July 29, 2014

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Chiarelli: Sam Koch’s impact evident in those who knew him best -

Monday, July 21, 2014

Longtime UMass men’s soccer coach Sam Koch dies after two-year battle with sinus cancer -

Monday, July 21, 2014

Southwest evacuated after gas leak -

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

UMass Rowing finishes NCAA Championships, ends year ranked No. 21 in the nation -

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Two UMass basketball alums to compete for a lofty prize in The Basketball Tournament -

Friday, May 23, 2014

Commencement Photos 2014 -

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Two arrested in relation to series of vandalism -

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Students push for relocation of the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health -

Monday, May 12, 2014

Video: No. 14 UMass WLAX ends season in loss to Loyola (MD) -

Saturday, May 10, 2014

No. 14 UMass women’s lacrosse season ends in loss to Loyola (MD) -

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Sixth inning rally propels UMass past Dayton 7-2 -

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

McMahon, Ferris and McGovern: Not your usual transfer story -

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Women’s lacrosse defeats Richmond 10-6 to win sixth straight A-10 Championship -

Sunday, May 4, 2014

No. 13 UMass women’s lacrosse knocks off Duquesne 16-3 to reach Atlantic 10 finals -

Friday, May 2, 2014

UMass one of 55 schools currently facing investigation over handling of sexual assault cases -

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Two thefts reported at library -

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Senior Columns 2013-2014 -

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

UMass Dining proposes major meal plan changes -

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

UMass baseball beats UConn for first time since 2007 -

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

MTV’s seemingly controversial new show proves to be ‘Faking It’ -

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

UMass employee pleads guilty to stealing from former employer

The executive assistant to the director of residential life admitted to embezzling $175,000 from her former employer.

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Colorado professor speaks of deeper meaning of Swedish singer Saga’s music

University of Colorado Professor Benjamin Teitelbaum spoke Monday night about the connections between and influences of pop music on Scandinavian white radicals.

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Town of Amherst receives a $300,000 grant

The Town of Amherst received a $300,000 grant from the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women.

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DJ walks 26 miles to raise money for food bank

Local DJ Chris “Monte” Belmonte of The River 93.9 marched 26 miles from Northampton to Greenfield to raise money for the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.

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New bakery serves up unique doughnuts

Glazed Doughnut Shop, a new bakery that opened up three weeks ago on the corner of the Amherst Carriage Shops has created approximately 50 original, unique flavors of which they make 20 or 30 a day, each.

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MLB general managers to speak today at Campus Center

Tonight, Major League Baseball General Managers Ben Cherington, Chris Antonetti and Neal Huntington will be visiting the University of Massachusetts to speak on the “Covering the Bases – An Evening with our MLB GMs” panel.

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UMass Veterans Day remembrances to begin today

In honor of Veterans Day, many on-campus special events and traditions to honor soldiers start Friday.

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Speakers endorse public education

Chancellor Subbaswamy, along with students and presidents from other universities and colleges spoke Thursday, endorsing the value of public institutions.

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Eric Carle Museum celebrates 10th anniversary

The Eric Carle Museum in Amherst will be kicking off its yearlong 10th anniversary celebration this weekend, featuring a new exhibit, performances and activities for all ages.

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Results of local elections

Check out the winners for several local elections in the area.

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Brown has slight edge on the eve of election night, polls say

A day before election, Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren utilize the last minute in their own ways to try to secure a victory.

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Major ballot questions you will see on November 6

President is not the only thing you will be voting for on November 6. There is a series of questions that affect state policy in an array of areas. Know what you are about to encounter before you hit the polls.

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Pittsfield man accused of rape has bail lowered

Adam Liccardi, 18, won an appeal to have his bail lowered from the $10,000 set by Eastern Hampshire District Court Judge Mary Hurley to $2,500 by Hampshire Superior Court Judge Mary-Lou Rup.

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UMass prepares for three-month cold front

The University of Massachusetts is preparing for the winter weather that might drape over the campus in the near future.

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Amherst College cancels classes, hosts sexual misconduct event

Amherst College will not be holding classes today and is hosting an event which will be centered on sexual misconduct.

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Author discusses recent novel at Food for Thoughts Books

Author Dusty Miller discussed her recent novel at Food for Thoughts Books on Oct. 24.

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Illegal bar operating at Phillips Street residence

Amherst police confirm that an illegal bar has been operating out of an off-campus house belonging to UMass students.

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Valley spared from brunt of Hurricane Sandy

After canceling classes yesterday for what turned out to be relatively mild weather conditions throughout much of the school day, it’s back to business as usual for University of Massachusetts students.

