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University of Massachusetts system president-elect Marty Meehan talks with UMass Amherst students during his first visit to the flagship campus on Wednesday.

New UMass president Marty Meehan visits Amherst campus, hopes for quick resolution to unfunded raises

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

AMHERST — In his first visit since being named the next president of the University of Massachusetts system, Marty Meehan told students and staff in Amherst, Wednesday, he would be on campus more than his predecessor. “One of the downsides of the job as president is you’re not on campus with faculty and students,” Meehan said, explaining his goal to …

Incoming UMass president vows to increase online learning

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

BOSTON — On the eve of a Wednesday visit to the flagship campus in Amherst, incoming University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan vowed to expand online learning at the five-campus system. Meehan, the current chancellor of the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, said more than half of recent Lowell graduates took at least one online course. “It’s important to expand our online opportunities for people …

UMass commencement set for Friday; police offer tips for travelers

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

AMHERST — Go early. Don’t rely on your GPS. And don’t forget to stop downtown. Those are among the tips from police and local business boosters in advance of this week’s commencement activities at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, which are expected to draw more than 15,000 visitors. The university’s graduate school commencement …

UMass names Dartmouth professor Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina to head Commonwealth Honors College

Friday, April 3, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst has named a Dartmouth College professor to head its Commonwealth Honors College. Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina of Thetford, Vermont, will become dean of the honors college beginning July 15. She was born …

Dalai Lama expected to speak at UMass this fall; details being worked out

Thursday, April 2, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst is in discussions with the Dalai Lama to have him speak at the university this fall. Nancy Buffone, the university’s executive director of external relations and university events, said the university …

UMass names astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson as commencement speaker

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

AMHERST — Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson will speak at the undergraduate commencement of the University of Massachusetts Amherst on May 8, the school announced Wednesday. Tyson is executive editor and on-camera host for “Cosmos: a Spacetime Odyssey,” the …

Hack@Smith takes on gender imbalance in software field; teams tackle weekend of computing projects

Saturday, March 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A little after noon Saturday, Smith College senior Melissa Chenok pulled a photo up on her laptop, that of sinister “Harry Potter” character Draco Malfoy. Then she fetched another: celebrity Kim Kardashian, sporting blond tresses. The …

Training drill for emergencies could draw 275

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

AMHERST — If an emergency shelter needs to be activated for Hampshire County residents during a major storm, those in charge of overseeing the site need to be prepared to safely and orderly accommodate people and their pets. This ability to ensure families have a safe place to …

Activist Angela Davis to speak at UMass about social justice

Monday, March 23, 2015

AMHERST — Angela Davis, an internationally known civil and women’s rights activist and scholar, will speak at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Monday about social justice. Her talk, titled “Sustaining Social Justice Movements and Intersectional Struggles,” is scheduled from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Fine Arts …

More than 100 people participate in ‘active-shooter’ simulation training exercise at UMass Amherst

Thursday, March 19, 2015

AMHERST — Inside Franklin Dining Commons at the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus, where an “active shooter” had reportedly injured people, police officers responded to bring order to the scene as additional emergency personnel offered medical attention for …

Fraternities under fire for abusive, boorish, racist behavior

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Racist chants. Nude photos of unconscious women. A criminal investigation into hazing. Fraternities around the country seem to be coming under fire as never before over behavior that would shock the frat boys of “Animal House.” Despite a …

UMass Police Chief John Horvath will remain for most of spring semester before departing to take Rockport job

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts Amherst Police Chief John Horvath will remain in his job for most of the spring semester before he departs to lead the Rockport Police Department. A week after learning that Horvath had accepted the job in the North Shore community, UMass spokesman Edward …

Hampshire Regional eighth-graders explore intersection of art and science during Smith College field trip

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Nearly 60 eighth-graders from Hampshire Regional Middle School descended on the Smith College campus Wednesday to spill water, melt plastic and spin on office chairs until dizzy — all in the name of science. The field …