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Party-goers are detained by police in a parkinglot behind an Amherst residence near the corner of North Pleasant St. and Fearing St., on Saturday afternoon, March 8th.

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 much force once the hard-drinking hordes surged into town. While the report by former Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis assigns blame to …

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 public safety building along with Westfield State University President Elizabeth H. Preston and other local …

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 university-based nursing education and become employed as nurses. Funding for the new program comes from …

Many colleges fall short in handling campus rape, study finds

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

WASHINGTON — Many colleges and universities are failing in how they handle sexual violence among students, according to Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., who Wednesday released a survey of colleges and universities. But the American Council on Education, which represents more than 1,700 colleges and university presidents, was “greatly …

Greenfield Community College receives additional $300,000 from state

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College is re-evaluating whether to increase fees in the fall after learning it will receive an additional $300,000 from the state this year. President Robert Pura said Wednesday that the state announced it would provide another $13 million to community colleges throughout the state …

Greenfield Community College officials testify at congressional hearing about energy-related jobs and education

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

GREENFIELD — For a second time this year, Greenfield Community College’s program in renewable energy and energy efficiency is being recognized by national leaders in Washington, D.C. President Bob Pura and Associate Professor Teresa Jones on Tuesday attended a congressional hearing on energy-related jobs and education at the …

Greenfield Community College graduates 22nd Practical Nursing Program

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Greenfield Community College Practical Nursing Program students graduated Friday afternoon. This is the 22nd graduating class of the program that prepares students to become licensed practical nurses. Many in the class are nontraditional students who have balanced family and work responsibilities to successfully complete the program. Some are …

University of Massachusetts Amherst again freezes fees, tuition for in-state undergraduates

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — For the second year in a row, there will be no increase in tuition and mandatory fees for in-state undergraduate students at the University of Massachusetts. The school’s board of trustees unanimously approved the freeze on Wednesday, crediting an increase in state support for the …

Senate bond bill includes money for child care center at Greenfield Community College

Friday, June 13, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College’s quest to secure an on-campus child care center received legislative backing on Thursday, with a proposed $9.5 million allocation from the state. State Sen. Stanley C. Rosenberg, D-Amherst, said the Senate’s capital bond bill includes the child care amendment. It will now go …

Number of University of Massachusetts students disciplined for off-campus misbehavior declines in past year

Friday, June 13, 2014

AMHERST — Fewer incidents in Amherst meant fewer University of Massachusetts students were disciplined because of their off-campus behavior during the recently completed academic year, according to a report compiled by the dean of students office. However, the number of students involved in major incidents remained almost the …

Ex-NY Times editor to teach at Harvard

Thursday, June 12, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Former New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson is joining Harvard University as a visiting lecturer this coming school year, the university announced Thursday. Abramson will teach undergraduate courses on narrative nonfiction in the fall and spring semesters, the school said. Abramson, a 1976 Harvard …

Greenfield Community College to incerease some program fees

Thursday, June 12, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College will increase its fees next year, although it is unclear by how much. The board of trustees approved some program fee increases on Wednesday and gave President Robert Pura the authority to raise general fees if state funding comes in lower than officials …

Grants will allow Greenfield Community College to expand sustainable agriculture and green energy programs

Thursday, June 12, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College will spend the next two years expanding its sustainable agriculture and green energy programs, thanks to nearly $225,000 in grants. The National Science Foundation has awarded the college $197,000 to pay some staff costs, develop new courses and add physical improvements to the …