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UMass Crime Log

UMass Police Department crime log from Oct. 18-21: This weeks crime log includes arrests for OUI, and minors in possession of alcohol.

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Town of Amherst Crime Log: October 22

This weekend, the Amherst police department responded to a haze of alcohol-induced calls.

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Fraternities and sororities help the homeless

For the past 24 years, the Amherst Friends for the Homeless has run Shelter Sunday, an annual one-day event that raises money for area homeless shelters and food pantries.

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Local food bank looking for volunteers

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, located in Hatfield, has been serving the Western Mass. community for about 30 years, and is currently searching for student volunteers.

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University, Amherst discuss off-campus weekend issues

Tuesday night community members along with University officials met to discuss some of the problems involving students that have been occurring off campus.

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4.0-magnitude earthquake hits New England

An earthquake that was “felt pretty extensively” struck different parts of New England last night, including Amherst.

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EEE ban lifted on campus and in surrounding areas

The University of Massachusetts lifted its ban on nighttime outdoor activities Monday, according to an email released to the campus community.

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Crime Log: October 16

This weekend, the town of Amherst saw 6 accident reports for motor vehicle accidents, about 20 arrests and 22 noise complaints.

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Elizabeth Warren favored by crowd

It was clear last night at the debate between Sen. Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren that the crowd, both inside and outside of Symphony Hall, favored Warren.

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Brown, Warren debate in Springfield

Follow us on Twitter for the latest updates on the Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren debate.

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PVTA mobile app now available on Android

A mobile application was recently developed by Sam Erb, recent UMass graduate, that tracks the PVTA and creates a real-time schedule.

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Pick-your-own orchards close early

A hard frost in the early spring has damaged local apple orchards for the season.

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Amherst’s rumored ‘Robert Frost’ barn to be demolished

Property owner You-Pan Tzeng has been given permission from the Amherst Historical Commission to demolish a barn rumored to have been used by American poet Robert Frost.

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Holyoke Mayor Visits UMass

Alex Morse a 23-year-old Brown graduate and mayor of Holyoke visited UMass and spoke in the Cape Cod Lounge on Thursday.

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Dickinson Poetry Marathon

The Emily Dickinson Museum held its annual “Emily Dickinson Poetry Marathon” – a collective read-through of Dickinson’s 1,789 poems – on Saturday. About 113 readers participated.

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Town decides to expand Craig’s Doors homeless shelter

Amherst decided to permit the expansion of Craig’s Doors, a seasonal homeless shelter located in the basement of First Baptist Church.

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EEE Death in Massachusetts

A second Massachusetts resident has died as a result of complications from mosquito-borne diseases over the weekend.

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Coalition of Amherst Neighborhoods aims to change town bylaws

Amherst citizens are trying to manage out-of-control partying and heavy usage of town emergency resources with a new tactic. Rather than increasing fines as done in the past, they are looking to take on local landlords and zoning laws with four recent petitions.

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Amherst leash law to be kept in effect

Last week, the Amherst Conversation Commission voted in a 6-1 decision to keep a rule that allowed dogs to run free in conservation areas before 10 a.m., but not after, according to the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

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UMass students ‘make a difference’ in the community

Over 200 University of Massachusetts students gathered at the Haigis Mall Saturday morning before heading into Amherst to help out their community.

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Student charged with break-in, theft, vandalism at Amherst College

A University of Massachusetts student is facing charges after police allege that he broke into and vandalized a health center at Amherst College. Two swastikas were found to be spray painted onto the walls of the building.

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Parties causes disturbances in Amherst

As University of Massachusetts students took to the streets for the first full weekend of the semester, several parties got out of control and had to be broken up by the Amherst police department.

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Amherst won’t fly commemorative flags this year

The Amherst Select Board stands by its decision to only fly the commemorative on every 5th anniversary of Sept. 11.

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Study shows fish passages to be ineffective

If native fish species, such as alewife and blueback herring, are going to be restored in New England, then officials might want to try different management practices, like building more fish passages and getting rid of more dams, according to Assistant Professor of Fish Population Ecology and Conservation Adrian Jordaan.

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Gardeners spends summer digging in the dirt

Even when school lets out, the leaders to the permaculture garden don’t quit tending their crops.

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UMass team connects children with communication disorders

UMass alumni and students alike help bridge the gap between children and their communication disorders with a specially designed summer camp.

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Local farmers’ market opens for the season

The Greenfield Farmers’ Market opened on Saturday, May 5, for the season with 25 different vendors selling local produce and crafts.

