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New banners in downtown Amherst celebrate private colleges and UMass

Monday, December 15, 2014

AMHERST — New banners hung from light posts in downtown Amherst are aimed at reflecting the community’s pride in hosting three institutions of higher learning, said Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Donald Courtemanche. The 57 banners, which each read “Welcome to Amherst,” prominently feature the University of Massachusetts, Amherst College and Hampshire College. “It’s really meant to welcome students, faculty and alumni into downtown,” Courtemanche said Monday. Each …

Campaign for moose as new mascot at Amherst College reaches Frost Library, Johnson Chapel

Thursday, December 11, 2014

AMHERST — In the seven months since an 800-pound female moose visited Amherst College and toured the president’s house property, a vigorous campaign by students has sought to have the animal replace Lord Jeffery Amherst as the college’s mascot. Posters advancing the cause are stapled to bulletin boards in academic buildings, a Facebook page is dedicated to the moose becoming the mascot and …

‘Crosset Christmas’ at Amherst College draws 1,500, leads to two injuries and pair of arrests

Monday, December 8, 2014

AMHERST — Out-of-control partyers at Amherst College that resulted in two arrests, two injuries and intentionally pulled fire alarms prompted the Amherst fire chief and college officials to put an end to the event early Sunday. The annual event, known as “Crossett Christmas,” drew up to 1,500 people into what is called the social dormitory quad, many whom were not students at the …

Amherst College endowment reaches all-time high of $2.15 billion

Friday, December 5, 2014

AMHERST — The endowment for Amherst College recently passed $2 billion, a milestone that will allow the college to continue covering its expenses, including providing grants to all eligible students. “It’s a very big, very healthy number,” Kevin Weinman, the college’s chief financial officer, said of the $2.15 …

New students at UMass, Amherst College invited to meet downtown businesses Saturday

Monday, August 25, 2014

AMHERST — More than 4,000 new students at the University of Massachusetts, joined by Amherst College freshmen, will come to downtown Amherst on Saturday. The Amherst Business Improvement District and the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce are working with officials at both institutions on this year’s Adventure into …

Five Colleges consortium issues statement discouraging travel to areas affected by Ebola

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Although the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is said to pose no immediate threat in the Valley, area colleges are taking extra precautions by educating the public. The Five Colleges — University of Massachusetts at Amherst, …

Ex-UMass student sues university, says he was unfairly expelled for code-of-conduct violations after 'consensual sex,' was discriminated against as a man

Monday, August 11, 2014

AMHERST — A former University of Massachusetts student claims in a federal lawsuit filed last week that he was unfairly expelled after consensual sex with another student last year was deemed a violation of the school’s code of …

Area police news

Monday, February 24, 2014

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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 …

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 …

Colleges help with tips on various business ventures

Monday, February 10, 2014

Though starting a business in an uncertain economy may seem intimidating, educators from the Five Colleges believe that need not stand in the way of entrepreneurial success. A diverse range of programs offered by the colleges and University of Massachusetts Amherst help students realize that creating a profitable …

Local scholars cite spending, security issues at Winter Olympics in Russia

Thursday, February 6, 2014

AMHERST — Are the Winter Olympics, with its opening ceremonies Friday in the Black Sea resort town of Sochi, mainly a spectacle of overspending and corruption or a sign of an emerging new Russia that is reshaping its …