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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 open and gross lewdness by UMass and Greenfield police after a warrant was issued for his arrest at 2:40 p.m. Wednesday, said … 0

Vincent Gillen of Belchertown charged with breaking into Lincoln Avenue home in Amherst; similar incident reported at Lincoln Apartments

Thursday, August 28, 2014

AMHERST — An intruder was arrested after allegedly breaking into a Lincoln Avenue home early Thursday morning, less than an hour after a similar break-in was reported by a resident at Lincoln Apartments, according to Amherst and University of Massachusetts police. Vincent R. Gillen, 18, of 36 Bay Path Road, Belchertown, was arrested at 4:10 a.m. at a Lincoln Avenue residence on charges … 0

Police, traffic adjustments in Amherst as UMass freshman class arrives Friday

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

AMHERST — The town’s population will swell Friday as the 4,650 members of the freshmen class at the University of Massachusetts arrive for orientation. While entering students spend their Labor Day weekend learning the ins and outs of living at UMass — including taking a pledge to affirm the campus’s community values — the town’s public safety officers continue to learn from past … 0

Two UMass unions express concerns about possible private enterprises on campus

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

AMHERST — Using state land at the University of Massachusetts Amherst to support private enterprises employing workers not affiliated with the university is a concern for unions representing campus employees. A consultant recently presented preliminary recommendations to the … 0

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 … 4

UMass Amherst suspends Education Abroad programs in Israel for fall semester

Saturday, August 9, 2014

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst has suspended its Education Abroad programs in Israel for students during the fall semester. The decision was announced this week by the university’s International Risk Management Committee which considered “input and information from multiple sources, including insurance and risk management consultants … 0

Northeast Organic Farming Association’s 40th Summer Conference kicks off Friday

Thursday, August 7, 2014

AMHERST — Back in the 1970s, when the Northeast Organic Farming Association was forming, founder Samuel Kayman had to drive far and wide around the area to connect with other organic farmers. It was hard to find any organic products in stores, said Benjamin Grosscup, events organizer for … 0

MAP Consultant proposes several town-gown, private development plans for UMass campus, adding commercial space and housing

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

AMHERST — Parking lots and other underdeveloped sites on the University of Massachusetts campus would be turned into student villages featuring a mix of commercial space and housing built by private developers under preliminary recommendations made by consultants … 0

Investigation continues of accident that killed University of Massachusetts student Hannah Frilot

Monday, August 4, 2014

AMHERST — An accident that claimed the life of a University of Massachusetts student walking along North East Street last week remains under investigation. Mary Carey, spokeswoman for the Northwestern District Attorney’s office, said Monday that it will take between three and four months for the state police … 0

Propane gas tank leak at University of Massachusetts lab leads to brief evacuation of building

Friday, June 27, 2014

AMHERST — A leaky valve for a propane gas tank in a lab at the Goessman building at the University of Massachusetts led to the evacuation of the building shortly after noon Friday. The valve on the 100-pound tank was tightened and the air cleared by Amherst firefighters, … 0

Tick Talk: Panelists, public share experiences with Lyme disease ‘epidemic’

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When panelists at a forum on Lyme disease Tuesday listed symptoms that often go unrecognized by doctors, many heads in the audience were nodding. Many of the approximately 130 people at the standing-room-only Tick Talk event … 0

Number of University of Massachusetts students disciplined for off-campus misbehavior declines in past year

Friday, June 13, 2014

AMHERST — Fewer incidents in Amherst meant fewer University of Massachusetts students were disciplined because of their off-campus behavior during the recently completed academic year, according to a report compiled by the dean of students office. However, the number of students involved in major incidents remained almost the … 0

Amherst police statistics show fewer spring semester noise-related calls than last year

Friday, May 23, 2014

AMHERST — Even though the riotous behavior by thousands of college-age people during the “Blarney Blowout” in March brought national attention to Amherst and the University of Massachusetts, town police statistics show there were fewer disturbances impacting the quality of life for residents during the spring semester compared … 0