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UMass Amherst

MATT BURKHARTT
Students walk between the Southwest Residence Halls on campus at the University of Massachusetts where riots have taken place on Superbowl Sunday in previous years.

Students frustrated by UMass Amherst banning guests from dorms during Super Bowl in attempt to control behavior

Thursday, January 29, 2015

AMHERST — At the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Wednesday evening, freshman Ben Reider didn’t know who will win Sunday’s Super Bowl, but he expects one thing for sure: chaos on campus. “If we lose I guess they’ll riot, and if we win, they’ll still riot,” Reider of Columbia, Maryland, said matter-of-factly in reference to students living in the Southwest …

Valley residents prepared as predicted historic storm begins to unfold late Monday

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

As the winter storm began unfolding late Monday night — and the statewide ban on nonessential travel loomed — some people in the Valley were making plans to continue business as usual despite the prediction of a historic snowfall. Food outlets at the University of Massachusetts were well-prepared to feed thousands of students …

Governor names Victor Woolridge new chairman of University of Massachusetts board of trustees

Monday, January 26, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker has named Victor Woolridge the new chairman of the University of Massachusetts board of trustees. Woolridge will replace current Chairman Henry Thomas, who submitted his resignation as chairman. Thomas will continue to serve on the board. Woolridge’s first job will be to form a search committee to begin looking for a new University of Massachusetts president. UMass …

UMass drinking-water research gets $5.6 million in grants from US Environmental Protection Agency and state

Monday, November 17, 2014

AMHERST — In large laboratories on the third floor of the E Lab II building at the University of Massachusetts, professors and graduate students in civil and environmental engineering examine potable water for contaminants as they also explore …

Creating the night away: Young innovators descend on Mount Holyoke College for hackathon

Friday, November 7, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — Over 200 students showed up at Mount Holyoke College Friday ready to stay up all night, but they weren’t there for a party. They came for a hackathon — a competitive event in which computer …

With push from younger officers, police departments are signing up for Facebook, Twitter

Friday, November 7, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Police Chief Russell P. Sienkiewicz said he was skeptical when several younger officers approached him months ago with an idea of starting a Facebook page and Twitter account for the department. “I’ve seen other departments have …

To protect and serve, and post appropriately: Police Departments remind officers to post carefully on social media

Friday, November 7, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Most area police officials interviewed this week said social media policies and guidelines have helped them put the technology to good use. But some departments discovered unexpected land mines — and then took steps to address the pitfalls. Two local police departments recently took action when …

Former Route 9 Diner waitress Marie Billiel gratified by ‘enormous public outcry’ after blog post about sexual harassment

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

HADLEY — The former waitress who blogged about enduring over five years of sexual harassment and abuse at the Route 9 Diner said Tuesday that she was surprised and gratified by the “enormous public outcry” generated by her …

Citing pipeline capacity, natural gas companies poised to turn away new customers in Valley

Monday, November 3, 2014

A natural gas pipeline that feeds much of the Pioneer Valley is nearly at capacity, a development that will force at least one gas company to turn away new customers in its Franklin County territory by the end of this year and extend the moratorium to Hampshire County …

Area police news

Monday, November 3, 2014

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Renewed grant continues advocates supporting survivors of domestic and sexual assaults in Amherst, Northampton

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A grant that has allowed survivors of domestic and sexual assaults in Amherst and Northampton and on the University of Massachusetts campus to receive immediate support and services from civilian advocates will continue for another three years. Amherst Police, in collaboration with Northampton Police, UMass Police and the …

Area police news

Monday, October 27, 2014

Amherst ∎ Police are investigating break-ins to a residence and a restaurant, both reported about 3 p.m. Sunday. Management at Loose Goose Cafe, 1 East Pleasant St., reported an undetermined amount of money was stolen after the business was entered, apparently through a basement door. A resident at …

Skrillex concert at Mullins Center result in eight arrests, medical attention for nearly two dozen

Friday, October 24, 2014

AMHERST — An electronic dance concert that entertained more than 3,000 spectators at the Mullins Center Thursday night resulted in nearly two dozen people who were treated for alcohol consumption and other issues. Eight people were arrested outside the arena on charges of drug possession. Amherst Fire Chief …