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Construction worker hurt when 700-pound granite foundation stone falls on him at UMass job site

Friday, May 22, 2015

AMHERST — A worker suffered injuries to his shoulder, hip and leg after a granite slab estimated at 700 pounds fell on him while he was working Friday on the South College Academic Facility renovation and expansion project on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus, according to a university spokesman. Carlos Velasquez, who works for the Schnabel Foundation Co. of Southborough, was taken by Amherst Fire Department ambulance to Baystate …

UMass Rising campaign exceeds $300 million goal more than a year ahead of schedule

Friday, May 22, 2015

AMHERST — The $300 million UMass Rising fundraising campaign has exceeded its goal more than a year ahead of schedule, the University of Massachusetts Amherst Foundation Board announced this week. “We have truly received exceptional and broad-based support in our drive to propel UMass Amherst to new heights,” said Robert Epstein, campaign co-chairman. “The $310 million that we have raised to date for …

Judge rules three remaining defendants in alleged UMass gang rape case will be tried separately

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The three remaining defendants charged in connection with an alleged 2012 gang rape at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will be tried separately, a judge ruled, despite the state’s efforts to combine two of the trials. Hampshire Superior Court Judge Bertha D. Josephson on Friday denied the prosecution’s motion to join the trials of Justin King and Adam Liccardi, two of …

Two new peregrine falcons and one egg at nesting site atop UMass library

Monday, April 6, 2015

AMHERST — For the first time in a dozen years, a new pair of young peregrine falcons has nested on the top of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The nesting site lost …

Dalai Lama’s visit to UMass, colleges confirmed for October

Sunday, April 5, 2015

HADLEY — The Dalai Lama will spend three days in the Pioneer Valley in October, giving talks at Smith College, Amherst College and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, it was confirmed Sunday. Arthur Zajonc, president of the Mind …

UMass names Dartmouth professor Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina to head Commonwealth Honors College

Friday, April 3, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst has named a Dartmouth College professor to head its Commonwealth Honors College. Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina of Thetford, Vermont, will become dean of the honors college beginning July 15. She was born …

Juror Hailey McGrath says consent, credibility considered during deliberation in UMass gang-rape trial

Thursday, April 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A juror who helped convict Emmanuel T. Bile Jr. for his role in the gang rape of a University of Massachusetts Amherst student said the lack of consent by the victim was the deciding factor in …

Dalai Lama expected to speak at UMass this fall; details being worked out

Thursday, April 2, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst is in discussions with the Dalai Lama to have him speak at the university this fall. Nancy Buffone, the university’s executive director of external relations and university events, said the university …

UMass names astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson as commencement speaker

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

AMHERST — Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson will speak at the undergraduate commencement of the University of Massachusetts Amherst on May 8, the school announced Wednesday. Tyson is executive editor and on-camera host for “Cosmos: a Spacetime Odyssey,” the …

Emmanuel Bile Jr. gets 8 to 10 years in state prison for what judge calls ‘alcohol-fueled, sex-crazed assault of horrific proportions’

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court judge Wednesday sentenced Emmanuel T. Bile Jr. to eight to 10 years in state prison for his part in a gang rape at the University of Massachusetts Amherst that the judge characterized …

Emmanuel Bile Jr. sentenced to eight to 10 years in state prison for role in 2012 gang rape at UMass

Monday, March 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Hampshire Superior Court Judge C. Jeffrey Kinder on Wednesday sentenced Emmanuel T. Bile Jr. to serve eight to 10 years in state prison for his part in a gang rape the judge characterized as an “alcohol-fueled, …

Jury convicts Emmanuel Bile Jr. on two charges of aggravated rape of UMass student

Monday, March 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A jury Monday found Emmanuel T. Bile Jr. guilty of two counts of aggravated rape and acquitted him of a third count in connection with the 2012 rape of an 18-year-old student at the University of …

Jury fails to reach verdict after deliberating for five hours in alleged UMass gang-rape case

Friday, March 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court jury deciding whether a Pittsfield man took part in the gang-rape of a University of Massachusetts Amherst freshman deliberated for five hours Friday afternoon without reaching a verdict. Court was adjourned at …