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District attorney, UMass at odds over status of student informant

Thursday, October 2, 2014

AMHERST — The Northwestern district attorney’s office said Wednesday that it had no knowledge that University of Massachusetts student Eric L. Sinacori had served as a confidential informant and denied that it routinely reviews recommendations by any law enforcement agencies to use individuals as confidential informants. Those assertions seemingly contradict previous statements made by UMass Police. In a statement issued …

Boston College uses community liaison to patrol neighborhoods where off-campus students live

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

When he parks in front of a house in Brighton or Newton or Brookline in his Boston College-maroon Ford Explorer, Stephen Montgomery expects the residents to come out to see him. It’s a residence where BC students live and Montgomery has noticed a party brewing. Montgomery, 52, is the off-campus student community liaison …

UMass suspends confidential informant program; students speak

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

AMHERST — A confidential informant program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst that came under fire this week following the report of a student informant’s death from a drug overdose has been suspended indefinitely pending its full review, Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy announced in an email to faculty and students Tuesday night. “The review …

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 …

Number of University of Massachusetts students disciplined for off-campus misbehavior declines in past year

Friday, June 13, 2014

AMHERST — Fewer incidents in Amherst meant fewer University of Massachusetts students were disciplined because of their off-campus behavior during the recently completed academic year, according to a report compiled by the dean of students office. However, the number of students involved in major incidents remained almost the …

Amherst police statistics show fewer spring semester noise-related calls than last year

Friday, May 23, 2014

AMHERST — Even though the riotous behavior by thousands of college-age people during the “Blarney Blowout” in March brought national attention to Amherst and the University of Massachusetts, town police statistics show there were fewer disturbances impacting the quality of life for residents during the spring semester compared …

Andy Warhol Foundation gives six original prints to UMass Amherst

Thursday, May 22, 2014

AMHERST — Six original prints by famed artist Andy Warhol will be exhibited for the first time ever at the University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMass after they were donated by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the … 1

Area police news

Sunday, May 18, 2014

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