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University of Massachusetts and Hadley police to display safety techniques at community event Tuesday

Thursday, July 31, 2014

AMHERST — Police officers on horses, police with their canine partners and a display of emergency vehicles will greet visitors to the University of Massachusetts campus Tuesday. Residents of Amherst and surrounding communities are invited to the National Night Out on the UMass campus, a family-friendly event, running from 5 to 9 p.m., that focuses on protecting people from crime and promoting public safety. “It’s really to give more information … 0

The University of Massachusetts’ Old Chapel nominated for inclusiong on National Register of Historic Places

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Amherst — The 129-year-old Old Chapel at the University of Massachusetts, on the verge of a $20 million renovation, has been nominated for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. The proposal, written by the private advocacy group, UMass Preserve, has the backing of the Massachusetts Historical Commission as well as the university, according to a statement from UMass. Betsy Friedberg, national … 0

Hampshire College president says federal investigation into sexual abuse policy not prompted by complaint

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

AMHERST — Hampshire College was recently added to the list of 71 colleges being investigated by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights for its handling of campus sexual assaults, but this was not prompted by a complaint, according to an internal memo sent to the campus community by college president … 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 … 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 … 1

Mount Holyoke lacrosse team pays it forward — and reaps unexpected return

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — It’s difficult for the captains of the Mount Holyoke College lacrosse team to explain why they cleaned up a mess they did not make while waiting for a flight at Bradley International Airport to spring … 0

Anti-Obama filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza to speak at Amherst College April 29

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

AMHERST — Conservative author, commentator and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza will speak at Amherst College April 29. D’Souza, director of the anti-Obama documentary “2016: Obama’s America” and the forthcoming documentary “America,” will give his talk at 8 p.m. in Stirn Auditorium at an event sponsored by the Amherst College … 0

UMass students revise demonstration to take focus off of anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

AMHERST — After a day rethinking their plans, University of Massachusetts students have decided to hold a demonstration in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students on campus Wednesday instead of at a public intersection where they … 1

Four young farmers start Stone Soup Farm Co-op, on front of worker-owned farm trend

Monday, April 14, 2014

HADLEY — Most farmers will tell you that cooperation is crucial to keeping a farm running like a well-oiled threshing machine. But at Stone Soup Farm Cooperative in Hadley, cooperation is everything. Four young farmers formed the worker-owned … 1

Westfield State University alumnus John Walsh offers to create $100,000 scholarship fund if Evan Dobelle drops lawsuit

Friday, April 11, 2014

WESTFIELD (AP) — A Westfield State University alumnus has offered to create a $100,000 student scholarship fund if ex-president Evan Dobelle drops his lawsuit against the school. John Walsh, owner of skin care company Elizabeth Grady Co., said Dobelle will accept the offer “if he has the best … 0

Science for the People topic of conference at University of Massachusetts

Thursday, April 10, 2014

AMHERST — Military-funded research into anthrax at the University of Massachusetts ended in the late 1980s when Northampton peace activist France Crowe worked with students and community members to raise concerns about the program. As then-coordinator for the local chapter of the American Friends Service Committee, Crowe, drawing on … 0

Greenfield Community College gets $28,000 grant to improve training for certified nursing assistants

Thursday, April 10, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College and Clinical and Support Options will explore this spring how to equip workers with a new range of skills demanded in the ever-changing health care landscape. The state awarded nearly $2 million in planning grants last week to health organizations and educational institutions … 0

Foundation set up in victim’s name

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — The family of the Boston University graduate student killed in the marathon bombings last year has established a foundation in her name to provide scholarships and to support organizations that share the passion she had for travel and adventure. Lu Lingzi, who had traveled from … 0