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In this photo taken Tuesday, May 5, 2015, Tufts University student Jesse Mahler straighten-ups a small tented campsite next to school's administration building where students have been protesting the university's plans to cut about 35 janitorial jobs in Medford, Mass. Five students at the university began a hunger strike on Sunday in solidarity with the janitors. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Tufts response frustrates hunger strikers

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

MEDFORD — Tufts University students on a hunger strike over janitor layoffs completed their third full day without food Wednesday, expressing growing frustration at the university’s lack of response to their demands. The Tufts Labor Coalition, a student group, wants the university to halt plans to lay off about 35 janitors in June until union contract negotiations begin next spring. …

New UMass president Marty Meehan visits Amherst campus, hopes for quick resolution to unfunded raises

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

AMHERST — In his first visit since being named the next president of the University of Massachusetts system, Marty Meehan told students and staff in Amherst, Wednesday, he would be on campus more than his predecessor. “One of the downsides of the job as president is you’re not on campus with faculty and …

Incoming UMass president vows to increase online learning

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

BOSTON — On the eve of a Wednesday visit to the flagship campus in Amherst, incoming University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan vowed to expand online learning at the five-campus system. Meehan, the current chancellor of the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, said more than half of recent Lowell graduates took at least one online course. “It’s important to expand our online opportunities for people …

UMass trustees expected to choose president Friday from finalists UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan and Harvard Professor John Quelch

Thursday, April 30, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts system may name a new president as early as Friday. A presidential search committee announced Thursday morning it had selected two finalists — Marty Meehan, chancellor of UMass Lowell, and John A. Quelch, professor of business administration at Harvard Business School. UMass …

Krauthammer talks politics with UMass Republicans

Thursday, April 30, 2015

AMHERST — Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Charles Krauthammer won another honor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Wednesday evening — he became the first speaker for the school’s Republican Club in recent memory who did not inspire …

Gates shares views of US power in Amherst talk

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

AMHERST — As he reflected on his five years as U.S. secretary of defense, Robert Gates emphasized that the nation needs to be selective about when and where it sends its citizens into battle. If the United States …

Nepali students in Valley band together for support

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Smith College senior Pratistha Bhattarai was having a Skype conversation with her parents in Kathmandu, Nepal, when Saturday’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake caused them to flee their home. Bhattarai, 22, stayed glued to her screen for 40 …

Greenfield Community College aims for inclusion with deaf students in Outdoor Leadership Program

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

GREENFIELD — Sliding down an anchored rope, Lauren Sprague of Grafton rappelled down a tall tree behind Greenfield Community College to Peter Botsford, who was hung up, swinging in the air. In moments, Sprague attached Botsford to her …

New program at UMass helps students with disabilities transition to campus life

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — University of Massachusetts student Brian Krutzler looked good and he knew it. He went classic for the April 10 prom on the 11th floor of the Campus Center: black tuxedo, crisp white dress shirt, black bow …

Valley residents with links to Nepal urge help for relief work

Monday, April 27, 2015

AMHERST — Kabindra Man Shakya, a Nepalese postdoctoral student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, found out about the earthquake that devastated his country when he received a call from his wife’s family at 4 a.m. Saturday. “At …

Storied NYC college awaits results of AG’s finance probe

Monday, April 27, 2015

NEW YORK — First came a hotly debated decision by Cooper Union to start charging its students after being tuition-free for generations. Then came an investigation by the state attorney general into the school’s management of its finances. Over the past year, Cooper Union’s reputation as a world-class …

TEDx at UMass explores ‘pioneering’ as event expands; 12 speakers reach audience of over 700

Saturday, April 25, 2015

AMHERST — Speakers at the largest TEDx event convened at the University of Massachusetts explored the theme of pioneering Saturday, defined this way by the event’s chief curator, Nicole Malinowski: “to develop or be the first to use …

UMass engineering seniors’ year-end projects tackle issues like guiding the blind, treating post-traumatic stress

Friday, April 24, 2015

AMHERST — Can police chest cameras turn on automatically during an arrest? Can Blue Tooth technology help the blind navigate through their day? Can a device worn by soldiers help doctors treat them for post-traumatic stress disorder when …