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UMass engineering seniors’ year-end projects tackle issues like guiding the blind, treating post-traumatic stress

Friday, April 24, 2015

AMHERST — Can police chest cameras turn on automatically during an arrest? Can Blue Tooth technology help the blind navigate through their day? Can a device worn by soldiers help doctors treat them for post-traumatic stress disorder when they get home? Can you play “Chopsticks” when no piano is in sight? These were among the questions posed by University of …

On Vietnam anniversary, panel at UMass focuses on lessons learned

Thursday, April 23, 2015

AMHERST — On the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War, veterans who fought the war, activists who fought against the war and those who tended to the war-weary gave voice to the many ways the battles and their aftermath reverberate today. One Vietnam veteran stood up at the University of …

Rally at UMass calls attention to student debt resulting from loans

Thursday, April 23, 2015

AMHERST — As 100 or so prospective students and families made their way past the University of Massachusetts Amherst student union Thursday, a circle of current students wearing signs with messages such as, “You are not a loan,” and “Thanks for my UMa$$ive debt” chanted at the top of their lungs, “Education is …

UMass-Pakistani exchange opens minds and hearts of Amherst educators

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

AMHERST — The terrorist attack that killed more than 100 schoolchildren and educators in the Pakistani city of Peshawar in December was about 7,000 miles away from Rebecca Woodland’s home, but for her it was as if it …

Area police news

Monday, March 16, 2015

Amherst ∎ Anthony Vincent Caputo, 25, of Ludlow, was arrested at 10:30 p.m. Saturday on North Pleasant Street on a warrant. ∎ Mabvuto Tsonga, 38, who listed an address as the streets of Amherst, was arrested at 5:02 p.m. Saturday in front of Town Hall on charges of …

First trial of four defendants in alleged UMass gang rape begins this week

Monday, March 16, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Two years and five months after a judge said in court that “never in my time on the bench have I heard such an egregious recounting of the facts,” the trial of the first of four …

Racist graffiti found at UMass Graduate Employee Organization condemned by chancellor

Friday, March 13, 2015

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts Amherst administrators have apologized for a delayed response to racist graffiti found outside the Graduate Employee Organization office March 7, according to GEO co-chairwoman Anais Surkin. This is the latest incident involving racist graffiti on campus, after offensive messages were found in three …

UMass Police Chief John Horvath takes pay cut to lead Rockport department

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts Amherst Police Chief John K. Horvath will take a pay cut to become chief of the Rockport Police Department on the North Shore, according to a report in the Gloucester Times. When Horvath …

Search committee hopes to have new UMass president hired by end of June

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

AMHERST — A search committee hopes to have a new University of Massachusetts president hired by June 30, according to its consultant, Kenneth L. Kring of Korn/Ferry International, which has its headquarters in Los Angeles. “For a search like this, while it will be extensive and there will …

Demonstrators at UMass call for sexual assault survivors’ bill of rights

Monday, March 9, 2015

AMHERST — After a woman reported being raped at the University of Massachusetts, a sexual assault disciplinary hearing forced her to face the man she was accusing. Following the hearing, as she continued to recover from the sexual assault, her attacker not only remained a student at the …

Seven people arraigned in Eastern Hampshire District Court on charges related to Blarney Blowout

Monday, March 9, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — On the Monday after Blarney Blowout, seven young people were arraigned in Eastern Hampshire District Court, mostly on minor charges such as underage possession of alcohol and violating the town’s open container bylaw. Two others who …

Cost of controlling Blarney Blowout calculated at $500,000 by University of Massachusetts Amherst

Monday, March 9, 2015

AMHERST — What does it cost to keep 22,000 students under control? On the weekend of Blarney Blowout, the University of Massachusetts Amherst managed it for about $500,000. Of that total, $305,000 went to pay artists Juicy J, …

Strong police presence, other efforts keep lid on Blarney Blowout 2015, prompting students to bemoan loss of Blarney

Saturday, March 7, 2015

AMHERST — It worked. Months of preparation, a call out to police from about a dozen departments and a concert with world-class artists helped University of Massachusetts Amherst officials to keep a lid on Blarney Blowout. By 5 …