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Arthur Herrera, of Silver Design, adds a fresh coat of paint to a lamp post Thursday on the Smith College campus in Northampton.

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Friday, October 2, 2015


WMUA community members will meet with UMass officials over radio station disagreements

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

AMHERST — WMUA community members will meet with high-ranking University of Massachusetts officials in mid-October with the hope of addressing what they perceive as a nearly six-month-long crisis at the campus radio station. Louise Dunphy, a spokeswoman for the community group and host of the “Celtic Crossings” program, said Wednesday that members are scheduled to sit down with associate chancellor Susan Pearson and …

Finalists announced for 20th Westfield State University president

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

WESTFIELD — Three finalists are candidates to become the 20th president of Westfield State University. They are Damian J. Fernandez, the chief executive officer and head of the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York City; Ramon S. Torrecilha, a professor of sociology and former provost and vice president for academic affairs at California State University, Dominguez Hills; and Linda Vaden-Goad, provost and …

Student debt, part 1 of 3: More college, university students across Valley take on loan obligations that follow them for years

Friday, September 4, 2015

AMHERST — Britainy “Story” Young had to drop out of college at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2010 because she could not afford it. Now enrolled again, she expects to owe $86,000 when she graduates next May …

Friday move-in for first-year students goes smoothly at UMass Amherst

Friday, September 4, 2015

AMHERST — First-year students, their parents and maroon-shirted helpers scurried around the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Friday as the first large wave of students moved into the dorms for the year. Those interviewed by the Gazette said …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Federal Reserve Board Chairwoman Janet Yellen to speak at UMass

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

AMHERST — Federal Reserve Board Chairwoman Janet L. Yellen will deliver the University of Massachusetts Amherst economics department’s Philip Gamble Memorial Lecture later this month, but she has not said what topic she will address. The talk, free …

RI university facility under construction collapses

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

SMITHFIELD, R.I. — An athletic building under construction at a private university collapsed Tuesday, injuring six construction workers and leaving crumpled steel strewn across the site. Workers were installing steel beams on a new indoor practice facility for …

Harvard launches live ‘virtual classroom’

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

BOSTON — The newest classroom at Harvard’s business school has no desks or chairs. Instead, the professor teaches facing a towering digital screen that stretches from wall to wall, filled with the live video feeds of up to …

Annual community breakfast highlights UMass collaboration with businesses, towns

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

AMHERST — Closer ties between the University of Massachusetts Amherst and its surrounding towns will foster success — not only for the students who are educated on campus but for the business community and the residents who make their homes in the region. That was the message delivered …

Amherst forms town-gown collaborative to address housing, economic development

Monday, August 31, 2015

AMHERST — A newly appointed group of residents, University of Massachusetts students and UMass and Amherst officials will work together on housing and economic development initiatives aimed at improving both the town and campus. Town Manager John Musante and UMass Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy on Monday announced the creation …