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Crime Log: April 18-23

The University of Massachusetts police log from the past week.

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Amherst, UMass prep for end-of-school year, late spring partying

UMass administrators, landlords and police officers are taking steps to crack down on noisy off-campus celebrations.

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James Ihedigbo and ADS host high school football invitational

Former New England Patriot starting safety and current NFL free agent James Ihedigbo returned to his hometown of Amherst Saturday morning and held football camp for two local high schools.

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Student gathering at Puffer’s Pond leaves litter

Last Monday, hundreds of students enjoyed the Patriots’ Day holiday by flocking to Puffer’s Pond, which resulted in letter scattered along the beach.

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New documentary gives voice to the bullied

Amherst Regional High School Alumnus Cynthia Lowen spoke at Amherst Cinema Sunday Night regarding her her recent production, ‘Bully’ which

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Moho students head to Brazil

For those interested in environmental policies attending the Rio+20 may be a dream. For five Mount Holyoke students, this dream has become a reality.

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Local farms look to diversify while battling set backs

Local farms including the Sugar Shack and Sunset Farms work through various setbacks.

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Time for 10th annual SoccerFest

The day that University of Massachusetts soccer fanatics wait for year round is approaching. The 10th annual Supercuts SoccerFest is here.

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Rape reported at Spring Concert

At approximately 11p.m. on Sunday, a University of Massachusetts student was sexually assaulted outside of the Mullins Center.

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Erlick offers experience with Arab Spring coverage last Thurs.

Renowned freelance journalist Reese Erlich offered his experience covering recent and ongoing Arab Spring in the Cape Cod Lounge at the UMass last Thursday.

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Hampshire hosts reproductive rights conference

Hampshire College held its annual reproductive rights conference this weekend, connecting speakers, activists and students from across the United States.

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Hampshire Mall going tobacco free

The Hampshire Mall will no longer allow the use of tobacco product inside or outside its building beginning May 31.

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Committee holds hearings on medical marijuana possibility

The Joint Committee on Public Health held a public hearing to explore the issue of legalizing medical marijuana.

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Families to move out of Lincoln Apartments

Due to a growing student population, the University plans to house undergraduates in Lincoln Apartments, displacing graduate students or forcing them to pay higher rents.

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From western Mass. to Washington: UMass students seek funds for trip to capital

Later this month, a group of UMass students will take local high school students to Washington, D.C., and seek eleventh hour help to fund the trip.

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Sunday dinner with the Motown Man

Many Amherst residents know or have heard of the “Motown Man,” a street performer who belts out James Brown renditions in the middle of Amherst Center. But few may know the true man behind the cape and bucket…

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March for Trayvon Martin in Springfield

Despite a dreary forecast, hundreds gathered on the steps of City Hall in Springfield, Mass., all donning hoodies in solidarity with Trayvon Martin Saturday morning.

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Amherst College panel discusses how Civil War affected town

On the Civil War’s sesquicentennial, a panel discussed the Civil War’s effects on the Amherst community.

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Slamming stories in under six minutes

At 8 p.m. tonight, students and community members will share stories about making bad choices at the Food For Thought Books Collective.

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Archbald to guide UMPD through transition phase

Patrick Archbald, who previously served as the deputy chief of the UMass Police Department, was selected in February to serve as the interim police chief after Chief Johnny Whitehead accepted a post at Rice University.

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‘Everybody knows somebody’: College students affected by eating disorders

One in five college students are said to suffer from some type of an eating disorder, according to eating disorder service provider Walden Behavioral Care.

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With grad rates falling, UMass stays ahead

Universities across the country are facing stagnant or falling graduation rates, even as costs of education and student debt rates continue to climb. UMass however, has bucked the trend and seen rising graduation rates in recent years.

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Western Mass. Primary turnout low; poll finds Obama leads in Bay State

Voter turnout in Tuesday’s primaries was low across western Mass., as citizens in the heavily Democratic area mostly abstained from selecting a Republican nominee for the presidency.

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Northampton City Council rejects National Authorization Act of 2012

The Northampton City Council recently passed a resolution rejecting the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 following a joint campaign effort.

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Housing code enforcer set to start in Amherst

A new housing code enforcement officer will begin work in Amherst. The job will primarily be focused on Amherst’s existing bylaws and codes with respect to housing and rental properties.

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UMPD officers file suit against department over audio surveillance

The lawsuit was prompted after the discovery of audio surveillance equipment that was recording on-duty officers from a number of the police station’s ceilings at all hours.

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Accident victim in good condition

The University of Massachusetts student who was hit by a vehicle early Saturday morning is reportedly in good condition.

