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Party-goers are detained by police in a parkinglot behind an Amherst residence near the corner of North Pleasant St. and Fearing St., on Saturday afternoon, March 8th.

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 much force once the hard-drinking hordes surged into town. While the report by former Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis assigns blame to …

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 public safety building along with Westfield State University President Elizabeth H. Preston and other local …

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 university-based nursing education and become employed as nurses. Funding for the new program comes from …

Former Westfield State President Dobelle offers to settle wrongful termination suit; university says no

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — Former Westfield State University president Evan S. Dobelle is interested in settling with the state and university officials he sued last year, his attorney said in court Wednesday, while the defendants’ lawyer said they will not …

University of Massachusetts trustees committee approves freeze on tuition, mandatory student fees

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

AMHERST — A University of Massachusetts trustees committee Wednesday gave initial approval to a freeze on tuition and mandatory student fees for in-state undergraduates for the second year in a row. That means tuition and mandatory fees for …

Obama acts to ease debt for students

Monday, June 9, 2014

WASHINGTON — Dubbing it a “no-brainer,” President Barack Obama expanded a program Monday capping monthly student loan payments for 5 million more borrowers at an unknown cost to taxpayers. Obama also threw his support behind legislation that Democrats …

GCC grads ready to ‘jump-start’ futures

Sunday, June 1, 2014

GREENFIELD — In the eyes of student speaker Michael Lewis, a new class of superstars graduated from Greenfield Community College on Saturday. The college’s 51st annual commencement ceremony honored 282 students who earned associate degrees this year and …

Surprise theme of graduation at Holyoke Community College

Saturday, May 31, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — Surprise was the theme during the 67th commencement ceremony for Holyoke Community College which was held at the MassMutual Center Saturday morning. Degrees were given to 1,078 graduates. James M. Knapp, a professor of biology at …

Greenfield Community College Foundation short of fundraising goal as campaign nears end

Friday, May 30, 2014

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Community College Foundation is hoping a surge of donations on its final campaign day will help it reach its $825,000 fundraising goal. As of Thursday, the annual campaign had collected just over $798,000. The campaign ends on Saturday, which this year falls on the …

In wake of Dobelle debacle, Westfield State interim president adds spending safeguards, increases transparency

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Six months after taking over as interim president of Westfield State University in November, Elizabeth H. Preston has instituted changes in financial practices to bring accountability and oversight to campus along with greater transparency to restore …

Amherst College president uses speech to address issue of campus sexual assaults

Sunday, May 25, 2014

AMHERST — In a commencement address Sunday, Amherst College President Carolyn “Biddy” Martin acknowledged the unwelcome attention the school attracted as one of 55 institutions named by the federal Department of Education this year for possible mishandling of …

Loss of electricity closes Hampshire College

Thursday, May 22, 2014

AMHERST — Hampshire College was closed Thursday after buildings lost power because of a faulty terminal inside the main switchgear that distributes electricity on campus. Crews from Utility Service New England were on campus making repairs throughout the day, with power expected to be restored by early evening, …

Smith College moving ahead with plan for housing complex of five buildings off Paradise Road in Northampton

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Responding to a demand from students who would prefer more apartment-style housing options, Smith College intends to construct a five-building housing complex along Paradise Road near the college quadrangle that will house 80 students. The two-story … 2