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UMass Amherst

Amherst bars planning ‘Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day’ event despite town’s concerns

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

AMHERST — A digital countdown clock on the wall near the entrance to McMurphy’s Uptown Tavern is a reminder to patrons, down to each fraction of a second, about when the Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day event begins. The 15th year for the event, formerly known as Halfway to Blarney Blowout, starts at noon Saturday at McMurphy’s and Stackers Pub, both on North Pleasant Street in downtown Amherst. It is …

Groundbreaking research in Arctic leads UMass professor Julie Brigham-Grette to head Polar Research Board

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

AMHERST — Studying glacial geology is a tantalizing mystery that can offer up a treasure trove of information if you know how and where to dig, believes University of Massachusetts Amherst professor Julie Brigham-Grette. “It’s like trying to put together a 1,000-piece puzzle and having only 300 pieces to work with,” Brigham-Grette said …

UMass gets three-year, $1 million federal grant to boost nursing program for minority, disadvantaged veterans

Monday, September 15, 2014

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Nursing has received a three-year, $1 million federal grant to implement “Heroes into Health Care: Veterans Entering the Nursing Workforce,” a program designed to increase the number and percentage of ethnic minority and disadvantaged veterans who successfully complete a university-based nursing education and become employed as nurses. Funding for the new program comes from …

Decision delayed to September on single trial for four defendants in UMass gang-rape case

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A decision has been delayed until next month about a single trial for four men accused of raping a University of Massachusetts freshman at her dorm in 2012. Statements made by the men to police need to be transcribed and portions redacted before defense attorneys will …

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 Tuesday, and they will be housed elsewhere until at least Wednesday afternoon. Building Commissioner Robert Morra said Tuesday …

Two UMass unions express concerns about possible private enterprises on campus

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

AMHERST — Using state land at the University of Massachusetts Amherst to support private enterprises employing workers not affiliated with the university is a concern for unions representing campus employees. A consultant recently presented preliminary recommendations to the …

Ex-UMass student sues university, says he was unfairly expelled for code-of-conduct violations after 'consensual sex,' was discriminated against as a man

Monday, August 11, 2014

AMHERST — A former University of Massachusetts student claims in a federal lawsuit filed last week that he was unfairly expelled after consensual sex with another student last year was deemed a violation of the school’s code of … 4

UMass Amherst suspends Education Abroad programs in Israel for fall semester

Saturday, August 9, 2014

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst has suspended its Education Abroad programs in Israel for students during the fall semester. The decision was announced this week by the university’s International Risk Management Committee which considered “input and information from multiple sources, including insurance and risk management consultants …

Northeast Organic Farming Association’s 40th Summer Conference kicks off Friday

Thursday, August 7, 2014

AMHERST — Back in the 1970s, when the Northeast Organic Farming Association was forming, founder Samuel Kayman had to drive far and wide around the area to connect with other organic farmers. It was hard to find any organic products in stores, said Benjamin Grosscup, events organizer for …

MAP Consultant proposes several town-gown, private development plans for UMass campus, adding commercial space and housing

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

AMHERST — Parking lots and other underdeveloped sites on the University of Massachusetts campus would be turned into student villages featuring a mix of commercial space and housing built by private developers under preliminary recommendations made by consultants …

Investigation continues of accident that killed University of Massachusetts student Hannah Frilot

Monday, August 4, 2014

AMHERST — An accident that claimed the life of a University of Massachusetts student walking along North East Street last week remains under investigation. Mary Carey, spokeswoman for the Northwestern District Attorney’s office, said Monday that it will take between three and four months for the state police …

Propane gas tank leak at University of Massachusetts lab leads to brief evacuation of building

Friday, June 27, 2014

AMHERST — A leaky valve for a propane gas tank in a lab at the Goessman building at the University of Massachusetts led to the evacuation of the building shortly after noon Friday. The valve on the 100-pound tank was tightened and the air cleared by Amherst firefighters, …

Tick Talk: Panelists, public share experiences with Lyme disease ‘epidemic’

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When panelists at a forum on Lyme disease Tuesday listed symptoms that often go unrecognized by doctors, many heads in the audience were nodding. Many of the approximately 130 people at the standing-room-only Tick Talk event …