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Synthetic Marijuana removed from Northampton head shops

Due to recent discoveries by medial officials that consumption
of synthetic marijuana is dangerous, the Northampton Police Department have recommended withdrawl of the substance from local head shops.

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Students protest proposed Keystone Pipeline

Student activists stood up at Earthfoods Café last week to urge students to call Sentator Scott Brown and protest the proposed Keystone Pipeline.

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Permaculture Committee dubbed ‘Pioneers’

The UMass Permaculture Committee recently won an award for their work on the permaculture garden located in front of Franklin Dining Common.

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Senator Stan Rosenberg recovers from surgery at home in Amherst

After undergoing surgery related to skin cancer treatment, State Sen. Stan Rosenberg is recovering and working at home. Rosenberg still intends to run for reelection.

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Craig’s Doors offers shelter to NCAA All-American athlete

Craig’s Doors, a shelter in the basement of First Baptist Church on North Pleasant Street, is where people from different backgrounds all over call home

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UMass administration and student government discuss Super Bowl disturbance

SGA members discussed administration response to Sunday’s gathering in a meeting Monday.

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UMass alum starts PAC

The UMass alumnus Jeromie Whalen is one of the founders of TestPAC– a political action committee designed by members of Reddit and dedicated to issues of Internet freedom and civil liberties.

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WinterFest comes to Amherst snow or shine

Last year’s annual WinterFest found Cherry Hill Golf Course coated with a thick blanket of snow; and though there has been a shortage of snow this year, the winter party is still in store for Saturday

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Despite the weather, Amherst market sets up shop

The Amherst Farmer’s Market continues to sell local food and crafts despite the cold season.

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From Zuccotti to Pulaski: Occupy movement visits Northampton

A march took place last Thursday following two days of organizing and training as Occupy Wall Street activists, on a five-week trip to various Occupy groups in the northeastern United States, interacted with protesters and labor groups from western Massachusetts.

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UPDATED: UMass students gather in Southwest after Super Bowl XLVI

On Sunday night, right after the New England Patriots fell to the New York Giants, 21-17, students at the University of Massachusetts proceeded to gather in the Southwest Residential Area and were dispersed by police.

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Despite the weather, Amherst market sets up shop

The Amherst Farmer’s Market continues to sell local food and crafts despite the cold season.

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Molander in process of withdrawing from UMass

Tyler Molander, the University of Massachusetts junior who distributed a letter in Southwest criticizing social interaction at UMass and announcing his intentions to start a “friends club,” has withdrawn from the University.

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Housing selection likely to change

A Residential Life document has started discussion on the reform of the housing priority system.

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Study: Marijuana negative health claims go up in smoke

Smoking marijuana does not damage the performance of people’s lungs, according to a recent study published by The Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Northampton man on probation for possession of 30 pounds of marijuana

A Northampton man pleaded guilty to the charge of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute after Northampton police were tipped off by postal workers.

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Dumpster fires send fears around north area

As the officers of the Amherst Police Department were questioning Travis Consolo, a student at the University of Massachusetts, about why he was lingering around a dumpster at Hobert Lane, the dumpster erupted into flames. He was promptly arrested on charges of setting fire to private personal property, according to MassLive.com. The 21-year-old student from Hanson, was arrested Around 12:30 a.m., soon after police approached Consolo. They had spotted him, along with two others, acting suspiciously around the dumpster, according to officers quoted by MassLive.com. Saturday morning’s fire was not the first to occur in this very dumpster,  Sgt. David…

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Governor proposes tax increase on cigarettes and candy for 2013

Governor Deval Patrick has proposed a tax increase on candy, cigarettes and soda to possibly take effect in 2013.

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Jean Kim meets with SGA about housing proposal

Jean Kim refused to sign the SGA motion to force Executive Director of Residence Life Edward Hull to work with the SGA or face a vote of “no confidence” citing a “number of inaccurate statements.”

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Amherst residents worried about polluted brook

Amherst residents are fighting to address issues with the Tan Brook, which many believe to be polluted.

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Cyber Monday offers shoppers incentives

Cyber Monday, which offers some deals that compete with Black Friday, is an alternative to many people, though not all like the online sale.

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Season finale: Front & Back: Episode X

Check out the season finale of the Front & Back. Herb Scribner and Billy Perkins give it their all in this final edition of the epic Collegian podcast.

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White Hut opens in Amherst Center

Earlier this month, a new White Hut was established in Amherst Center, and is trying to create a warm and friendly environment for its customers.

