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A 21-year-old Pittsfield man has been convicted of raping a University of Massachusetts freshman in her Amherst dorm room nearly three years ago.

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The University of Massachusetts Amherst has hired attorney and former town official Eric Beal as the first neighborhood liaison. The new position was a key recommendation from former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis , who was hired by the university to consult on how to handle large off-campus disturbances in the wake of the infamous 2014 “ Blarney Blowout.”  

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Beal.

A Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and longtime English professor at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst has died. James Tate was 71.


The cost of attending the University of Massachusetts will go up next year by hundreds of dollars. University officials approved contingency tuition and fee hikes today with the final increases to be determined once the Massachusetts state budget is finalized.

The University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees, meeting Wednesday on the flagship Amherst campus, voted to hike mandatory student charges by an average of 7 percent. The exact charges vary by campus.  The fee hike for undergraduates at UMass Amherst totals $913.

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New research from the University of Massachusetts Amherst asserts that wage theft is rampant in the residential construction industry in Massachusetts.  A series of case studies found workers – mostly immigrants -- who went unpaid for weeks, were denied pay for overtime, or paid less than they were promised.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with the lead author of the paper, Tom Juravich, a UMass Amherst labor professor.


Martin Meehan, the president-elect of the University of Massachusetts, visited the flagship Amherst campus today.   It was his first campus visit since he was chosen to be the system president by a unanimous vote of the UMass Board of Trustees last Friday.  Meehan, a former U.S. Congressman and current chancellor at UMass Lowell, took questions from a group of students.  

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Last month was the coldest February on record in many places in the Northeast, and in some places it was the coldest month ever recorded.  At Amherst, Massachusetts, where official continuous weather observations have been recorded since 1893, last month’s average temperature was 11.2 F.  The previous record for any month was 11.6 F set in February 1934.    WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Mike Rawlins, manager of the Climate System Research Center at UMass Amherst.

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Following dozens of arrests last year, the University of Massachusetts Amherst plans to limit the number of campus guests and increase police presence during an annual weekend party known as Blarney Blowout.

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