Assistant coach Ben Barr, a major reason for UMass hockey’s prized recruiting class

The Minutemen’s assistant coach recruited several classes that went on to win national championships.

Uber-achievers, students striving to lessen their college debt

How students navigate the rising costs of tuition with Uber.

To counter and balance: A place for conversation in the opinion pages

Maral Margossian explains the integral role of presenting diverse viewpoints in the op/ed page.

Active Minds strives to start conversation about mental health, end stigma

Students can come to meetings on every other Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Ten affordable date ideas for Valentine’s Day

Celebrate Valentine’s Day on a college budget.

Cyr: With external expectations at an all-time low, UMass football needs to give the fans a reason to invest in the future

With a group of talented starters graduating last season, The Minutemen entered 2016 ranked dead-last in numerous national preseason polls

Time to shine

After sitting behind Blake Frohnapfel for the past two seasons, quarterback Ross Comis is ready to lead the Minutemen in their first season as an FBS Independent.

A sneak peek at UMass’ fall semester Fine Arts lineup

A first look at the packed schedule of events and concerts on the table this season

Happy trails: hiking routes in and around Amherst

Annamarie Wadiak previews a few trails to explore before the start of summer break.

‘STOMP’ returns to Pioneer Valley, surprises audience

The iconic percussion performance troupe brought its unique energy to the Fine Arts Center on Tuesday and Wednesday evening.

VIDEO: “Take a Seat” captures Pioneer Valley artists’ varying styles and perspectives

See “Take a Seat” exhibition at the UMass Museum of Contemporary Art before upcoming auction.

UMass Theatre Guild preps for eclectic spring season

The student-run organization has auditions for a two-act play and musical revue scheduled for this weekend and next, respectively.

Local café The Works hosts retro vibe, quick and healthy foods

The Works Bakery and Café makes it easy to “eat well and feel good.”

IPO reaches out to local families to host international students for Thanksgiving

Jennifer Ryan, a local host, calls the program “a great way to make connections.”

Local Pioneer Valley food banks aim to fight hunger

Organizations work to provide nutritious and fresh food for those who have difficulty obtaining it.

Grant awarded to UMass researchers studying link between chemicals and breast cancer

The National Institute of Health and Environmental Sciences announced a grant of more than $3.5 million to a research project led by UMass faculty.

Why western Massachusetts is the perfect place to enjoy cider

Celebrate the fall season in Amherst with an easily-accessible glass of apple cider.

Former Israeli soldiers and Palestinian fighters to speak in Pioneer Valley

Former combatants aim to highlight their desire for a nonviolent end to the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

Songs for Syria benefit concert a success in Northampton

About 500 people attended the event organized by the Valley Syrian Relief Committee

Dalai Lama cancels UMass visit

Tenzin Gyatso, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, canceled his Oct. 25 visit to the campus, citing medical concerns.