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Legislative committee recommends increased financial aid for public education

Saturday, April 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — A legislative committee led by a local lawmaker said last week that the state should act soon to help relieve rising college costs and student debt. “Fewer people are going to start going to college ... (and) you also can’t shed this debt,” said state Rep. Paul Mark, D-Peru, who co-chaired the Subcommittee on Student Loans and Debt. “If all of a sudden almost 20 percent of the … 0

More than 1,000 support gay community at UMass rally, countering five from Westboro Baptist Church

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

AMHERST — The Westboro Baptist Church’s anti-gay protest at the University of Massachusetts came and went quickly and without incident Wednesday, while a rally supporting the campus’ gay community drew over 1,000 people. The two events were sparked by UMass sophomore Derrick Gordon becoming the nation’s first openly gay men’s college basketball player. … 3

With UMass talk overrun by activists, John Ashcroft answers questions from audience on the Patriot Act, torture

Thursday, April 17, 2014

AMHERST — When former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft stepped up the podium in the UMass Student Union Ballroom Wednesday night to both hearty applause and boos, he told the crowd of about 150 that he planned to talk about liberty. But after just a few minutes of his thoughts on freedom, a … 1

Gov. Deval Patrick to be main speaker at University of Massachusetts commencement in Amherst

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

AMHERST — Gov. Deval L. Patrick, completing his second term in office, will offer the main address at the University of Massachusetts Amherst undergraduate commencement in May. The university announced Wednesday that Patrick will be at the May 9 event, which begins at 4:30 p.m. at McGuirk Alumni … 0

Gov. Deval Patrick to give keynote at UMass Amherst graduation

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

AMHERST - Gov. Deval L. Patrick will give the main address at this year's University of Massachusetts Amherst undergraduate commencement. The ceremony is scheduled Friday, May 9. Patrick will be speaking to about 5,000 students who are receiving bachelor’s degrees, along with their families and friends at the … 0

Students to meet with Subbaswamy to discuss Blowout

Sunday, March 23, 2014

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts students who allege law enforcement was too tough on crowds during the Blarney Blowout March 8 will get a chance to meet with campus administrators, including Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy, this week. A group calling itself “This is UMass” is putting together “a public … 0

Greenfield Community College launches $825,000 fundraising campaign

Friday, March 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — Growing up, Mareike Muszynski didn’t see herself as the academic type. No one in her mother’s family had gone to college and the Maine native didn’t think she could succeed. She pursued the healing arts, attending massage school and moving to Hawaii where her father lived. … 0

Community Legal Aid to offer services at Greenfield Community College

Friday, March 14, 2014

GREENFIELD — A legal aid organization will establish a presence on the Greenfield Community College campus to help students tackle issues that may be getting in the way of their education. Community Legal Aid, which offers free legal assistance to low-income families in central and western Massachusetts, will … 0

Campus protest shows pressure for action on rape

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

IOWA CITY, Iowa — As much as any college administrator could be, University of Iowa President Sally Mason was prepared for the growing nationwide pressure to curb campus sexual assaults. An experienced leader with a calm but determined … 0

Career fair at Greenfield Community College showcases available jobs

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

GREENFIELD — The 200-plus attendees of Greenfield Community College’s fourth annual career fair learned about available jobs across a range of industries, including manufacturing, health care and business. Officials said the two dozen employers who set up booths in the dining commons Tuesday represented a good cross section … 0

Toni Morrison, Bernice Johnson Reagon share stories behind their art

Monday, March 10, 2014

AMHERST — Singing the spiritual “Over My Head I See Freedom in the Air,” Bernice Johnson Reagon reflects on the civil rights march she helped lead more than 50 years ago. Speaking to a large crowd gathered at … 0

Rape victim calls for change: Costa Rican institute pledges policy review on sexual assaults, assembling task force

Monday, March 10, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The victim of a sexual assault that led to the shutdown of an Amherst study abroad program in January said she hopes the mismanaged response to her rape serves as a wake-up call for educational leaders … 0