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Granddaughter of famous cartoonist explains his work

Writer Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson Brown, whose grandfather published the first original comic, spoke at the University of Massachusetts last night.

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Dishonesty goes viral

In a recent study conducted by professor Robert Feldman and graduate student Mattitiyahu Zimbler, people were found to be more likely to lie via email and instant-messaging than face-to-face.

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Pure Flight Disc Golf opens in Amherst, pledges $3,000 to Orchard Hill course

Featuring a window display of hundreds of colorful discs, Pure Flight disc golf opened Wednesday in Amherst. The store has pledges $3,000 towards the Orchard Hill Course.

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Five colleges receive grant to enhance a liberal arts education

In order to study how technology, such as online archives and digitally reconstructed houses, can improve a liberal arts education the Five Colleges have received a $1.5 million grant.

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Local survival center looks to have turkey on all tables

Amherst Survival Center works to alleviate the stress of the holiday season for people who cannot afford the traditional Thanksgiving feast.

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SGA appoint new Elections Chancellor

The SGA appointed a new Election Chancellor and allocated $4,350 of funds before leaving for Thanksgiving Break.

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PEACH collecting instruments for Haitians

The Hope on a String project is hoping that students will bring old instruments from home over break to donate to the cause, said coordinator Theresa Alphonse.

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Climatologist talks about career, experiences with the government

For Raymond Bradley, a distinguished professor of geosciences at the University of Massachusetts, the quest to get the public to understand climate change is never ending.

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Dumpster fires spreading concern on Hobart

The Amherst Fire Department is working around the clock to reveal suspects behind the cases of 27 dumpster fires that have occurred on Hobart Lane since August of 2010.

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Occupy protesters participate in local demonstrations

Local supporters of the Occupy Wall Street movement demonstrated outside the Bank of America on South Pleasant Street Thursday.

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Homelessness prevalent in Amherst area

Craig’s Doors, a homeless shelter in the basement of the First Baptist Church, has difficulties accommodating a growing homeless population.

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Student creates New England Objectivist Society

In order to discuss the ideas of objectivism, political science major Nathan Fatal has formed a new RSO called the New England Objectivist Society.

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Researchers investigate effects of sleep

At an annual conference being held this week in Washington, D.C., sleep researcher Rebecca Spencer and UMass doctoral student Laura Kurdziel are presenting their findings on sleep effects of the young and old.

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Amherst could be part of a different U.S. congressional district

The town of Amherst could soon be part of a different U.S. congressional district that encompasses many towns and cities in much of the central portion of the state.

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Barry Frank talks passion

Guest lecturer Barry Frank visited UMass yesterday and spoke about his 50-plus years of sports television broadcasting.

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Morse, Narkewicz win mayoral votes

Alex Morse – a 22-year-old lifelong Holyoke resident and Brown University graduate – has become the youngest mayor in the city’s history, defeating incumbent Elaine Pluta in an election yesterday.

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Professor Kassow talks about Nazi-occupied Poland during lecture

Samuel Kassow, Charles H. Northam Professor of History at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., answered that question in his lecture called “History and Catastrophe: Emanuel Ringelblum in the Warsaw Ghetto” last Wednesday.

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UMass professor Sut Jhally discusses the culture of advertisements

In a lecture on Monday night titled “Advertising & The End of the World,” UMass communications professor discussed the American culture in terms of its advertising.

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ESPN Senior Editor advises journalism students on shifting industry

ESPN editor Matthew Lee advised journalism students to hone their multimedia skills and pay their dues.

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Amherst Town Meeting begins tonight

The town of Amherst’s fall Town Meeting commences tonight at 7:30 in the Amherst Regional Middle School auditorium.

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Businesses in Amherst endure the October snowstorm

The fall snowstorm left some businesses without power and a loss of profit, while some pulled through and were able to serve customers.

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Caret officially inaugurated

Robert Caret was officially inaugurated as the next president of UMass yesterday.

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New Permaculture Garden, local food topics of first UMass Sustainability Fair

Production has begun on the construction of another permaculture garden by Berkshire Dining Common.

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OIT celebrates 50 years of computing at UMass

The Office of Information Technologies hosted a celebration last Thursday to honor 50 years of computing at the University.

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Wintry mid-autumn storm sweeps Western Mass., recovery begins

The rare fall nor’easter that pummeled the region Saturday left hundreds of thousands of people without power and toppled trees and branches across the Pioneer Valley and around much of the Northeast, shaking up normality for some.

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UMass reopens for Tuesday

UMass will be open and hold classes as normally scheduled today, but school officials are urging those traveling to campus take caution when heading out, a University spokesman said yesterday.

