Amherst College sets goal of climate-friendly campus

Thursday, February 26, 2015

AMHERST — Amherst College trustees have a blueprint for achieving a carbon-neutral campus, outlining steps to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, increase recycling and serve more homegrown food in its dining commons. The “Statement on Sustainability and Investment Policy” acknowledges the threats posed by climate change, states that climate change is caused by human activity and is something the college needs to confront. The statement pledges that the college will consider … 0

Amherst asks bars to tone down Blarney Blowout promo

Thursday, February 26, 2015

AMHERST — If negotiations underway are successful two downtown bars that created and served as ground zero for the Blarney Blowout promotion for more than a decade will delay their opening March 7, improving the possibility of a quieter Blarney this year. Town Manager John Musante is engaged in discussions with the owners of both McMurphy’s Uptown Tavern, 37 North Pleasant St., and … 0

UMass to limit parking on ‘Blarney’ weekend

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts will ban all vehicles without valid parking permits from its lots the weekend of Blarney Blowout, except for some planned events on campus. The university’s parking services department posted a statement on its website that the ban would be in effect from 5 p.m. Friday, March 6, until 5 p.m. Sunday, March 8. The statement said the … 0

Arts initiative aimed at UMass students, regional artists

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

AMHERST — The UMass Amherst Arts Extension Service has launched an Arts Entrepreneurship Initiative aimed at helping UMass students, as well as artists throughout the greater Pioneer Valley, gain the skills and support needed to develop thriving arts careers or arts-based businesses. The initiative was formulated by AES … 0

Planning to tone down the Blarney

Thursday, February 19, 2015

AMHERST — Building on the success of their efforts to limit student rowdiness during the Super Bowl, University of Massachusetts officials are optimistic about their plans to manage what has become a bigger, rowdier event — the March … 0

UMass reverses policy on Iranian students

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts-Amherst announced Wednesday it will end its ban on the admission of Iranian nationals to certain graduate programs in a quick about-face from its original policy enacted earlier this month. UMass will now admit Iranian students into programs in the College of Engineering … 0

Iran sanctions bite at UMass

Monday, February 16, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts has banned Iranian nationals from admission to specific graduate programs, a move university officials say brings their policies into accord with U.S. sanctions against Iran. But representatives of Iranian students call the … 0

Hands-on honors

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

AMHERST — A UMass researcher, known as a tinkerer and creative thinker, and now as soon-to-be National Academy of Inventors fellow, Alfred J. Crosby says one of the greatest things you can do as an inventor is tell … 0

Controversial schedule changes get OK at Amherst middle school

Monday, February 2, 2015

AMHERST — A new middle school schedule plan, praised by administrators but criticized by many parents and some School Committee members, will go into effect in September, according to Superintendent Maria Geryk. Geryk has decided to move forward with changes designed to create more time for English, math, … 0

UMass researchers find value in ‘whole plant’ treatment of malaria

Sunday, January 25, 2015

AMHERST — Purified drugs created in labs, long thought to be the gold standard in fighting disease, may actually be inferior to the herbal remedies they replaced as far back as the 19th century. University of Massachusetts Amherst … 0

Renting college textbooks online can save money

Friday, January 23, 2015

AMHERST — At a time when University of Massachusetts students spend about $1,200 a year on textbooks, would the authors of the nearly $300 “Essentials of Investments” advise students to buy a new copy of their own book? That was not the path chosen by finance major Curtis … 0

Throwing light on a black hole

Monday, January 19, 2015

AMHERST — A record-breaking X-ray flare that came from the supermassive black hole at the center of the galaxy, observed by an team led by an Amherst College astronomer, could help scientists better understand how this object 20,000 … 0

UMass chancellor ceases confidential informant program

Thursday, January 15, 2015

AMHERST — Reactions were mixed to University of Massachusetts Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy’s announcement Thursday that he would be ending the university police’s student confidential informant program, saying it was “fundamentally inconsistent with the core values of … 0