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FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2014 file photo, entertainer Bill Cosby gestures during an interview about the upcoming exhibit, "Conversations: African and African-American Artworks in Dialogue, " at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art, in Washington. Sexual assault allegations that recently resurfaced against Cosby first became public in 2005 when a former employee of his alma mater, Temple University, claimed he had drugged and abused her a year earlier at his suburban Philadelphia home.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

UMass Amherst asks Bill Cosby to step down as honorary co-chairman of fundraising campaign

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst announced Wednesday night that it has cut ties with embattled entertainer Bill Cosby amid accusations that he sexually assaulted more than a dozen women during his career. UMass joins at least two other schools that have distanced themselves from Cosby. Cosby is a graduate of UMass Amherst and until Wednesday had served as …

UMass groups offer space for discussion in wake of Ferguson grand jury decision

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

AMHERST — Sitting in a circle of upholstered chairs, Chrystal George Mwangi was one of dozens of faculty, staff and students at the University of Massachusetts Amherst who engaged in conversations Tuesday following a grand jury’s decision not to indict a white Missouri police officer in the death of a black teenager in …

UMass heeds forecast, will close Wednesday

Monday, November 24, 2014

AMHERST — A snowstorm predicted for mid-week has prompted the University of Massachusetts to announce the campus will be closed beginning Wednesday at 5 a.m. According to its “emergency closing status” web page, the possibility of a severe storm that could dump 5 to 8 inches of snow in western Massachusetts the day before Thanksgiving is prompting the closing. “This will provide people …

Amherst College community dons T-shirts to support campaign against campus sexual assault

Thursday, October 9, 2014

AMHERST — Hundreds of Amherst College students donned purple T-shirts reading “It’s On Us” on the front and “I Pledge To Do Something” on the back as they headed to classes Thursday afternoon. Faculty and staff did the …

UMass President Robert Caret launches statewide bus tour

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — In what’s become an annual tradition, University of Massachusetts President Robert Caret is launching a statewide bus tour to highlight the impact and contributions of the five-campus system on the state. The tour begins Tuesday in Boston and Haverhill. Caret is scheduled to attend UMass-Boston …

UMass Student Government Association delays decision on resolution addressing confidential informant program

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

AMHERST — A resolution demanding an end to the confidential informant program used by University of Massachusetts Police — and calling on the department to make its top priority the well-being of all students — is being considered by student leaders. The Student Government Association met for more …

UMass student Eric Sinacori kept drug problems secret; was ‘caretaker’ to friends, girlfriend Brianne Oliveira says

Saturday, October 4, 2014

AMHERST — Brianne Oliveira learned that her boyfriend, Eric L. Sinacori, had used heroin during her first visit to his home in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey. He opened up to her about having had problems with the drug …

Partnership produces two scholarships for Latino students at Greenfield Community College

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Next spring two Latino students will receive $1,000 scholarships to Greenfield Community College resulting from a partnership between the Latino Scholarship Foundation and Baystate Franklin Medical Center. “This is possible because of the relationships we have,” said Sheryl Hruska, chief academic and student affairs officer at GCC. “We …

Two more members appointed to Westfield State University board of trustees

Friday, October 3, 2014

WESTFIELD — Two more members have been appointed to the Westfield State University board of trustees, completing the 11-member board, officials announced Friday. Madeline Landrau and Linda Slakey were appointed by Gov. Deval Patrick to five-year terms, joining several other new members who have joined the board this …

‘Orange is the New Black’ author Piper Kerman talks about prison reform, sexuality and being a ‘Smithie’ in return to alma mater

Thursday, October 2, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Many Smith College alumnae have made names for themselves and then returned to address students or serve as commencement speakers. Piper Kerman, who graduated in 1992, knows that she would not be back at the college …

UMass professor Robert Rothstein honored with Republic of Poland Order of Merit

Thursday, October 2, 2014

AMHERST — Robert A. Rothstein, professor of Judaic and Slavic Studies and comparative literature at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been honored with the Republic of Poland Order of Merit. The Order of Merit is given to foreigners and Polish citizens permanently living abroad who have made …

Greenfield Community College shares in grant for STEM training

Thursday, October 2, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College is one of 15 schools statewide to get a slice of $20 million to promote programs and train prospective workers in science, technology, engineering and math. In a consortia, 15 community colleges across the state were selected by the federal Department of Labor …

District attorney, UMass at odds over status of student informant

Thursday, October 2, 2014

AMHERST — The Northwestern district attorney’s office said Wednesday that it had no knowledge that University of Massachusetts student Eric L. Sinacori had served as a confidential informant and denied that it routinely reviews recommendations by any law …