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Campus Center provides electricity, warmth for off-campus students

Several students shacked up in the Campus Center over the weekend because of the disastrous storm.

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Power outages plague Amherst area

Students and Amherst residents are coping the best they can considering the unforeseen circumstances that have cut power throughout most of western Massachusetts.

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Unprecedented storm darkens area

Amherst was but one town affected by a powerful and rare October Nor’easter that bulldozed through the region on Saturday, dumping several inches of snow, toppling trees and leaving millions without power in its frosty path.

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University cancels classes

The University of Massachusetts has cancelled all classes Monday because of the rare October snowstorm that struck the region over the weekend.

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Baby Berk a crowd-pleasing favorite for some UMass students

In about a month and a half’s time, the newest mobile meal machine to hit the streets of UMass is experiencing early success and high praise from the campus community.

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After risky business venture, Arthur Lafave’s risk pays off

Arthur Lafave became the Chief Financial Officer and Vice Chairman of the International Management Group, one of leading companies in sports, fashion and media, after choosing to leave behind a secure job.

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UMass kicks off first sustainability week

In an effort to change the way people think about sustainability, UMass is hosting its first ever sustainability week that will feature local food, a bike tour and a fair.

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Shelter Sunday raises over $10,000

Students and Amherst community members raised over $10,000 Sunday Oct. 16 as part of Shelter Sunday, an annual event where people canvas the town asking for donations.

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UMass hosts Five College Graduate and Professional School Information Day

UMass hosts a graduate level career fair to help students decide what to do after college.

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Runaway 400-pound pig holds up traffic in downtown Amherst

An 18-month-old sow from Simple Gift Farms escaped from the farm twice and headed downtown twice Monday.

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SGA appoints four new students to judiciary board

Without the often-contentious United States Senate inquisition of Supreme Court appointees, the SGA Senate confirmed four new students to the student judiciary board at its meeting on Monday night.

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Talker: Students not that worried about “ZooMass” label

Recently, Chancellor Robert Holub and Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and Campus Life Jean Kim have made comments to the SGA about the need to get rid of the name “ZooMass.”

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Supporters and opponents of capitalism host demonstrations in Amherst

Two demonstrations – “Occupy Amherst” and “I Love Capitalism” – took place near the Amherst Town Common yesterday.

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Hillel hosts 5th Annual Ride to Provide

The 5th Annual Ride to Provide, a noncompetitive bike ride to raise funds for charity, at the Hillel House drew largest turnout ever.

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President Caret begins statewide bus tour

University of Massachusetts President Robert Caret began a bus tour of Massachusetts yesterday in which he will meet with business and local officials to discuss how to improve the overall quality of the school.

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Referendum for Readership

Students have the opportunity to vote to bring back the Collegiate Readership Program which was cut last spring by the SGA to save money.

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Amherst Police arrest over 100 during weekend

Over 100 people were arrested or issued summons to court in Amherst last weekend in connection with several gatherings.

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Students rally in Amherst to protest Troy Davis execution

Students gathered in Amherst to protest the execution of Troy Davis, a convicted Georgia cop killer. Davis was executed by the state after 11 p.m.

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Alleged bank robbers taken into custody

Alleged suspects for a robbery on Tuesday have been taken into custody and are held on a $25,000 bail each.

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Stabbed students expected to survive

Students who were involved in a stabbing on Sunday are both expected to fully recover.

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Weekend events around UMass

A variety of events take place this weekend around UMass and the Pioneer Valley.

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Vermont teen missing since Irene

A group of searchers from Vermont are recruiting members of the UMass community to help in their efforts to locate missing teen Marble Arvidson.

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UMass students suffers injury at Meadow St. disturbance

A 20-year-old University of Massachusetts student suffered a severe head injury early Saturday morning after he was hit with a bottle.

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UMass campus, Amherst community remember Sept. 11

A number of memorial services were held this weekend to remember the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11.

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Carolyn Martin new Amherst College president

Carolyn Arthur “Biddy” Martin, the former chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has assumed the reigns of the presidency of Amherst College. Martin, who’s the very first woman to lead the prestigious liberal arts college, was tapped to become the next president of the school in June by the college’s Board of Trustees.  She arrived on campus a few weeks ago to begin her formal duties as president, Jide Zeitlin, the chairman of the Board of Trustees, said in a phone interview. Zeitlin described Martin as possessing an innate understanding and compassion for undergraduate liberal arts education. He also said…

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Coakley: Trustees violated open meeting law in search for president

A report released by the office of Attorney General Martha Coakley found that the UMass Board of Trustees violated Open Meeting Law in a variety of manners throughout the search for a new UMass president last winter.

