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State Board of Higher Education approves Ramon Torrecilha as new president of Westfield State University

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The state Board of Higher Education on Tuesday formally approved Ramon S. Torrecilha as the 20th president of Westfield State University. A lifelong educator from California who immigrated to the United States as a migrant worker at age 17, Torrecilha will be the first Latino to serve as president in the university’s 176-year history. His term is scheduled to begin Jan. 25, 2016. “I am delighted by the appointment of …

U of Chicago disrupted by online threat

Monday, November 30, 2015

CHICAGO — Federal authorities said an online threat that led the University of Chicago to cancel classes Monday targeted whites and was motivated by the police shooting of a black teenager, video of which was released last week and led to protests. Jabari R. Dean, 21, of Chicago, threatened to kill 16 white …

Marchers in Northampton call for decisive international action on climate change

Sunday, November 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Among the first to arrive at Sunday’s climate march, Beth Fairservis assembled her Mother Earth puppet, an 8-foot-tall, full-body puppet she made herself with a likeness of planet Earth in the middle of its forehead. “She brings a lot of peace and, of course, love to the world,” Fairservis said as …

Tiny house owner in Hadley plans to take her case to Zoning Board of Appeals

Thursday, November 5, 2015

HADLEY — As Sarah Hastings plans to meet with local boards to see if zoning regulations can be changed to accommodate her “tiny house” on a homeowner’s East Street property, local and state officials say they are reviewing …

Senate and UMass presidents agree on deal to cover pay raises, establish $5 million scholarship fund

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

AMHERST — The presidents of the state Senate and University of Massachusetts have reached an agreement under which UMass may receive $10.9 million for employee pay raises after the money was removed from a supplemental budget approved last …

UMass police chief candidate Tyrone Parham seeks job for professional growth

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

AMHERST — Tyrone A. Parham has been involved with the Pennsylvania State University Police Department for 26 years, including four as its chief, but he told University of Massachusetts Amherst community members at a forum Tuesday that he …

Hampshire College study-abroad program in Cuba will celebrate 15 years with two-day conference

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

AMHERST — When Jaime Hamre joined the Hampshire College study-abroad program in Cuba in the spring of 2012, she knew it might be one of the few chances she would have to visit the island. But she could not have known at the time how the program would …

Alleging secretive management, 'toxic environment,' two more community members resign from WMUA

Sunday, November 1, 2015

AMHERST — Describing a contentious atmosphere and lack of responsible oversight by station management, two community members recently resigned from their roles at the University of Massachusetts radio station WMUA. Ken Irwin, jazz music director and host of …

Cuts coming at UMass after Legislature removes money for pay raises from supplemental budget

Friday, October 30, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst will bear nearly half of a system-wide $10.9 million cut after that amount to cover money already spent on pay raises was removed from a $328 million supplemental budget sent this …

UMass Center for Data Science draws representatives from Amazon, Google and more to campus

Thursday, October 29, 2015

AMHERST — Well-known businesses and organizations in Massachusetts and beyond are lavishing both time and money on the new Center for Data Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The center, established earlier this year, has received more than $1.5 million worth of computer hardware, cloud computing infrastructure, …

California sociologist Ramon Torrecilha chosen as Westfield State University president

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

WESTFIELD — A lifelong educator from California has been named the next president of Westfield State University, pending confirmation by state higher education officials. The university’s board of trustees Wednesday unanimously recommended Ramon S. Torrecilha, a professor of sociology and former provost and vice president for academic affairs …

UMass police chief finalist Joseph Riley cites importance of engaging community

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

AMHERST — New York City Deputy Police Chief Joseph R. Riley said he wants the job of police chief at the University of Massachusetts Amherst because he has always wanted to work in a higher education environment. While …

Westfield State University expected to select 20th president

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

WESTFIELD — The Westfield State University board of trustees is expected to select the school’s 20th president at a special meeting Wednesday. The open session is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. in the president’s board room at the Horace Mann Center on campus. The three finalists are: • Linda …