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University of Massachusetts Police Chief Tyrone A. Parham speaks at the campus police department Friday. He was sworn in as chief in a ceremony later in the day.

On day of swearing in, UMass Police Chief Parham looks ahead

Friday, February 12, 2016

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts Amherst Police Chief Tyrone A. Parham was sworn in Friday in an afternoon ceremony at the Mullins Center. Earlier in the day, Parham spoke to reporters about his impressions of the department, which he joined in January. “My entire professional career was at one institution and when this job came about, it looked like this …

Swastika found in UMass bathroom prompts police investigation

Thursday, February 11, 2016

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts Amherst police have launched an investigation after a swastika was found carved in a bathroom stall on campus earlier this month. The swastika was discovered etched into a bathroom stall in the Integrative Learning Center building. After the symbol was found, officials taped over it and closed the stall while police investigated, UMass spokesman Ed Blaguszewski said. “It’s …

Dean and two associates resign from UMass College of Education

Thursday, February 11, 2016

AMHERST — Three top officials at the University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Education are all resigning, and there has been no public explanation for their departures. Dean Christine McCormick, who has held that role since 2005, as well as associate deans Joseph Berger and Linda Griffin, have all announced they will leave the college, according to an announcement last month by UMass …

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 …

Final defendant Caleb Womack pleads guilty in UMass gang rape case

Monday, November 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The last of four co-defendants accused of raping a former University of Massachusetts Amherst student pleaded guilty to reduced charges Monday and was sentenced to five years in county jail as jury selection in his trial …

UMass doctoral student receives fellowship to support research on teaching juveniles in youth correctional facilities

Friday, November 27, 2015

AMHERST — A University of Massachusetts Amherst doctoral student studying how best to teach science to juveniles in youth correctional facilities, has received a national fellowship to aid her research. Christina Anderson Bosch, who is pursuing a doctoral degree in special education in the College of Education at …

‘Monte’s March’ raises $150,240 to help western Massachusetts residents who need food

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

AMHERST — Radio personality Monte Belmonte’s 42-mile anti-hunger march wound its way through the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Tuesday, where it was joined by chancellor, Kumble R. Subbaswamy. “The scourge of hunger is in our own back …