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Pro-Palestinian encampment disperses at UMass, but protests continue
04-30-2024 5:31 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...

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UMass faculty, librarians vote no confidence in chancellor over protest breakup
05-20-2024 8:28 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...


‘None of us deserved this’: Community members arrested at UMass Gaza protest critical of crackdown
05-10-2024 9:07 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — An Amherst resident with two children in the public schools, Jill Brevik made her way to the University of Massachusetts campus Tuesday evening to offer protection to students at a pro-Palestinian encampment, by bearing witness and...


UMass graduation speaker Colson Whitehead pulls out over quashed campus protest
05-09-2024 8:04 PM

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...


More than 130 arrested at pro-Palestinian protest at UMass
05-08-2024 10:18 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH and ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

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 dismantle tents and other parts of the site and...


Debt-burdened students, grads rally for relief
05-02-2024 4:39 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, to replace a broken-down...


Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author Colson Whitehead to speak at UMass commencement
05-01-2024 6:06 PM

Staff Writer

AMHERST — An author who has twice received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, earning that recognition and a National Book Award for 2016’s “The Underground Railroad,” will deliver the main address at the 154th undergraduate commencement at the...


Pro-Palestinian protesters set up encampment at UMass flagship, joining growing national movement
04-29-2024 5:23 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...


UMass set to inaugurate Javier Reyes as chancellor on Friday
04-22-2024 10:42 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Javier Reyes, whose leadership of University of Massachusetts flagship campus began July 1, will be formally inaugurated as the university’s 31st chancellor on Friday morning.The inauguration ceremony, being held at the Mullins Center and...


Sinkhole closes Eastman Lane in Amherst
04-19-2024 5:01 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A section of Eastman Lane, from the traffic signal at East Pleasant Street to just east of the entrance to Sylvan Lot 44, is closed after a leaking drainage culvert caused a sinkhole in the road Wednesday.Jersey barriers are set up and...


Reimagining the Hampshire Mall: UMass architecture students share their visions
03-14-2024 5:15 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — What would Hampshire Mall’s expansive 33-acre property off Route 9 in Hadley look like as mostly a housing complex? A class of budding architects and landscape architects at the University of Amherst have spent the last seven weeks imagining...


Slavery North: Researcher brings initiative, $2.65M grant to UMass to explore, tell story of enslaved people in northern U.S. and Canada
03-08-2024 1:40 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
02-25-2024 2:18 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...


Zoning breaks sought for four-story buildings on edge of UMass
02-13-2024 4:23 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
02-08-2024 7:28 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
01-29-2024 11:52 AM

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 students barred from studying abroad in wake of arrests at October sit-in
01-04-2024 9:02 PM

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...


Remembering a ‘kind, empathetic’ man who was a talented artist and a friend of children
12-22-2023 4:15 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Eileen Claveloux first met the late Klaus Postler when they were in an MFA program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the late 1990s. Aside from their mutual interest in art, she was intrigued by the way he sometimes wrote: backward.It...


UMass forming working group on civil campus discourse
12-18-2023 10:45 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...


UMass ends practice of posting arrestees’ names after outcry
12-08-2023 2:46 PM

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...


Pause in activism? Protesters at UMass unswayed by meeting with Chancellor Reyes
10-27-2023 5:32 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — An hourlong meeting Thursday between senior leaders at the University of Massachusetts, including Chancellor Javier Reyes, and students who organized a rally and sit-in Wednesday to support Palestinian rights and protest the ongoing...

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