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University of Massachusetts players, from left, Michael Boland, Fabian Hoeller, and Elijah Wilkinson celebrate their 24-14 victory Saturday over Florida International at McGuirk Stadium in Amherst.

Matt Vautour: UMass learns to shake adversity

Saturday, October 3, 2015

AMHERST When the unusual plays and unusual calls started happening, UMass coach Mark Whipple couldn’t help but think of the Temple game, just two weeks ago. Against the Owls, a bizarre sequence of plays at the end led the Minutemen to let a game they appeared ready to win, turn into a gut-punch of a loss. So when Florida International …

UMass punter Logan Laurent steps into place-kicking duty

Saturday, October 3, 2015

AMHERST — UMass coach Mark Whipple quipped during preseason that there would have to be a malaria outbreak for starting punter Logan Laurent to move back to place kicking. While there was no outbreak recorded, Laurent returned to the role Saturday. Former starter Blake Lucas had extra points blocked in each of the …

Notebook: Makeshift defensive line stands out for UMass

Saturday, October 3, 2015

AMHERST — Peter Angeh didn’t register a sack or even a tackle on UMass’ last defensive stop of the game, but the play proved to be a fitting ending for the defense against Florida International. With several would-be starters out with injuries, UMass had reserves playing big roles and starters playing different ones …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

At Amherst Town Hall “Heart in Nature,” an exhibit of impressionistic paintings of landscapes and nature by Debra Truskinoff, will be view through Oct. 31 at Amherst Town Hall, 4 Boltwood Avenue. There will be a reception Thursday …

Where it all began: Three top classical musicians with Valley roots to perform at Amherst College

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

When Wilhelmina Smith was growing up in Amherst in the early 1980s and studying cello, she remembers going to hear a talented young classical pianist, Lydia Artymiw, who also lived in town and performed every year at a …

Amherst Poetry Festival goes to town

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Is poetry dead? Not by a long shot, says Michael Medeiros, a spokesman for the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst and a key organizer of the third annual Amherst Poetry Festival that will take place Oct. 1-4. “We …

Weekend Planner — Dance: Bridgman/Packer Dance Company’s ‘Truck’

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The New York-based Bridgman/Packer Dance Company’s latest dance work is called “Truck” because that’s where it’s performed — in the back of a 17-foot U-Haul box truck, with the audience watching from outside. The work integrates live performance …

Integrating art at the Mead: New museum director at Amherst College to build outreach programming

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

David Little can tick off a couple pivotal moments in his life when career goals suddenly became clearer — and in both cases, art was at the center of them. Little, the new director of the Mead Museum …

WMUA community members will meet with UMass officials over radio station disagreements

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

AMHERST — WMUA community members will meet with high-ranking University of Massachusetts officials in mid-October with the hope of addressing what they perceive as a nearly six-month-long crisis at the campus radio station. Louise Dunphy, a spokeswoman for the community group and host of the “Celtic Crossings” program, …

Better, more mature Chris Baldwin commits to UMass

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

According to his high school and AAU coaches, the Chris Baldwin that will be coming back to western Massachusetts next year is a much more mature and polished product than the one who left a year ago. Improved …

UMass loses starters Bailey-Smith and Williams for the season

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

AMHERST — Two players slated to be starters for the UMass football team won’t play again this year. Starting safety Khary Bailey-Smith, who suffered a knee injury against Temple, will have season-ending surgery Friday. The senior is eligible …

State Senate President Stanley Rosenberg to meet with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission officials

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

When state Senate President Stanley Rosenberg meets with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Wednesday, he said he will not only present three large binders stuffed with “at least a couple thousand pages” of testimony on the proposed Northeast Energy Direct gas pipeline, but also call for federal …

Tuesday’s high school boys soccer: Hampshire shuts out Easthampton, 5-0

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Colin Dearborn (assist) and Roope Raanisto each scored two goals for the Hampshire Regional boys soccer team in a 5-0 road win over Easthampton Tuesday. Dillon Pooler added a tally for the Raiders (4-2-1). David Labrie assisted twice, while Matt Babyak and Kyle Marek added one apiece. Nick …