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  • UMass guard 1st gay D-I basketball player

    04/10/2014 5:32:22 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 19 replies
    UMass guard Derrick Gordon hopes his decision to become the first openly gay player in Division I men’s basketball will inspire others. “There are a lot of kids out there in my situation, probably far worse situations,” he said in a phone interview with The Associated Press. “Maybe I can give a lot of kids that confidence that they need to get over that hump.”
  • Dozens arrested at Massachusetts ‘Blarney Blowout’ (UMass Amherst campus)

    03/08/2014 4:08:20 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 8, 2014 6:55 PM EST
    Police in riot gear have arrested at least 35 people participating in the pre-St. Patrick’s Day “Blarney Blowout” at the University of Massachusetts’ flagship campus in Amherst. […] Amherst Police Capt. Jennifer Gundersen says officers used pepper spray to disperse the crowd. …
  • UMass-Amherst professor defends her gov't-funded duck genitalia research

    04/05/2013 12:21:26 PM PDT · by matt04 · 29 replies
    he past few days, the Internet has been filled with commentary on whether the National Science Foundation should have paid for my study on duck genitalia, and 88.7 percent of respondents to a Fox news online poll agreed that studying duck genitalia is wasteful government spending. The commentary supporting and decrying the study continues to grow. As the lead investigator in this research, I would like to weigh in on the controversy and offer some insights into the process of research funding by the NSF. My research on bird genitalia was originally funded in 2005, during the Bush administration. Thus...
  • Geologists: Shale gas likely under Connecticut River Valley, but would be hard to exploit

    12/13/2012 5:47:50 PM PST · by matt04 · 7 replies
    Fracking, the controversial method of extracting shale gas or other petroleum from deep below the earth's surface, might be possible in the Connecticut River Valley, geologists say. But the rock deposits likely to bear gas are thin here and difficult to access, making commercial exploitation of the resource unlikely in the near future. “It's not hard to hit,” said James L. Coleman Jr., a research geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. “It's hard to do anything with once you get it.” Coleman was one of the speakers Thursday at a day-long conference on the future of shale gas, hydraulic fracturing...
  • UMass, EPA agree-plan to replace contaminated windows at Lederle Grad Research Ctr over 15 yr period

    09/12/2012 4:58:08 PM PDT · by matt04 · 10 replies
    Federal environmental officials and the University of Massachusetts have entered into a consent agreement for which the university will remove windows contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyl at the John W. Lederle Graduate Research Center over 15 years. According to a prepared statement from the Environmental Protection Agency, UMass discovered that the window glazing at the research center was contaminated with high levels of contaminants after finishing a window-caulking project in 2009. UMass has agreed to replace and dispose of all 900 PCB-contaminated windows over the next 15 years at a cost of about $3 million. The university will complete window cleaning,...
  • Amherst Town Meeting, Sep 10, 2001, 12 hours before the first plane struck the WTC

    09/09/2012 4:51:28 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 24 replies
    self YouTube ^ | 09/09/2012 | RaceBannon
    This town hall meeting took place Sep 10, 2001 in Amherst Mass 12 hours before the first plane struck the towers in New York City, before the Pentagon was hit, and before Flight 93 was taken down in a suicide dive by the terrorists who were beign overrun by brave Americans. This video is significant because of the statements made at the 40 minute to 50 minute mark and again at the 1 hour 10 minute mark which were in response to comments made at the 45 minute mark. Keep in mind this was made 12 hours before the World...
  • UMass students rally at student union as part of OWS movement; profs urge change to socialism

    10/16/2011 3:59:43 PM PDT · by matt04 · 37 replies
    More than 200 students gathered outside the University of Massachusetts Student Union to continue their call for economic justice as part of the Occupy Wall Street movement, which enters its 26th day. ... Student after student on Wednesday told stories of parents losing jobs and health care, or of having mounting student debt caused by what they say is Wall Street greed. Some bore signs reading “1 percent stop bogarting your stash.” There were chants of “one solution, revolution,” and a call to spread the word about Occupy UMass so there would be enough students and others to occupy a...
  • UMass wins five-year, $7.5 million federal grant to host Northeast Climate Science Center

