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Charged UMass protesters marshal defense: Question crackdown, cite ‘bad-faith’ chancellor negotiations
07-24-2024 11:08 AM

By ALEXA LEWIS

BELCHERTOWN — Protesters who were arrested at the May 7 pro-Palestinian rally on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus filed out of the Eastern Hampshire District Courthouse on July 17 after pretrial proceedings to gather with supporters,...

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Pakistani scholars in UMass program revel in multi-layered learning
07-17-2024 9:28 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Being on the University of Massachusetts campus for nearly a month, her first experience outside her native Pakistan, Mahan Aslam has found Americans courteous in not bothering her when she’s not wearing a traditional headscarf.“In the U.S.,...


Four arrested in UMass protest crackdown take diversion program
07-11-2024 8:54 PM

Staff Report

BELCHERTOWN — Four people arrested during the breakup of a pro-Palestinian encampment on the University of Massachusetts campus in May agreed to dispositions Monday in Eastern Hampshire District Court in which they will enter a four-month diversion...


Book Bag: ‘Sandwich’ by Catherine Newman; ‘The Man Who Loved Trees’ by Annaliese Bischoff
07-11-2024 8:53 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

SandwichBy Catherine Newman; HarperCollins In late 2022, Amherst writer Catherine Newman released her first adult novel, “We All Want Impossible Things,” after previously publishing a number of nonfiction titles, a middle grade novel, and quite a bit...


UMass men’s basketball coach Frank Martin signs two-year contract extension
06-27-2024 7:19 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

UMass men’s basketball coach Frank Martin signed a two-year extension to keep him in Amherst through the 2028-29 season, UMass athletic director Ryan Bamford announced last Thursday.Martin led the Minutemen to a 15-16 mark in his first season in...


UMass launches task force in wake of spring protests, will also review police activity
06-20-2024 3:47 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

AMHERST — UMass Amherst Chancellor Javier Reyes has announced the creation of a Campus Demonstration Policy Task Force and an independent review of police activity on campus following events this spring that led to more than 130 arrests on campus amid...


State auditor: UMass violated law in axing Advancement office last year
06-20-2024 3:47 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts officials violated provisions of the state’s Taxpayer Protection Act law when moving fundraising operations from the Advancement office to the private University Amherst Foundation, according to a final...


NCAA v. House, Part 2: How would UMass athletics be affected by landmark settlement proposal?
06-20-2024 3:42 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

The landscape of college athletics is changing. And it’s changing fast. In February, UMass became the latest FBS Division I school to announce a conference move, leaving its home of nearly 50 years in the Atlantic 10 for the Mid-American Conference...


With NCAA settlement, sea change comingfor UMass athletics
06-20-2024 3:33 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

Late last month, the NCAA’s Board of Governors and the Power 5 conferences reached a $2.8 billion proposed settlement in NCAA v. House, a consolidated antitrust litigation of three class action lawsuits brought by former student-athletes seeking lost...


Book Bag: ‘Sandwich’ by Catherine Newman; ‘The Man Who Loved Trees’ by Annaliese Bischoff
06-13-2024 7:59 PM

By STEVE PFARRER | Staff Writer

SandwichBy Catherine Newman; HarperCollins In late 2022, Amherst writer Catherine Newman released her first adult novel, “We All Want Impossible Things,” after previously publishing a number of nonfiction titles, a middle grade novel, and quite a bit...


A ‘Refuse to Lose’ reunion: UMass stars gather to talk about Final Four run for new documentary
06-13-2024 7:56 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A Final Four run for the University of Massachusetts men’s basketball team and its “Refuse to Lose” mantra that defined the program’s most successful era continues to provide fond memories for the players and coaches involved nearly 30 years...


Retired UMass prof picked for Melinda French Gates’ $240M women empowerment project
06-06-2024 7:34 PM

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...


Arts Briefs: A Sojourner Truth biographer comes to the Valley, a new take on a noted play, and more
06-06-2024 7:30 PM

AMHERST — Kristina L. Durocher, who earned an master’s degree in art history from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and has over two decades of experience leading museums, has joined the leadership team of the school’s Fine Arts Center.Durocher...


Building agricultural resiliency: During tour with Senate leaders, Oliveira shows off research at UMass Cold Springs Orchard in Belchertown
05-28-2024 10:46 AM

By EMILEE KLEIN

Among UMass Cold Springs Orchard’s 35 acres of apple trees hang little orange tents at the top of the trees that, despite the blazing color, are discretely managing pesky moths.These prism-shaped moth traps release pheromones to attract male moths...


Graduating amid signs of protest: 6,800 UMass students receive diplomas at ceremony briefly interrupted by walk out
05-28-2024 10:41 AM

By Elise Linscott

AMHERST — Several dozen protesters marched out of the 154th UMass Amherst Undergraduate Commencement ceremony this weekend when Chancellor Javier Reyes took the podium, including a few faculty members and people in the stands carrying banners,...


UMass faculty, librarians vote no confidence in chancellor over protest breakup
05-20-2024 8:30 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
05-20-2024 10:09 AM

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 basketball: Matt Cross announces he’s transferring to SMU for final year of eligibility
05-20-2024 10:07 AM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — The decision every UMass men’s basketball fan has been waiting for was finally made on May 6.Minutemen star and First Team All-Atlantic 10 forward Matt Cross — the backbone of UMass’ team for the past two seasons — has committed to SMU, he...


UMass chancellor defends protest crackdown, arrests
05-20-2024 10:01 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts Chancellor Javier Reyes defended the arrests of 134 people at a campus pro-Palestinian encampment last week, telling a special session of the Faculty Senate on Tuesday afternoon that the decision to break up the...


Pro-Palestinian encampment disperses at UMass, but protests continue
05-06-2024 5:37 PM

By ALEXA LEWIS

AMHERST — At 6 a.m. on Tuesday, representatives of the University of Massachusetts administration arrived at the pro-Palestinian encampment that went up the previous day on the school’s South Lawn and issued a warning to protesters — take down their...


Reyes takes helm of UMass flagship amid pro-Palestinian protests
05-06-2024 5:28 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — On a Friday morning filled with music, ceremony and speeches by state leaders to inaugurate Javier Reyes as the 31st leader of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and the first Hispanic chancellor of the flagship campus, protesters...

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