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University of Massachusetts Amherst Police Chief Tyrone A. Parham was sworn in Friday after joining the department in January.

On day of swearing in, UMass Police Chief Tyrone Parham looks ahead

Friday, February 12, 2016

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts Amherst Police Chief Tyrone A. Parham was sworn in Friday during an afternoon ceremony at the Mullins Center. Earlier in the day, Parham spoke to reporters about his impressions of the department, which he joined in January. “My entire professional career was at one institution and when this job came about, it looked like this would be a really good experience and opportunity for me, and I haven’t looked back since,” he said at the UMass police station. Parham worked for 26 years at the Pennsylvania State University Police Department, with his final four as chief, and was selected from …

At Smith College, Cornel West urges unity, integrity in the face of racism

Friday, February 12, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Influential scholar and civil rights activist Cornel West spoke passionately to a crowd at Smith College Thursday night, urging them to come together and seek truth as the nation continues to reckon with police brutality and systemic racism. Speaking, as always, in a fiery manner that defies synopsis, West told the …

Swastika found in UMass bathroom prompts police investigation

Thursday, February 11, 2016

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts Amherst police have launched an investigation after a swastika was found carved in a bathroom stall on campus earlier this month. The swastika was discovered etched into a bathroom stall in the Integrative Learning Center building. After the symbol was found, officials taped over it and closed the stall while police investigated, UMass spokesman Ed Blaguszewski said. “It’s …

Amherst College trustees discuss retiring Lord Jeff

Monday, January 25, 2016

AMHERST — Amherst College’s unofficial “Lord Jeff” mascot, based on controversial historical figure Lord Jeffery Amherst, was discussed at a trustees meeting late last week, but the college is still silent on whether there will be a change. …

Harvard vandalism probe closes empty-handed

Monday, January 25, 2016

BOSTON (AP) — Harvard University police have closed their investigation into the vandalism of portraits of some black law professors without finding a culprit. A campus email from Harvard Law School’s dean for administration said police conducted numerous interviews and performed a forensic examination. But they could not …

Search continues for new site, funding to relocate Little Red Schoolhouse from Amherst College

Friday, January 22, 2016

AMHERST — As the clock ticks down on the year-long demolition delay imposed by the town’s Historical Commission on the Little Red Schoolhouse at Amherst College, a group advocating for its preservation is scrambling to find a new site for the building and money to pay for the …

UMass officials do not expect to hire permanent adviser for WMUA until fall semester

Friday, January 22, 2016

AMHERST — A full-time adviser to assist students in running University of Massachusetts campus radio station WMUA will provide renewed stability for its operations, help meet Federal Communications Commission guidelines and promote participation by students of all racial and ethnic backgrounds, according to UMass spokesman Edward Blaguszewski. But …

Review of WMUA included option to entirely eliminate community hosts (Read full report here)

Thursday, January 21, 2016

AMHERST — While community hosts have complained about a decision to dial back their role at the University of Massachusetts radio station WMUA, it could have been worse. Eliminating community hosts altogether was one of the options presented …

A brisk walk

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

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 …