    10/07/2011 11:43:56 AM PDT · by matt04 · 5 replies
    The University of Massachusetts Amherst has been awarded a $7.5 million federal grant over five years to lead a consortium of seven universities and host the Northeast Climate Science Center. The climate center is one of eight in the country established by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar since he founded the program in 2009, according to a press release. The center at UMass includes New England and states west to Minnesota and south to Maryland. The money will support federal, state and other agencies by studying the effects of climate change on ecosystems, wildlife, water and other resources in...
  • UMass study: Poor in Pioneer Valley getting poorer

    08/22/2011 2:29:33 PM PDT · by matt04 · 12 replies
    Western Massachusetts’ poorest residents have less buying power now than they had in 1979, according to a study released Monday by the University of Massachusetts. In 1979, the poorest 20 percent of Pioneer Valley residents earned $20,983 once figures are adjusted for inflation to represent 2009 dollars, according MassBenchmarks, a study of the state’s economy prepared by the University of Massachusetts’ Donahue Institute and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. By 2008, that annual income had fallen to an inflation adjusted $15,992. “Meaning that a poor family was doing significantly better in 1979,” said Michael D. Goodman, an author of...
  • Chancellor at UMass may face ax (cavalier attitude toward increasing diversity)

    05/22/2011 5:24:35 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 19 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | May 22, 2011 | Tracy Jan
    A committee evaluating UMass Amherst chancellor Robert Holub is recommending that his contract not be renewed following a series of missteps that critics say reflect a politically tone deaf leadership style, the latest example being a thwarted plan to open a medical school in Springfield ... Holub would not directly comment on his status, but defended his record in an interview. “In my view, things are all going in the right direction,’’ he said. “I have every academic indicator on my side. I have so much of a stake in things that are going on here. So much of what...
  • UMass students celebrate after news of Osama bin Laden's death (video)

    05/02/2011 9:23:26 PM PDT · by matt04 · 20 replies
    The official news of Osama bin Laden's death was less than two hours old when students began to gather in the Southwest residential area for an impromptu demonstration. Flags were flown, fireworks erupted, chants of "USA! USA!" could be heard as well as renditions of "God Bless America" and "Party in the USA." A bonfire was formed and toilet paper on a tree was lit on fire. Students climbed atop the roof of a dining commons to the delight of the crowd.
  • On day 2, pro-pot Extravaganja festival called "a Renaissance of freedom"

    04/17/2011 11:39:21 PM PDT · by matt04 · 5 replies
    AMHERST – Rocker Steve Miller is a self-declared “midnight toker,” but he’s got nothing on hundreds of people on the Amherst town commons Sunday who sparked up at noon. The 20th annual Extravaganja festival, put on by the University of Massachusetts at Amherst’s Cannabis Reform Coalition, kicked off Saturday and continued for two days, the first time it has lasted more than one day since its inception. The event was chock-full of speakers, vendors and bands and was meant to raise awareness of the pro-marijuana legalization movement. This year was also the first time participants were allowed to smoke marijuana...
  • UMass Memorial Health Care to cut 350 jobs

    10/13/2010 7:25:56 AM PDT · by greatdefender · 10 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | October 12, 2010 | Robert Weisman
    Strained by flat patient volume and pressure from health insurers, UMass Memorial Health Care told employees today that it will eliminate about 350 jobs, nearly 2.6 percent of its 13,700-person workforce, in the state's largest hospital cutback this year. The health care system, which operates the three-campus UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester and four community hospitals in Central Massachusetts, said it expects to lay off 130 workers, freeze another 120 vacant jobs, and shed the equivalent of 100 jobs by reducing overtime and shifting employees from full time to part time. "We're trying to prepare ourselves for the longer...
  • UMass project must use unions (at a cost of $100 million)

    06/16/2010 1:22:38 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 12 replies · 408+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | June 16, 2010 | Noah Bierman
    A state authority voted this week to mandate the use of union workers on a $750 million overhaul of the University of Massachusetts Boston campus, a contentious decision already making waves in the race for governor. The remaking of the campus is a rare mega-project in what remains a sluggish economy for builders. Groups supporting nonunion contractors say the move is anticompetitive, politically motivated, and costly. Supporters of the union-only rule, including Governor Deval Patrick, say it will guarantee a higher quality workforce and eliminate the risk of union strikes, thus diminishing the potential for slowing down the complex overhaul...
  • UMass Medical to invite freshmen (with 10% minority or low-income set-aside)

