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University of Massachusetts junior studio arts major Jacqueline Saunders, left, and her sister, undeclared freshman Isabelle Saunders, of Spencer talk about the Blarney Blowout.

UMass students, officials have different ideas about successful Blarney Blowout

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AMHERST — Some plan to attend. Some plan to steer clear. But few if any University of Massachusetts Amherst students doubt this year’s Blarney Blowout will be the raucous event it’s known as despite the unpopular university policies that aim to tone it down. Electrical engineering major Edward Townsend, 20, of Falmouth, Maine, says the policies may mean he will …

Juicy J, Kesha and Ludacris will appear at free concert for UMass students Saturday

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AMHERST — An on-campus concert aimed at keeping University of Massachusetts Amherst students off the town streets during this year’s Blarney Blowout on Saturday will feature three big names and about two dozen banned items. The artists will be Juicy J, Kesha and Ludacris, according to a statement from UMass issued Wednesday afternoon. The event, open only to UMass students, will be drug- …

Bacteria, the good kind: UMass researcher thinks salmonella could be player in cancer battle

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

AMHERST — Some day, cancer patients may owe their survival to creatures now considered harmful and even lethal in their own right — salmonella bacteria. In the mind of Neil S. Forbes, a chemical engineering professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the ideal way to fight cancer would be to build microscopic …

At Amherst College event honoring legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., Billy McBride says more kindness needed

Monday, January 19, 2015

AMHERST — Courage, faith and compassion for others are blessings Billy T. McBride said he received after surviving a stabbing as a teenager growing up in Syracuse, New York. “Those blessings were often shared with my college roommate …

Mount Holyoke College student group ditches ‘The Vagina Monologues,’ saying play excludes transgender experience

Sunday, January 18, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — Breaking a decade-long tradition, the student-run Project Theatre group at all-women’s Mount Holyoke College will not stage “The Vagina Monologues,” stating the play is not inclusive enough. Instead, the group will produce its own student-written play about gender, according to Mount Holyoke senior Erin Murphy, …

UPDATED WITH INTERACTIVE GRAPHIC: Beloved UMass peregrine falcon on mend after rescue from snowbank

Friday, January 16, 2015

AMHERST — A male peregrine falcon that has been the star of a popular webcam feed at the University of Massachusetts is recovering from injuries it suffered Thursday. Those who watch the falcon believe he may have crashed …

UMass students agree with decision to end confidential drug informant program

Thursday, January 15, 2015

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts students interviewed Thursday all said they agree with the university’s decision to end its confidential informant program. Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy in an email Thursday morning told students about his decision to end the program because it was “fundamentally inconsistent” with the core values …

Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy ends UMass confidential informant program, citing inconsistency with university’s ‘core values’

Thursday, January 15, 2015

AMHERST — Reactions were mixed to Thursday’s announcement by University of Massachusetts Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy that he will end the police department’s confidential student informant program, saying it is “fundamentally inconsistent with the core values of …

Online store run by Amazon will replace textbook annex at UMass Amherst

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

AMHERST — A virtual textbook store, run by the largest online retailer in the United States, will arrive on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus this spring, with officials expecting many students to have costs for purchasing classroom …

UMass malaria researchers find value in ‘whole plant’ treatment of infection

Monday, January 12, 2015

AMHERST — Purified drugs created in labs, long thought to be the gold standard in fighting disease, may actually be inferior to the herbal remedies they replaced as far back as the 19th century. University of Massachusetts Amherst …

Academics react to terrorism in France, study-abroad students safe

Friday, January 9, 2015

In an essay he wrote in response to the terrorism that occurred in Paris while he was visiting this week, Ronald C. Rosbottom opened with a response to someone who asked if he was safe. “The answer is …

UMass Amherst reports 63 percent decline in off-campus student conduct violations during fall semester

Friday, January 9, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst reported Friday a 63 percent decline in off-campus code of conduct violations by students during the fall semester compared to the same period in 2013. The report released by the dean of students office showed 107 students were involved in 83 …

Black hole probed by team led by Amherst College astronomer Daryl Haggard

Friday, January 9, 2015

AMHERST — A record-breaking X-ray flare from the supermassive black hole at the center of the galaxy, observed by an Amherst College astronomer’s team, could help scientists better understand how this object 20,000 light years from Earth functions. …