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Ex-Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis speaks during a press conference Friday in the Lincoln Campus Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst at which he presented his recommendations regarding large crowd disturbances. Seated, from left, are Amherst Town Manager John Musante, UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy and UMass Amherst Student Government Association President Vinayak Rao.

University, town embrace Davis report advice

Thursday, March 5, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst didn’t “officially end the Blarney Blowout” but it and the town of Amherst have hewed to most of the other recommendations included in a report by former Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis. The report, purchased by the university for $160,000, listed dozens of recommended actions the town and university police departments, university administration, …

Amherst Town Manager John Musante defends police named in UMass student’s lawsuit over Blarney Blowout arrest

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AMHERST — Town Manager John Musante issued a statement Wednesday defending five Amherst Police officers who have been sued by a student arrested during last year’s Blarney Blowout. “The police professionals on duty that day were confronted with behavior that threatened public safety,” Musante wrote Wednesday. “I am confident that our police exercised good judgment in a very difficult and unprecedented situation.” Thomas …

UMass students, officials have different ideas about successful Blarney Blowout

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AMHERST — Some plan to attend. Some plan to steer clear. But few if any University of Massachusetts Amherst students doubt this year’s Blarney Blowout will be the raucous event it’s known as despite the unpopular university policies that aim to tone it down. Electrical engineering major Edward Townsend, 20, of Falmouth, Maine, …

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 …

Textbooks still pricey, but University of Massachusetts Amherst students and staff look for ways to reduce costs

Friday, January 23, 2015

AMHERST — At a time when University of Massachusetts Amherst students spend about $1,200 a year on textbooks, one wonders whether the authors of the nearly $300 “Essentials of Investments” would advise students to actually buy a new …

Male peregrine falcon, star of UMass webcam atop campus library, dies days after rescue from snowbank

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

AMHERST — The male peregrine falcon found injured last week on Sunset Avenue has died. The 14-year-old bird, the star of a University of Massachusetts webcam on top of the campus library, had been recuperating at the Leverett …

Area police news

Monday, January 19, 2015

Amherst ■ Joshua Kubiak, 32, of Amherst, was arrested at 7:47 p.m. Friday at Amherst Brewing Co., 10 University Drive, on a warrant after officers were called for a disturbance. Belchertown ■ James S. Voorhies, 47, of 38 Hawley St., Northampton, was arrested at 1:03 p.m. Friday on …