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Legislative committee recommends increased financial aid for public education

Saturday, April 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — A legislative committee led by a local lawmaker said last week that the state should act soon to help relieve rising college costs and student debt. “Fewer people are going to start going to college ... (and) you also can’t shed this debt,” said state Rep. Paul Mark, D-Peru, who co-chaired the Subcommittee on Student Loans and Debt. “If all of a sudden almost 20 percent of the … 0

More than 1,000 support gay community at UMass rally, countering five from Westboro Baptist Church

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

AMHERST — The Westboro Baptist Church’s anti-gay protest at the University of Massachusetts came and went quickly and without incident Wednesday, while a rally supporting the campus’ gay community drew over 1,000 people. The two events were sparked by UMass sophomore Derrick Gordon becoming the nation’s first openly gay men’s college basketball player. … 3

With UMass talk overrun by activists, John Ashcroft answers questions from audience on the Patriot Act, torture

Thursday, April 17, 2014

AMHERST — When former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft stepped up the podium in the UMass Student Union Ballroom Wednesday night to both hearty applause and boos, he told the crowd of about 150 that he planned to talk about liberty. But after just a few minutes of his thoughts on freedom, a … 1

Area police news

Monday, February 24, 2014

Amherst ∎ Taylor S. Aldrich, 29, of 85 Russell St., Hadley, was arrested at 12:38 a.m. Sunday on East Pleasant Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger, failure to stay within marked lanes … 0

Amherst College, FBI reopen 1975 Mead Art Museum heist investigation

Friday, February 21, 2014

AMHERST — It was just over 39 years ago that the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College experienced what was likely its worst moment: Thieves broke in on a winter night and made off with three centuries-old paintings … 0

Kenneth Griffin, founder of Citadel hedge fund management company, gives Harvard its largest gift of $150 million

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

CAMBRIDGE (AP) — The billionaire founder of the Citadel hedge fund management company has given Harvard College the largest gift in its history, $150 million. Harvard University announced alumnus Kenneth Griffin’s gift on Wednesday. It said the money is mainly for supporting its financial aid program, which Griffin … 1

UMass hospitality industry career day to feature over 60 companies, including Mohegan Sun and MGM Grand

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

AMHERST — Career day for students studying hospitality and tourism management at the University of Massachusetts will feature representatives from two companies planning to open casinos in western Massachusetts. Mohegan Sun and MGM Grand will join 10 other first-time companies registered for the event to be held on … 0

MassPIRG report praises efforts by UMass to reduce vehicles on campus

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

AMHERST — Campuses such as the University of Massachusetts Amherst are reducing driving on campus by providing a wider range of transportation choices for students, according to a report issued this month by the MASSPIRG Education Fund. “University and college campuses are at the forefront of encouraging new … 0

Amherst ‘On the Same Page’ events in March to focus on Armenian genocide

Monday, February 17, 2014

AMHERST — In the early 1980s, Vermont writer Chris Bohjalian was an undergraduate at Amherst College. Thirty years later, Bohjalian, with a string of best-selling and critically acclaimed novels under his belt, will return to Amherst next month to discuss his 2012 novel “The Sandcastle Girls.” A New … 0

Two arrested after disturbance at Easthampton cafe — and other area police news

Monday, February 17, 2014

Amherst ∎ Abdul Calderon, 22, of Holyoke, was arrested at 5:39 a.m. Saturday on Hulst Road on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger and possessing an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle. … 0

Greenfield Community College police officers to carry handguns

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

GREENFIELD — To better prepare for a potential gunman on campus, three full-time Greenfield Community College police officers will begin carrying handguns later this year. The decision was approved unanimously by the college’s board of trustees Wednesday after months of research and reflection — particularly by President Robert … 0

Boycott of Israeli academic institutions puts some US colleges in tough spot

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas — A boycott of Israeli academic institutions by some scholarly groups has put the University of Texas in an unusual position. The same can be said of Texas A&M University. UT President Bill Powers has denounced the boycott as an assault on academic freedom. Yet UT … 0

Nanci Salvidio, named in Westfield State presidential spending probe, no longer employed at university

Monday, February 10, 2014

WESTFIELD — Nanci Salvidio, whose name surfaced in a report last year critical of former Westfield State University President Evan S. Dobelle’s spending habits, no longer works in the president’s office at the school. Salvidio had worked at … 0