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Ross Mcinnis,19, Eli Silvia,19, Zack Halpryn, 19 and Andrew Petricone,19,talk about the use of students by the Umass police department as confidential informants.

UMass suspends confidential informant program; students speak

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

AMHERST — A confidential informant program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst that came under fire this week following the report of a student informant’s death from a drug overdose has been suspended indefinitely pending its full review, Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy announced in an email to faculty and students Tuesday night. “The review will consider whether the program should be …

Wesleyan orders fraternities to become coed

Monday, September 22, 2014

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. — Wesleyan University in Connecticut on Monday ordered its fraternities with houses on campus to become coeducational within three years, a move it says is not just about bad behavior but also equality. Wesleyan follows Trinity College in Hartford, which began the transition starting in 2012, citing problems with drinking and drug use in Greek organizations. It also comes less than …

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 …

Greenfield Community College to incerease some program fees

Thursday, June 12, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College will increase its fees next year, although it is unclear by how much. The board of trustees approved some program fee increases on Wednesday and gave President Robert Pura the authority to raise general fees if state funding comes in lower than officials …

Grants will allow Greenfield Community College to expand sustainable agriculture and green energy programs

Thursday, June 12, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College will spend the next two years expanding its sustainable agriculture and green energy programs, thanks to nearly $225,000 in grants. The National Science Foundation has awarded the college $197,000 to pay some staff costs, develop new courses and add physical improvements to the …

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 …