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Brandeis students occupy administration building for diversity demands

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

WALTHAM (AP) — Hundreds of Brandeis University students have occupied the school’s administration building and say they won’t leave until officials address their demands regarding diversity. A group of students called #ConcernedStudents2015 began occupying the Bernstein-Marcus Administrative Center on Friday after they say interim president Lisa Lynch failed to address 13 concerns about racial equality outlined in a letter sent to her on Thursday. Students continued protesting inside the building …

Hampshire College changes investment policy to exclude companies running private prisons and supporting genocide

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

AMHERST — At the urging of student activists, Hampshire College has amended its investment policy to specifically exclude companies associated with running private prisons and supporting genocide, according to President Jonathan Lash. That change will not involve selling stocks the college currently holds, because none of its current investments are with the types of companies named. “The Hampshire board (of trustees) rewrote the …

UMass officials say ‘White Students Union’ Facebook page is fake, and one of several reported around the country

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

AMHERST — A recently created “UMass Amherst Area White Students Union” Facebook page is not associated with the University of Massachusetts Amherst or any student groups, according to campus officials, and appears to be one of a number of similar hoax pages reported at colleges and universities around the country. UMass student trustee …

Five Colleges Inc. appeals Hadley Planning Board denial of library annex proposed for vacant farmland

Friday, November 6, 2015

HADLEY — Five Colleges Inc. will try again to build a library annex on vacant farmland between North Maple Street and Rocky Hill Road, this time through the courts. The organization filed an appeal of an October Planning Board decision to deny it the right to build a …

UMass police chief candidate Thomas Trawick Jr. says Black Lives Matter protests result of failure by law enforcement

Thursday, November 5, 2015

AMHERST — Thomas Y. Trawick Jr., the last of three finalists for the University of Massachusetts Amherst police chief, said Thursday that nationwide protests against police under the Black Lives Matter movement are due to a failure in …

Tiny house owner in Hadley plans to take her case to Zoning Board of Appeals

Thursday, November 5, 2015

HADLEY — As Sarah Hastings plans to meet with local boards to see if zoning regulations can be changed to accommodate her “tiny house” on a homeowner’s East Street property, local and state officials say they are reviewing …

Senate and UMass presidents agree on deal to cover pay raises, establish $5 million scholarship fund

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

AMHERST — The presidents of the state Senate and University of Massachusetts have reached an agreement under which UMass may receive $10.9 million for employee pay raises after the money was removed from a supplemental budget approved last …

UMass police chief candidate Tyrone Parham seeks job for professional growth

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

AMHERST — Tyrone A. Parham has been involved with the Pennsylvania State University Police Department for 26 years, including four as its chief, but he told University of Massachusetts Amherst community members at a forum Tuesday that he …

Hampshire College study-abroad program in Cuba will celebrate 15 years with two-day conference

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

AMHERST — When Jaime Hamre joined the Hampshire College study-abroad program in Cuba in the spring of 2012, she knew it might be one of the few chances she would have to visit the island. But she could not have known at the time how the program would …

Alleging secretive management, 'toxic environment,' two more community members resign from WMUA

Sunday, November 1, 2015

AMHERST — Describing a contentious atmosphere and lack of responsible oversight by station management, two community members recently resigned from their roles at the University of Massachusetts radio station WMUA. Ken Irwin, jazz music director and host of …

Cuts coming at UMass after Legislature removes money for pay raises from supplemental budget

Friday, October 30, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst will bear nearly half of a system-wide $10.9 million cut after that amount to cover money already spent on pay raises was removed from a $328 million supplemental budget sent this …

UMass Center for Data Science draws representatives from Amazon, Google and more to campus

Thursday, October 29, 2015

AMHERST — Well-known businesses and organizations in Massachusetts and beyond are lavishing both time and money on the new Center for Data Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The center, established earlier this year, has received more than $1.5 million worth of computer hardware, cloud computing infrastructure, …

California sociologist Ramon Torrecilha chosen as Westfield State University president

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

WESTFIELD — A lifelong educator from California has been named the next president of Westfield State University, pending confirmation by state higher education officials. The university’s board of trustees Wednesday unanimously recommended Ramon S. Torrecilha, a professor of sociology and former provost and vice president for academic affairs …