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WMUA community members meet with UMass officials to discuss station ‘crisis’

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts officials will begin putting together a plan over the next several days to address concerns expressed by WMUA community members who claim that the radio station has been in crisis since April. During a 70-minute meeting at the Whitmore Administration Building Tuesday afternoon, associate chancellor Susan Pearson pledged to five WMUA community representatives, including program hosts, that she will outline a path forward to resolve …

UMass to restrict guests in dormitories during Homecoming, Halloween weekends

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

AMHERST — As alumni return to Amherst this week for Homecoming Weekend at the University of Massachusetts, policies will be in place restricting the number of non-student overnight guests allowed in campus dormitories. Beginning Friday and running through Sunday, each on-campus resident will be allowed to sign in up to four guests — though only two can be non-UMass students. Similar rules will …

Ore. college students go back to class

Monday, October 12, 2015

ROSEBURG, Ore. — Hundreds of people lined the road leading to the Oregon community college where a gunman killed nine people, holding signs reading “UCC Strong” as students returned Monday to the scene of the deadliest shooting in state history. The Umpqua Community College campus in the small town of Roseburg reopened last …

U. of Iowa faculty blast regents over new president

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa faculty leaders expressed outrage Tuesday over the selection of corporate executive Bruce Harreld as the next university president, accusing the school’s governing board of conducting a sham search that ended with …

Nursing students sue college after failing crowded course

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

NEW LONDON, N.H. (AP) — Three nursing students have sued a New Hampshire college after they failed a required course that was overbooked. The students from Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island say Colby-Sawyer College needed to “thin the herd” of nursing students, so it failed them. Colby-Sawyer requires …

Student Debt — Part 3 of 3: Current Pioneer Valley students prepare for payments after graduation

Monday, September 7, 2015

AMHERST — During a student-debt rally at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in April, one of the most powerful statements came from a student who could not attend the event. First-generation college student Aja Gaskins wrote in a …

Student Debt, part 2 of 3: Pioneer Valley families consider college costs

Sunday, September 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A self-proclaimed “screw-up” when it comes to money, Pam Hannah, 44, of Northampton is determined to help her 5-year-old son avoid the mistakes she made taking on debt as a college student, which led to her …

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 …