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UMass basketball: Matt Cross leads balanced Minutemen past Saint Louis for first A-10 road wi
01-30-2024 10:15 AM

Matt Cross led four players in double figures, scoring 19 points to propel the UMass men’s basketball team to an 84-73 Atlantic 10 Conference victory over Saint Louis on Saturday night at Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, Mo.The Minutemen won on the road...

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From lab to the world: UMass researchers land $5.5M grant to help translate work into products
02-23-2024 9:43 PM

By XINJI YANG

AMHERST — Researchers at the University of Massachusetts 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 $5.5...


Zoning breaks sought for four-story buildings on edge of UMass
02-15-2024 8:25 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — An 85-unit mixed-use project is being proposed for the corner of Amity Street and University Drive, but the potential development may depend on variance requests coming before the Zoning Board of Appeals later this month.UDrive Amity LLC,...


Charges against UMass sit-in protesters downgraded to infractions
02-15-2024 8:25 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

BELCHERTOWN — All of the UMass students who were arrested during a sit-in protest against the war in Gaza on Oct. 25 have had or will have their criminal charges converted to civil infractions, with those who accepted the lesser charges already...


UMass Police investigating Saturday night robbery
02-08-2024 8:42 PM

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts Police are investigating a robbery in which suspects demanded driver’s licenses and money from four UMass students in Lot 13 on Olympia Drive Saturday evening.A crime alert posted to the UMass Police website...


UMass profs picked for new state climate science panel
02-03-2024 10:56 AM

By EMILEE KLEIN

AMHERST — Three faculty members at the University of Massachusetts 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 scientists....


UMass students barred from studying abroad in wake of arrests at October sit-in
01-11-2024 11:48 AM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

AMHERST — At least one of three UMass Amherst students denied the chance to study abroad next semester after being arrested for participating in the October sit-in protests against the war in Gaza has raised the possibility of bringing a federal...


Where to put the panels? In a final forum at UMass, experts debate best siting solar projects
01-05-2024 9:02 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

Editor’s note: This is the fourth and final article from the Western Mass. Solar Forum series. AMHERST — Most experts agree solar energy is key to reaching the state’s climate goals, but opinions often differ widely when it comes to developing and...


UMass forming working group on civil campus discourse
12-26-2023 11:05 AM

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...


Five College scholars join 1,000-plus educators to push New England senators for permanent cease-fire in Gaza
12-15-2023 11:28 AM

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 ends practice of posting arrestees’ names after outcry
12-15-2023 11:28 AM

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...


Tibetan leader offers students window into ‘roof of the world’
11-22-2023 6:05 PM

By SOPHIE HAUCK

Penpa Tsering, leader of the Tibetan government in exile, recently traveled to the University of Massachusetts to discuss how China is attempting to eradicate Tibet’s unique cultural identity, urging listeners to be wary of “the dragon” — his nickname...


A super sight: Photographer captures super blue moon as it ascends over campus
09-14-2023 10:47 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

Three years of monitoring and tracking moon patterns, and finding just the right place to photograph Earth’s satellite rising behind the University of Massachusetts, paid off for a Northampton resident, who recently captured the super blue moon as it...


Not ditching diversity: Colleges adapt to end of race-based admissions
09-06-2023 7:56 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — When Suleidy De La Cruz first came to Northampton as a college student, it’s safe to say it was a bit of an adjustment.Originally from the Dominican Republic, De La Cruz moved to New York City and attended community college in the Bronx...


Former UMass Amherst chancellor Holub dies at 74
09-06-2023 7:52 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Former University of Massachusetts Chancellor Robert Holub, who led the Amherst campus between 2008 and 2012 during a period of economic uncertainty, died Aug. 27 in Ohio, according to an email sent to the campus community from current...


A new life: UMass welcomes students to campus
09-06-2023 7:05 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

AMHERST — Moving triplets into three separate dorms all in one day is no easy task, but the Lawn family did just that on Thursday, when first-year students were welcomed to the University of Massachusetts on a sunny and breezy move-in day.“We’re...


‘Helping babies breathe’ in Ghana: Local group fighting infant mortality by training midwives 
08-31-2023 6:05 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

In November, a local group of medical professionals and researchers will travel to Ghana to hold a training conference for Ghanaian midwives from rural health centers.The trip is an effort of the Midwifery Exchange in Ghana, a group that formed in...


‘A new era:’ New UMass Amherst chancellor breaks bread at his first community breakfast
08-31-2023 5:16 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

AMHERST — It’s fitting that new University of Massachusetts Amherst Chancellor Javier Reyes, a “Star Wars” fan, invoked a quote from one of the iconic franchise’s main characters to conclude remarks at the end of his first Community Breakfast Tuesday...


UMass Amherst dining takes top honors again
08-25-2023 7:25 PM

State House News Service

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst has won bragging rights for having the best campus food in the country for the seventh consecutive time, the Princeton Review determined, based on feedback from college students across the country.The...


Longtime Amherst College basketball coach Dave Hixon belonged in every room at Basketball Hall of Fame induction
08-16-2023 8:06 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

SPRINGFIELD — John Calipari wrapped an arm around Dave Hixon as he introduced the longtime Amherst College men’s basketball coach to Michigan State coach Tom Izzo.Their time in Amherst overlapped when Calipari was at UMass. Hixon coached at Amherst...


Electricity out of thin air: Researchers stumble on way to tap electrical charge of water vapor
07-13-2023 11:13 AM

By JAMES PENTLAND

AMHERST — What if all you needed to generate electricity was thin film material, microscopic fibers and air?Researchers at the University of Massachusetts have proved it can be done, and now they’re showing that many different kinds of materials can...

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