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MassPIRG report urges expanded use of open-source textbooks

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

AMHERST — Four years into a campus initiative aimed at reducing textbook costs by making course material available for free online, University of Massachusetts students and staff are pushing for more faculty to use this option. While the Open Source Initiative has already saved an estimated $1 million in textbook expenses for UMass students since it started in spring semester 2011, a report titled “Open Textbooks: The Billion Dollar Solution” …

UMass bans most vehicles without valid permits from campus parking lots between March 6 and 8

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst will ban all vehicles from its lots without valid parking permits the weekend of Blarney Blowout, except for some planned events on campus. The university’s parking services department posted a statement on its website that the ban would be in effect from 5 p.m. Friday, March 6, until 5 p.m. Sunday, March 8. The statement said …

Family, friends of Chloe Rombach hope for ‘independent life’ for her after severe brain injury in Northampton accident

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Family and friends of Chloe Rombach have learned to find hope in the smallest signs since the 22-year-old suffered a severe brain injury when she was struck by a car in December. She can breathe on her own now. She opens her eyes. The family believes there are times when she might be …

UMass bans admission of Iranian graduate students to specific programs

Saturday, February 14, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst has banned Iranian nationals from admission to specific graduate programs, a move university officials say brings their policies into accord with U.S. sanctions against Iran. But representatives of Iranian students call …

Five College Consortium hopes to build library annex for 2.5 million volumes on Hadley farmland

Friday, February 13, 2015

HADLEY — An unpopular piece of property may finally have found its use — storing unpopular books. The Five College Consortium announced Friday that it hopes to build a 2.5 million volume library annex on a vacant piece of Hadley farmland between North Maple Street and Rocky Hill …

UMass environmental conservation professor Bethany Bradley suggests saving plants by expanding habitat

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

AMHERST — As climate change affects the habitats of plants, the best way to save some of them might be to plant them in gardens hundreds of miles away from their native homes. That’s what Bethany A. Bradley, …

Area police news

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Amherst ∎ The words “please help” were found written in bright red letters in the snow next to an East Pleasant Street home at 5:27 p.m. Monday. Police found no evidence anyone was in distress. Easthampton ∎ Ricardo Barrett, 55, of 21 Adams St., Apt. 5, was arrested …

UMass names 21-member presidential search committee

Friday, February 6, 2015

DARTMOUTH (AP) — University of Massachusetts trustees have named a 21-member search committee to find a new president for the five-campus system. The committee established Friday at the trustees’ meeting at UMass Law School in Dartmouth includes trustees, faculty, administrators, students and alumni. The university is seeking a …

UMass inventor Alfred Crosby to be inducted into National Academy of Inventors in part for work on gecko-inspired adhesive

Thursday, February 5, 2015

AMHERST — A tinkerer and creative thinker, soon-to-be National Academy of Inventors fellow Alfred J. Crosby said one of the greatest things you can do as an inventor is tell your idea to someone else. “Your idea is …

Area police news

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Amherst ∎ Terrence Ware Jr., 21, of Springfield, was arrested at 12:27 p.m. Monday at Village Park on charges of disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, intimidating a witness, threatening to commit a crime (assault and battery), possession of a dangerous weapon (a knife) while committing a breach of peace, …

Students frustrated by UMass Amherst banning guests from dorms during Super Bowl in attempt to control behavior

Thursday, January 29, 2015

AMHERST — At the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Wednesday evening, freshman Ben Reider didn’t know who will win Sunday’s Super Bowl, but he expects one thing for sure: chaos on campus. “If we lose I guess they’ll …

Valley residents prepared as predicted historic storm begins to unfold late Monday

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

As the winter storm began unfolding late Monday night — and the statewide ban on nonessential travel loomed — some people in the Valley were making plans to continue business as usual despite the prediction of a historic …

Governor names Victor Woolridge new chairman of University of Massachusetts board of trustees

Monday, January 26, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker has named Victor Woolridge the new chairman of the University of Massachusetts board of trustees. Woolridge will replace current Chairman Henry Thomas, who submitted his resignation as chairman. Thomas will continue to serve on the board. Woolridge’s first job will be to …