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FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2014 file photo, entertainer Bill Cosby gestures during an interview about the upcoming exhibit, "Conversations: African and African-American Artworks in Dialogue, " at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art, in Washington. Sexual assault allegations that recently resurfaced against Cosby first became public in 2005 when a former employee of his alma mater, Temple University, claimed he had drugged and abused her a year earlier at his suburban Philadelphia home.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Bill Cosby steps down as honorary co-chairman of UMass Amherst fundraising campaign

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst announced Wednesday night that it has cut ties with embattled entertainer Bill Cosby amid accusations that he sexually assaulted more than a dozen women during his career. UMass joins at least two other schools that have distanced themselves from Cosby. Cosby is a graduate of UMass Amherst and until Wednesday had served as …

UMass groups offer space for discussion in wake of Ferguson grand jury decision

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

AMHERST — Sitting in a circle of upholstered chairs, Chrystal George Mwangi was one of dozens of faculty, staff and students at the University of Massachusetts Amherst who engaged in conversations Tuesday following a grand jury’s decision not to indict a white Missouri police officer in the death of a black teenager in …

HackEbola at UMass aids fight against West African epidemic

Saturday, November 22, 2014

AMHERST — From across the world, young mathematicians, biologists and other scholars at the University of Massachusetts Amherst crunched numbers this weekend in hopes of aiding the fight against the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. “It has to start somewhere,” said Andrew Smith, 26, a fourth-year doctoral candidate in organismic and evolutionary biology …

Vincent Gillen of Belchertown charged with breaking into Lincoln Avenue home in Amherst; similar incident reported at Lincoln Apartments

Thursday, August 28, 2014

AMHERST — An intruder was arrested after allegedly breaking into a Lincoln Avenue home early Thursday morning, less than an hour after a similar break-in was reported by a resident at Lincoln Apartments, according to Amherst and University of Massachusetts police. Vincent R. Gillen, 18, of 36 Bay …

Police, traffic adjustments in Amherst as UMass freshman class arrives Friday

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

AMHERST — The town’s population will swell Friday as the 4,650 members of the freshmen class at the University of Massachusetts arrive for orientation. While entering students spend their Labor Day weekend learning the ins and outs of living at UMass — including taking a pledge to affirm …

Dawnn Jaffier, victim of fatal shooting in Boston, graduated from UMass in 2010

Monday, August 25, 2014

BOSTON — A University of Massachusetts graduate who died from a gunshot wound Saturday morning is remembered for her work with city children in Boston and her ability to inspire underprivileged youths. Dawnn Jaffier, 26, a 2010 graduate …

'Our fear is he’s going to escalate' UMass police search for man who committed lewd acts on campus; may be connection with Sunderland incidents

Thursday, August 21, 2014

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts police are warning students and staff about incidents Wednesday afternoon in which a man indecently exposed himself and committed lewd acts in front of two people. Deputy Police Chief Patrick Archbald said Thursday …

UMass to continue campus ban on all uses of marijuana; Greenfield Community College studies issue

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The University of Massachusetts Amherst will continue to ban all marijuana use, medical or otherwise, on university property under the Code of Student Conduct, despite the state’s legalization of the drug for medicinal purposes. Many colleges and universities …

Tenants displaced by Southpoint fire in Amherst remain out of apartments until at least Wednesday

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

AMHERST — Tenants displaced by Saturday’s fire at Southpoint Townhouses & Apartments were still unable to return to their homes at midweek. Building Commissioner Robert Morra said Tuesday that residents of Building 97 will not be able to …

Two UMass unions express concerns about possible private enterprises on campus

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

AMHERST — Using state land at the University of Massachusetts Amherst to support private enterprises employing workers not affiliated with the university is a concern for unions representing campus employees. A consultant recently presented preliminary recommendations to the Town-Gown Steering Committee that include creating student villages on campus …

UMass Amherst suspends Education Abroad programs in Israel for fall semester

Saturday, August 9, 2014

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst has suspended its Education Abroad programs in Israel for students during the fall semester. The decision was announced last week by the university’s International Risk Management Committee which considered “input and information from multiple sources, including insurance and risk management consultants …

Saul Perlmutter retires after 40 years as director of UMass Hillel, successor is Aaron Fine

Sunday, August 17, 2014

AMHERST — Exactly 40 years to the day after arriving, Rabbi Saul Perlmutter retired Aug. 1 as executive director of Hillel at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, leaving a legacy of tremendous growth. Perlmutter was fresh out of …

Five Colleges consortium issues statement discouraging travel to areas affected by Ebola

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Although the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is said to pose no immediate threat in the Valley, area colleges are taking extra precautions by educating the public. The Five Colleges — University of Massachusetts at Amherst, …