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Retired UMass prof picked for Melinda French Gates’ $240M women empowerment project
05-31-2024 6:01 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A retired University of Massachusetts economics professor from the School of Public Policy is being awarded $20 million from Melinda French Gates’ philanthropic foundation, money that will go toward advancing women’s power on a global...

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Colrain student leads local branch of Student Painters
06-13-2024 11:39 AM

By GRACE LEE

GREENFIELD — After a representative from the Young Entrepreneurs Across America organization came to speak to Josiah Crosier’s college class, the Greenfield High School graduate was inspired to get involved with Student Painters and has since...


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...


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...


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...


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,...


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...


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...

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