    01/25/2010 2:48:37 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 17 replies · 714+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | January 25, 2010 | Tracy Jan
    WORCESTER - The University of Massachusetts Medical School, seeking to bolster the number of minority physicians in Massachusetts, plans to offer high school seniors the rare opportunity to gain admission to college and medical school at the same time. Under an initiative set to be finalized today, the state’s only public medical school will partner with UMass campuses in Boston, Amherst, Lowell, and Dartmouth to create a joint baccalaureate-MD program that would ensure admission for aspiring doctors from underrepresented ethnic and socioeconomic groups. UMass officials say they hope the Medical Scholars Program - among a few of its kind in...
  • UMass to allow bomber to speak

    11/10/2009 12:17:04 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 11 replies · 875+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 11/10/09 | Michele McPhee and Dave Wedge
    A fuming Gov. Deval Patrick is taking on University of Massachusetts officials who now say they must allow a convicted terror bomber to speak on campus because of “academic freedom” - even after angry cops thought the event had been stopped. “Gov. Patrick is outraged and extremely disappointed at reports that the University of Massachusetts has again extended a speaking invitation to Raymond Luc Levasseur,” said Patrick spokesman Joe Landolfi. The governor last night called on UMass brass to “review” the abrupt about-face. Levasseur, now under federal parole in a Maine halfway house, was the radical leader of United Freedom...
  • Race-Based Student Government

    09/24/2009 8:21:28 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 3 replies · 721+ views
    Campus Report ^ | September 24, 2009 | Alana Goodman
    Race-Based Student Government by: Alana Goodman, September 24, 2009 Racism is alive and well at the University of Massachusetts. And I’m not talking about the hysterical, trumped-up allegations of racism made by people like Henry Louis Gates and Jimmy Carter at the mere mention of legitimate criticism about Barack Obama’s policies. I mean clear-cut, systematic, institutionalized racism. Just look at our Student Government Association (SGA) By-Laws. As we prepare to swear in our elected representatives to the SGA Senate next week, UMass students should be aware that 13 percent of our SGA Senators will not have even competed in Tuesday’s...
  • Feder’s hate crime speech cut short by protests (campus Leftist Nazis silence conservative)

    03/12/2009 5:58:42 AM PDT · by pabianice · 28 replies · 1,438+ views
    UMass Daily Collegian ^ | 3/12/09 | Butterfield
    Both sides wanted controversy, and both sides got it. In the Cape Cod Lounge Wednesday night, conservative pundit Don Feder took the podium after University of Massachusetts Republican Club president Greg Collins introduced him to a swarm of boos. The event devolved from there. Shortly before the speech began, a large group of protesters carrying “anti-hate” signs assembled and filed into the room, where they were met at the door by UMass police. From the start, the protesters made their voices heard. “There’s absolutely no room for hate speech on this campus,” said winter 2008 graduate Natalia Tylim. Her friend,...
  • UMASS Amherst to give credit to students who campaign for Barack Obama

    09/23/2008 11:28:35 AM PDT · by wrhssaxensemble · 7 replies · 341+ views
    AP; Boston Herald ^ | September 23, 2008 | Associated Press
    <p>University of Massachusetts officials yesterday quashed efforts by an Amherst campus chaplain to offer two college credits to any student willing to campaign in New Hampshire this fall for Democrat Barack Obama.</p> <p>Chaplain Ken Higgins told students in a Sept. 18 e-mail, “If you’re scared about the prospects for this election, you’re not alone. The most important way to make a difference in the outcome is to activate yourself. It would be just fine with McCain if Obama supporters just think about helping, then sleep in and stay home between now and Election Day.”</p>
  • UMass Board Finance Committee Approves "Welcome Home" [Vet Fee Waivers]

    05/28/2008 10:13:06 AM PDT · by Disturbin · 3 replies · 157+ views
    University of Massachusetts ^ | May 28, 2008 | UMass
    BOSTON- The UMass Board of Trustees Committee on Administration & Finance today voted to advance a policy called the "Welcome Home Waiver Program," to the full Board for a vote on June 12. The proposal would extend a partial fee waiver to Massachusetts veterans who have served in the Iraq and Afghanistan combat areas since September 11, 2001. Under the program, Massachusetts veterans who gain admission to degree programs at UMass would be eligible for an annual mandatory fee waiver of up to $2,000 for a maximum of eight semesters (total value $8,000). The program targets the same combat veteran...
  • Progress needs an open door [keep barf bag handy]

