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UMass Amherst

MATT BURKHARTT
Students at the UMass textbook annex locate their books Wednesday January 21

Textbooks still pricey, but University of Massachusetts Amherst students and staff look for ways to reduce costs

Friday, January 23, 2015

AMHERST — At a time when University of Massachusetts Amherst students spend about $1,200 a year on textbooks, one wonders whether the authors of the nearly $300 “Essentials of Investments” would advise students to actually buy a new copy of their own book. That was not the path chosen by finance major Curtis Kowalski of Boxford, for whom the book …

Male peregrine falcon, star of UMass webcam atop campus library, dies days after rescue from snowbank

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

AMHERST — The male peregrine falcon found injured last week on Sunset Avenue has died. The 14-year-old bird, the star of a University of Massachusetts webcam on top of the campus library, had been recuperating at the Leverett home of Richard Nathhorst, research facilities project manager at UMass, since being discovered in a …

Area police news

Monday, January 19, 2015

Amherst ■ Joshua Kubiak, 32, of Amherst, was arrested at 7:47 p.m. Friday at Amherst Brewing Co., 10 University Drive, on a warrant after officers were called for a disturbance. Belchertown ■ James S. Voorhies, 47, of 38 Hawley St., Northampton, was arrested at 1:03 p.m. Friday on Federal Street on a warrant. ■ Scott H. Belanger, 28, of 377 Bardwell St., was …

‘That was not just his door, that was our door’: UMass Students respond to racist threats written on dorm room doors

Thursday, October 16, 2014

AMHERST — Students in the University of Massachusetts Southwest Residential Area where several threatening racist messages were scrawled on dorm-room doors this week said Wednesday they believe racism is rare on campus and had not heard many of …

UMass chancellor names 11-member committee to review use of confidential student informants

Thursday, October 9, 2014

The 11-member group selected by University of Massachusetts Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy to review the use of confidential student informants by UMass police is expected to report its findings by the end of the semester. The practice …

UMass President Robert Caret opposes police use of students as confidential informants

Thursday, October 9, 2014

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts president Robert L. Caret said Thursday that he is opposed to UMass police using students as drug-case informants, particularly if they have been arrested and are pressured by legal and personal worries. However, …

Amherst to study extending University of Massachusetts power grid to municipal buildings

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

AMHERST — When the October 2011 snowstorm knocked out power to many parts of Amherst for several days, the University of Massachusetts was unaffected because its central heating plant continued to generate electricity for the campus grid. Whether the campus grid can be expanded to include Amherst municipal …

UMass Student Government Association delays decision on resolution addressing confidential informant program

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

AMHERST — A resolution demanding an end to the confidential informant program used by University of Massachusetts Police — and calling on the department to make its top priority the well-being of all students — is being considered by student leaders. The Student Government Association met for more …

Area police news

Monday, October 6, 2014

Amherst ■ Anthony William Alicea, 20, of Dedham, was arrested at 12:33 a.m. Sunday on North Pleasant Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger and being a minor in possession of alcohol. Alicea’s …

UMass professor Robert Rothstein honored with Republic of Poland Order of Merit

Thursday, October 2, 2014

AMHERST — Robert A. Rothstein, professor of Judaic and Slavic Studies and comparative literature at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been honored with the Republic of Poland Order of Merit. The Order of Merit is given to foreigners and Polish citizens permanently living abroad who have made …

District attorney, UMass at odds over status of student informant

Thursday, October 2, 2014

AMHERST — The Northwestern district attorney’s office said Wednesday that it had no knowledge that University of Massachusetts student Eric L. Sinacori had served as a confidential informant and denied that it routinely reviews recommendations by any law …

Boston College uses community liaison to patrol neighborhoods where off-campus students live

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

When he parks in front of a house in Brighton or Newton or Brookline in his Boston College-maroon Ford Explorer, Stephen Montgomery expects the residents to come out to see him. It’s a residence where BC students live …

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, …