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UMass Amherst

CAROL LOLLIS
Ross Mcinnis,19, Eli Silvia,19, Zack Halpryn, 19 and Andrew Petricone,19,talk about the use of students by the Umass police department as confidential informants.

UMass suspends confidential informant program; students speak

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

AMHERST — A confidential informant program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst that came under fire this week following the report of a student informant’s death from a drug overdose has been suspended indefinitely pending its full review, Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy announced in an email to faculty and students Tuesday night. “The review will consider whether the program should be …

UMass Deputy Police Chief Patrick Archbald explains confidential informant program

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts Deputy Police Chief Patrick Archbald on Tuesday defended a confidential informant program that has come under scrutiny, saying it reduces illegal drug activity and the potential for gun violence on campus. He said the program using students, which dates back to at least 2009, is part of the department doing everything in its power to pursue potentially bigger …

UMass police seek man who allegedly bit student in neck near Fine Arts Center

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts police are searching for a man who allegedly bit a student on the neck and threatened several other students near the Fine Arts Center early Sunday morning. Police received a report Monday that a college-age man approached students outside the Fine Arts Center and made verbal threats before biting one of them. The suspect is described as approximately …

Concerns raised about impact of UMass student villages on existing Amherst businesses

Thursday, September 4, 2014

AMHERST — Mixed-use student villages that would be built through public-private partnerships on state-owned land at the University of Massachusetts could protect neighborhoods from encroachment of student rentals, but could hurt existing town businesses, according to reactions given …

Intoxicated UMass student suffers head injury in fall down stairs at fraternity

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

AMHERST — An intoxicated University of Massachusetts student suffered a significant head injury when she fell down a staircase Sunday night, according to Amherst Fire Chief Walter “Tim” Nelson. The woman is expected to recover fully from her …

First things first, it's 'Go! Go U! Go UMass! Go U-Mass!' Freshman convocation clam bake teaches the ropes, rules and pride

Monday, September 1, 2014

AMHERST — The 4,650 members of the incoming freshman class at the University of Massachusetts Amherst had a lot to learn their first weekend on campus, from the location of the dining commons to the names of their …

Montague man charged with lewd behavior in University of Massachusetts incidents

Thursday, August 28, 2014

AMHERST — A Montague man who allegedly exposed himself to female students on the University of Massachusetts campus last week was arrested Wednesday afternoon, according to UMass police. Christopher M. Williams, 38, was arrested on two counts of …

Vincent Gillen of Belchertown charged with breaking into Lincoln Avenue home in Amherst; similar incident reported at Lincoln Apartments

Thursday, August 28, 2014

AMHERST — An intruder was arrested after allegedly breaking into a Lincoln Avenue home early Thursday morning, less than an hour after a similar break-in was reported by a resident at Lincoln Apartments, according to Amherst and University of Massachusetts police. Vincent R. Gillen, 18, of 36 Bay …

Police, traffic adjustments in Amherst as UMass freshman class arrives Friday

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

AMHERST — The town’s population will swell Friday as the 4,650 members of the freshmen class at the University of Massachusetts arrive for orientation. While entering students spend their Labor Day weekend learning the ins and outs of living at UMass — including taking a pledge to affirm …

Dawnn Jaffier, victim of fatal shooting in Boston, graduated from UMass in 2010

Monday, August 25, 2014

BOSTON — A University of Massachusetts graduate who died from a gunshot wound Saturday morning is remembered for her work with city children in Boston and her ability to inspire underprivileged youths. Dawnn Jaffier, 26, a 2010 graduate …

'Our fear is he’s going to escalate' UMass police search for man who committed lewd acts on campus; may be connection with Sunderland incidents

Thursday, August 21, 2014

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts police are warning students and staff about incidents Wednesday afternoon in which a man indecently exposed himself and committed lewd acts in front of two people. Deputy Police Chief Patrick Archbald said Thursday …

UMass to continue campus ban on all uses of marijuana; Greenfield Community College studies issue

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The University of Massachusetts Amherst will continue to ban all marijuana use, medical or otherwise, on university property under the Code of Student Conduct, despite the state’s legalization of the drug for medicinal purposes. Many colleges and universities …

Tenants displaced by Southpoint fire in Amherst remain out of apartments until at least Wednesday

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

AMHERST — Tenants displaced by Saturday’s fire at Southpoint Townhouses & Apartments were still unable to return to their homes at midweek. Building Commissioner Robert Morra said Tuesday that residents of Building 97 will not be able to …