    05/23/2008 8:26:50 AM PDT · by Disturbin · 5 replies · 152+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | May 23, 2008 | Globe Staff
    IT'S WELL KNOWN that innovation is the lifeblood of the Massachusetts economy. At every period of stagnation or decline over the past 400 years, someone's bright ideas have turned the tide. Too little valued, however, is the central role played by minorities and women in helping Massachusetts thrive. This morning, the state's political, business, and civic leaders will spotlight the contribution of a diverse workforce to the region's success, and challenge each other to do more. Much more. A 2006 report by the Boston History and Innovation Collaborative found that of 64 game-changing innovations in Massachusetts - from wiping out...
  • Choose ‘honorees’ with care [UMass to repeal Mugabe degree]

    05/14/2008 10:35:28 AM PDT · by Disturbin · 5 replies · 55+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | May 14, 2008 | Boston Herald editorial staff
    The University of Massachusetts appears poised to “rescind” an honorary degree that it issued to Robert Mugabe more than two decades ago, a degree, with all due respect to the university, that the Zimbabwean dictator probably has forgotten all about. But it’s an important symbolic gesture to many students and faculty and to one prominent state lawmaker, and UMass President Jack Wilson has agreed that the connection between Mugabe and the university, however tenuous it might be, ought to be publicly severed. In a statement Wilson said the degree was issued at a time when Mugabe appeared to be “a...
  • A Nation of Men and Not Laws: The Leftist Perversion of American Thought

    05/14/2008 8:08:42 AM PDT · by wrhssaxensemble · 3 replies · 137+ views
    UMASS Republican Club Newsletter
    A Nation of Men and Not Laws: The Leftist Perversion of American Thought By: Rob Shepherd (Mr. Shepherd is a first-year law student at Quinnipiac School of Law and the former three-term Treasurer of the Club; he doesn’t like hippies) As National Review's Richard Brookheiser noted in his most recent work, answering what the Founding Fathers would think of our modern nation is largely left up to interpretation. Thus, while some may claim that issues such as the abortion or drug legalization run contrary to the goals of our nation's founders, this assertion is left up to debate. What is...
  • Treading carefully with China (junket alert)

    04/10/2008 9:49:23 AM PDT · by Disturbin · 2 replies · 106+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | April 10, 2008 | Joan Vennochi
    TO HIGHLIGHT China's repressive policies, protesters are attacking the Olympic torch as it wends its way to Beijing and the summer games. It's embarrassing for the moment, but China knows the real score. In the long run, the drive for human profit always beats the drive for human rights. Massachusetts offers a tiny but telling glimpse into that broad economic reality. On April 1, University of Massachusetts president Jack M. Wilson announced an agreement with Chinese officials to offer government-sanctioned online classes in the communist nation of 1.3 billion. The deal, UMass officials said, could generate up to $5 million...
  • UMass sophomore's death ruled a suicide (flying leap)

    04/08/2008 9:40:42 AM PDT · by Disturbin · 1 replies · 88+ views
    Mass Live ^ | April 7, 2008 | George Graham
    AMHERST - Investigators have determined the Friday morning death of a 20-year-old University of Massachusetts student was a suicide. Liam O'Donnelly of Hingham died of multiple trauma, Terrel W. Harris, communications director for the state Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, said of the autopsy finding. UMass Amherst Police responded to a report of someone jumping from the 17th floor of the John Quincy Adams residence hall around 3:30 a.m. that day O'Donnelly was a sophomore studying resource economics at UMass. Campus spokesman Edward F. Blaguszewski said O'Donnelly lived in a single-person room. The case was investigated by campus...
  • For UMass, a good long look in the mirror

    02/13/2008 6:32:13 AM PST · by pabianice · 25 replies · 162+ views
    UMass Daily Collegian ^ | 2/13/08 | Lerner
    February is designated "Black History Month." Thus, it feels rather appropriate to bring up some black history and relate it to UMass. In short, UMass's black history, like this nation's black history, reflects pretty poorly on the school's treatment of blacks. The figures for minority and Afro-American access are dismal and do not look like they are getting much better unless drastic changes occur. This is a tragic and untenable phenomenon that must be dealt with. If we look around the UMass campus, sometimes it feels like Hitler won WWII and somehow managed to invade and conquer the United States...
  • Bay State's $1B [BILLION] life sciences lifeline (taxpayer-funded stem cell research)