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Annual Town Meeting to discuss a number of articles

This year’s Town Meeting is anticipated to take approximately six nights to discuss the various items on this year’s agenda, including approving this year’s budget.

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APD make cocaine bust on East Hadley Tues.

The Amherst Police Department announced that it had arrested Somrathona S. Soeng of Holyoke on charges of possession of cocaine near a location where gunshots were reportedly fired.

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Area students dig for local history

Amherst History Museum and the UMass anthropology department hosted a dig at Strong House property.

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Students celebrate festival of colors

Students enjoyed the Festival of Colors at Hampshire College yesterday.

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Legal Services wants students to know their rights in police encounters

SLSO Associate Director Corey Carvalho wants students to be better informed about their rights in dealing with authorities.

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Northampton Mayor Clare Higgins will leave office in September

Northampton Mayor Clare Higgins will leave office three months early to become the new executive director of Community Action.

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Amherst to purchase a new license plate reader with grant money

Amherst will be using an $18,945 grant purchase a device that can read 1,000 license plates per hour.

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Students spend spring break community organizing

Students across the Five Colleges participated in a Grassroots Community Development honors seminar class, passing their break trying to promote awareness of structural inequality while community organizing in Springfield, Boston and Danville, Va.

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Neighbors oppose solar plan at former landfill

The town of Amherst held a public forum Wednesday to discuss plans to turn a
former landfill off Old Belchertown Road into a solar development.

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Members of Select Board and library board of trustees elect new trustee

Members of Amherst’s Select Board and members of the town’s Jones Library Board of Trustees Monday night appointed Austin Sarat to a vacated position.

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Police gear up for end of school year

The University of Massachusetts Police Department and the Amherst Police Department will be adopting a two-pronged approach to curb dangerous drinking occurrences and noisy disorderly partying.

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One incumbent prevails, the other falls

Voters in Amherst yesterday chose to re-elect one incumbent, while they narrowly chose not re-elect the other incumbent in the town’s two contested town-wide races.

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Amherst election will determine town-wide board seats

The winners of two contested seats on town-wide boards will be decided today as voters across Amherst go to the polls.

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Clinton announces new initiative to encourage women in public service

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently announced a new initiative aimed at encouraging women’s participation in public service.

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Off Campus Housing Fair to take place today in Cape Cod Lounge

UMass Off Campus Housing will host an informational fair today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Cape Cod Lounge. Landlords will be on hand to answer questions.

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Adjovi raises awareness in campus lecture

Professor Roland Adjovi delivered a lecture at Thompson Hall on Tuesday afternoon to raise awareness about East African conflicts

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Rev. Sorrentino and Rev. Jones to share reading of book

Amherst College’s Frost Library will host a reading and discussion on a recent work by the college’s Director of Religious Life Paul Sorrentino.

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Select Board reviews bylaws statistics

A batch of mixed results has come out of an assessment of recent violations of Amherst’s noise and alcohol bylaws. Members of the town’s Select Board last night were brought up-to-speed last night.

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Town of Amherst continues to progress on Gateway Development Project

The town recently hired a planning consultant to help it further progress on the Gateway proposal, a joint-effort between the town and UMass.

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Students and community members protest Birthright

Approximately three dozen people gathered on the Amherst Commons to protest Birthright International, a crisis pregnancy center located on North Pleasant Street.

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Amherst group fights to preserve Hawthorne farmhouse

The Amherst group Friends of Hawthorne Farm have circulated a petition in an effort to preserve a historical farmhouse on Amherst’s E. Pleasant St.

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Select Board discusses parking meter options

The Amherst Select Board discussed possible changes to the town’s parking meters in a Monday evening meeting.

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Shop in downtown Amherst saved due to support from locals

After four months of uncertainty, Robert Green, the owner of Amherst Typewriter, finally got the money he needed to save his 35-year-old store.

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Famous local poet celebrates 90th birthday

Richard Wilbur, professor at Amherst College and Pulitzer Prize winning poet, celebrated his 90th birthday with a party held in his honor.

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Evans discusses marijuana reformation at UMass

Richard Evans, Northampton attorney, spoke on Monday night about how alcohol’s prohibition can contribute to marijuana law reformation.

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Local organization decodes federal budget

The National Priorities Project (NPP), a Northampton-based organization dedicated to breaking down the nuances and complexities of the federal budget, has released its annual report analyzing this year’s budget.

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Pride and Color posters vandalized

A recent campaign by the GLBTQREM group Pride and Color has been vandalized by an unknown source through defamation of their posters with duct tape.

