The cost of attending the University of Massachusetts for the 2014-15 academic year will not increase for the majority of undergraduates. The state’s taxpayers will be putting more toward the cost of a UMass education.
The University of Massachusetts board of trustees voted to freeze tuition and mandatory fees for in-state undergraduate students for the second year in a row. The back-to-back freeze is a first in recent UMass history.
One of the biggest users of electricity in western Massachusetts is partnering with the region’s largest public utility company on a three-year action plan to increase energy efficiency.
Representatives of UMass Amherst and Western Massachusetts Electric Company signed an agreement Thursday to develop plans to reduce campus energy use by at least 2 percent annually for the next three years.
James Sheehan, UMass Vice Chancellor of Administration and Finance said if the electricity use reduction goals are met, it will save the university $1 million.
A recent trend of athletes making news with public disclosures of their sexuality continued on the UMass Amherst campus, where basketball player Derrick Gordon announced he is gay. Gordon is the first openly gay NCAA Division I men’s basketball player.
During a round of interviews with dozens of reporters on Wednesday, Gordon, a sophomore from New Jersey, said he just wanted to be himself, live a happy life, and not hide the truth any longer. He was not necessarily looking to become a trailblazer.
University of Massachusetts basketball player Derrick Gordon has announced he is gay. He is the first openly gay athlete in Division 1 men’s basketball. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Genny Beemyn, the director of the Stonewall Center at UMass Amherst – the campus L-G-T-B center.
Following an outdoor party-turned-riot that led to 55 arrests at UMass Amherst this past weekend, the university has brought on Boston’s former police commissioner to review the events. Police donned riot gear and used pepper pellets to control the 4,000 partiers at Saturday’s Blarney Blowout.
Though just 21 of the 55 arrested at Saturday’s Blarney Blowout are enrolled at UMass Amherst, roughly 100 students marched across campus Tuesday demanding an apology from Amherst police for what some students are calling excessive use of force. Amherst police were the lead agency in responding to the alcohol-fueled outdoor daytime party that drew more than 4,000.
The Republican newspaper of Springfield cross-referenced the list of those either arrested or issued a court summons against the student directory, and less than half attend UMass. One UMass employee was also charged.
Officials at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have released an independent report on residence hall security. The review was commissioned following an alleged gang rape in a residence hall last year.
UMass will spend an estimated $2 million over the next three years to improve security in the residence halls on the flagship campus as recommended by the 214-page report. UMass Amherst Police Chief John Horvath said there will be new guest registration procedures, changes to the physical layout of residence halls, fixes to problems with doors, alarms and access cards.
The planned opening of a University of Massachusetts satellite campus in downtown Springfield next year is expected to provide an economic boost to the region’s largest city. The UMass center is a key component of a downtown revitalization strategy, and the course offerings will be tailored to local workforce development needs