UMass student arrested, admits to writing racist graffiti in dorm

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

AMHERST — A University of Massachusetts student who admitted to police that he wrote racist notes on a dorm room door earlier this month has withdrawn from school and is remorseful, according to his lawyer. The graffiti was found at John Quincy Adams dorm and is different from the racist, threatening messages found at Coolidge and Washington towers that came to light last week. Those messages sparked student protests and … 0

UMass student found dead in dorm

Monday, October 20, 2014

AMHERST — A University of Massachusetts student died at McNamara dormitory in the Sylvan residential area Sunday night, according to the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office. A campuswide email sent Monday afternoon informed students, faculty and staff that Chloe Malast, a member of the Commonwealth Honors College from Needham, died in her dorm room. Mary Carey, spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office, said no … 0

UMass investigating racist vandalism targeting students on campus

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

AMHERST — Officials and police at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst are investigating an act of racist vandalism targeting two students in a residence hall over the Columbus Day weekend, according to Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy. “This past weekend two of our students were the targets of blatantly racist vandalism in their residence halls,” Subbaswamy wrote. “Such expressions of hate and intolerance … 0

Before he died, Sinacori known as ‘caretaker’ to friends

Monday, October 6, 2014

AMHERST — Brianne Oliveira learned that her boyfriend, Eric L. Sinacori, had used heroin during her first visit to his home in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey. He opened up to her about having had problems with the drug in the past, and using other drugs as fillers, she … 0

UMass student’s 2013 overdose probed by DA

Monday, October 6, 2014

AMHERST — An investigation into the fatal heroin overdose of University of Massachusetts Amherst student informant Eric L. Sinacori one year ago Saturday appears to be again active. The Boston Globe reported Saturday that investigators for Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan interviewed Sinacori’s mother Friday after she … 0

DA, UMass at odds over use of student informant

Thursday, October 2, 2014

AMHERST — The Northwestern district attorney’s office said Wednesday that it had no knowledge that University of Massachusetts student Eric L. Sinacori had served as a confidential informant and denied that it routinely reviews recommendations by any law enforcement agencies to use individuals as confidential informants. Those assertions … 0

UMass suspends informant program

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

AMHERST — A confidential informant program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst that came under fire this week following the report of a student informant’s death from a drug overdose has been suspended indefinitely pending its full review, … 0

Blarney blowback: Students crowd court docket

Monday, March 10, 2014

AMHERST — While town and university officials huddled Monday for post-mortems of Saturday’s Blarney Blowout, some 30 college-age people answered to criminal charges connected to the pre-St. Patrick’s Day mayhem. And that was just the beginning. More court … 0

Leverett man denies injuring 2 Amherst cops

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

AMHERST — A Leverett man who allegedly injured two police officers in separate incidents Saturday has pleaded innocent to a half dozen charges in Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown. Nikolai R. James, 21, of 253 Long Plain … 0

UMass student who OD’d worked as informant

Monday, September 29, 2014

AMHERST — A University of Massachusetts student recruited as a confidential informant after being caught selling drugs was able to keep his crime a secret from his family and remain in school, only to die last fall of a heroin overdose, according to an investigation by journalism students … 0

Juniper Networks gives $1.5M in networking equipment to UMass

Sunday, September 28, 2014

AMHERST — Juniper Networks, an industry leader in network innovation, has donated equipment worth $1.5 million to the University of Massachusetts. UMass will use the donation to build a dedicated high-speed network to support science research and increase the ease of use and speed of large academic data … 0

Businesses happy to have UMass football back at home

Friday, September 26, 2014

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts football plays its first game on campus in more than three years today. For a business community that appreciated the presence of these games each fall, that’s plenty of reason to cheer. “We’re happy to have UMass football back,” said Sarah la Cour, … 0

Groundbreaking research in Arctic leads UMass professor Julie Brigham-Grette to head Polar Research Board

Sunday, September 21, 2014

AMHERST — Studying glacial geology is a tantalizing mystery that can offer up a treasure trove of information if you know how and where to dig, believes University of Massachusetts Amherst professor Julie Brigham-Grette. “It’s like trying to … 0