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UMass Amherst places second in Princeton Review ranking of ‘Best Campus Food’

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

AMHERST — The dining halls of the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Tuesday received yet another honor — this one from the Princeton Review. The new edition of the Princeton Review’s “The Best 380 Colleges” guidebook ranked UMass Amherst second in the “Best Campus Food” category, according to a statement from the university. The guidebook ranks colleges and universities in 62 different categories. UMass Amherst has been ranked among the …

UMass Amherst hires neighborhood liaison to deal with off-campus incidents

Monday, August 3, 2015

AMHERST — Enacting a recommendation from a report based on the 2014 Blarney Blowout police response, the University of Massachusetts Amherst has hired a neighborhood liaison, who started work Monday. Eric Beal, an Amherst attorney and former chairman of the Amherst Zoning Board of Appeals, will work with town and campus public safety officials in responding to off-campus student incidents and complaints in …

National Science Foundation award funds UMass investigation of ‘quantum dots,’ research opportunities for community college students

Monday, August 3, 2015

AMHERST — When impurities like cobalt or oxygen react with the surface of semiconductor nanocrystals — known as “quantum dots,” which are used in some LED and tablet displays — the presence of these foreign entities can reduce the performance and energy efficiency of the devices. Kevin Kittilstved, an assistant professor of chemistry …

UMass: Tuition hike reduction on hold until Baker signs budget

Thursday, July 9, 2015

AMHERST — With the legislature’s conference committee budget approved, the University of Massachusetts system is holding off on deciding whether it will reduce tuition until Gov. Charlie Baker signs his version of the budget in 10 days, according to Robert Connolly, a spokesman for the UMass President’s Office. …

Institute gets $14M grant to help with Head Start

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

HADLEY — The University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute will continue to work with Head Start programs across New England. The institute Wednesday announced it had received a $14 million contract for the coming five years, which covers training and technical assistance to Head Start and Early Head Start …

Defendants in UMass gang-rape case argue for delayed trials

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Attorneys for the two defendants yet to be tried for allegedly raping a student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2012 hope to have the trials moved out of the county and delayed because they contend that media coverage here will make it impossible to …

State medical examiner determines that UMass student Chloe Malast died of blood clots

Monday, July 6, 2015

AMHERST — A state medical examiner has determined that a 21-year-old University of Massachusetts Amherst student who died in October succumbed to blood clots in her lung’s arteries that may have been brought on by birth control pills. Chloe Malast, a student in the Commonwealth Honors College from …

UMass report on climate change to help guide wildlife action plans in 22 states

Monday, July 6, 2015

AMHERST — The work of University of Massachusetts Amherst climate scientists will be used in 22 states to inform decisions about how to protect vulnerable wildlife from the effects of climate change. Michelle Staudinger, science coordinator for the …

Jurors in Justin King trial discuss evidence, verdict in UMass gang-rape case

Thursday, July 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Kenneth F. Bushey II, one of a dozen jurors who on June 24 found Justin King guilty of raping a student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2012, said he went back to court Monday …

Following Iran brouhaha, UMass revises guidelines for international admissions

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

AMHERST — Following a widely condemned decision to limit admissions and course availability to Iranian students in February and a quick reversal of that position, University of Massachusetts Amherst officials this week announced new guidelines for international admissions. …

Area police news

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Amherst ∎ A wallet was stolen from a vehicle broken into while parked at the Notch Visitors Center, 1500 West St. The incident was reported to police at 7:07 p.m. Monday. ∎ Police are investigating a break-in to the Aerobics and Fitness Studio, 20 Belchertown Road, reported at …

Justin King sentenced to eight to 12 years in prison in UMass gang-rape case

Monday, June 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Justin A. King wiped his eyes with a tissue as he was sentenced Monday to eight to 12 years in state prison for his role in the 2012 rape of a former University of Massachusetts Amherst …