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KEVIN GUTTING
University of Massachusetts junior studio arts major Jacqueline Saunders, left, and her sister, undeclared freshman Isabelle Saunders, of Spencer talk about the Blarney Blowout.

UMass students, officials have different ideas about successful Blarney Blowout

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AMHERST — Some plan to attend. Some plan to steer clear. But few if any University of Massachusetts Amherst students doubt this year’s Blarney Blowout will be the raucous event it’s known as despite the unpopular university policies that aim to tone it down. Electrical engineering major Edward Townsend, 20, of Falmouth, Maine, says the policies may mean he will …

Juicy J, Kesha and Ludacris will appear at free concert for UMass students Saturday

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AMHERST — An on-campus concert aimed at keeping University of Massachusetts Amherst students off the town streets during this year’s Blarney Blowout on Saturday will feature three big names and about two dozen banned items. The artists will be Juicy J, Kesha and Ludacris, according to a statement from UMass issued Wednesday afternoon. The event, open only to UMass students, will be drug- …

Bacteria, the good kind: UMass researcher thinks salmonella could be player in cancer battle

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

AMHERST — Some day, cancer patients may owe their survival to creatures now considered harmful and even lethal in their own right — salmonella bacteria. In the mind of Neil S. Forbes, a chemical engineering professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the ideal way to fight cancer would be to build microscopic …

Wacky wagers placed as Patriots face the Seahawks in Super Bowl

Saturday, January 31, 2015

AMHERST — Across New England and in Washington, politicians and locals alike have placed their customary food — and non-food — wagers as the Patriots and Seattle Seahawks prepare for Super Bowl Sunday. “The governor can do it, …

Students frustrated by UMass Amherst banning guests from dorms during Super Bowl in attempt to control behavior

Thursday, January 29, 2015

AMHERST — At the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Wednesday evening, freshman Ben Reider didn’t know who will win Sunday’s Super Bowl, but he expects one thing for sure: chaos on campus. “If we lose I guess they’ll …

Colleges seek economic diversity in students abroad

Thursday, January 29, 2015

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Widely regarded overseas as places only for children of the rich and powerful, top American universities like Yale and Harvard are increasing efforts to attract the best international students, regardless of their financial backgrounds. …

Dartmouth bans hard alcohol on campus

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Dartmouth College is banning hard alcohol on campus and threatening to disband organizations that don’t shape up as part of efforts to “root out extreme behavior,” the school’s president announced Thursday amid controversies enveloping universities across the nation. Dartmouth President Philip Hanlon announced the “Moving Dartmouth Forward” plan …

Governor names Victor Woolridge new chairman of University of Massachusetts board of trustees

Monday, January 26, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker has named Victor Woolridge the new chairman of the University of Massachusetts board of trustees. Woolridge will replace current Chairman Henry Thomas, who submitted his resignation as chairman. Thomas will continue to serve on the board. Woolridge’s first job will be to …

Plow crews in Valley will be sorely tested by heavy snowfall, officials warn

Monday, January 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — In company with 4,000 pieces of state-owned equipment and about 50 from the city of Northampton, Florence resident Kate Towles will be out with her own little snowblower clearing her patch of road Tuesday — her …

Smith goes early with early-decision announcement

Monday, January 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — One potential upside to this week’s predicted record-breaking storm is that early-decision applicants to Smith College learned their fate a full 24 hours earlier than planned. Smith offers two rounds of early-decision applicants, and the second batch expected to find out if they’d been accepted by …

Textbooks still pricey, but University of Massachusetts Amherst students and staff look for ways to reduce costs

Friday, January 23, 2015

AMHERST — At a time when University of Massachusetts Amherst students spend about $1,200 a year on textbooks, one wonders whether the authors of the nearly $300 “Essentials of Investments” would advise students to actually buy a new …

Male peregrine falcon, star of UMass webcam atop campus library, dies days after rescue from snowbank

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

AMHERST — The male peregrine falcon found injured last week on Sunset Avenue has died. The 14-year-old bird, the star of a University of Massachusetts webcam on top of the campus library, had been recuperating at the Leverett …