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UMass Amherst

Amherst bars planning ‘Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day’ event despite town’s concerns

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

AMHERST — A digital countdown clock on the wall near the entrance to McMurphy’s Uptown Tavern is a reminder to patrons, down to each fraction of a second, about when the Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day event begins. The 15th year for the event, formerly known as Halfway to Blarney Blowout, starts at noon Saturday at McMurphy’s and Stackers Pub, both on North Pleasant Street in downtown Amherst. It is …

Groundbreaking research in Arctic leads UMass professor Julie Brigham-Grette to head Polar Research Board

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

AMHERST — Studying glacial geology is a tantalizing mystery that can offer up a treasure trove of information if you know how and where to dig, believes University of Massachusetts Amherst professor Julie Brigham-Grette. “It’s like trying to put together a 1,000-piece puzzle and having only 300 pieces to work with,” Brigham-Grette said …

UMass gets three-year, $1 million federal grant to boost nursing program for minority, disadvantaged veterans

Monday, September 15, 2014

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Nursing has received a three-year, $1 million federal grant to implement “Heroes into Health Care: Veterans Entering the Nursing Workforce,” a program designed to increase the number and percentage of ethnic minority and disadvantaged veterans who successfully complete a university-based nursing education and become employed as nurses. Funding for the new program comes from …

Two Amherst police officers hurt in separate Sunday incidents

Monday, September 15, 2014

AMHERST — Two Amherst police officers suffered work-related injuries on Sunday that could force them to take extended medical leaves while they recuperate, Police Chief Scott Livingstone said. A police sergeant suffered a broken hand during an incident involving a prisoner at the police station early Sunday morning, …

Area police news

Monday, September 15, 2014

Amherst ∎ Shannon M. Walsh, 22, of Norwood, was arrested at 5:23 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of Pine Street and Sand Hill Road on a charge of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol after she was found slumped over the steering wheel of …

VIDEO Students rally at UMass to denounce police killing of unarmed black people

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

AMHERST — A crowd of about 75 students — most of them black — moved slowly down a University of Massachusetts campus path Wednesday afternoon with their arms raised above their heads. Their “Hands up, don’t shoot” chant, …

Area police news

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Amherst ∎ Bicyclist Joseph G. Habib, 22, of Worcester, was riding south on University Drive when he was involved in a collision at 7:41 p.m. Tuesday with a westbound vehicle on Northampton Road driven by Neal T. Bannon, 25, of 27 Hemenway Road, Unit A, Leverett, police said. …

Two arrests, 268 calls to Amherst police during first full weekend of fall semester

Monday, September 8, 2014

AMHERST — On a weekend with summer-like weather and numerous medical calls related to alcohol consumption, police made two arrests and issued no tickets for violations of the town’s noise and nuisance house bylaws. While the call volume was similar to the same weekend last year, the first …

UMass unions rally on campus, claim existing benefits at risk during contract negotiations

Friday, September 5, 2014

AMHERST — Contentious contract negotiations and claims that University of Massachusetts administrators want to take back union benefits prompted an hour-long campus rally led by employees Friday. Holding yellow signs and wearing yellow stickers reading “UMass Unions United to Protect Our Rights,” more than 200 members, joined by …

Concerns raised about impact of UMass student villages on existing Amherst businesses

Thursday, September 4, 2014

AMHERST — Mixed-use student villages that would be built through public-private partnerships on state-owned land at the University of Massachusetts could protect neighborhoods from encroachment of student rentals, but could hurt existing town businesses, according to reactions given …

Intoxicated UMass student suffers head injury in fall down stairs at fraternity

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

AMHERST — An intoxicated University of Massachusetts student suffered a significant head injury when she fell down a staircase Sunday night, according to Amherst Fire Chief Walter “Tim” Nelson. The woman is expected to recover fully from her …

First things first, it's 'Go! Go U! Go UMass! Go U-Mass!' Freshman convocation clam bake teaches the ropes, rules and pride

Monday, September 1, 2014

AMHERST — The 4,650 members of the incoming freshman class at the University of Massachusetts Amherst had a lot to learn their first weekend on campus, from the location of the dining commons to the names of their …

Montague man charged with lewd behavior in University of Massachusetts incidents

Thursday, August 28, 2014

AMHERST — A Montague man who allegedly exposed himself to female students on the University of Massachusetts campus last week was arrested Wednesday afternoon, according to UMass police. Christopher M. Williams, 38, was arrested on two counts of …