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Harvard’s prestigious debate team loses to NY inmates

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Months after winning a national title, Harvard’s debate team has fallen to a group of New York inmates. The showdown took place at the Eastern New York Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison where convicts can take courses taught by faculty from nearby Bard College, and where inmates have formed a popular debate club. Last month, they invited the Ivy League undergraduates and this year’s national debate champions …

Hadley Planning Board likely to rule Tuesday on permit for Five Colleges library annex

Monday, October 5, 2015

HADLEY — The Planning Board will likely decide Tuesday whether to permit a controversial Five Colleges library annex building to be built on unused farmland between North Maple Street and Rocky Hill Road, according to clerk William Dwyer. Five Colleges Inc., a consortium of Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith colleges and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, started in 2011 planning a library …

Consumer advocate Ralph Nader to talk politics at Amherst College

Monday, October 5, 2015

AMHERST — Consumer advocate and former independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader will be at Amherst College Tuesday evening to discuss third-party and outsider candidates and the role they could play in the 2016 election. Nader’s talk, which comes at the invitation of the nonpartisan student group Amherst Political Union, will be held at Stirn Auditorium in the Mead Art Museum from 7:30 to …

Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen speaks at UMass, says interest rates will rise by end of this year

Thursday, September 24, 2015

AMHERST — The Federal Reserve plans to begin raising interest rates by the end of this year, the first of a number of modest increases, Chairwoman Janet Yellen told 1,800 people Thursday at the University of Massachusetts Amherst …

Hundreds of UMass students expected to take part in Mass Impact Day of Service

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

AMHERST — Hundreds of University of Massachusetts students are expected to volunteer their time Saturday improving communities during the fourth annual Mass Impact Day of Service. Staff and faculty at UMass, as well as alumni, will join these students doing work in Amherst, Northampton and other areas of …

New England Public Radio News Network to air on FM station WAMH 89.3 starting Monday

Friday, September 18, 2015

AMHERST — Area fans of the New England Public Radio News Network will find it at 89.3 on the FM dial beginning Monday. WAMH at Amherst College will start broadcasting the news feed from 2 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Previously, the NPR news programming has been available …

Renowned artist and architect Maya Lin describes vision for new Smith College library in Northampton

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Renowned artist and architect Maya Lin told a full house at Smith College on Wednesday that when she is done redesigning the college’s main library, it will fit better with the campus and provide a more …

UMass has record-setting fundraising year with endowment at $768 million

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — The University of Massachusetts raised more money during the latest fiscal year than it ever has before, and the five-campus system’s endowment grew to a record high. The university announced Wednesday its endowment was at …

WMUA hosts, student staff clash over changes

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

AMHERST — Longtime radio DJs and students who make up the executive staff of the WMUA 91.1 college radio station at the University of Massachusetts Amherst clashed at the station’s first general body meeting of the school year …

Feds plan to streamline student loan application

Monday, September 14, 2015

CHICAGO — The Department of Education announced an initiative Monday designed to make the cumbersome college financial aid application process start earlier and go easier. The new plan, which takes effect in fall 2016, allows families to begin the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid, better known …

Dialing in chancellor: Community allies of WMUA radio want UMass leader to mediate ‘chaotic’ situation

Friday, September 11, 2015

AMHERST — Community members at the University of Massachusetts radio station are calling on Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy to meet with them by Oct. 1 to resolve what they view as a continuing crisis at WMUA. They say …

Tickets for Dalai Lama’s address at UMass in October on sale starting Wednesday

Friday, September 11, 2015

AMHERST — Tickets will go on sale Wednesday for the Dalai Lama’s public address at the University of Massachusetts Amherst through the Mullins Center box office. Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, will deliver a talk titled “A Force for Good” at the Mullins Center at …

Feds to probe Wheaton College’s policies on sexual misconduct

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

NORTON (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice has started an investigation and compliance review of Wheaton’s policies and practices in responding to sexual misconduct, Wheaton’s president said Wednesday. President Dennis Hanno said in a letter to students, faculty and parents that the department indicated the probe is …