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Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies sponsors harvest banquet fundraiser

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

AMHERST — Without stepping away from western Massachusetts, residents will have an opportunity to spend a few hours reveling in Renaissance-era Italy by sampling its food, music and customs. The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies holds its annual harvest banquet fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 1 at the University of Massachusetts Campus Center Marriott Center, which will be redecorated with paintings by Leonardo da Vinci and Sandro …

Greenfield Community College teams with area high schools to teach about sustainable agriculture

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College has received a grant of almost $50,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to start new courses in sustainable agriculture, along with free workshops for local high school teachers who are bringing farm-based components into the curriculum. The initiative is called Educational Networks for Growing an Agricultural Economy, and the community college is teaming up with six area …

Two staff houses evacuated at Smith College after excavator hits natural gas line

Monday, October 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Six people were evacuated from two houses for Smith College staff when an excavator working nearby on Paradise Road punctured an underground natural gas line. Northampton Deputy Fire Chief Timothy McQueston said the damage to the two-inch pipe was reported at 12:04 p.m. and Paradise Road was closed until 1:30 p.m. while Columbia Gas stopped the gas leak. He said he …

UMass suspends confidential informant program; students speak

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

AMHERST — A confidential informant program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst that came under fire this week following the report of a student informant’s death from a drug overdose has been suspended indefinitely pending its full review, …

Wesleyan orders fraternities to become coed

Monday, September 22, 2014

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. — Wesleyan University in Connecticut on Monday ordered its fraternities with houses on campus to become coeducational within three years, a move it says is not just about bad behavior but also equality. Wesleyan follows Trinity College in Hartford, which began the transition starting in 2012, …

Report faults UMass and Amherst police for mishandling ‘Blarney Blowout,’ calls for better crowd control, coordination and police training

Thursday, September 18, 2014

AMHERST — A much-anticipated report on the March 8 “Blarney Blowout” faults University of Massachusetts officials for failing to recognize the risk of a swelling group of young people on campus and Amherst police for reacting with too …

Westfield State University to break ground on $33 million science center

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

WESTFIELD — Westfield State University will break ground Thursday on a $33 million science center, the first new academic building on campus in more than 40 years, according to university officials. State Secretary of Education Matthew Malone is expected to speak at the 2 p.m. ceremony behind the …

UMass gets three-year, $1 million federal grant to boost nursing program for minority, disadvantaged veterans

Monday, September 15, 2014

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Nursing has received a three-year, $1 million federal grant to implement “Heroes into Health Care: Veterans Entering the Nursing Workforce,” a program designed to increase the number and percentage of ethnic minority and disadvantaged veterans who successfully complete a …

Five College consortium to build library annex to hold excess 2.5 million volumes from member campuses

Friday, September 12, 2014

AMHERST — Prompted mainly by the need for more space at the University of Massachusetts and Smith College libraries, the Five College Consortium expects to begin construction next spring of a 2.5-million volume annex to hold lesser-used books and materials. The consortium, based in Amherst, plans to purchase …

Joe Kareta memorial scholarship benefit Sunday; More than $100K raised in four years

Thursday, September 11, 2014

It’s been four years since Joe Kareta was killed at age 22 in South Hadley by a drunken driver, during which time his family launched a scholarship fund in his memory. Since 2010, the Kareta family of Westfield …

UMass students to volunteer throughout Valley Saturday on Mass Impact Day of Service

Thursday, September 11, 2014

AMHERST — A white picket fence surrounding the North Cemetery on East Pleasant Street in Amherst will be getting a fresh coat of paint Saturday. Also that day, senior citizens will be provided companionship at the Northampton Senior Center and The Overlook at Northampton retirement community in Leeds. …

VIDEO Students rally at UMass to denounce police killing of unarmed black people

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

AMHERST — A crowd of about 75 students — most of them black — moved slowly down a University of Massachusetts campus path Wednesday afternoon with their arms raised above their heads. Their “Hands up, don’t shoot” chant, …

CHART Eureka! licensing and royalties: UMass makes millions off research patents, technology transfers

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Robert MacWright brings an enthusiasm for the nexus between gee whiz technology, legal logic, and the history of American entrepreneurship to his job as director of commercial ventures and intellectual property at UMass-Amherst. Yes, his office works hard …