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Slavery North: Researcher brings initiative, $2.65M grant to UMass to explore, tell story of enslaved people in northern U.S. and Canada
03-08-2024 1:40 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — In film, literature, paintings and other forms of art, palm trees and warm climates are almost always the settings depicted for slavery in North America, from the plantations of the American South to the transatlantic ships transporting...

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Reimagining the Hampshire Mall: UMass architecture students share their visions
03-14-2024 5:15 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — What would Hampshire Mall’s expansive 33-acre property off Route 9 in Hadley look like as mostly a housing complex? A class of budding architects and landscape architects at the University of Amherst have spent the last seven weeks imagining...


FAFSA fiasco: Financial aid form meltdown trips up students, colleges
02-25-2024 2:18 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

NORTHAMPTON — A continued challenge for some prospective students and their families in accessing federal financial aid applications, and a corresponding delay in relaying the information from these forms to colleges and universities, is raising...


Zoning breaks sought for four-story buildings on edge of UMass
02-13-2024 4:23 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — An 85-unit mixed-use project is being proposed for the corner of Amity Street and University Drive, but the potential development may depend on variance requests coming before the Zoning Board of Appeals later this month.UDrive Amity LLC,...


Charges against UMass sit-in protesters downgraded to infractions
02-08-2024 7:28 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

BELCHERTOWN — All of the UMass students who were arrested during a sit-in protest against the war in Gaza on Oct. 25 have had or will have their criminal charges converted to civil infractions, with those who accepted the lesser charges already...


UMass Police investigating Saturday night robbery
01-29-2024 11:52 AM

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts Police are investigating a robbery in which suspects demanded driver’s licenses and money from four UMass students in Lot 13 on Olympia Drive Saturday evening.A crime alert posted to the UMass Police website...


UMass students barred from studying abroad in wake of arrests at October sit-in
01-04-2024 9:02 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

AMHERST — At least one of three UMass Amherst students denied the chance to study abroad next semester after being arrested for participating in the October sit-in protests against the war in Gaza has raised the possibility of bringing a federal...


Remembering a ‘kind, empathetic’ man who was a talented artist and a friend of children
12-22-2023 4:15 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Eileen Claveloux first met the late Klaus Postler when they were in an MFA program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the late 1990s. Aside from their mutual interest in art, she was intrigued by the way he sometimes wrote: backward.It...


UMass forming working group on civil campus discourse
12-18-2023 10:45 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A new working group focused on improving the campus climate at the University of Massachusetts, aimed at ensuring all members of the community continue to feel welcome in the midst of rising tensions over conflicts across the world, is being...


UMass ends practice of posting arrestees’ names after outcry
12-08-2023 2:46 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — An Oct. 25 protest calling for University of Massachusetts administrators to cut ties with the defense industry and condemn Israel’s military actions in Gaza concluded with 56 students and one employee remaining in the Whitmore...


Pause in activism? Protesters at UMass unswayed by meeting with Chancellor Reyes
10-27-2023 5:32 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — An hourlong meeting Thursday between senior leaders at the University of Massachusetts, including Chancellor Javier Reyes, and students who organized a rally and sit-in Wednesday to support Palestinian rights and protest the ongoing...


57 arrested at UMass walkout, sit-in calling for college to condemn Israeli attack
10-26-2023 5:16 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — After being given multiple oral warnings to leave the Whitmore Administration Building on Wednesday evening, 56 University of Massachusetts students and one UMass employee were arrested on charges of trespassing, according to a university...


Hundreds of students call for UMass to condemn Gaza siege, occupy admin building
10-25-2023 6:12 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — In demanding that University of Massachusetts leadership condemn Israel’s recent military actions in the Middle East and cut campus ties with companies that support the defense industry, several hundred students Wednesday afternoon were...


Vandals damage PETA’s campus display, $5K reward offered
10-25-2023 9:09 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals for information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of a person who allegedly damaged an animal rights display on the University of...


The State of Solar: Experts at forum discuss challenges of increasing solar in marginalized communities, weigh in on community-owned solar
09-24-2023 6:00 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

Editor’s note: This is the third of four articles from the Western Massachusetts Solar Forum series taking place in September.AMHERST — At Joe Czajkowski Farm in Hadley, not only does the broccoli field produce fresh vegetables, but rows of solar...


State research project aims to study bear population size, distribution
09-24-2023 3:44 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

Experts say that if you encounter a bear it is important to immediately make yourself look big, talk very calmly and slowly back away.But after that, if you saw the carnivoran mammal in Massachusetts, you can go to bit.ly/3raabc8 to report the...


The State of Solar: In the second of four forums at UMass, experts discuss challenges of siting solar facilities
09-19-2023 5:32 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

Editor’s note: This is the second of four articles from the Western Massachusetts Solar Forum series taking place in September.AMHERST — At the site of the old Mount Tom Station coal-fired power plant stands around 17,000 solar panels generating...


A super sight: Photographer captures super blue moon as it ascends over campus
09-06-2023 4:47 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Three years of monitoring and tracking moon patterns, and finding just the right place to photograph Earth’s satellite rising behind the University of Massachusetts, paid off for a Northampton resident, who recently captured the super blue...


A new life: UMass welcomes students to campus
09-01-2023 2:23 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

AMHERST — Moving triplets into three separate dorms all in one day is no easy task, but the Lawn family did just that on Thursday, when first-year students were welcomed to the University of Massachusetts on a sunny and breezy move-in day.“We’re...


Former UMass Amherst chancellor Holub dies at 74
08-31-2023 11:11 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Former University of Massachusetts Chancellor Robert Holub, who led the Amherst campus between 2008 and 2012 during a period of economic uncertainty, died Sunday in Ohio, according to an email sent to the campus community from current...


‘A new era:’ New UMass Amherst chancellor breaks bread at his first community breakfast
08-29-2023 7:07 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

AMHERST — It’s fitting that new University of Massachusetts Amherst Chancellor Javier Reyes, a “Star Wars” fan, invoked a quote from one of the iconic franchise’s main characters to conclude remarks at the end of his first Community Breakfast Tuesday...

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