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A group of students march from The University of Massachusetts Student Union to the Malcolm X Cultural Center after a rally held Wednesday to stand in solidarity with the people of Ferguson, Mo. and denounce police brutality.

VIDEO Students rally at UMass to denounce police killing of unarmed black people

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

AMHERST — A crowd of about 75 students — most of them black — moved slowly down a University of Massachusetts campus path Wednesday afternoon with their arms raised above their heads. Their “Hands up, don’t shoot” chant, borrowed from protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, carried across campus. Heads turned, and some students and staff stopped to watch. UMass junior Cherita …

Area police news

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Amherst ∎ Bicyclist Joseph G. Habib, 22, of Worcester, was riding south on University Drive when he was involved in a collision at 7:41 p.m. Tuesday with a westbound vehicle on Northampton Road driven by Neal T. Bannon, 25, of 27 Hemenway Road, Unit A, Leverett, police said. Habib was taken by Amherst Fire Department ambulance to Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton for …

Two arrests, 268 calls to Amherst police during first full weekend of fall semester

Monday, September 8, 2014

AMHERST — On a weekend with summer-like weather and numerous medical calls related to alcohol consumption, police made two arrests and issued no tickets for violations of the town’s noise and nuisance house bylaws. While the call volume was similar to the same weekend last year, the first in which all students have returned to Amherst for classes, there was a significant drop …

Four young farmers start Stone Soup Farm Co-op, on front of worker-owned farm trend

Monday, April 14, 2014

HADLEY — Most farmers will tell you that cooperation is crucial to keeping a farm running like a well-oiled threshing machine. But at Stone Soup Farm Cooperative in Hadley, cooperation is everything. Four young farmers formed the worker-owned … 1

Area police news

Monday, April 14, 2014

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Exercise simulating emergency shelter for tornado victims will be staged on University of Massachusetts campus

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

AMHERST — An overnight sheltering exercise to assist in planning for a large-scale emergency is being held on the University of Massachusetts campus Thursday and Friday. More than 275 volunteers and response partners associated with the UMass and Hampshire County Medical Reserve Corps and the UMass Office of …

University of Massachusetts ‘Stand Against Racism’ begins Monday

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

AMHERST — As Amherst residents confront racism and acts of hate that have occurred in the public schools, the University of Massachusetts launches its annual “Stand Against Racism” campaign Monday. The campaign, which is in its fourth year, …

Area police news

Monday, April 7, 2014

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Making News: MHC new hires, UMass Fullbright, new STEM program at STCC

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Mount Holyoke names new hires SOUTH HADLEY — Two new administrators have been hired at Mount Holyoke College. Marcella Runell Hall, faculty member at the New York University school of social work and founding director of a multifaith …

Making news in Valley business

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Mullins Center has new marketing director AMHERST — Rachel Meyrowitz has been named director of marketing for the 10,000-seat Mullins Center at the University of Massachusetts. Meyrowitz previously worked for Global Spectrum, which operates the Mullins Center, at …

Fans celebrate UMass’ return to NCAA tournament

Sunday, March 16, 2014

AMHERST — For the past 22 years, Ann Malinowski of Easthampton has been such a dedicated spectator at University of Massachusetts men’s basketball games that players know her as “Ann the Fan.” On Sunday night, Malinowski joined dozens …

Amherst officials praise hiring of former Boston police commissioner to study ‘Blarney Blowout’ melee

Friday, March 14, 2014

AMHERST — Amherst officials are praising the University of Massachusetts’ decision to hire former Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis to review last weekend’s Blarney Blowout melee and make suggestions concerning future large-scale gatherings. “I think it’s a great …

Social media, party-promoting websites helped bring out-of-towners to Blarney Blowout

Friday, March 14, 2014

AMHERST — On Twitter in the week leading up to the Blarney Blowout, there were dozens of tweets such as “roadtrip to Umass,” “heading to UMass like the rest of the world” and “I will buy alcohol for …