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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...

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Protesters to UMass: Drop disciplinary action against students in 2023’s Gaza sit-in
03-29-2024 4:43 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

AMHERST — Several University of Massachusetts professors joined more than 50 demonstrators in front of the Whitmore Administration Building on Thursday, demanding an end to university-imposed probation placed against students and faculty that were...


UMass plans to triple early college slots for high schoolers
03-14-2024 12:55 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts plans to triple early college enrollment over the next five years, giving 2,000 high school students a head start on their college educations, university President Marty Meehan said this week in his annual...


Franklin County, North Quabbin students named to UMass Amherst’s fall dean’s list
03-11-2024 12:15 PM

AMHERST — The following students from Franklin County and the North Quabbin region were named to the dean’s list at the University of Massachusetts Amherst for the fall 2023 semester.To qualify, an undergraduate student must receive a 3.5 grade point...


Researcher brings initiative, $2.65M grant to UMass to explore story of enslaved people in U.S. North, Canada
03-10-2024 11:32 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — 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...


Spreading message of coexistence: Palestinian, Jewish Israelis bring cause to UMass
03-07-2024 6:44 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

AMHERST — In the face of the Israeli military’s destruction of Gaza and stepped-up settler violence in the West Bank, one grassroots group of Palestinian and Jewish Israelis is striving to provide an alternative to the government’s dominant...


Climate justice activist Flowers gives keynote at UMass for Black History Month
03-01-2024 6:25 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

AMHERST — Before acclaimed environmental activist Catherine Coleman Flowers said one word about herself at the outset of a talk at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Thursday night, she expressed gratitude to marginalized communities across...


FAFSA fiasco: Financial aid form meltdown trips up students, colleges
02-24-2024 10:53 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...


From lab to world: UMass researchers land $5.5M grant to help translate work into products
02-18-2024 10:01 AM

By XINJI YANG

AMHERST — Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will soon get help translating their work conducted in campus laboratories into solutions to real-world problems related to human health and well-being.That’s the broad focus of a new...


Deepening divisions: UMass poll chronicles yawning divides on race, immigration
02-14-2024 7:03 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

AMHERST — Almost a third of Republicans say they agree with former President Donald Trump’s claim that immigrants are “poisoning the blood of the country,” a recent University of Massachusetts Amherst poll has found.The poll, which also questioned...


UMass to lead $11.9M offshore wind center 
02-12-2024 12:53 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst will lead a new $11.9 million center on offshore wind education, research and outreach to expedite development of offshore wind energy and train a national workforce to design, operate and manage the...


Three UMass professors picked for state’s Climate Science Advisory Panel
01-21-2024 12:28 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

AMHERST — Three faculty members at the University of Massachusetts Amherst are joining the state’s new Climate Science Advisory Panel, a group of 21 experts who will attempt to bridge the communication and knowledge gap between policymakers and...


Probation for 2 in UMass procurement fraud case
01-19-2024 1:38 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — A long-running case against two men accused of conspiring to defraud the University of Massachusetts through an environmental remediation company ended this week with the men admitting to sufficient facts and being placed on...


UMass forming working group on civil campus discourse
12-18-2023 1:01 PM

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
12-08-2023 4:33 PM

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...


Five College scholars join 1,000-plus New England educators to push senators for cease-fire in Gaza
12-06-2023 6:14 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

More than 100 scholars from the region’s Five Colleges have signed onto a letter sent to the New England’s 12 U.S. senators demanding a permanent cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas war, the peaceful release of Israeli hostages and arbitrarily detained...


UMass Jews honor hostages taken by Hamas; counterprotester arrested for assault
11-06-2023 5:28 PM

By SOPHIE HAUCK

AMHERST — News that Hamas militants kidnapped a member of Iris Berkman’s extended family in early October sent the Amherst resident reeling.Berkman described 79-year-old Chaim Peri, the father-in-law of her nephew, as “salt of the Earth” and a...


Pause in activism? Protesters at UMass unswayed by meeting with Chancellor Reyes
10-30-2023 12:04 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — After an hourlong meeting Thursday between senior leaders at the University of Massachusetts, including Chancellor Javier Reyes, UMass Dissenters, one of several groups that organized the 12-hour demonstration that ended with UMass Police...


57 arrested at UMass walkout, sit-in calling for college to condemn Israeli attack
10-26-2023 6:36 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — After being given multiple oral warnings to leave the Whitmore Administration Building on Wednesday evening, 56 University of Massachusetts students and one UMass employee were arrested on charges of trespassing, according to a university...


Hundreds of students call for UMass to condemn Gaza siege
10-25-2023 7:14 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — In demanding that University of Massachusetts leadership condemn Israel’s recent military actions in the Middle East and cut campus ties with companies that support the defense industry, hundreds of students were prepared to remain in the...


Another march to Macy’s: UMass Minuteman Marching Band to join 2024 Thanksgiving Day parade
10-15-2023 2:35 PM

By SOPHIE HAUCK

AMHERST — For the second time in its history, the University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band will perform at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade next year. Band members celebrated Band Director Timothy Todd Anderson’s announcement during the...

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