    12/28/2007 9:56:38 AM PST · by Disturbin · 2 replies · 150+ views
    Mass High Tech ^ | Dec 28, 2007 | Ryan Mcbride
    There are plenty of stakeholders with plans riding on Gov. Deval Patrick's proposed $1 billion state investment in life sciences -- from the people for whom life-saving innovation is being developed to the scientists, educators, entrepreneurs and businesses depending on state support to thrive and commercialize. Yet for all of the political wrangling, public discussion and media attention since Patrick introduced the bill in May, the bill has yet to move through the state Legislature, receive funding or prompt state officials to name a new executive director to the agency slated to manage the bulk of funding associated with the...
  • The End of Debate (college conservatives strike back)

    11/28/2007 1:13:00 PM PST · by pabianice · 20 replies · 121+ views
    UMass Daily Collegian ^ | 11/28/07 | Duffy
    Trying to debate with a liberal is probably one of the most maddening things that you will ever attempt to do. Their modus operandi is to cut off the conversation as quickly as possible, usually by declaring your argument "out of bounds," according to their debate rule book. Arguing with a liberal is kind of like arguing with the umpire in baseball, except for the fact someone actually gave the umpire his authority, whereas liberals just think that they were born with theirs. As conservative satirist Ann Coulter once brilliantly noted, "It's difficult to have a simple conversation ... when...
  • [UMass] Republican club leads anti-rally [against student strike]

    11/15/2007 9:47:28 AM PST · by Disturbin · 9 replies · 324+ views
    Daily Collegian ^ | Nov 15, 2007 | Derrick Perkins
    Members of the University of Massachusetts Republican club spoke out against today's planned student strike during a rally on the steps of the Student Union at noon yesterday. Standing below a display advertising the two-day student boycott of classes in the window of the Student Government Association [SGA] offices, Republican club leaders called the strike a "politically motivated stunt" and the grievances filed by the SGA and Graduate Student Senate [GSS] "ridiculous." "These two misguided and self-interested student organizations do not care about the best interests of all students," said club President Brad DeFlumeri. "Rather, they are calling a strike...
  • UMass professor busted in sex sting [says he was doing "research"]

    11/14/2007 10:06:54 AM PST · by Disturbin · 63 replies · 273+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | Nov 14, 2007 | O'Ryan Johnson
    A noted Bay State doctor who has written several of papers on sexually transmitted diseases was arrested allegedly trying to pick up a hooker in Worcester during a weekend sex sting and reportedly said he was just doing research. Dr. Peter Rice, 65, said he is through talking about his arrest and referred all questions to his lawyer. "I'm not going to be answering any questions about this," he told the Herald last night. Rice, who is Yale-educated, specializes in infectious diseases and immunology, according to his biography on the UMass Web site. He told the Worcester Telegram and Gazette...
  • UMB (UMass Boston) Professor Speaks about UN's Role in Darfur Massacre

    10/31/2007 9:54:07 AM PDT · by Disturbin · 4 replies · 30+ views
    The Mass Media ^ | Oct 29, 2007 | Alexander Dearlove Toorish
    The newly created Model UN club, led by founder and President, Brenda Traccia, recently organized a speech addressing the horrors of the Sudan massacres and the hesitancy of the UN to declare the situation a genocide. Political Science Professor at UMass Boston, Robert Wiener, spoke to a crowd of 40 people about the United Nations and its role in the action to stop the killing in Sudan. He explained that the United Nations defines genocide as acts committed with intention to destroy ethical racial or religious group, through such actions as killing or causing serious body or mental harm. "The...
  • [Embryonic] Stem-cell bank, registry to open soon (funded by taxpayers)

    10/29/2007 9:52:32 AM PDT · by Disturbin · 3 replies · 268+ views
    Worcester Telegram ^ | Oct 29, 2007 | Worc Telegram
    Plans for an embryonic stem-cell bank at the University of Massachusetts Medical School for researchers around the globe took a major step forward last week when the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center authorized more than $8 million for the bank and an associated registry. It is a significant step in Central Massachusetts’ evolution as a major center of biotechnology and biomedical research. Interim chancellor Michael F. Collins said the bank should be operating within eight to 12 months, the registry even sooner than that. That is in keeping with the fast pace at which Gov. Deval L. Patrick’s life sciences and...
  • Massachusetts Lagging in Exporting Abroad [blame Mitt, increase spending]

