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University of Massachusetts and Hadley police to display safety techniques at community event Tuesday

Thursday, July 31, 2014

AMHERST — Police officers on horses, police with their canine partners and a display of emergency vehicles will greet visitors to the University of Massachusetts campus Tuesday. Residents of Amherst and surrounding communities are invited to the National Night Out on the UMass campus, a family-friendly event, running from 5 to 9 p.m., that focuses on protecting people from crime and promoting public safety. “It’s really to give more information … 0

The University of Massachusetts’ Old Chapel nominated for inclusiong on National Register of Historic Places

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Amherst — The 129-year-old Old Chapel at the University of Massachusetts, on the verge of a $20 million renovation, has been nominated for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. The proposal, written by the private advocacy group, UMass Preserve, has the backing of the Massachusetts Historical Commission as well as the university, according to a statement from UMass. Betsy Friedberg, national … 0

Hampshire College president says federal investigation into sexual abuse policy not prompted by complaint

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

AMHERST — Hampshire College was recently added to the list of 71 colleges being investigated by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights for its handling of campus sexual assaults, but this was not prompted by a complaint, according to an internal memo sent to the campus community by college president … 0

Amherst College initiative part of a bigger trend of colleges promoting green practices

Sunday, May 11, 2014

AMHERST — Amherst College has created a new department, the Office of Environmental Sustainability, in an effort to integrate conservation and green initiatives into the campus culture. College President Biddy Martin recently announced the establishment of the office, initially funded through alumni donations. A national search begins this … 1

UMass graduates 5,500 under gray skies

Friday, May 9, 2014

AMHERST — Gray skies and a light drizzle couldn’t dampen the spirits of the ebullient crowd at the 144th University of Massachusetts undergraduate commencement ceremony Friday evening. Approximately 5,500 students donned caps and gowns and said goodbye to … 0

From 'Lost boy' to Ph.D.: Doctoral student overcomes long odds on way to degree

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Amherst — Anyone who earns a doctorate knows hardship. And then there is James Alic Garang. The journey that led him to accepting his doctoral degree Friday at the University of Massachusetts began when he learned the alphabet … 25

Amherst College extends ban on fraternities to off-campus groups, at least three 'underground' frats affected

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

AMHERST — Amherst College has banned its students from joining fraternities and sororities, even if based off campus, triggering a range of reactions from relief that a clear policy finally is in place to doubts whether the college … 4

Amherst College, UMass Amherst among colleges and universities being investigated by the US Dept. of Education over handling of sexual abuse

Thursday, May 1, 2014

AMHERST — Amherst College and the University of Massachusetts Amherst are among 55 institutions being reviewed by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights for possible violations of federal law over the handling of sexual violence … 0

MIT plans nanotech building

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

CAMBRIDGE (AP) — The Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced Tuesday that is building a large $350 million facility in the heart of campus to study materials on the smallest scale. The 200,000-square-foot building, called MIT.nano, will house state-of-the-art cleanroom, imaging and prototyping facilities supporting research with nanoscale materials … 0

$10 million gift for UMass Amherst Isenberg School of Management's entrepreneurship program

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

AMHERST — A $10 million gift from longtime University of Massachusetts supporters will help create a Center for Entrepreneurship at the Isenberg School of Management. Douglas and Diana Berthiaume recently made the donation that will establish the Douglas … 0

Expected increase in state money for Greenfield Community College may again freeze student fees

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College is in line for an increase of $310,000 to $450,000 in state funding, which may be enough to convince trustees to again freeze student fees. President Robert Pura said fee increases will be discussed by his staff and the board of trustees in … 0

Smith College students plan rally advocating for change in admission policy on transgender applicants

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Smith College students are planning a rally this week to advocate for change in the way the college deals with transgender applicants. Smith sophomore Sarah Fraas, 20, said organizers have been trying to get the college … 3

Legislative committee recommends increased financial aid for public education

Saturday, April 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — A legislative committee led by a local lawmaker said last week that the state should act soon to help relieve rising college costs and student debt. “Fewer people are going to start going to college ... (and) you also can’t shed this debt,” said state Rep. … 0