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FILE - This Nov. 7, 2012 file photo shows a medical marijuana plant at a dispensary in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

UMass to continue campus ban on all uses of marijuana; Greenfield Community College studies issue

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The University of Massachusetts Amherst will continue to ban all marijuana use, medical or otherwise, on university property under the Code of Student Conduct, despite the state’s legalization of the drug for medicinal purposes. Many colleges and universities will continue to ban all uses of marijuana because federal law still classifies it as an illegal drug. Schools say they fear … 0

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 at midweek. Building Commissioner Robert Morra said Tuesday that residents of Building 97 will not be able to live in their apartments anytime soon because they were heavily damaged by the fire, which … 0

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 Town-Gown Steering Committee that include creating student villages on campus featuring a combination of housing and commercial development on state-owned land. However, representatives of two … 0

Exercise simulating emergency shelter for tornado victims will be staged on University of Massachusetts campus

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

AMHERST — An overnight sheltering exercise to assist in planning for a large-scale emergency is being held on the University of Massachusetts campus Thursday and Friday. More than 275 volunteers and response partners associated with the UMass and Hampshire County Medical Reserve Corps and the UMass Office of … 0

University of Massachusetts ‘Stand Against Racism’ begins Monday

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

AMHERST — As Amherst residents confront racism and acts of hate that have occurred in the public schools, the University of Massachusetts launches its annual “Stand Against Racism” campaign Monday. The campaign, which is in its fourth year, … 0

Area police news

Monday, April 7, 2014

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Making News: MHC new hires, UMass Fullbright, new STEM program at STCC

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Mount Holyoke names new hires SOUTH HADLEY — Two new administrators have been hired at Mount Holyoke College. Marcella Runell Hall, faculty member at the New York University school of social work and founding director of a multifaith … 0

Making news in Valley business

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Mullins Center has new marketing director AMHERST — Rachel Meyrowitz has been named director of marketing for the 10,000-seat Mullins Center at the University of Massachusetts. Meyrowitz previously worked for Global Spectrum, which operates the Mullins Center, at … 0

Fans celebrate UMass’ return to NCAA tournament

Sunday, March 16, 2014

AMHERST — For the past 22 years, Ann Malinowski of Easthampton has been such a dedicated spectator at University of Massachusetts men’s basketball games that players know her as “Ann the Fan.” On Sunday night, Malinowski joined dozens … 0

Amherst officials praise hiring of former Boston police commissioner to study ‘Blarney Blowout’ melee

Friday, March 14, 2014

AMHERST — Amherst officials are praising the University of Massachusetts’ decision to hire former Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis to review last weekend’s Blarney Blowout melee and make suggestions concerning future large-scale gatherings. “I think it’s a great … 0

Social media, party-promoting websites helped bring out-of-towners to Blarney Blowout

Friday, March 14, 2014

AMHERST — On Twitter in the week leading up to the Blarney Blowout, there were dozens of tweets such as “roadtrip to Umass,” “heading to UMass like the rest of the world” and “I will buy alcohol for … 0

Area police news

Thursday, March 13, 2014

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