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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 did not know the name of the …

Congressman James McGovern cites importance of Greenfield Community College to region at its foundation’s annual meeting

Saturday, October 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — Some colleges and universities build big fences and walls around their property and have no interaction with the community, said U.S. Congressman James McGovern, speaking at the Greenfield Community College Foundation’s annual meeting Friday night. Not here. “This school is an essential part to the future of this region,” said McGovern, D-Worcester. “The trouble with college education now is not only …

VIDEO: 1,000 UMass students attend rally for tolerance Thursday night in wake of racist dorm messages

Thursday, October 16, 2014

AMHERST — They flooded the University of Massachusetts Amherst Student Union building Thursday afternoon, some 1,000 students of all colors moved to lend their voices to a suddenly powerful outcry against racism on campus and to take whatever steps necessary to bring about inclusion and acceptance. They included Will Syldor, a first-year master’s-degree …

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 …

Harvard health school gets $350M

Monday, September 8, 2014

BOSTON — Harvard University announced Monday that its school of public health has received a record $350 million donation to support students and bolster research into major global health threats. The gift, the largest single donation in the history of the university, came from a philanthropic foundation established …

Mount Holyoke blazes trail by considering trans applicants for admission

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Mount Holyoke College this week became the second women’s college in the country to consider for admission any student who identifies as a woman, whether or not she was born female. Mount Holyoke President Lynn Pasquerella …