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A ‘Refuse to Lose’ reunion: UMass stars gather to talk about Final Four run for new documentary
06-13-2024 7:56 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A Final Four run for the University of Massachusetts men’s basketball team and its “Refuse to Lose” mantra that defined the program’s most successful era continues to provide fond memories for the players and coaches involved nearly 30 years...

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State auditor: UMass violated law in axing Advancement office last year
06-20-2024 3:47 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts officials violated provisions of the state’s Taxpayer Protection Act law when moving fundraising operations from the Advancement office to the private University Amherst Foundation, according to a final...


Retired UMass prof picked for Melinda French Gates’ $240M women empowerment project
06-06-2024 7:34 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A retired University of Massachusetts economics professor from the School of Public Policy is being awarded $20 million from Melinda French Gates’ philanthropic foundation, money that will go toward advancing women’s power on a global...


UMass faculty, librarians vote no confidence in chancellor over protest breakup
05-20-2024 8:30 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Nearly 500 members of the faculty and librarians are expressing no confidence in the leadership of University of Massachusetts Chancellor Javier Reyes stemming from the breakup of a pro-Palestinian encampment on May 7 that led to the arrests...


UMass graduation speaker Colson Whitehead pulls out over quashed campus protest
05-20-2024 10:09 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Disturbed by the arrests of 132 protesters on the University of Massachusetts campus this week during a pro-Palestinian encampment, Colson Whitehead, the two-time Pulitzer Prize winning author scheduled to deliver the keynote address at the...


Pro-Palestinian encampment disperses at UMass, but protests continue
05-06-2024 5:37 PM

By ALEXA LEWIS

AMHERST — At 6 a.m. on Tuesday, representatives of the University of Massachusetts administration arrived at the pro-Palestinian encampment that went up the previous day on the school’s South Lawn and issued a warning to protesters — take down their...


Reimagining the Hampshire Mall: UMass architecture students share their visions
03-24-2024 2:01 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 couple of months...


Slavery North: Researcher brings initiative, $2.65M grant to UMass to explore, tell story of enslaved people in northern U.S. and Canada
03-14-2024 2:46 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

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 human cargo...


FAFSA fiasco: Financial aid form meltdown trips up students, colleges
03-03-2024 1:47 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
02-15-2024 8:25 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
02-15-2024 8:25 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
02-08-2024 8:42 PM

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
01-11-2024 11:48 AM

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...


UMass forming working group on civil campus discourse
12-26-2023 11:05 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
12-15-2023 11:28 AM

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...


A super sight: Photographer captures super blue moon as it ascends over campus
09-14-2023 10:47 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

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 moon as it...


Former UMass Amherst chancellor Holub dies at 74
09-06-2023 7:52 PM

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 Aug. 27 in Ohio, according to an email sent to the campus community from current...


A new life: UMass welcomes students to campus
09-06-2023 7:05 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...


‘Helping babies breathe’ in Ghana: Local group fighting infant mortality by training midwives 
08-31-2023 6:05 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

In November, a local group of medical professionals and researchers will travel to Ghana to hold a training conference for Ghanaian midwives from rural health centers.The trip is an effort of the Midwifery Exchange in Ghana, a group that formed in...


‘A new era:’ New UMass Amherst chancellor breaks bread at his first community breakfast
08-31-2023 5:16 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...


UMass Amherst dining takes top honors again
08-25-2023 7:25 PM

State House News Service

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst has won bragging rights for having the best campus food in the country for the seventh consecutive time, the Princeton Review determined, based on feedback from college students across the country.The...

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