Opponents of a proposed natural gas pipeline are following the would-be route of the line in a protest that’s scheduled to last several weeks.
The rally was organized to counter the Westboro Baptist Church, an anti-gay church whose members came to picket on campus in response to UMass basketball player Derrick Gordon’s coming out.
About 100 students gathered to voice their opposition to what they say were “oppressive tactics” used by police at the weekend’s “Blarney Blowout.”
Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” could be coming to the Connecticut River valley. A conference on the controversial method of extracting shale gas was held Thursday at UMass Amherst.