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University of Massachusetts system president-elect Marty Meehan talks with press during his first visit to the flagship Amherst campus on Wednesday.

Confident of state funding, President Marty Meehan says UMass will pay retroactive raises to union employees

Friday, September 4, 2015

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan announced Thursday that the system will retroactively pay raises it promised to 6,500 faculty and staff in a 2014 contract. The university system’s unionized workers have lobbied the board of trustees and picketed graduations in their fight for the raises the system agreed to pay them starting July 1, 2014. The three-year …

Mount Holyoke Deputy Police Chief Barbara Arrighi earns rare title in form of karate

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — When Barbara Arrighi walked into her first karate class 43 years ago, she was one of a small number of women pursuing this martial art. Last month, Arrighi, the deputy chief of campus police at Mount Holyoke College, became an eighth-degree black belt and possibly the only woman in the …

UMass issues traffic advisory ahead of student move-in days

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

AMHERST — They’re coming. University of Massachusetts Amherst students will move in to campus housing between Friday and Sunday. First-year students — 4,685 in all, according to the university — will arrive between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday. Transfer students will move in on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 13,000 returning students will move in on Sunday from …

Massachusetts spends heavily on national searches for public college leaders

Monday, August 10, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts public higher education system is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to conduct national searches for new chancellors and presidents, yet often turning to internal candidates, a process being defended by many. The search for a new president of the five-campus University of …

UMass receives $632,369 grant to support transfer students from community colleges to College of Engineering

Monday, August 10, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts has received a four-year $632,369 grant from the National Science Foundation to support academically strong students transferring from community colleges to the College of Engineering. A key goal of the program is to increase the success of low-income, academically talented students with …

Lawsuit against Amherst College from expelled student offers window into sexual misconduct investigation and hearing process

Friday, August 7, 2015

AMHERST — In a meeting room on the Amherst College campus in December 2013, a male and female student sat on opposite sides of a dividing screen. For nearly two years — since a night in the woman’s …

UMass professor Sandra Petersen receives $50,000 to create mentoring program for minority faculty in sciences, technology, engineering and math

Friday, August 7, 2015

AMHERST — A University of Massachusetts Amherst professor is doing her best to keep female minority faculty in the science, technology, engineering and math fields by establishing a support and mentoring program. Sandra Petersen, who recently was honored at the White House for mentoring minority graduate students in …

UMass students to participate in 20-campus ‘Global Dialogues on Incarceration’ project

Thursday, August 6, 2015

AMHERST — Building off a project exploring the role of the U.S. naval base which contains a detention camp for global terrorism suspects at Guantánamo Bay in Cuba, University of Massachusetts Amherst students will participate in a 20-campus “Global Dialogues on Incarceration” project. The project, which just received …

Raise cap on federal student loans, expand reach of ‘Pay As You Earn’ plan

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The most-discussed problem with federal student loans is that some people borrow more than they ultimately can repay. The Obama administration is trying to fix that. Another problem, paradoxically, is that students cannot borrow enough. To understand how this is a problem, remember that the federal government is …

UMass Amherst places second in Princeton Review ranking of ‘Best Campus Food’

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

AMHERST — The dining halls of the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Tuesday received yet another honor — this one from the Princeton Review. The new edition of the Princeton Review’s “The Best 380 Colleges” guidebook ranked UMass Amherst second in the “Best Campus Food” category, according to …

UMass trustees approve first female chancellor for Lowell

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

BOSTON — The University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees unanimously approved Jacqueline Moloney as the new chancellor for the Lowell campus Monday. Moloney, who has been UMass-Lowell’s executive vice chancellor, succeeds Marty Meehan, now UMass System president. Moloney, a UMass-Lowell graduate, is the first woman to lead the …

UMass Amherst hires neighborhood liaison to deal with off-campus incidents

Monday, August 3, 2015

AMHERST — Enacting a recommendation from a report based on the 2014 Blarney Blowout police response, the University of Massachusetts Amherst has hired a neighborhood liaison, who started work Monday. Eric Beal, an Amherst attorney and former chairman of the Amherst Zoning Board of Appeals, will work with …

UMass official to attend ‘Open Textbook Network’ meeting

Sunday, August 2, 2015

AMHERST — With textbook costs estimated at about $1,300 by the College Board, the University of Massachusetts Amherst is participating in the first meeting of a group advocating for “open textbooks,” resources students can use for free. Marilyn Billings, scholarly communication and special initiatives librarian for UMass will …