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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, who responded to the call along with University of Massachusetts police and environmental and safety officials, UMass spokesman Edward F. Blaguszewski said. … 0

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 at JFK Middle School were victims of the disease or had loved ones who suffered … 0

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 same, according to UMass. Released Friday, the report, which covers Sept. 1 through May 12, … 0

Expansion, renovation underway at UMass Blue Wall cafe

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

AMHERST — With the demolition process wrapping up and construction to begin in early March, the $19 million project to renovate the Blue Wall cafe in the University of Massachusetts Campus Center is well underway. The project, which … 0

UMass-Amherst town-gown steering committee to interview three finalists for consultant

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

AMHERST — Three finalists to assist the University of Massachusetts and town of Amherst in completing a town-gown study focused on meeting future housing needs and promoting economic development will be interviewed Tuesday afternoon. The town-gown steering committee, which is overseeing the process of hiring a consultant for … 0

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Monday, February 24, 2014

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UMass hospitality industry career day to feature over 60 companies, including Mohegan Sun and MGM Grand

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

AMHERST — Career day for students studying hospitality and tourism management at the University of Massachusetts will feature representatives from two companies planning to open casinos in western Massachusetts. Mohegan Sun and MGM Grand will join 10 other first-time companies registered for the event to be held on … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Exhibit at UMass Amherst celebrates 50 years of Latin album cover art

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Pablo E. Yglesias’ father left Cuba on the eve of that country’s revolution, and most of the personal items he took with him were his 10-inch records. Yglesias was about 5 years old when he began investigating those … 0

University of Massachusetts sophomore Delaney Ratner takes Westminster dog show honors in stride

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts sophomore Delaney Ratner was confident her dogs would do well on the big stage of the Westminster Kennel Club’s prestigious dog show in New York City, so when two took first place in … 0

Backstory: Language at issue in alleged rape case: Ex-UMass student wants statements tossed, citing lack of interpreter

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Lawyers for a former University of Massachusetts student are seeking to have statements he gave to police thrown out due, in part, to a language barrier the night of his arrest on sexual assault charges. In a motion filed in Hampshire Superior Court, attorneys for Weilang … 0

MassPIRG report praises efforts by UMass to reduce vehicles on campus

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

AMHERST — Campuses such as the University of Massachusetts Amherst are reducing driving on campus by providing a wider range of transportation choices for students, according to a report issued this month by the MASSPIRG Education Fund. “University and college campuses are at the forefront of encouraging new … 0

August trials expected in alleged UMass gang rape case

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Trials for four men accused of raping a UMass student in October 2012 are now expected to be held in August. Meanwhile, the attorney for one of the accused is seeking dismissal because he was 17 … 0