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Jesse Carrillo, center, is led into the courtroom for his arraignment Thursday at Hampshire County Courthouse.

Former UMass graduate student Jesse Carrillo denies involuntary manslaughter, heroin distribution in death of Eric Sinacori

Thursday, October 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A former graduate student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst who allegedly sold the heroin on which another student overdosed in 2013 pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of involuntary manslaughter and distributing heroin. Jesse Carrillo, 27, of Derry, New Hampshire, posted $25,000 bail and walked out of Hampshire Superior Court with his attorney, J.W. Carney Jr. of …

Hampshire College declares success in eliminating standardized test scores from admissions process

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

AMHERST — At a time when colleges are increasingly competing for students, Hampshire College has found that eliminating standardized test scores from consideration was appealing to its applicant pool. In the first full year of its “test-blind” application process, in which the college did not accept SAT or ACT results, Hampshire saw an …

Experts highlight importance of data science, describe job opportunities at ‘Tech Trek’ event in Amherst

Monday, September 28, 2015

AMHERST — When Superstorm Sandy was targeting the Northeast three years ago, data analysts employed by National Grid prepared the company for where power outages would occur. With an 85 percent accuracy rate in Massachusetts, the utility was able to successfully deploy repair crews that would get power restored in a timely fashion to most parts of the state, said data analyst Kristin …

UMass named one of the top 25 colleges and universities in the country for LGBTQ students

Monday, August 24, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst has once again been named one of the top 25 colleges and universities in the country for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning (LGBTQ) students by Campus Pride, a national support and advocacy organization. Genny Beemyn, director of the UMass …

New app designed to make move-in easier for UMass students

Sunday, August 23, 2015

AMHERST — Moving into the dorms at the University of Massachusetts Amherst? There’s an app for that. This week UMass unveiled a free digital application for Apple’s phone and tablet operating system and Android devices called “Living at UMass.” Eventually it will provide students with assistance in a …

Jury selection begins Monday for trial of third defendant, Adam Liccardi, in alleged UMass rape case

Friday, August 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Jury selection will begin Monday in the third of four trials expected in connection with the alleged gang rape of a University of Massachusetts Amherst student in 2012. Adam T. Liccardi, 21, of Pittsfield, has pleaded …

Massachusetts Senate president Stanely Rosenberg asks UMass officials to rethink fee increases

Thursday, August 20, 2015

AMHERST — State Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg is calling on University of Massachusetts leadership to look again at reducing a fee increase to students, saying that such a move would ease the financial burden of a college …

Hadley planners, residents press for smaller Five Colleges library annex

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

HADLEY — Although a representative for Five Colleges Inc. presented the Planning Board with a smaller library annex building than previously proposed, at the end of a two-hour meeting Tuesday evening, the board asked him to make it smaller still. The library annex was proposed to be larger …

UMass notches record year for U.S. patents, increasing its licensing income by $3 million

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts was awarded 65 U.S. patents during the past fiscal year, a record amount for the system, which has doubled down on increasing research in recent years, university officials say. “Cutting-edge research by our faculty puts us in the upper echelon of universities …

Organic farmers share ideas, expertise at NOFA conference

Sunday, August 16, 2015

AMHERST — For Northeast Organic Farming Association Executive Director Julie Rawson, the organization’s summer conference at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is about doing what organic farmers do best — sharing their knowledge. Among dozens of farmers and …

Library annex project in Hadley to be discussed at Planning Board meeting Tuesday

Sunday, August 16, 2015

HADLEY — Planning Board officials are expecting a large crowd to discuss a controversial Five College Consortium library annex project at its meeting Tuesday. The meeting is a continuation of a July 7 hearing attended by what Planning Board clerk William E. Dwyer described as a “large neighborhood …

UMass assessment suggests varying impact of pipeline construction on natural resources

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. in some cases may benefit certain species but could cause significant harm to others. Scott Jackson, associate professor of wetlands and wildlife conservation at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has developed a Natural Resource Assessment report, …

UMass receives $632,369 grant to support transfer students from community colleges to College of Engineering

Monday, August 10, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts has received a four-year $632,369 grant from the National Science Foundation to support academically strong students transferring from community colleges to the College of Engineering. A key goal of the program is to increase the success of low-income, academically talented students with …