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Sanders tops ‘honest’ category among NH voters in UMass poll

Sunday, February 7, 2016

AMHERST — More Republicans view Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders as more honest than almost all of their own candidates, according to a poll released Sunday by the University of Massachusetts Amherst and WBZ-TV in Boston. Among likely Republican voters in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary, 66 percent found the Vermont senator either “somewhat” or “very” honest (with 94 percent saying so on the Democratic side). Only former Florida Gov. Jeb …

Jury convicts Patrick Durocher of raping UMass Amherst student on lawn outside Campus Center in 2013

Friday, February 5, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Sharp exhales and cries broke the silence of the courtroom Friday afternoon as a former University of Massachusetts Amherst student was found guilty of raping and assaulting a female classmate on the lawn outside the Campus Center in 2013. The defendant, Patrick Durocher, 20, of Longmeadow, took his seat in Hampshire …

Second man charged with showing gun on UMass campus released with GPS monitoring

Thursday, February 4, 2016

BELCHERTOWN — Jeremy Arbore, one of two Berkshire County teenagers charged with bringing a loaded gun onto the University of Massachusetts campus, was released from the Hampshire County Jail on Thursday and placed under house arrest at his mother’s home in Sheffield. Judge Jacklyn Connly had ordered his release after a dangerousness hearing on Wednesday but no GPS ankle bracelets were immediately available …

Trial scheduled Jan. 19 for Patrick Durocher of Longmeadow, accused of raping UMass student on campus lawn

Thursday, January 7, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — A former University of Massachusetts Amherst student who pleaded not guilty to raping a female student on a campus lawn during the first days of his freshman year in 2013 is scheduled for trial beginning Jan. 19. Patrick Durocher, 20, from Longmeadow, has pleaded not guilty …

UMass neighborhood liaison, Amherst Police assess impact of outreach to quell off-campus disruptions

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

AMHERST — College students who stage loud parties and disruptive gatherings off campus have long faced consequences from Amherst Police that include warnings, potential fines and, in the most serious cases, arrests. Beginning in the fall, University of …

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders draws estimated 3,400 at UMass rally

Saturday, January 2, 2016

AMHERST — Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders drew a crowd estimated at 3,400 to the University of Massachusetts on Saturday afternoon for his first rally of 2016, calling the new year a pivotal moment in the nation’s history. …

Grammy winning singer Natalie Cole, UMass Amherst graduate, dies at 65

Friday, January 1, 2016

LOS ANGELES — Natalie Cole, the daughter of jazz legend Nat King Cole and a 1972 graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has died at the age of 65. Natalie Cole carved out her own success with …

Roommate remembers UMass student Connor Cummings, victim of New York City fall, for love of photography

Friday, January 1, 2016

AMHERST — The roommate of University of Massachusetts Amherst sophomore Connor Cummings, who died Wednesday while trying to climb a 52-story Four Seasons Hotel in New York City, remembered him as a “good kid” and fondly considered the …

UMass expects ‘thousands’ to attend rally for presidential candidate Bernie Sanders

Friday, January 1, 2016

AMHERST — Interim University of Massachusetts Amherst Police Chief Patrick Archbald said “thousands” of people are expected to attend a political rally Saturday for presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders. Sanders, an independent Vermont senator, will hold the event at …

UMass sophomore falls to his death from 51st floor of NYC hotel

Thursday, December 31, 2015

AMHERST — A University of Massachusetts Amherst student died Wednesday evening after falling nine stories from a New York City hotel, according to police. Connor Cummings, 20, of Rockaway, New Jersey, climbed to the 51st story of the …

Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders to speak Saturday at UMass Amherst

Thursday, December 31, 2015

AMHERST — Bernie Sanders will return to Massachusetts Saturday, this time venturing into Hampshire County. Sanders, the independent Vermont senator who is pursuing the Democratic nomination for president, will appear at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Fine Arts …

Questions of due process, equal protection arise in federal lawsuit over UMass officials’ handling of sexual misconduct case

Sunday, December 27, 2015

AMHERST — In a federal lawsuit filed this fall against the University of Massachusetts Amherst and six of its officials, a male former student has joined other plaintiffs around the country in claiming that a school’s disciplinary process …

UMass Amherst professor using grant to help make data more trustworthy

Sunday, December 27, 2015

AMHERST — Data is plentiful and easily shared, but that means errors and false information can be spread quickly, too. Alexandra Meliou, assistant professor of computer science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, recently received a $550,000 National …