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Ex-Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis speaks during a press conference Friday in the Lincoln Campus Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst at which he presented his recommendations regarding large crowd disturbances. Seated, from left, are Amherst Town Manager John Musante, UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy and UMass Amherst Student Government Association President Vinayak Rao.

University, town embrace Davis report advice

Thursday, March 5, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst didn’t “officially end the Blarney Blowout” but it and the town of Amherst have hewed to most of the other recommendations included in a report by former Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis. The report, purchased by the university for $160,000, listed dozens of recommended actions the town and university police departments, university administration, …

Amherst Town Manager John Musante defends police named in UMass student’s lawsuit over Blarney Blowout arrest

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AMHERST — Town Manager John Musante issued a statement Wednesday defending five Amherst Police officers who have been sued by a student arrested during last year’s Blarney Blowout. “The police professionals on duty that day were confronted with behavior that threatened public safety,” Musante wrote Wednesday. “I am confident that our police exercised good judgment in a very difficult and unprecedented situation.” Thomas …

UMass students, officials have different ideas about successful Blarney Blowout

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AMHERST — Some plan to attend. Some plan to steer clear. But few if any University of Massachusetts Amherst students doubt this year’s Blarney Blowout will be the raucous event it’s known as despite the unpopular university policies that aim to tone it down. Electrical engineering major Edward Townsend, 20, of Falmouth, Maine, …

Traffic rerouted after water main breaks near Campus Center parking garage at UMass

Friday, February 20, 2015

AMHERST — A water main break late Friday morning near the Campus Center parking garage forced University of Massachusetts officials to reroute vehicles traveling to and from the garage. UMass spokesman Daniel Fitzgibbons said traffic was detoured along Holdsworth Way and a couple of smaller roads, which has …

Faculty, students blast UMass misstep on Iran

Friday, February 20, 2015

AMHERST — One day after University of Massachusetts Amherst officials reversed a ban on admitting Iranians to certain graduate programs, the university chancellor apologized to faculty and students, many of whom expressed outrage and remorse over the policy. …

Toning down the Blarney: Amherst, UMass officials develop plan to rein in March mayhem

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

AMHERST — Building on the success of their efforts to limit student rowdiness during the Super Bowl, University of Massachusetts officials are optimistic about their plans to manage what has become a bigger, rowdier event — the March …

UMass reverses policy on Iranian graduate students in engineering, natural science programs

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst announced Wednesday it will end its ban on the admission of Iranian nationals to certain graduate programs in a quick about-face from its original policy enacted earlier this month. UMass will …

Fire at Amherst duplex displaces six UMass students and one cat; no injuries reported

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

AMHERST — A fire Tuesday morning displaced six University of Massachusetts students and one cat at a downtown Amherst duplex. No injuries were reported. Firefighters put out the fire within 30 minutes, according to Fire Chief Walter “Tim” …

Many considerations for consumers in hiring a financial adviser

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

When it comes time to seek professional advice to help with your financial goals, such as saving for college tuition or retirement or handling an estate plan, finding the right financial planner takes work. It’s the job of …

UMass student Matthew Schiek of New Jersey, high school hockey player, victim of Route 9 accident in Belchertown

Monday, February 16, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — A mechanical engineering student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst who helped lead his high school hockey team to a championship on the New Jersey shore has been identified as the man killed while walking across Route 9 early Saturday morning. Matthew T. Schiek, 20, of …

UMass bans admission of Iranian graduate students to specific programs

Saturday, February 14, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst has banned Iranian nationals from admission to specific graduate programs, a move university officials say brings their policies into accord with U.S. sanctions against Iran. But representatives of Iranian students call …

Five College Consortium hopes to build library annex for 2.5 million volumes on Hadley farmland

Friday, February 13, 2015

HADLEY — An unpopular piece of property may finally have found its use — storing unpopular books. The Five College Consortium announced Friday that it hopes to build a 2.5 million volume library annex on a vacant piece of Hadley farmland between North Maple Street and Rocky Hill …

UMass environmental conservation professor Bethany Bradley suggests saving plants by expanding habitat

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

AMHERST — As climate change affects the habitats of plants, the best way to save some of them might be to plant them in gardens hundreds of miles away from their native homes. That’s what Bethany A. Bradley, …