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The future of creative writing

Despite setbacks, creative writing majors and the English department see a need for their skills in the future.

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North Andover wrestling coach charged with child pornography

The North Andover High School wrestling coach was arrested on charges of having child pornography in his home.

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New DA asks men stand up against violence at hoops game

Newly-elected Northwestern District Attorney Dave Sullivan will lead a pledge asking men never to abuse women and to report abuse if they know of it at Wednesday’s UMass men’s basketball game.

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Kerry addresses economy, foreign policy in NoHo

Senator John Kerry (D-MA) met with a group of his constituents at a Town Hall-style meeting in Northampton Saturday.

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Noise bylaw challenged as unconstitutional

Amherst resident David Abrami has denounced an unlawful noise bylaw in effect since 1987 as unconstitutional.

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Winterfest comes to Amherst

The annual Winterfest came to Amherst on Saturday with a record-high attendance and provides hours of entertainment.

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Roof comes down on UMass Rowing Team boats

The roof of the storage facility of the UMass Rowing Team caved in, destroying 13 boats, and costing an estimated $175,000 in damages.

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Wilco establishing local record company

Chicago rock band Wilco is created a new record company that will call Easthampton home.

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UMass and local church honor W.E.B. Du Bois

The W.E.B. Du Bois library will be work with St. John’s Congregational Church to honor the legacy of W.E.B. Du Bois.

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Pintado free to travel to Florida to face charges

Web Update – Feb. 10, 3:00 p.m. Michele Catalano, Manny Pintado’s sister, provided the Collegian Tuesday evening with further information about Mr. Pintado, the University of Massachusetts student suspected of threatening a Florida lawmaker and his family over a contentious immigration bill. Catalano said she is not a resident of Bergen County, N.J., although her phone number is registered to that area code, but that she is a resident of New Jersey. She also said that, despite reports from David Entin, a friend and fellow parishioner of Pintado’s at First Churches Northampton, Pintado does not have a daughter at Princeton…

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Manuel Pintado supporters pack Northampton courthouse

A crowd of about 50 supported attended Manuel Pintado’s court hearing Monday. Among those in attendance were two UMass sociology professors.

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Select Board approves new cab company at Monday meeting

Members of the town’s Select Board last night approved an application allowing The Green Cab Company, a subsidiary of the Peter Pan Bus Lines, to bring its fleet to town.

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Demonstrators protest situation in Egypt

On Saturday, scores of demonstrators turned out to protest Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and support the protests happening against him there.

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Hens may find new homes in Amherst

A new zoning bylaw set to be brought up at Town Meeting in May could simplify the process for Amherst residents to raise chickens.

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Video highlights: A march to support Egypt protests

Video from Saturday’s march in solidarity with the Egyptian people.

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Cairo to Amherst, protesters take to the streets

A march in solidarity with Egyptian protesters will be happening in Amherst on Saturday, Feb. 5.

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Hampshire College mourns death of beloved professor

“Professor Seydel was a very kind gentle person and dedicated professor known for his probing intellect and dedication to his students,” said Elaine Thomas, director of communications at Hampshire.

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UMass works with Healthy Environment, Healthy Springfield

UMass assistant professor Christine Rogers and others work with Healthy Environment, Healthy Springfield as part of an EPA grant.

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ABC may be finding new home

Amherst Brewing Co., currently located in the center of town on North Pleasant St., may be relocating its restaurant and bar to University Drive.

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Break-ins continue with students away

The Amherst Police Department continues to encourage citizens to take the necessary steps to protect their homes and belongings in the wake of a string of break-ins over winter break.

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Amherst organization receives award for achievement

The Amherst-based Campus and Community Coalition to Reduce High-Risk Drinking (CCC) was honored last week at a South Florida conference.

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Local police accredited by state commission

The Amherst Police Department, and the University of Massachusetts Police Department were one of 33 departments in the Commonwealth to be accredited by the state commission.

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Amherst Fire Department wins grant

The Amherst Fire Department recently won a grant for over $55,000 that will be applied to the purchase and installation of new equipment to improve communications.

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Jack Wilson to join UMass Lowell faculty

UMass President Jack Wilson will become UMass Lowell’s University Distinguished Professor of Higher Education, Emerging Technologies and Innovation once his position as president terminates in late June this year.

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Amherst officials discuss taxi business growth

Amherst town officials, business owners and police met to discuss the growing number of taxi companies in town.

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Springfield rated nation’s 35th most dangerous city

Springfield was rated America’s 35th most dangerous city this year by the CQ Press.

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