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Bryan Torres, who is an undocumented immigrant who is an Amherst College student, Monday at the college.

After delays in deportation trial, DREAMer Bryan Torres now a student at Amherst College

Friday, February 27, 2015

AMHERST — Bryan Torres was 12 when he made a three-week journey from El Salvador to Northampton. He cried nearly every day. He didn’t know if he would see his grandmother again — the woman who had raised him for 10 years — but he knew he had to push forward to reunite with his mother. She had left 10 …

MassPIRG report urges expanded use of open-source textbooks

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

AMHERST — Four years into a campus initiative aimed at reducing textbook costs by making course material available for free online, University of Massachusetts students and staff are pushing for more faculty to use this option. While the Open Source Initiative has already saved an estimated $1 million in textbook expenses for UMass students since it started in spring semester 2011, a report …

Amherst College outlines actions in quest for carbon-neutral campus

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

AMHERST — Amherst College trustees released a blueprint Tuesday for achieving a carbon-neutral campus, outlining steps to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, increase recycling and serve more homegrown food in its dining commons. The “Statement on Sustainability and Investment Policy” acknowledges the threats posed by climate change, states that climate change is caused by human activity and is something the college needs to confront. …

UMass environmental conservation professor Bethany Bradley suggests saving plants by expanding habitat

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

AMHERST — As climate change affects the habitats of plants, the best way to save some of them might be to plant them in gardens hundreds of miles away from their native homes. That’s what Bethany A. Bradley, …

College professors, students coping with canceled classes every Monday this semester

Monday, February 9, 2015

AMHERST — Mondays are generally unpopular, but Mother Nature seems to have directed a particular ire against them the past few weeks. That has made things difficult for the students and professors who have been unable to meet for Monday classes. In some cases, students in classes that …

UMass names 21-member presidential search committee

Friday, February 6, 2015

DARTMOUTH (AP) — University of Massachusetts trustees have named a 21-member search committee to find a new president for the five-campus system. The committee established Friday at the trustees’ meeting at UMass Law School in Dartmouth includes trustees, faculty, administrators, students and alumni. The university is seeking a …

Harvard enacts ban on professors having sex with undergraduates

Thursday, February 5, 2015

CAMBRIDGE (AP) — Harvard University has instituted a total ban on professors having sex with undergraduate students, strengthening language the school said did not reflect the faculty’s expectations on appropriate relationships between students and faculty members. In a statement released Thursday, Harvard said the change came as part …

UMass inventor Alfred Crosby to be inducted into National Academy of Inventors in part for work on gecko-inspired adhesive

Thursday, February 5, 2015

AMHERST — A tinkerer and creative thinker, soon-to-be National Academy of Inventors fellow Alfred J. Crosby said one of the greatest things you can do as an inventor is tell your idea to someone else. “Your idea is …

Greenfield Community College expands collaboration with Elms College

Saturday, January 31, 2015

GREENFIELD — Starting next fall, Greenfield Community College students will be able to pursue a four-year bachelor’s degree in business management and marketing, early child care or education as part of an expanded program with Elms College. And the courses will be taught at the GCC main campus …

Wacky wagers placed as Patriots face the Seahawks in Super Bowl

Saturday, January 31, 2015

AMHERST — Across New England and in Washington, politicians and locals alike have placed their customary food — and non-food — wagers as the Patriots and Seattle Seahawks prepare for Super Bowl Sunday. “The governor can do it, …

Students frustrated by UMass Amherst banning guests from dorms during Super Bowl in attempt to control behavior

Thursday, January 29, 2015

AMHERST — At the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Wednesday evening, freshman Ben Reider didn’t know who will win Sunday’s Super Bowl, but he expects one thing for sure: chaos on campus. “If we lose I guess they’ll …

Colleges seek economic diversity in students abroad

Thursday, January 29, 2015

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Widely regarded overseas as places only for children of the rich and powerful, top American universities like Yale and Harvard are increasing efforts to attract the best international students, regardless of their financial backgrounds. …

Dartmouth bans hard alcohol on campus

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Dartmouth College is banning hard alcohol on campus and threatening to disband organizations that don’t shape up as part of efforts to “root out extreme behavior,” the school’s president announced Thursday amid controversies enveloping universities across the nation. Dartmouth President Philip Hanlon announced the “Moving Dartmouth Forward” plan …