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A ‘Refuse to Lose’ reunion: UMass stars gather to talk about Final Four run for new documentary
06-13-2024 3:33 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...

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UMass faculty, librarians vote no confidence in chancellor over protest breakup
05-21-2024 3:28 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 student group declares no confidence in chancellor
05-10-2024 6:07 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 2:03 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

Editor’s note: This story will be updated.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...


Debt-burdened UMass students, grads rally for relief
05-03-2024 2:00 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
04-30-2024 1:15 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 many of their peers at campuses across the country who have...


Slavery North: Researcher brings initiative, $2.65M grant to UMass to explore, tell story of enslaved people in northern U.S. and Canada
03-11-2024 5:00 PM

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...


FAFSA fiasco: Financial aid form meltdown trips up students, colleges
02-26-2024 5:00 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...


UMass forming working group on civil campus discourse
12-18-2023 12:32 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, was...


Five College scholars join 1,000-plus New England educators to push senators for cease-fire in Gaza
12-10-2023 5:00 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...


57 arrested at UMass walkout, sit-in calling for college to condemn Israeli attack
10-26-2023 4:21 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...


The State of Solar: Experts at forum discuss challenges of increasing solar in marginalized communities, weigh in on community-owned solar
09-25-2023 3:55 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

Editor’s note: This is the third of four articles from the Western Massachusetts Solar Forum series taking place in September.AMHERST — At Joe Czajkowski Farm in Hadley, not only does the broccoli field produce fresh vegetables, but rows of solar...


State research project aims to study bear population size, distribution
09-24-2023 4:02 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

Experts say that if you encounter a bear it is important to immediately make yourself look big, talk very calmly and slowly back away.But after that, if you saw the carnivoran mammal in Massachusetts, you can go to bit.ly/3raabc8 to report the...


The State of Solar: In the second of four forums at UMass, experts discuss challenges of siting solar facilities
09-19-2023 5:35 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

Editor’s note: This is the second of four articles from the Western Massachusetts Solar Forum series taking place in September.AMHERST — At the site of the old Mount Tom Station coal-fired power plant stand around 17,000 solar panels generating enough...


Researchers at UMass find anti-tumor therapy could treat Lyme disease
08-06-2023 6:00 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

AMHERST — Medication used to halt the growth of cancer cells might one day become an effective treatment for Lyme disease, according to a new study led by a University of Massachusetts Amherst team at the New England Regional Center of Vector-Borne...


Electricity out of thin air: Researchers stumble on way to tap electrical charge of water vapor
07-09-2023 5:01 PM

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...


UMass economist co-authors study that finds hormone therapy may cut trans youths’ suicide risk
06-11-2023 1:49 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Even as a number of states have moved to prohibit gender-affirming medical care for transgender minors through legislation and policy changes, a University of Massachusetts economist has co-authored a just-released report showing that...


State auditor will look at UMass jobs transfer to private foundation
05-16-2023 3:57 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — State Auditor Diana DiZoglio is seeking a legal review of the potential transition of state employee positions that handle University of Massachusetts advancement and fundraising functions to the private UMass Amherst Foundation.The auditor...


UMass Advancement unions taking case to governor
05-09-2023 4:05 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Unions representing the advancement division at the University of Massachusetts are taking their appeal for keeping 100 or more workers from losing their state employment to Gov. Maura Healey, asking her to intervene in the ongoing situation...


UMass will lead regional transportation research center
04-17-2023 5:09 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Traffic fatalities were up more than 10% year-over-year nationally in 2021, as the per-mile rate of deaths for Black and Hispanic Americans remains much higher than the per-mile rate of deaths for white Americans. Those of low socioeconomic...


UMass unveils new seal, brand mark ‘M’ for flagship
04-03-2023 4:24 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst has unveiled a new seal featuring the spire of the Old Chapel and a new brand mark designed to give the flagship Amherst campus its own identity within the University of Massachusetts system.The...

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