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UMass issues traffic advisory ahead of student move-in days

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

AMHERST — They’re coming. University of Massachusetts Amherst students will move in to campus housing between Friday and Sunday. First-year students — 4,685 in all, according to the university — will arrive between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday. Transfer students will move in on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 13,000 returning students will move in on Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Traffic will …

Jury finds Adam Liccardi guilty of three charges in UMass rape trial

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court jury on Wednesday found Adam T. Liccardi guilty on three of the four charges filed against him in connection with the 2012 rape of an 18-year-old student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Liccardi, 21, of Pittsfield, hung his head as the jury foreman announced the guilty …

Federal Reserve Board Chairwoman Janet Yellen to speak at UMass

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

AMHERST — Federal Reserve Board Chairwoman Janet L. Yellen will deliver the University of Massachusetts Amherst economics department’s Philip Gamble Memorial Lecture later this month, but she has not said what topic she will address. The talk, free and open to the public, is scheduled for 5 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Fine …

With a jury selected, opening statements in third UMass rape trial to begin Tuesday

Monday, August 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Opening statements will begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the third of four expected trials connected with an alleged rape of a University of Massachusetts Amherst student in 2012. Hampshire Superior Court Judge Richard J. Carey and attorneys selected the jury Monday that will decide the …

UMass named one of the top 25 colleges and universities in the country for LGBTQ students

Monday, August 24, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst has once again been named one of the top 25 colleges and universities in the country for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning (LGBTQ) students by Campus Pride, a national support and advocacy organization. Genny Beemyn, director of the UMass …

New app designed to make move-in easier for UMass students

Sunday, August 23, 2015

AMHERST — Moving into the dorms at the University of Massachusetts Amherst? There’s an app for that. This week UMass unveiled a free digital application for Apple’s phone and tablet operating system and Android devices called “Living at UMass.” Eventually it will provide students with assistance in a …

Jury selection begins Monday for trial of third defendant, Adam Liccardi, in alleged UMass rape case

Friday, August 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Jury selection will begin Monday in the third of four trials expected in connection with the alleged gang rape of a University of Massachusetts Amherst student in 2012. Adam T. Liccardi, 21, of Pittsfield, has pleaded …

Massachusetts Senate president Stanely Rosenberg asks UMass officials to rethink fee increases

Thursday, August 20, 2015

AMHERST — State Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg is calling on University of Massachusetts leadership to look again at reducing a fee increase to students, saying that such a move would ease the financial burden of a college …

Hadley planners, residents press for smaller Five Colleges library annex

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

HADLEY — Although a representative for Five Colleges Inc. presented the Planning Board with a smaller library annex building than previously proposed, at the end of a two-hour meeting Tuesday evening, the board asked him to make it smaller still. The library annex was proposed to be larger …

UMass notches record year for U.S. patents, increasing its licensing income by $3 million

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts was awarded 65 U.S. patents during the past fiscal year, a record amount for the system, which has doubled down on increasing research in recent years, university officials say. “Cutting-edge research by our faculty puts us in the upper echelon of universities …

Organic farmers share ideas, expertise at NOFA conference

Sunday, August 16, 2015

AMHERST — For Northeast Organic Farming Association Executive Director Julie Rawson, the organization’s summer conference at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is about doing what organic farmers do best — sharing their knowledge. Among dozens of farmers and …

Library annex project in Hadley to be discussed at Planning Board meeting Tuesday

Sunday, August 16, 2015

HADLEY — Planning Board officials are expecting a large crowd to discuss a controversial Five College Consortium library annex project at its meeting Tuesday. The meeting is a continuation of a July 7 hearing attended by what Planning Board clerk William E. Dwyer described as a “large neighborhood …

UMass assessment suggests varying impact of pipeline construction on natural resources

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. in some cases may benefit certain species but could cause significant harm to others. Scott Jackson, associate professor of wetlands and wildlife conservation at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has developed a Natural Resource Assessment report, …