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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 the commonwealth’s flagship campus reflects the passion …

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 that would revamp the makeup of the current board of directors of the state Department …

Friday, May 1, 2015

Hoppin’ down the daffodil trail University of Massachusetts student Brittany Maffei watches as her pet rabbit, Buttercup, explores a bed of daffodils at Kendrick Park during Daffodil Days last weekend in Amherst. She and a friend had just …

Judge hears arguments on joining cases of Justin King and Adam Liccardi, charged in connection with alleged UMass gang rape

Thursday, April 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Hampshire Superior Court Judge Bertha D. Josephson said she will decide within 10 days whether to join the trials of Justin King and Adam Liccardi, two of the four men accused of gang-raping a University of Massachusetts Amherst student in 2012. The question of whether any …

UMass trustees expected to choose president Friday from finalists UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan and Harvard Professor John Quelch

Thursday, April 30, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts system may name a new president as early as Friday. A presidential search committee announced Thursday morning it had selected two finalists — Marty Meehan, chancellor of UMass Lowell, and John A. Quelch, professor of business administration at Harvard Business School. UMass …

Krauthammer talks politics with UMass Republicans

Thursday, April 30, 2015

AMHERST — Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Charles Krauthammer won another honor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Wednesday evening — he became the first speaker for the school’s Republican Club in recent memory who did not inspire …

Nepali students in Valley band together for support

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Smith College senior Pratistha Bhattarai was having a Skype conversation with her parents in Kathmandu, Nepal, when Saturday’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake caused them to flee their home. Bhattarai, 22, stayed glued to her screen for 40 …

Valley residents with links to Nepal urge help for relief work

Monday, April 27, 2015

AMHERST — Kabindra Man Shakya, a Nepalese postdoctoral student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, found out about the earthquake that devastated his country when he received a call from his wife’s family at 4 a.m. Saturday. “At …

UMass engineering seniors’ year-end projects tackle issues like guiding the blind, treating post-traumatic stress

Friday, April 24, 2015

AMHERST — Can police chest cameras turn on automatically during an arrest? Can Blue Tooth technology help the blind navigate through their day? Can a device worn by soldiers help doctors treat them for post-traumatic stress disorder when …

On Vietnam anniversary, panel at UMass focuses on lessons learned

Thursday, April 23, 2015

AMHERST — On the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War, veterans who fought the war, activists who fought against the war and those who tended to the war-weary gave voice to the many ways the …

Rally at UMass calls attention to student debt resulting from loans

Thursday, April 23, 2015

AMHERST — As 100 or so prospective students and families made their way past the University of Massachusetts Amherst student union Thursday, a circle of current students wearing signs with messages such as, “You are not a loan,” …

Filmmaker Josh Fox to urge divestment from fossil fuels in talk at UMass

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

AMHERST — Renewable energy technology that exists today could replace all fossil fuel use in this country, according to filmmaker Josh Fox, who will speak Thursday evening at the University of Massachusetts Amherst as part of its Earth Day celebrations. Where the difficulty lies is in making the …