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UMass Rising campaign exceeds $300 million goal more than a year ahead of schedule

Friday, May 22, 2015

AMHERST — The $300 million UMass Rising fundraising campaign has exceeded its goal more than a year ahead of schedule, the University of Massachusetts Amherst Foundation Board announced this week. “We have truly received exceptional and broad-based support in our drive to propel UMass Amherst to new heights,” said Robert Epstein, campaign co-chairman. “The $310 million that we have raised to date for the commonwealth’s flagship campus reflects the passion …

Fourth group of machinists graduates from Franklin County Technical School

Thursday, May 21, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School machine shop turned out its fourth group of machinists Thursday through the adult training program of the Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board. The 13-week Middle Skills Manufacturing Initiative graduated 13 students Thursday for a total of 43 trained since the program began in 2013. More than 80 percent are employed in the field, according to …

Mount Holyoke College graduates told, ‘be open to what life has to say to you’

Sunday, May 17, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — For Gabrielle Barnett of Montego Bay, Jamaica, graduation day Sunday at Mount Holyoke College had a slightly otherworldly feel. “It’s surreal, it’s amazing, you walk, you get your degree and wow, it’s over,” said the international relations major who is off to China next year to continue her studies in …

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 …

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 …

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 …

UMass commencement set for Friday; police offer tips for travelers

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

AMHERST — Go early. Don’t rely on your GPS. And don’t forget to stop downtown. Those are among the tips from police and local business boosters in advance of this week’s commencement activities at the University of Massachusetts …

Smith College community supportive of new admissions policy welcoming transgender women

Monday, May 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Smith College’s admissions policy accepting transgender women — those born male who identify as female — has been met largely with approval from students on campus. Jess Marlor, a 22-year-old junior from Beverly, said that when …

Area police news

Monday, May 4, 2015

Amherst ∎ Police issued a written warning to a woman who drove her vehicle into a concrete wall outside the Mom’s House Chinese Food Market, 318 College St., at 11:16 a.m. Saturday and fled. The wall sustained damage in excess of $1,000, police said. ∎ Andrew P. Robichaud, …

UMass police deputy chief Patrick Archbald to lead department for third time in interim role

Monday, May 4, 2015

AMHERST — Patrick Archbald, a deputy chief with the University of Massachusetts Amherst Police Department, will take over as interim chief to fill the gap left by departing chief John K. Horvath. Archbald’s tenure as interim chief begins Monday, May 11. Horvath is leaving the post to head …

Janitor layoffs incite hunger strike at Tufts

Monday, May 4, 2015

MEDFORD — Five students at Tufts University began a hunger strike Sunday over the university’s plans to cut about 35 janitorial jobs at the end of May. More than 80 students, janitors and families of the staff gathered outside the main administrative building to mark the start of …

Smith College to welcome trans women as part of new admissions policy

Saturday, May 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Smith College will join Mount Holyoke College in welcoming self-identified transgender women in its admissions policy beginning in the fall of 2015. “It is a historic moment,” said Smith College President Kathleen McCartney on Saturday. “I …

Ex-Congressman Marty Meehan named UMass president

Friday, May 1, 2015

BOSTON — Marty Meehan, the former congressman and current chancellor of the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, was named president of the five-campus UMass system on Friday after selling his vision of turning the system into one of the nation’s …