technology, engineering and math. In a consortia, 15 community colleges across the state were selected by the federal Department of Labor …

District attorney, UMass at odds over status of student informant

Thursday, October 2, 2014

AMHERST — The Northwestern district attorney’s office said Wednesday that it had no knowledge that University of Massachusetts student Eric L. Sinacori had served as a confidential informant and denied that it routinely reviews recommendations by any law …

Boston College uses community liaison to patrol neighborhoods where off-campus students live

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

When he parks in front of a house in Brighton or Newton or Brookline in his Boston College-maroon Ford Explorer, Stephen Montgomery expects the residents to come out to see him. It’s a residence where BC students live …

Georgetown University uses two-person teams to patrol neighborhoods

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., has 7,600 undergraduates, 1,600 of whom live off campus. Of those, 1,300 live in neighborhoods adjacent to the university. The Office of Neighborhood Life has two full time community directors who live in these neighborhoods and serve as a resource for students and …

UMass suspends confidential informant program; students speak

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

AMHERST — A confidential informant program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst that came under fire this week following the report of a student informant’s death from a drug overdose has been suspended indefinitely pending its full review, …

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, …

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 …