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University of Massachusetts system president-elect Marty Meehan talks with press during his first visit to the flagship Amherst campus on Wednesday.

Confident of state funding, President Marty Meehan says UMass will pay retroactive raises to union employees

Friday, September 4, 2015

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan announced Thursday that the system will retroactively pay raises it promised to 6,500 faculty and staff in a 2014 contract. The university system’s unionized workers have lobbied the board of trustees and picketed graduations in their fight for the raises the system agreed to pay them starting July 1, 2014. The three-year …

Mount Holyoke Deputy Police Chief Barbara Arrighi earns rare title in form of karate

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — When Barbara Arrighi walked into her first karate class 43 years ago, she was one of a small number of women pursuing this martial art. Last month, Arrighi, the deputy chief of campus police at Mount Holyoke College, became an eighth-degree black belt and possibly the only woman in the …

UMass issues traffic advisory ahead of student move-in days

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

AMHERST — They’re coming. University of Massachusetts Amherst students will move in to campus housing between Friday and Sunday. First-year students — 4,685 in all, according to the university — will arrive between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday. Transfer students will move in on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 13,000 returning students will move in on Sunday from …

Pamela and Robert Jacobs donate $5 million to UMass for Judaic studies

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

AMHERST — A couple who graduated during the late 1960s from the University of Massachusetts Amherst have donated $5 million to their alma mater to support Judaic studies, as well as programming and resources for Jewish students. The gift, from longtime university supporters Pamela and Robert Jacobs, came …

WMUA general manager Andrew DesRochers predicts long-term benefits, despite growing tensions over personnel

Monday, July 13, 2015

AMHERST — The general manager for WMUA 91.1 is confident student leaders are making improvements to strengthen the University of Massachusetts radio station for future generations of undergraduates and create a safer work environment for both students and …

Colleges in US and Cuba form partnerships as travel restrictions ease

Friday, July 10, 2015

BOSTON — As the U.S. and Cuba mend ties, colleges in both countries are forming partnerships that once were heavily restricted. Only months after the U.S. eased travel restrictions, several colleges have struck agreements with Cuban schools to …

UMass: Tuition hike reduction on hold until Baker signs budget

Thursday, July 9, 2015

AMHERST — With the legislature’s conference committee budget approved, the University of Massachusetts system is holding off on deciding whether it will reduce tuition until Gov. Charlie Baker signs his version of the budget in 10 days, according to Robert Connolly, a spokesman for the UMass President’s Office. …

Institute gets $14M grant to help with Head Start

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

HADLEY — The University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute will continue to work with Head Start programs across New England. The institute Wednesday announced it had received a $14 million contract for the coming five years, which covers training and technical assistance to Head Start and Early Head Start …

State medical examiner determines that UMass student Chloe Malast died of blood clots

Monday, July 6, 2015

AMHERST — A state medical examiner has determined that a 21-year-old University of Massachusetts Amherst student who died in October succumbed to blood clots in her lung’s arteries that may have been brought on by birth control pills. Chloe Malast, a student in the Commonwealth Honors College from …

All the right moves: How a Smith College athlete Claire Edwards’ connections in the gym led to a career in dentistry

Monday, July 6, 2015

As a track and field athlete at Smith College in Northampton, Claire Edwards knew how important it was to be in the right place at the right time. If she wanted a strong finish to a race, she …

UMass report on climate change to help guide wildlife action plans in 22 states

Monday, July 6, 2015

AMHERST — The work of University of Massachusetts Amherst climate scientists will be used in 22 states to inform decisions about how to protect vulnerable wildlife from the effects of climate change. Michelle Staudinger, science coordinator for the …

Following Iran brouhaha, UMass revises guidelines for international admissions

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

AMHERST — Following a widely condemned decision to limit admissions and course availability to Iranian students in February and a quick reversal of that position, University of Massachusetts Amherst officials this week announced new guidelines for international admissions. …

Host of WMUA ‘Focus’ program turned off in May files grievance with UMass student-run radio station

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

AMHERST — An Amherst woman whose “Focus” program on the University of Massachusetts student-run radio station was taken off the air in the middle of a broadcast in May is filing a grievance. Merrylees “Molly” Turner said Tuesday …