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Smith College shuts down event in Scott Gym

Sunday, April 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Smith College police had to close down an event in Scott Gynasium late Friday night after the crowd became too large and additional people were trying to enter the building, a college spokesperson said. Sam Masinter, director of college relations, said in an email in response to questions from the Gazette that the “student event” in Scott Gym attracted a full house but that, just after midnight, an …

‘The Hunting Ground’ producer Amy Ziering to speak at Amherst Cinema about sexual violence on campuses

Thursday, April 16, 2015

AMHERST — Marking Sexual Violence Awareness Month, “The Hunting Ground” producer Amy Ziering will be at the Amherst Cinema on Friday to answer questions and provide an introduction to her film examining the culture of sexual violence on college campuses. The film opens at the theater Friday, and Ziering will attend the 7 p.m. screening. Ziering participated in a conference call Thursday with …

UMass to establish College of Information and Computer Sciences

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

AMHERST — Quick on the heels of the launch of its Center for Data Science came the announcement Wednesday that the University of Massachusetts Amherst will establish a College of Information and Computer Sciences. Formerly a department in the College of Natural Sciences, computer science became a “school” in 2012 and will rise …

University cuts ties with fraternity after racist chant surfaces on video

Monday, March 9, 2015

NORMAN, Okla. — The president of the University of Oklahoma severed the school’s ties with a national fraternity on Monday and ordered that its on-campus house be shuttered after several members took part in a racist chant caught …

Cost of controlling Blarney Blowout calculated at $500,000 by University of Massachusetts Amherst

Monday, March 9, 2015

AMHERST — What does it cost to keep 22,000 students under control? On the weekend of Blarney Blowout, the University of Massachusetts Amherst managed it for about $500,000. Of that total, $305,000 went to pay artists Juicy J, …

UMass concert featuring Kesha better than Blarney rioting, say students

Saturday, March 7, 2015

AMHERST — The cheers of 6,000 University of Massachusetts students watching Kesha perform Saturday at the Mullins Center were the loudest expression of an opinion held by many: The Blarney alternative was a good one. “I had a …

Strong police presence, other efforts keep lid on Blarney Blowout 2015, prompting students to bemoan loss of Blarney

Saturday, March 7, 2015

AMHERST — It worked. Months of preparation, a call out to police from about a dozen departments and a concert with world-class artists helped University of Massachusetts Amherst officials to keep a lid on Blarney Blowout. By 5 …

Amherst College professor addresses challenges faced by ex-prisoners seeking to lead productive lives

Saturday, March 7, 2015

GREENFIELD — A prisoner’s punishment does not end with his release. “People’s opportunities are fundamentally impaired by their involvement in the criminal justice system,” said Kristin Bumiller, a professor of political science at Amherst College. Bumiller is also an “inside-out” instructor at the Hampshire County House of Correction …

Some UMass students plan post-Blarney Blowout cleanup Sunday

Friday, March 6, 2015

AMHERST — As thousands of University of Massachusetts Amherst students geared up to take to the streets and celebrate Blarney Blowout, a handful of students prepared to clean up after them. Cody Potasky, a sports management major and …

Social media fuel Blarney-style gatherings in hard-to-predict ways

Thursday, March 5, 2015

AMHERST — Last year, social media platforms such as Twitter and Instagram led Blarney Blowout revelers from one epic bash to another, leaving destruction and empty beer cans in their wake. Social media have changed the way the masses gather. Real-time tweets let wandering revelers unite under common …

Wellesley College to admit transgender students

Thursday, March 5, 2015

WELLESLEY (AP) — Wellesley College is joining a growing list of women’s colleges that accept transgender students. President H. Kim Bottomly and trustees’ chairwoman Laura Daignault Gates said in a letter Wednesday that “Wellesley will consider for admission any applicant who lives as a woman and consistently identifies …

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 …

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 …