    10/24/2007 12:09:29 PM PDT · by Disturbin · 8 replies · 42+ views
    South Coast Today ^ | Oct 23, 2007 | David Kibbe
    BOSTON — Massachusetts is falling behind other states in exports to foreign markets, in large part due to neglect by former Gov. Mitt Romney, according to a report released Monday by the Senate Post Audit and Oversight Committee. The report calls on Massachusetts to create a global competitiveness advisory board, increase the number of state trade missions to foreign markets, and re-open overseas trade offices that the state closed earlier this decade. "We need to reinvest and make this a priority," said Sen. Marc R. Pacheco, D-Taunton, who chairs the committee. The report was endorsed by Daniel O'Connell, the secretary...
  • UMass student loses grade suit (boo hoo)

    10/24/2007 9:51:43 AM PDT · by Disturbin · 44 replies · 195+ views
    The Republican ^ | Oct 24, 2007 | Eric Athas
    AMHERST - University of Massachusetts student Brian C. Marquis may have to settle for the "C" he received in a philosophy course. A judge in U.S. District Court, Springfield, has determined Marquis failed in his effort to prove grounds for a civil rights case against the university over the letter grade he contended didn't match the numerical rating he'd received. Marquis sued the university last winter, claiming UMass officials violated his rights. The lawsuit was dismissed recently by Judge Michael A. Ponsor, but Marquis says he might not be finished. "Grades are very serious, and they should be taken seriously...
  • Patrick aides hint at Tocco's removal

    10/16/2007 9:39:50 AM PDT · by Disturbin · 35+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | October 16, 2007 | Frank Phillips
    Governor Deval Patrick, determined to exert control over the University of Massachusetts system, is undaunted by his failed bid last month to remove UMass board chairman Stephen P. Tocco and is still planning his ouster, according to administration officials. Patrick aides have been testing sentiment among UMass trustees and said they expect the governor to have sufficient support to remove Tocco in a matter of months. Patrick was publicly stung when his allies on the board could not muster enough votes last month to force out the influential Tocco, who is an appointee of Governor Mitt Romney, a Republican, but...
  • McCormack Graduate School professor leads secret Iraq peace talks

    09/21/2007 6:58:20 AM PDT · by Disturbin · 5 replies · 125+ views
    UMass Boston ^ | Sept 4, 2007 | Comm & Community Relations
    September 4, 2007 – After four days of discussions in Finland, 16 delegates from Sunni and Shiite groups in Iraq have agreed to a 12-point framework intended to guide Iraq to a lasting peace. The secret talks were organized by the University of Massachusetts Boston’s John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies and Helsinki-based Crisis Management Initiative. Helping lead the discussions were several veterans of the peace processes in Northern Ireland and South Africa, including McCormack Graduate School’s Padraig O’Malley, holder of the John Joseph Moakley Chair of Peace and Reconciliation. “The road to reconciliation in Iraq, like in...
  • Statement From UMass President On Governor's Stem Cell Policy Announcement

    04/07/2007 8:42:10 AM PDT · by Disturbin · 206+ views
    University of Massachusetts ^ | March 30, 2007 | UMass President's Office
    Statement From UMass President On Governor's Stem Cell Policy Announcement Today & UMass Stem Cell Initiatives University of Massachusetts President Jack M. Wilson today expressed his strong support for Governor Patrick's proposal to reverse state restrictions on stem cell research imposed by the previous administration, citing the importance of the research in developing cures for disease and in maintaining Massachusetts' national leadership in the life science industry. Wilson also serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, which oversees state funding for life science initiatives. "As the president of the University of Massachusetts, which does...
  • Radical Left tries to attack College Republican Club again

    03/09/2007 10:07:35 AM PST · by wrhssaxensemble · 25 replies · 1,193+ views
    Tempers flare at ROTC Rally Groups nearly come to blows outside Student Union By: Wes Rahn, Collegian Staff Issue date: 3/9/07 Section: News Approximately 30 students shouted anti-war sentiments at speakers at the Student Union yesterday to protest a student rally, held by the Republican Club. Media Credit: Cristian Gomez/Collegian Approximately 30 students shouted anti-war sentiments at speakers at the Student Union yesterday to protest a student rally, held by the Republican Club. An organized, on-campus rally in support of ROTC erupted in conflict yesterday as members of the audience shouted their anti-military sentiments at the three featured speakers. The...
  • Marty’s parachute party: ‘Midas’ Meehan seeks golden opportunity after leaving House

