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UMass Amherst

CAROL LOLLIS
Ross Mcinnis,19, Eli Silvia,19, Zack Halpryn, 19 and Andrew Petricone,19,talk about the use of students by the Umass police department as confidential informants.

UMass suspends confidential informant program; students speak

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

AMHERST — A confidential informant program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst that came under fire this week following the report of a student informant’s death from a drug overdose has been suspended indefinitely pending its full review, Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy announced in an email to faculty and students Tuesday night. “The review will consider whether the program should be …

UMass Deputy Police Chief Patrick Archbald explains confidential informant program

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts Deputy Police Chief Patrick Archbald on Tuesday defended a confidential informant program that has come under scrutiny, saying it reduces illegal drug activity and the potential for gun violence on campus. He said the program using students, which dates back to at least 2009, is part of the department doing everything in its power to pursue potentially bigger …

UMass police seek man who allegedly bit student in neck near Fine Arts Center

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts police are searching for a man who allegedly bit a student on the neck and threatened several other students near the Fine Arts Center early Sunday morning. Police received a report Monday that a college-age man approached students outside the Fine Arts Center and made verbal threats before biting one of them. The suspect is described as approximately …

Former UMass employee Samuel Welson sues school over alleged retaliation and age discrimination

Thursday, May 1, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A former employee of the University of Massachusetts Amherst has filed a civil lawsuit against the school and others claiming he was retaliated against and wrongfully laid off, two months shy of 20 years of service. …

Closing arguments made in rape trial of former UMass student Weilang Wang

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Prosecutors in the rape trial of former University of Massachusetts student Weilang Wang said he was a “manipulator” while his defense attorney said he was a man in love trying to protect the reputation of his …

Amherst, UMass officials prepare for potential weekend disturbances

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

AMHERST — As the semester for local college students winds down, public safety officials are planning for the possibility of a weekend in which alcohol-fueled behavior could cause disturbances around town. Amherst Police Chief Scott Livingstone said Tuesday …

Legislative committee recommends increased financial aid for public education

Saturday, April 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — A legislative committee led by a local lawmaker said last week that the state should act soon to help relieve rising college costs and student debt. “Fewer people are going to start going to college ... (and) you also can’t shed this debt,” said state Rep. …

Area police news

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Amherst ■ Police are investigating a break-in at a Duxbury Lane home reported at 10:53 p.m. Tuesday Entry was made through a bathroom window and inexpensive silver-plated jewelry was stolen, according to police. UMass ■ Baoquan Sun, 20, of Marlborough, was arrested at 11:27 p.m. Wednesday on North …

Area police news

Thursday, April 17, 2014

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With UMass talk overrun by activists, John Ashcroft answers questions from audience on the Patriot Act, torture

Thursday, April 17, 2014

AMHERST — When former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft stepped up the podium in the UMass Student Union Ballroom Wednesday night to both hearty applause and boos, he told the crowd of about 150 that he planned to … 1

More than 1,000 support gay community at UMass rally, countering five from Westboro Baptist Church

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

AMHERST — The Westboro Baptist Church’s anti-gay protest at the University of Massachusetts came and went quickly and without incident Wednesday, while a rally supporting the campus’ gay community drew over 1,000 people. The two events were sparked … 3

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