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UMass Amherst

MATT BURKHARTT
Students at the UMass textbook annex locate their books Wednesday January 21

Textbooks still pricey, but University of Massachusetts Amherst students and staff look for ways to reduce costs

Friday, January 23, 2015

AMHERST — At a time when University of Massachusetts Amherst students spend about $1,200 a year on textbooks, one wonders whether the authors of the nearly $300 “Essentials of Investments” would advise students to actually buy a new copy of their own book. That was not the path chosen by finance major Curtis Kowalski of Boxford, for whom the book …

Male peregrine falcon, star of UMass webcam atop campus library, dies days after rescue from snowbank

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

AMHERST — The male peregrine falcon found injured last week on Sunset Avenue has died. The 14-year-old bird, the star of a University of Massachusetts webcam on top of the campus library, had been recuperating at the Leverett home of Richard Nathhorst, research facilities project manager at UMass, since being discovered in a …

Area police news

Monday, January 19, 2015

Amherst ■ Joshua Kubiak, 32, of Amherst, was arrested at 7:47 p.m. Friday at Amherst Brewing Co., 10 University Drive, on a warrant after officers were called for a disturbance. Belchertown ■ James S. Voorhies, 47, of 38 Hawley St., Northampton, was arrested at 1:03 p.m. Friday on Federal Street on a warrant. ■ Scott H. Belanger, 28, of 377 Bardwell St., was …

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 …

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 …

UMass professor Ralph Whitehead in critical condition at Massachusetts General Hospital after collapsing at State House

Thursday, January 8, 2015

BOSTON — Ralph Whitehead Jr., a journalism professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, was reported in critical condition at a Boston hospital Thursday after collapsing the previous day at the State House. Whitehead had watched the election on Wednesday of his friend, Stanley C. Rosenberg of Amherst, …

UMass-connected neutrino research proving sun’s stability a top-10 Physics World breakthrough

Saturday, January 3, 2015

AMHERST — The sun is not going to blow up or sputter out any time soon. Most people had predicted (or just hoped) that was the case, but a team of scientists called the Borexino Collaboration — including …

Amherst officials cite decline in violations, calls for medical help as signs of improved behavior by students

Monday, December 22, 2014

AMHERST — As the fall academic semester comes to a close, town officials say a decline in noise complaints and calls for medical help, as well as a steep drop in tickets issued for quality-of-life violations, are all indicators of improved behavior by college-age people. Town Manager John …

John Grillo, longtime UMass art professor, dies at 97

Sunday, December 21, 2014

AMHERST — Spread across an upper wall of a quiet reading room at the Jones Library, recently deceased artist John Grillo’s 1991 mural looks down upon the stacks of large print and fiction. The artist and former University …

Solstice sessions honor Judith Young, astronomer who created UMass Sunwheel

Friday, December 19, 2014

AMHERST — On Sunday the sun will rise and set over the shortest day of the year. It will be the first winter solstice in more than 15 years when Judith Young, an astronomy professor, will not be …