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University of Massachusetts Amherst Police Chief Tyrone A. Parham was sworn in Friday after joining the department in January.

On day of swearing in, UMass Police Chief Tyrone Parham looks ahead

Friday, February 12, 2016

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts Amherst Police Chief Tyrone A. Parham was sworn in Friday during an afternoon ceremony at the Mullins Center. Earlier in the day, Parham spoke to reporters about his impressions of the department, which he joined in January. “My entire professional career was at one institution and when this job came about, it looked like this would be a really good experience and opportunity for me, and I haven’t looked back since,” he said at the UMass police station. Parham worked for 26 years at the Pennsylvania State University Police Department, with his final four as chief, and was selected from …

At Smith College, Cornel West urges unity, integrity in the face of racism

Friday, February 12, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Influential scholar and civil rights activist Cornel West spoke passionately to a crowd at Smith College Thursday night, urging them to come together and seek truth as the nation continues to reckon with police brutality and systemic racism. Speaking, as always, in a fiery manner that defies synopsis, West told the …

Swastika found in UMass bathroom prompts police investigation

Thursday, February 11, 2016

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts Amherst police have launched an investigation after a swastika was found carved in a bathroom stall on campus earlier this month. The swastika was discovered etched into a bathroom stall in the Integrative Learning Center building. After the symbol was found, officials taped over it and closed the stall while police investigated, UMass spokesman Ed Blaguszewski said. “It’s …

State lawmakers push debt-free college

Monday, December 7, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Lawmakers in 10 states launched a legislative push Monday intended to make debt-free public college a priority of the 2016 election. In a teleconference, the group of Democrats announced plans to introduce resolutions in the early primary states of New Hampshire, Iowa and South Carolina, …

Gates Foundation awards $100,000 grant to three Smith College students working on system enabling non-cash purchases in India

Monday, December 7, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Three Smith College students working on a system enabling non-cash purchases in India have received a grant from the Gates Foundation. The $100,000 grant will support students Christine Yee, Darpan Bohara and Yashna Sureka in their …

UMass professor gets $2.2 million National Institutes of Health grant to research standard measurement of exercise

Monday, December 7, 2015

AMHERST— Catrine Tudor-Locke has spent much of her career studying walking behavior across a person’s life span. “I am interested in from the first steps you take as a toddler to the last steps you take in older …

Five College Learning in Retirement recruits participants for spring classes and special events

Monday, December 7, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — The Willits-Hallowell Center at Mount Holyoke College was crowded with seniors one Sunday last month who came to learn about the spring 2016 classes and special events of the Five College Learning in Retirement program. …

Divisions emerge on campuses over tactics used by activists fighting racial discrimination

Monday, December 7, 2015

LOS ANGELES — Alton Luke II is an African-American sophomore at Occidental College who backs the broad goal of racial equity for students. But he has chosen not to support the minority student movement aimed at ousting college President Jonathan Veitch and improving campus diversity — and bluntly …

Higher education briefs

Monday, December 7, 2015

HCC professor awarded national fellowship HOLYOKE — Holyoke Community College associate professor Vanessa Martinez, of Sunderland, has been selected as a 2015 Leadership Fellow for the American Anthropological Association. Martinez is an associate professor of anthropology in the …

Women activists subject of Smith College Massive Open Online Course

Monday, December 7, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Long touting its small, seminar-style classes, Smith College is making a foray into the opposite extreme, creating a Massive Open Online Course, or MOOC. The course, “Psychology of Political Activism: Women Changing the World,” will be available in March through the platform edX, run by the …

Students urge UMass to adopt a Survivor’s Bill of Rights for victims of sexual assaults

Friday, December 4, 2015

AMHERST — Lampposts around the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus bore photos of men and women with their mouths taped shut, captioned with facts related to sexual assault. In front of the Student Union, a voice bellowed through …

UMass Foundation to divest endowment funds from coal, but not other fossil fuels

Thursday, December 3, 2015

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts endowment funds overseen by the UMass Foundation will no longer be invested in coal, though the foundation will continue to invest in other fossil fuels, according to a statement Thursday. The foundation oversees $770 million, according to the statement. Its decision was reached …

WMUA radio station turmoil continues as more jazz hosts quit, annual fund drive falls short of goal

Thursday, December 3, 2015

AMHERST — With most jazz hosts quitting their programs and the recent annual fund drive falling short of its goal, community members involved with WMUA are renewing calls for the University of Massachusetts to hire a permanent professional …