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UMass issues traffic advisory ahead of student move-in days

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

AMHERST — They’re coming. University of Massachusetts Amherst students will move in to campus housing between Friday and Sunday. First-year students — 4,685 in all, according to the university — will arrive between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday. Transfer students will move in on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 13,000 returning students will move in on Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Traffic will …

Jury finds Adam Liccardi guilty of three charges in UMass rape trial

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court jury on Wednesday found Adam T. Liccardi guilty on three of the four charges filed against him in connection with the 2012 rape of an 18-year-old student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Liccardi, 21, of Pittsfield, hung his head as the jury foreman announced the guilty …

Federal Reserve Board Chairwoman Janet Yellen to speak at UMass

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

AMHERST — Federal Reserve Board Chairwoman Janet L. Yellen will deliver the University of Massachusetts Amherst economics department’s Philip Gamble Memorial Lecture later this month, but she has not said what topic she will address. The talk, free and open to the public, is scheduled for 5 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Fine …

Five Colleges’ library annex plans rouse opposition in Hadley

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

HADLEY — A proposed Five College Consortium library annex project off North Maple Street is facing opposition in a Planning Board hearing that began earlier this month and will continue in August. The building would initially house 2.5 million rarely circulating books in a roughly 35,000-square-foot facility. But …

UMass appropriation not a cut, governor’s office asserts

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

AMHERST — Gov. Charles D. Baker’s staff sought to clarify Tuesday that though the governor’s University of Massachusetts appropriation was less than the Legislature’s, it was still an increase. Baker appropriated $526.6 million to UMass, which is about $5.2 million less than the Legislature’s $531.8 million, approved July …

Judge denies motions to move or delay trial for Adam Liccardi and Caleb Womack, third UMass rape trial will begin Aug. 24

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The third trial in connection with an alleged gang rape at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2012 will not be moved or delayed as the defense requested, and instead will begin Aug. 24. Hampshire Superior …

UMass tuition and fee hikes to remain in place following $5.25 million in cuts by Gov. Charlie Baker

Monday, July 20, 2015

AMHERST — With a sizable funding cut to the University of Massachusetts system included in the state budget signed Friday by Gov. Charlie Baker, the cost to attend the university will rise by the full amount approved earlier this year by the school’s trustees, the UMass president’s office …

UMass bathroom policy affirms federal transgender protections in education

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

AMHERST — A recent change to a University of Massachusetts Amherst policy aims to expand protections of transgender people’s rights to choose bathrooms that they feel most comfortable using. The policy states that in an effort to provide safe, accessible and convenient bathroom facilities, students, faculty and staff …

Pamela and Robert Jacobs donate $5 million to UMass for Judaic studies

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

AMHERST — A couple who graduated during the late 1960s from the University of Massachusetts Amherst have donated $5 million to their alma mater to support Judaic studies, as well as programming and resources for Jewish students. The gift, from longtime university supporters Pamela and Robert Jacobs, came …

UMass: Tuition hike reduction on hold until Baker signs budget

Thursday, July 9, 2015

AMHERST — With the legislature’s conference committee budget approved, the University of Massachusetts system is holding off on deciding whether it will reduce tuition until Gov. Charlie Baker signs his version of the budget in 10 days, according to Robert Connolly, a spokesman for the UMass President’s Office. …

Institute gets $14M grant to help with Head Start

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

HADLEY — The University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute will continue to work with Head Start programs across New England. The institute Wednesday announced it had received a $14 million contract for the coming five years, which covers training and technical assistance to Head Start and Early Head Start …

Defendants in UMass gang-rape case argue for delayed trials

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Attorneys for the two defendants yet to be tried for allegedly raping a student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2012 hope to have the trials moved out of the county and delayed because they contend that media coverage here will make it impossible to …

State medical examiner determines that UMass student Chloe Malast died of blood clots

Monday, July 6, 2015

AMHERST — A state medical examiner has determined that a 21-year-old University of Massachusetts Amherst student who died in October succumbed to blood clots in her lung’s arteries that may have been brought on by birth control pills. Chloe Malast, a student in the Commonwealth Honors College from …