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UMass faculty, librarians vote no confidence in chancellor over protest breakup
05-21-2024 5:45 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...

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UMass basketball: Minutemen assistant coach Brett Nelson leaving for job at NC State; to be replaced by Matt Figger
05-16-2024 5:11 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — UMass men’s basketball assistant coach Brett Nelson has jumped ship to North Carolina State to accept another assistant role under Wolfpack head coach Kevin Keatts.North Carolina State is coming off one of the most impressive Cinderella runs...


The Real Score: Will AI necessarily make sports better? Will AI make the sport experience better?
05-16-2024 4:05 PM

Artificial intelligence is experiencing a renaissance. Tools like ChatGPT and Copilot are becoming a daily part of conversations. AI’s history stretches back nearly as far as computers themselves, but the advent of generative AI has made it more...


UMass graduation speaker Colson Whitehead pulls out over quashed campus protest
05-09-2024 9:07 PM

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...


UMass student group declares no confidence in chancellor
05-09-2024 4:38 PM

By CHAD CAIN

AMHERST — A day after 132 people were arrested in pro-Palestinian protests on the University of Massachusetts campus, the university’s student government Wednesday night formally declared it had no confidence in Chancellor Javier Reyes and his...


UMass basketball: Minutemen nab another transfer in Arizona State forward Akil Watson
05-08-2024 4:22 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

Just 24 hours ago, the UMass men’s basketball team hadn’t brought in a single transfer to replace the players who departed the program in the offseason. Now, after Wednesday’s signing of forward Akil Watson from Arizona State, the Minutemen have added...


More than 130 arrested at pro-Palestinian protest at UMass
05-08-2024 1:00 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH and ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

AMHERST — More than 130 people were arrested on the University of Massachusetts campus Tuesday night after those who set up a pro-Palestinian encampment on the South Lawn of the Student Union refused to dismantle tents and other parts of the site, and...


Debt-burdened UMass students, grads rally for relief
05-02-2024 5:10 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Responsible for $135,000 in student debt, Amherst resident Ian Rhodewalt observes that during the yearslong federal pause in making loan repayments during the pandemic, he and his family were able to get a vehicle, replace a broken-down car...


Pro-Palestinian protesters set up encampment at UMass flagship, joining growing national movement
04-29-2024 8:48 PM

By ALEXA LEWIS

AMHERST — Student protesters at the University of Massachusetts began pitching tents near the W.E.B. DuBois Library Monday morning in solidarity with Palestinians, following the example of their peers at campuses across the country who have created...


UMass football: Spring Game closes one chapter for Minutemen, 2024 season fast approaching
04-28-2024 11:25 AM

By GARRETT COTE AND CONNOR PIGNATELLO

AMHERST — For a coach who’s been in the business for as long as UMass football head coach Don Brown has, it’s hard to find something he hasn’t already seen.But during the Minutemen’s month of spring practice, they impressed the longtime coach with...


Federal probe targets UMass response to anti-Arab incidents
04-25-2024 3:24 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

AMHERST — Federal civil rights officials are investigating the University of Massachusetts for allegedly dragging its feet over complaints of anti-Arab and anti-Palestinian harassment on campus amid the Israel-Hamas conflict in Gaza.An official...


Advancing water treatment: UMass startup Elateq Inc. wins state grant to deploy new technology
04-25-2024 11:12 AM

By XINYI YANG

AMHERST — In the four years since its founding on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus, startup Elateq Inc., a water treatment and hardware company, has landed contracts big (think PepsiCo) and small (think town of Amherst).Now the company,...


Keeping Score with Chip Ainsworth: What’s ahead for Greg Carvel’s crew?
04-19-2024 3:15 PM

Good morning!During Denver’s four-game run to its 10th national title, Pioneers goalie Matt Davis allowed three goals. The first was by Liam Gorman, his only goal in a UMass uniform, the second by Cornell’s Nick DeSantis, and the last was by BU’s Luke...


The Real Score: Curveballs and casinos rarely save cities
04-18-2024 4:18 PM

About 10 years ago, the two major urban centers of central and western Massachusetts decided to engage in new regional industrial policy to spur on their local economies. Worcester and Springfield had been effectively hollowed up by decades of...


UMass basketball: Matt Cross reportedly enters transfer portal
04-16-2024 5:44 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — The vicious one-two frontcourt punch that helped the UMass men’s basketball team to its best season in a decade is now gone.Forward Matt Cross has entered the transfer portal, according to multiple reports early Tuesday afternoon. Cross...


Keeping Score with Chip Ainsworth: Orioles hand Red Sox a dose of reality
04-12-2024 3:01 PM

Good morning!Fresh off good reviews in Peoria, the Boston Red Sox returned home this week and got smacked around by their division nemesis the Baltimore Orioles who rolled sevens to beat them in back-to-back games, 7-1 and 7-5.While Boston fretted,...


Activists: Tuition hike wrong tack for UMass
04-11-2024 4:08 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — As a University of Massachusetts Amherst doctoral student in physics, Mark Murdy has seen his wages as a graduate employee decline relative to inflation, meaning he, like others who work on campus, is taking home less money.Amid these...


Bulletin Board: Pioneer alum Scott McDonough shines at the Coast Guard Spring Invitational for UMass Dartmouth
04-08-2024 7:02 PM

UMass Dartmouth’s Scott McDonough had a career performance at the Coast Guard Spring Invitational in New London, Conn., on Saturday. McDonough, a Greenfield native who graduated from Pioneer Valley Regional, hit a mark of 23 feet, 2.25 inches in the...


Reports: John Calipari leaving Kentucky to take Arkansas job
04-08-2024 10:08 AM

CONNOR PIGNATELLO

John Calipari has taken the head coaching job at Arkansas, according to multiple reports late Sunday night. The contract is expected to be completed within 24 hours.Calipari spent 15 seasons at Kentucky, where he won over 400 games and a national...


UMass trustees OK 2.5% tuition increase across system
04-04-2024 9:42 AM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

BOSTON – The University of Massachusetts has taken a step toward hiking tuition and room and board charges for the next academic year, but some trustees said Wednesday the proposed increases are not high enough and one said the status quo would be...


UMass notebook: Josh Cohen (Arkansas), Robert Davis Jr. (Old Dominion) have new homes as transfer portal remains busy
04-02-2024 4:48 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — Two former UMass men’s basketball players have already found new homes after announcing they would be entering the transfer portal in mid-March.Josh Cohen told On3Sports last week that he would be joining Arkansas for the upcoming men’s...

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