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FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2014 file photo, entertainer Bill Cosby gestures during an interview about the upcoming exhibit, "Conversations: African and African-American Artworks in Dialogue, " at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art, in Washington. Sexual assault allegations that recently resurfaced against Cosby first became public in 2005 when a former employee of his alma mater, Temple University, claimed he had drugged and abused her a year earlier at his suburban Philadelphia home.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

UMass Amherst asks Bill Cosby to step down as honorary co-chairman of fundraising campaign

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst announced Wednesday night that it has cut ties with embattled entertainer Bill Cosby amid accusations that he sexually assaulted more than a dozen women during his career. UMass joins at least two other schools that have distanced themselves from Cosby. Cosby is a graduate of UMass Amherst and until Wednesday had served as …

UMass groups offer space for discussion in wake of Ferguson grand jury decision

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

AMHERST — Sitting in a circle of upholstered chairs, Chrystal George Mwangi was one of dozens of faculty, staff and students at the University of Massachusetts Amherst who engaged in conversations Tuesday following a grand jury’s decision not to indict a white Missouri police officer in the death of a black teenager in …

UMass heeds forecast, will close Wednesday

Monday, November 24, 2014

AMHERST — A snowstorm predicted for mid-week has prompted the University of Massachusetts to announce the campus will be closed beginning Wednesday at 5 a.m. According to its “emergency closing status” web page, the possibility of a severe storm that could dump 5 to 8 inches of snow in western Massachusetts the day before Thanksgiving is prompting the closing. “This will provide people …

Boston College uses community liaison to patrol neighborhoods where off-campus students live

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

When he parks in front of a house in Brighton or Newton or Brookline in his Boston College-maroon Ford Explorer, Stephen Montgomery expects the residents to come out to see him. It’s a residence where BC students live …

Georgetown University uses two-person teams to patrol neighborhoods

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., has 7,600 undergraduates, 1,600 of whom live off campus. Of those, 1,300 live in neighborhoods adjacent to the university. The Office of Neighborhood Life has two full time community directors who live in these neighborhoods and serve as a resource for students and …

UMass suspends confidential informant program; students speak

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

AMHERST — A confidential informant program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst that came under fire this week following the report of a student informant’s death from a drug overdose has been suspended indefinitely pending its full review, …

Wesleyan orders fraternities to become coed

Monday, September 22, 2014

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. — Wesleyan University in Connecticut on Monday ordered its fraternities with houses on campus to become coeducational within three years, a move it says is not just about bad behavior but also equality. Wesleyan follows Trinity College in Hartford, which began the transition starting in 2012, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Five College consortium to build library annex to hold excess 2.5 million volumes from member campuses

Friday, September 12, 2014

AMHERST — Prompted mainly by the need for more space at the University of Massachusetts and Smith College libraries, the Five College Consortium expects to begin construction next spring of a 2.5-million volume annex to hold lesser-used books and materials. The consortium, based in Amherst, plans to purchase …

Joe Kareta memorial scholarship benefit Sunday; More than $100K raised in four years

Thursday, September 11, 2014

It’s been four years since Joe Kareta was killed at age 22 in South Hadley by a drunken driver, during which time his family launched a scholarship fund in his memory. Since 2010, the Kareta family of Westfield …

UMass students to volunteer throughout Valley Saturday on Mass Impact Day of Service

Thursday, September 11, 2014

AMHERST — A white picket fence surrounding the North Cemetery on East Pleasant Street in Amherst will be getting a fresh coat of paint Saturday. Also that day, senior citizens will be provided companionship at the Northampton Senior Center and The Overlook at Northampton retirement community in Leeds. …