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KEVIN GUTTING

Hampshire selected for Title IX ‘compliance review’

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 Jonathan Lash. Lash said the college had … 0

Anonymous donor gives $10.3M to UMass College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

AMHERST — An anonymous donor has given an estimated $10.3 million to the University of Massachusetts Amherst to benefit the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. UMass Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy calls it a “transformative gift” that is among the largest in the history of the university, according to a statement. “The growth in research that will result from this gift will benefit society … 0

University of Massachusetts-led team gets EPA grant to study air pollution inside Native American hunters’ teepees

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

AMHERST — A $700,000 grant from the federal Environmental Protection Agency will allow a team led by a University of Massachusetts researcher to travel with Native American hunters in Canada to determine how dangers from their meat-smoking practices can be diminished. Richard Peltier, an assistant professor of environmental health science at UMass, heads … 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

More than 1,000 support gay community at UMass rally, countering five from Westboro Baptist Church

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

AMHERST — The Westboro Baptist Church’s anti-gay protest at the University of Massachusetts came and went quickly and without incident Wednesday, while a rally supporting the campus’ gay community drew over 1,000 people. The two events were sparked … 3

With UMass talk overrun by activists, John Ashcroft answers questions from audience on the Patriot Act, torture

Thursday, April 17, 2014

AMHERST — When former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft stepped up the podium in the UMass Student Union Ballroom Wednesday night to both hearty applause and boos, he told the crowd of about 150 that he planned to … 1