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FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2014 file photo, entertainer Bill Cosby gestures during an interview about the upcoming exhibit, "Conversations: African and African-American Artworks in Dialogue, " at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art, in Washington. Sexual assault allegations that recently resurfaced against Cosby first became public in 2005 when a former employee of his alma mater, Temple University, claimed he had drugged and abused her a year earlier at his suburban Philadelphia home.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Bill Cosby steps down as honorary co-chairman of UMass Amherst fundraising campaign

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst announced Wednesday night that it has cut ties with embattled entertainer Bill Cosby amid accusations that he sexually assaulted more than a dozen women during his career. UMass joins at least two other schools that have distanced themselves from Cosby. Cosby is a graduate of UMass Amherst and until Wednesday had served as …

UMass groups offer space for discussion in wake of Ferguson grand jury decision

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

AMHERST — Sitting in a circle of upholstered chairs, Chrystal George Mwangi was one of dozens of faculty, staff and students at the University of Massachusetts Amherst who engaged in conversations Tuesday following a grand jury’s decision not to indict a white Missouri police officer in the death of a black teenager in …

HackEbola at UMass aids fight against West African epidemic

Saturday, November 22, 2014

AMHERST — From across the world, young mathematicians, biologists and other scholars at the University of Massachusetts Amherst crunched numbers this weekend in hopes of aiding the fight against the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. “It has to start somewhere,” said Andrew Smith, 26, a fourth-year doctoral candidate in organismic and evolutionary biology …

Skrillex concert at Mullins Center result in eight arrests, medical attention for nearly two dozen

Friday, October 24, 2014

AMHERST — An electronic dance concert that entertained more than 3,000 spectators at the Mullins Center Thursday night resulted in nearly two dozen people who were treated for alcohol consumption and other issues. Eight people were arrested outside the arena on charges of drug possession. Amherst Fire Chief …

UMass director of community relations Tony Maroulis starts series of informal town-gown conversations

Friday, October 24, 2014

AMHERST — An initiative to continue building relationships between the University of Massachusetts and its host communities begins Monday with a series of coffee-shop meetings. Tony Maroulis, director of community relations at UMass, is starting the “community conversations” at 10:30 a.m. at the Black Sheep Deli, 79 Main …

Area police news

Monday, October 20, 2014

Amherst ■ Cindy A. Drake, 49, of 189 Michael Sears Road, Belchertown, was arrested at 1:16 a.m. Sunday on West Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger, and failure to use care in …

VIDEO: 1,000 UMass students attend rally for tolerance Thursday night in wake of racist dorm messages

Thursday, October 16, 2014

AMHERST — They flooded the University of Massachusetts Amherst Student Union building Thursday afternoon, some 1,000 students of all colors moved to lend their voices to a suddenly powerful outcry against racism on campus and to take whatever …

‘That was not just his door, that was our door’: UMass Students respond to racist threats written on dorm room doors

Thursday, October 16, 2014

AMHERST — Students in the University of Massachusetts Southwest Residential Area where several threatening racist messages were scrawled on dorm-room doors this week said Wednesday they believe racism is rare on campus and had not heard many of …

UMass chancellor names 11-member committee to review use of confidential student informants

Thursday, October 9, 2014

The 11-member group selected by University of Massachusetts Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy to review the use of confidential student informants by UMass police is expected to report its findings by the end of the semester. The practice …

UMass President Robert Caret opposes police use of students as confidential informants

Thursday, October 9, 2014

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts president Robert L. Caret said Thursday that he is opposed to UMass police using students as drug-case informants, particularly if they have been arrested and are pressured by legal and personal worries. However, …

Amherst to study extending University of Massachusetts power grid to municipal buildings

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

AMHERST — When the October 2011 snowstorm knocked out power to many parts of Amherst for several days, the University of Massachusetts was unaffected because its central heating plant continued to generate electricity for the campus grid. Whether the campus grid can be expanded to include Amherst municipal …

UMass Student Government Association delays decision on resolution addressing confidential informant program

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

AMHERST — A resolution demanding an end to the confidential informant program used by University of Massachusetts Police — and calling on the department to make its top priority the well-being of all students — is being considered by student leaders. The Student Government Association met for more …

Area police news

Monday, October 6, 2014

Amherst ■ Anthony William Alicea, 20, of Dedham, was arrested at 12:33 a.m. Sunday on North Pleasant Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger and being a minor in possession of alcohol. Alicea’s …