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KEVIN GUTTING
University of Massachusetts Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy speaks during a press conference Friday in the Lincoln Campus Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst at which ex-Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis presented his recommendations regarding large crowd disturbances.

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. UMass spokesman Edward Blaguszewski provided a copy of a May 26 memo from Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy stating UMass admissions would not …

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 12:26 p.m. Monday. Nothing was reported stolen from the business. Easthampton ∎ Police are investigating …

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 student in her dorm room. On Wednesday, King, 21, of Pittsfield, became the second man …

Astronomers to mark year’s longest day Sunday at UMass Sunwheel

Monday, June 15, 2015

AMHERST — Astronomers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will celebrate the bookends of the longest day of the year by gathering at sunrise and sunset Sunday at the UMass Amherst Sunwheel. Located south of McGuirk Alumni Stadium and just off Rocky Hill Road in Hadley, the Sunwheel …

Jurors still being chosen for trial of Justin King, second defendant in alleged UMass gang rape

Monday, June 15, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Jury selection for the rape trial of Justin A. King of Pittsfield will continue Tuesday as court officials said eight jurors were chosen Monday. Judge Bertha D. Josephson on Tuesday will continue questioning a new pool of over 100 potential jurors, based partly on questions suggested …

Jury selection begins Monday in trial for second of four men accused of gang-raping UMass student

Friday, June 12, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Jury selection will begin Monday in the trial of Justin A. King, the second of four men to be tried in connection with the alleged gang-rape of a student in her University of Massachusetts Amherst dormitory …

Accreditation commission seeks comment about UMass Amherst Police Department

Thursday, June 11, 2015

AMHERST — Members of the public are invited to provide comments about the University of Massachusetts Amherst Police Department on Monday as part of that department’s accreditation process. Assessors for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. will be on site beginning Saturday to observe all …

Old Chapel at UMass recognized on National Register of Historic Places

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst Old Chapel, built in 1885 as the “New Chapel,” has earned a place on the National Register of Historic Places and will reopen next year after two decades on the sidelines. Closed since 1996 because of deterioration of the tower, the …

Tuition increase, technology fee may push cost to attend UMass Amherst over $25,000 for next school year

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

BOSTON — A University of Massachusetts trustees committee voted Wednesday for a 5 percent tuition hike and a new $250 technology fee that would increase the bill to more than $25,000 for in-state students attending school and living …

Amherst gets $92,000 state grant for community relations police officer

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

AMHERST — As town officials continue to promote initiatives designed to improve the quality of life in neighborhoods, Amherst Police will use a state grant to have an officer focus on solving problems that affect both residents and business owners. The town recently received a $92,164 Edward J. …

Corporation for National and Community Service recognizes UMass for eighth consecutive year

Monday, June 8, 2015

AMHERST — For the eighth year in a row, the University of Massachusetts Amherst achieved recognition for its community service projects from the Corporation for National and Community Service. The organization placed UMass on the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, according to a statement from …

University of Massachusetts tuition may rise

Saturday, June 6, 2015

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts tuition may rise for the first time in three years, according to university system spokesman Robert P. Connolly. The past two academic years saw a tuition freeze thanks to what Connolly called an …

UMass cello professor Astrid Schween to join prestigious Juilliard String Quartet

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts Amherst faculty cellist Astrid Schween will be the first woman to join the prestigious Juilliard String Quartet when she replaces a retiring musician who has been with the group since the 1970s. Schween, …