    02/04/2007 5:43:10 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 22 replies · 840+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 2/4/07 | Howie Carr
    You’re Rep. Marty Meehan, and you were supposed to be in Miami today, basking in the Super Bowl XLI glow from YOUR New England Patriots. You had your reservations, dammit, but then something happened in Indianapolis, and now you’re back in Lowell. And on Friday in Boston you had a job interview - you, Marty Meehan, the congressman with the biggest campaign war chest of all 435 members of the House. Five million bucks. You’ve got so much cash they call you “Midas” Meehan, and now you’re interviewing for the job of chancellor of UMass-Lowell. When it comes to golden...
  • Students Gather for "Sex on the Lawn" (from May 8, 2006)

    02/01/2007 11:40:35 AM PST · by pabianice · 39 replies · 1,146+ views
    Daily Collegian (UMass) ^ | May 8, 2006 | Anna Dolianitis
    5/8/06 Hundreds of students attended the first ever "Sex on the Lawn" event, hosted by VOX: Students for Choice, on the Student Union lawn last Thursday. According to junior Jessica Parker, the president of VOX, the purpose of the event was, "to promote safe practices, comprehensive sex education, ways for people to become informed about and involved with issues pertaining to women's rights, and to celebrate sexuality." VOX is a nationwide organization in which college students collaborate to "organize events on campus to raise awareness about reproductive health, work with and support their local Planned Parenthood health centers, and mobilize...
  • Go For 2: Appalachian State repeats as Division 1-AA Champions!

    12/15/2006 9:08:11 PM PST · by personalaccts · 18 replies · 1,328+ views
    www.espn.com ^ | 12/15/06 | AP
    Appalachian State defeats UMass to repeat as I-AA champs Photo Wire Masshchusett's Mike Thomas (32) celebrates a touchdown with teammate Steve Baylark (5) during their 1-AA... (AP Photo/Wade Payne) · View Photo · Photo Gallery Team Stat Comparison 1st Downs 24 19 Total Yards 431 372 Passing 146 221 Rushing 285 151 Penalties 3-15 2-25 3rd Down Conversions 7-14 5-12 4th Down Conversions 2-2 1-1 Turnovers 1 2 Possession 33:10 26:50 Individual Leaders Appalachian State Passing C/ATT YDS TD INT Edwards 12/19 146 0 1 Massachusetts Passing C/ATT YDS TD INT Coen 20/33 221 1 2 Appalachian State Rushing CAR...
  • Commercialization Planned for Enhanced Oil Recovery Method

    09/26/2006 8:32:31 PM PDT · by annie laurie · 2 replies · 389+ views
    Experienced some sticker shock at the pump, have you? Anxious about the winter ahead and the cost of heat? Worldwide, the demand for oil continues to rise. At the same time, production is starting to wane and the search is on for new technologies that can retrieve more of the oil from known deposits. A new UMass Lowell invention for enhanced oil recovery shows promise in meeting this critical need. The Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center (MTTC) awarded a $25,000 grant to Chemistry Prof. David Ryan and Prof. Emeritus Dan Golomb of the Department of Environmental, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, to...
  • Researchers Put Heads Together to Grow an Arm and a Leg

    09/26/2006 8:22:47 PM PDT · by annie laurie · 5 replies · 556+ views
    Profs. Susan Braunhut and Kenneth Marx have teamed up to pursue a “mind-blowing” innovation—to cause a limb to re-grow in an adult mammal.The UMass Lowell research group has joined groups from five other institutions and secured funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The UMass Lowell portion of the DARPA grant is $1.2 million for the first two years, with an anticipated continuation of $1.4 million for the next two years. The research groups expect that by working together they will gain a more complete understanding of the cellular and molecular processes that allow certain creatures, such as...
  • Building Up Student Bodies

    09/12/2006 3:05:01 PM PDT · by JSedreporter · 238+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 12, 2006 | Malcolm A. Kline
    College administrators may have inadvertently found a way to replenish the dwindling ranks on their campuses. “For the past ten years, I’ve been teaching along with other volunteers—college professors like myself, probation officers, judges and people from the community—in a program called ‘Changing Lives through Literature’ serving the Dorchester District Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,” Taylor Stoehr writes in Radical Teacher. “Our students are probationers of the Court, and after completing the ten-week course, they receive six months off their probation time.” “I work in the men’s group (there is a women’s group too), which averages twelve or fifteen...
  • Kennedys must take a higher road

