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Zachary Simeone under house arrest in Dalton after allegedly threatening to ‘shoot up’ UMass Amherst, kill ex-girlfriend

Friday, October 9, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A 22-year-old Dalton man has been released on house arrest a week after he allegedly threatened to “shoot up” the University of Massachusetts Amherst and kill his ex-girlfriend, a student there, and her new romantic interest. Zachary J. Simeone pleaded not guilty Oct. 2 in Eastern Hampshire District Court to charges of making a threat against a public university (mass shooting), assault with a dangerous weapon and two …

Made in the shade

Thursday, October 8, 2015

UMass Police request assistance from Northwestern district attorney’s office in investigating reported rape on campus

Thursday, October 8, 2015

AMHERST — Police at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have asked the Northwestern district attorney’s office to assist in investigating an alleged rape on campus that was reported Sept. 19. Interim UMass Police Chief Patrick Archbald said Thursday that the suspect was identified right away, but the man declined to speak with police and has not been charged. “He invoked his right to …

Student debt, part 1 of 3: More college, university students across Valley take on loan obligations that follow them for years

Friday, September 4, 2015

AMHERST — Britainy “Story” Young had to drop out of college at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2010 because she could not afford it. Now enrolled again, she expects to owe $86,000 when she graduates next May …

Friday move-in for first-year students goes smoothly at UMass Amherst

Friday, September 4, 2015

AMHERST — First-year students, their parents and maroon-shirted helpers scurried around the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Friday as the first large wave of students moved into the dorms for the year. Those interviewed by the Gazette said …

Confident of state funding, President Marty Meehan says UMass will pay retroactive raises to union employees

Friday, September 4, 2015

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan announced Thursday that the system will retroactively pay raises it promised to 6,500 faculty and staff in a 2014 contract. The university system’s unionized workers have lobbied the board of …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Jury fails to reach verdict after first day of deliberations in Adam Liccardi UMass rape trial

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Jurors in the rape trial of Adam T. Liccardi deliberated for nearly seven hours Tuesday but did not reach a verdict. With the court’s closing time of 4:30 p.m. approaching, jurors asked to stay and deliberate …

Search underway for next head of UMass police department; position carries new title, responsibilities

Monday, August 31, 2015

AMHERST — More than five months after Police Chief John Horvath announced he would leave the University of Massachusetts Amherst department, campus officials are beginning the search for a successor in a position that carries a revised title, job description and new responsibilities, including a larger focus on …

Defendant Adam Liccardi testifies in UMass rape trial

Monday, August 31, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Jurors in the rape trial of Adam T. Liccardi will begin deliberating Tuesday after hearing the defendant on Monday deny taking part in the alleged gang-rape of a student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in …

UMass cancer researcher looks to limit testing on animals

Sunday, August 30, 2015

AMHERST — Shelly Peyton, a 34-year-old assistant professor and chemical engineer at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is working on a project that may lead to a reduction in testing cancer drugs in animals. Peyton recently received a …