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Umass student Ben Bilzerian smokes a foot-long joint on Saturday during the annual Extravaganja held in Amherst center.

Amherst’s Extravaganja pro-pot rally attracts thousands downtown for peaceful gathering

Sunday, April 19, 2015

AMHERST — Thousands of people showed up on the Town Common Saturday afternoon for Extravaganja, the 24th annual pro-marijuana rally, and enjoyed an afternoon of music, food and speakers with no disruptive incidents. Though Amherst Police Chief Scott Livingstone said this is the last time he will approve the rally due to the increasing numbers of people who turn out …

Cynthia May of Orleans pleads not guilty to negligent motor vehicle homicide in Amherst death of UMass student Hannah Frilot

Friday, April 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Cape Cod woman pleaded not guilty Friday in Hampshire Superior Court to a charge of negligent motor vehicle homicide resulting from the July 31 death of University of Massachusetts student Hannah B. Frilot. Attorney Harry L. Miles of Northampton entered the not guilty plea on behalf of Cynthia S. May, …

‘The Hunting Ground’ producer Amy Ziering to speak at Amherst Cinema about sexual violence on campuses

Thursday, April 16, 2015

AMHERST — Marking Sexual Violence Awareness Month, “The Hunting Ground” producer Amy Ziering will be at the Amherst Cinema on Friday to answer questions and provide an introduction to her film examining the culture of sexual violence on college campuses. The film opens at the theater Friday, and Ziering will attend the 7 p.m. screening. Ziering participated in a conference call Thursday with …

In a stop at UMass, McGovern announces $1.7M in federal grants to bolster food-related research at the university

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

AMHERST — Food-related programs at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will receive $1.7 million of federal dough from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Congressman James McGovern announced at an event on campus Wednesday. The money will be directed …

Orleans woman indicted on negligent motor vehicle homicide charge in death of UMass student last July

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

AMHERST — An Orleans woman has been indicted by a grand jury on a charge of negligent motor vehicle homicide in the July 31 death of University of Massachusetts student Hannah B. Frilot. The indictment, issued Monday, alleges that Cynthia S. May, 64, drove “negligently so that lives …

Next UMass rape trial scheduled for June; prosecution seeks to join trials of two remaining defendants

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — At least one of the men accused of gang-raping a University of Massachusetts Amherst student in 2012 is scheduled to stand trial in mid-June, and the prosecutor is seeking to try two of the three remaining defendants together at that time. Emmanuel T. Bile Jr., 21, …

Amherst creates new advisory board to bridge disconnect between town, students

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

AMHERST — For many of the nearly 25,000 undergraduate college students who live in Amherst, interactions with the larger community are limited to their four years in town. To improve and expand the relationship between students and the town, and to better understand and address student concerns, Town …

Two new peregrine falcons and one egg at nesting site atop UMass library

Monday, April 6, 2015

AMHERST — For the first time in a dozen years, a new pair of young peregrine falcons has nested on the top of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The nesting site lost …

Dalai Lama’s visit to UMass, colleges confirmed for October

Sunday, April 5, 2015

HADLEY — The Dalai Lama will spend three days in the Pioneer Valley in October, giving talks at Smith College, Amherst College and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, it was confirmed Sunday. Arthur Zajonc, president of the Mind …

UMass names Dartmouth professor Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina to head Commonwealth Honors College

Friday, April 3, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst has named a Dartmouth College professor to head its Commonwealth Honors College. Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina of Thetford, Vermont, will become dean of the honors college beginning July 15. She was born …

Juror Hailey McGrath says consent, credibility considered during deliberation in UMass gang-rape trial

Thursday, April 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A juror who helped convict Emmanuel T. Bile Jr. for his role in the gang rape of a University of Massachusetts Amherst student said the lack of consent by the victim was the deciding factor in …

Dalai Lama expected to speak at UMass this fall; details being worked out

Thursday, April 2, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst is in discussions with the Dalai Lama to have him speak at the university this fall. Nancy Buffone, the university’s executive director of external relations and university events, said the university …

UMass names astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson as commencement speaker

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

AMHERST — Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson will speak at the undergraduate commencement of the University of Massachusetts Amherst on May 8, the school announced Wednesday. Tyson is executive editor and on-camera host for “Cosmos: a Spacetime Odyssey,” the …