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Construction worker hurt when 700-pound granite foundation stone falls on him at UMass job site

Friday, May 22, 2015

AMHERST — A worker suffered injuries to his shoulder, hip and leg after a granite slab estimated at 700 pounds fell on him while he was working Friday on the South College Academic Facility renovation and expansion project on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus, according to a university spokesman. Carlos Velasquez, who works for the Schnabel Foundation Co. of Southborough, was taken by Amherst Fire Department ambulance to Baystate …

UMass Rising campaign exceeds $300 million goal more than a year ahead of schedule

Friday, May 22, 2015

AMHERST — The $300 million UMass Rising fundraising campaign has exceeded its goal more than a year ahead of schedule, the University of Massachusetts Amherst Foundation Board announced this week. “We have truly received exceptional and broad-based support in our drive to propel UMass Amherst to new heights,” said Robert Epstein, campaign co-chairman. “The $310 million that we have raised to date for …

Judge rules three remaining defendants in alleged UMass gang rape case will be tried separately

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The three remaining defendants charged in connection with an alleged 2012 gang rape at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will be tried separately, a judge ruled, despite the state’s efforts to combine two of the trials. Hampshire Superior Court Judge Bertha D. Josephson on Friday denied the prosecution’s motion to join the trials of Justin King and Adam Liccardi, two of …

State Senate budget drops key aspect of MBTA reform proposed by governor; would allow UMass to keep in-state tuition

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

BOSTON — A state budget proposal outlined by Democratic Senate leaders on Tuesday appeared to derail a key portion of Republican Gov. Charlie Baker’s plan to overhaul the struggling Boston-area transit system. The $38 billion spending plan submitted by the Senate Ways and Means Committee includes a section …

UMass Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy addresses Amherst Town Meeting, promises continued collaboration on economic development

Monday, May 11, 2015

AMHERST — With a joint planning study focused on housing and economic development complete, Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy is promising the University of Massachusetts and the town will continue to work together for their mutual benefit. At his second-ever appearance before Town Meeting, Subbaswamy said Monday that the …

University defends radio show’s silencing

Friday, May 8, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts is defending its decision that caused the “Focus” public affairs program to be taken off the air of the campus radio station May 3, observing that the potential for a lawsuit outweighed the free-speech implications. UMass spokesman Edward Blaguszewski said management’s option …

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson tells UMass graduates science matters

Friday, May 8, 2015

AMHERST — Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson gave the University of Massachusetts Class of 2015 a clear endorsement of the importance of education in human affairs during his speech at the school’s 145th commencement Friday afternoon. “The most dangerous …

Area police news

Friday, May 8, 2015

Amherst ∎ Ariana G. Napoletano, 19, of Boston, was arrested at 1:37 a.m. Friday on Triangle Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger, failure to stay within marked lanes and turning right on …

Amherst police issue traffic advisories for UMass commencement

Thursday, May 7, 2015

AMHERST — Police remind motorists to expect heavy traffic Friday afternoon into the evening due to the undergraduate commencement ceremony at the University of Massachusetts. The commencement ceremony, held at McGuirk Alumni Stadium in the area of Rocky Hill Road and North University Drive, is scheduled for 4:30 …

New UMass president Marty Meehan visits Amherst campus, hopes for quick resolution to unfunded raises

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

AMHERST — In his first visit since being named the next president of the University of Massachusetts system, Marty Meehan told students and staff in Amherst, Wednesday, he would be on campus more than his predecessor. “One of …

Area police news

Monday, May 4, 2015

Amherst ∎ Police issued a written warning to a woman who drove her vehicle into a concrete wall outside the Mom’s House Chinese Food Market, 318 College St., at 11:16 a.m. Saturday and fled. The wall sustained damage in excess of $1,000, police said. ∎ Andrew P. Robichaud, …

UMass police deputy chief Patrick Archbald to lead department for third time in interim role

Monday, May 4, 2015

AMHERST — Patrick Archbald, a deputy chief with the University of Massachusetts Amherst Police Department, will take over as interim chief to fill the gap left by departing chief John K. Horvath. Archbald’s tenure as interim chief begins Monday, May 11. Horvath is leaving the post to head …

Protesters march from Amherst College to UMass demanding increased access to education for undocumented immigrants

Friday, May 1, 2015

AMHERST — About 70 people, mostly college-aged, marched from Amherst College to the University of Massachusetts Amherst Friday chanting their mission to bring undocumented immigrants “out of the shadows, into the classroom.” Hampshire College student Gustavo Madrigal described …