    01/11/2006 8:39:11 PM PST · by george76 · 56 replies · 2,098+ views
    Cape Cod Times ^ | January 5, 2006 | SOLON ECONOMOU
    Within the space of a single week, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Sen. Edward Kennedy have managed to mangle reality with op-ed pieces in two of the nation's leading newspapers. ''As an environmentalist, I support wind power,'' began RFK Jr.'s op-ed piece in the New York Times, ... Then he proceeded to once again propagate the inaccuracies repeated like mantras by those opposed to the Nantucket Sound wind farm. ''The noise of the turbines will be audible onshore. A transformer substation would house...40,000 gallons of potentially hazardous oil... The Humane Society estimates the whirling turbines could every year kill thousands...
  • That's All Hoax (Dems are singing looney tunes)

    01/15/2006 2:33:06 PM PST · by Kaslin · 38 replies · 2,018+ views
    RealityCheck.org ^ | January 15, 2006 ? | Daniel Clark
    To borrow a once-popular TV theme, a hoax is a hoax, of course. That is, unless you're a Democrat, in which case a hoax can simply be an alternate narrative, which is no less and probably more legitimate than that other, competing narrative, known as the truth. The latest example of this comes to us from Sen. Ted Kennedy (D, Mass.), who, in a December 22nd op-ed piece in the Boston Globe, recounted the story of a college student who was rousted by two government agents, because he had gone to the library in search of a copy of Mao...
  • Finding Things to Like in Bad News? Lighten Up! ( BY JAMES LILEKS )

    01/08/2006 12:53:39 AM PST · by Checkers · 25 replies · 834+ views
    Newhouse News Service ^ | Jan. 4, 2006 | JAMES LILEKS
    The story made every Blue Stater sit up straight and hiss: The mask has dropped. It's begun. A college student at the University of Massachusetts requested a copy of Mao's "Little Red Book" from the Dartmouth library and was subsequently visited by federal agents. A professor vouched for his tale. The news wires picked up the story. Blogs frothed. Columnists great and small rent their garments. Finally, the true face of Chimpy W. Pretzelchoker's Amerikkka had shown itself. Today, goon-squads bracing innocent Mao scholars; tomorrow, the Reichstag burns. No, that was 9/11. Tomorrow, Kristallnacht! The worst has come true, and...
  • Calling the hoaxers to account

    01/01/2006 4:36:55 AM PST · by bulldozer · 22 replies · 1,491+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 01/10/06 | Clarice Feldman
    Apparently, I’m not the only reader who thinks the explanations of the professors who spread the fake story of Homeland Security investigating a student for checking out Mao’s “masterpiece” doesn’t pass the laugh test. The head of policy studies at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth (Clyde Barrow) wants the university to suspend a student who made up a story about being grilled by federal antiterrorism agents over a library book and to reprimand faculty members who spread the tale. UMass should punish the student and faculty members, in particular two history professors who repeated the unsubstantiated assertion of the...
  • When a story is too good to be true; Red book liar says sorry.

    12/30/2005 1:53:38 PM PST · by Pikamax · 35 replies · 1,467+ views
    south coast today ^ | 12/30/05 | Bob Unger
    When a story is too good to be true The story of the UMass Dartmouth undergrad who lied about being questioned by agents for the Department of Homeland Security had everything. It played directly into the split between Red and Blue states. It was made for the Internet and Fox television and talk radio. And it was timed perfectly because of the firestorm that erupted two weeks ago when The New York Times broke the news that the Bush administration had authorized federal agents to monitor the telephone calls and e-mails of U.S. citizens calling abroad. Critics of the Bush...
  • UMass Dartmouth Professor blasts colleagues and Student on hoax "Spying" story:

    12/29/2005 6:55:56 AM PST · by rface · 26 replies · 1,305+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | December 29, 2005 | Jonathan Saltzman
    The head of policy studies at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth (Clyde Barrow) wants the university to suspend a student who made up a story about being grilled by federal antiterrorism agents over a library book and to reprimand faculty members who spread the tale. UMass should punish the student and faculty members, in particular two history professors who repeated the unsubstantiated assertion of the history student to a New Bedford Standard-Times reporter. The story spurred a flurry of concerned e-mails among UMass faculty, and appeared in a Globe op-ed piece written by Senator Kennedy. In a Saturday Globe...