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Former University of Massachusetts student Patrick Durocher, 20, of Longmeadow ponders a question under cross examination by Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Jennifer Suhl during his trial in Hampshire Superior Court in Northampton on Wednesday.

Jury convicts Patrick Durocher of raping UMass Amherst student on lawn outside Campus Center in 2013

Friday, February 5, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Sharp exhales and cries broke the silence of the courtroom Friday afternoon as a former University of Massachusetts Amherst student was found guilty of raping and assaulting a female classmate on the lawn outside the Campus Center in 2013. The defendant, Patrick Durocher, 20, of Longmeadow, took his seat in Hampshire Superior Court after the verdict was announced, …

Second man charged with showing gun on UMass campus released with GPS monitoring

Thursday, February 4, 2016

BELCHERTOWN — Jeremy Arbore, one of two Berkshire County teenagers charged with bringing a loaded gun onto the University of Massachusetts campus, was released from the Hampshire County Jail on Thursday and placed under house arrest at his mother’s home in Sheffield. Judge Jacklyn Connly had ordered his release after a dangerousness hearing on Wednesday but no GPS ankle bracelets were immediately available …

Jury begins deliberations after hearing closing arguments in UMass rape trial

Thursday, February 4, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — On the night Patrick Durocher allegedly attacked and raped a young woman outside the University of Massachusetts Amherst Campus Center, he did not run away, defense attorney Vincent Bongiorni said during closing arguments Thursday. Durocher even debated with passers-by who approached him as he lay atop the woman on the ground. …

Community members seek review by Senate and UMass presidents of WMUA restructuring

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

AMHERST — Saying that the restructuring of operations at radio station WMUA will reduce the educational opportunities for students and diminish the cultural life of the Pioneer Valley, community members are calling on Senate President Stanley Rosenberg and …

University announces WMUA restructuring as roles of students, community members to shift

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

AMHERST — Under a restructuring of University of Massachusetts campus radio station WMUA, students will play a greater role in running the station next spring while community members will see a diminished role in on-air programming and the …

Area police news

Monday, December 14, 2015

Amherst • James Scott Voorhies, 48, of 48 River Drive, Hadley, was arrested at 8:32 p.m. Sunday at New Fort River Apartments, 166 East Hadley Road, on a warrant related to a shoplifting charge, police said. • Police responded to the Craig’s Place homeless shelter, 434 North Pleasant …

Woman reports sexual assault early Friday morning at UMass

Friday, December 11, 2015

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts Police are investigating a sexual assault reported by a woman walking on the campus early Friday morning. The woman was walking near the Studio Arts Building on North Pleasant Street around 1 a.m. Friday when a man approached her, police said in an …

UMass professor gets $2.2 million National Institutes of Health grant to research standard measurement of exercise

Monday, December 7, 2015

AMHERST— Catrine Tudor-Locke has spent much of her career studying walking behavior across a person’s life span. “I am interested in from the first steps you take as a toddler to the last steps you take in older …

Higher education briefs

Monday, December 7, 2015

HCC professor awarded national fellowship HOLYOKE — Holyoke Community College associate professor Vanessa Martinez, of Sunderland, has been selected as a 2015 Leadership Fellow for the American Anthropological Association. Martinez is an associate professor of anthropology in the …

Students urge UMass to adopt a Survivor’s Bill of Rights for victims of sexual assaults

Friday, December 4, 2015

AMHERST — Lampposts around the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus bore photos of men and women with their mouths taped shut, captioned with facts related to sexual assault. In front of the Student Union, a voice bellowed through …

UMass Foundation to divest endowment funds from coal, but not other fossil fuels

Thursday, December 3, 2015

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts endowment funds overseen by the UMass Foundation will no longer be invested in coal, though the foundation will continue to invest in other fossil fuels, according to a statement Thursday. The foundation oversees $770 million, according to the statement. Its decision was reached …

WMUA radio station turmoil continues as more jazz hosts quit, annual fund drive falls short of goal

Thursday, December 3, 2015

AMHERST — With most jazz hosts quitting their programs and the recent annual fund drive falling short of its goal, community members involved with WMUA are renewing calls for the University of Massachusetts to hire a permanent professional …

Tyrone Parham named new UMass police chief

Thursday, December 3, 2015

AMHERST — Pennsylvania State University’s police chief has been chosen to lead the University of Massachusetts Amherst Police Department in an expanded role that will also make him adviser to the vice chancellor of student affairs and campus …