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YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Mike Torie, of Boston, takes a tv out from a car to help student move-in to Kennedy Hall in University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014.

Pioneer Valley’s class of 2018 makes its grand entrance

Saturday, August 30, 2014

AMHERST — With gear piled high atop car roofs and minivans filled to capacity, thousands of new and returning students arrived on campus this weekend at Hampshire County’s four private colleges and the University of Massachusetts. The combined class of 2018 at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Hampshire, Amherst, Smith and Mount Holyoke colleges checks in at around 6,760 first-year … 0

Police, traffic adjustments in Amherst as UMass freshman class arrives Friday

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

AMHERST — The town’s population will swell Friday as the 4,650 members of the freshmen class at the University of Massachusetts arrive for orientation. While entering students spend their Labor Day weekend learning the ins and outs of living at UMass — including taking a pledge to affirm the campus’s community values — the town’s public safety officers continue to learn from past … 0

UMass physicists Andrea Pocar, Laura Cadonati and graduate student Keith Otis part of team detecting neutrinos at sun’s core

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

AMHERST — Scientists are a step closer to understanding the interior of the sun and the process that creates the light and energy that it sends to Earth after physicists, including two at the University of Massachusetts, have directly detected neutrinos from the sun’s core for the first time. An international team that includes UMass physicists Andrea Pocar and Laura Cadonati and doctoral … 0

Protests take down more grad speakers

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Forget about their students not making it to graduation. Now colleges have to wonder whether their speakers will. From former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to the head of the International Monetary Fund and the ex-chancellor of the … 0

Smith College economics professors cite ‘lost opportunity’ with IMF head Christine Lagarde’s withdrawal from grad talk

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Lamenting a “lost opportunity,” 14 members of the Smith College economics department publicly expressed disappointment over Christine Lagarde’s decision to back out of delivering the school’s commencement address this weekend. A student and faculty protest, including … 7

Backstory: Facing protest, Smith grad speaker drops out; Simmons to step in

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The planned keynote speaker for Smith College’s commencement Sunday dropped out amid student and faculty outcry, saying she did not want controversy over her appearance to detract from the occasion. In a letter to students, faculty … 3

Amherst College initiative part of a bigger trend of colleges promoting green practices

Sunday, May 11, 2014

AMHERST — Amherst College has created a new department, the Office of Environmental Sustainability, in an effort to integrate conservation and green initiatives into the campus culture. College President Biddy Martin recently announced the establishment of the office, initially funded through alumni donations. A national search begins this … 1

UMass graduates 5,500 under gray skies

Friday, May 9, 2014

AMHERST — Gray skies and a light drizzle couldn’t dampen the spirits of the ebullient crowd at the 144th University of Massachusetts undergraduate commencement ceremony Friday evening. Approximately 5,500 students donned caps and gowns and said goodbye to … 0

From 'Lost boy' to Ph.D.: Doctoral student overcomes long odds on way to degree

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Amherst — Anyone who earns a doctorate knows hardship. And then there is James Alic Garang. The journey that led him to accepting his doctoral degree Friday at the University of Massachusetts began when he learned the alphabet … 25

Amherst College extends ban on fraternities to off-campus groups, at least three 'underground' frats affected

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

AMHERST — Amherst College has banned its students from joining fraternities and sororities, even if based off campus, triggering a range of reactions from relief that a clear policy finally is in place to doubts whether the college … 4

Amherst College, UMass Amherst among colleges and universities being investigated by the US Dept. of Education over handling of sexual abuse

Thursday, May 1, 2014

AMHERST — Amherst College and the University of Massachusetts Amherst are among 55 institutions being reviewed by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights for possible violations of federal law over the handling of sexual violence … 0

MIT plans nanotech building

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

CAMBRIDGE (AP) — The Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced Tuesday that is building a large $350 million facility in the heart of campus to study materials on the smallest scale. The 200,000-square-foot building, called MIT.nano, will house state-of-the-art cleanroom, imaging and prototyping facilities supporting research with nanoscale materials … 0

$10 million gift for UMass Amherst Isenberg School of Management's entrepreneurship program

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

AMHERST — A $10 million gift from longtime University of Massachusetts supporters will help create a Center for Entrepreneurship at the Isenberg School of Management. Douglas and Diana Berthiaume recently made the donation that will establish the Douglas … 0