Finding fault

Sunday, March 22, 2015

AMHERST — New modeling and analyses of fault geometry in the Earth’s crust by geoscientist Michele Cooke and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Amherst are advancing knowledge about fault development in regions where one geologic plate slides past or over another, such as along California’s San Andreas Fault and the Denali Fault in central Alaska. Findings may help more accurately predict earthquake hazards and allow scientists to better understand … 0

UMass police chief to leave for Rockport

Sunday, March 15, 2015

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts Amherst Police Chief John K. Horvath will take a pay cut to become chief of the Rockport Police Department on the North Shore, according to a report in the Gloucester Times. When Horvath was hired as UMass chief in 2012, his salary was announced at $140,000. The Gloucester … 0

Blarney Blowout costs: $500K and counting

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

AMHERST — What does it cost to keep 22,000 students under control? On the weekend of Blarney Blowout, the University of Massachusetts Amherst managed it for about $500,000. Of that total, $305,000 went to pay artists Juicy J, Kesha and Ludacris at a Mullins Center concert attended by 5,200 students, who received free tickets from the university, UMass spokesman Edward Blaguszewski said in … 0

Chieftains, astronaut to play at UMass

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AMHERST — Six-time Grammy Award winners The Chieftains return to the University of Massachusetts’ Fine Arts Center Sunday at 7 p.m., with their traditional Irish music, and with guests that include astronaut Cady Coleman of Shelburne. Coleman, an … 0

Amherst fire, police officials counting down to Blarney

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AMHERST — Preparing for the worst with throngs of drunken students, the Amherst Fire Department has scheduled 10 ambulances and crews to be on duty throughout Saturday. And the Police Department says it’s ready, too. “We’re treating the whole 24-hour period as if it were a spring weekend,” … 0

UMass experts confirm regional cold records

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

In this area, 1934 no longer reigns supreme. UMass climate experts say that with February now concluded, weather observations show that Amherst, Hartford, and several other locations throughout New England will establish new record lows for February, and for any month on record. At Amherst the average temperature … 0

Opposition surfacing to Boston 2024 Olympics

Sunday, March 1, 2015

A Smith College professor who specializes in the economics of sports is dead set against the proposal by the U.S. Olympic Committee to tap Boston for the 2024 Games. “I think it’s crazy,” said Andrew Zimbalist, author of … 0

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 … 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 … 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 … 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