Entrance to the Baseball in the Berkshires Museum.
Courtesy Baseball in the Berkshires Museum

With more empty storefronts than full ones, the 30-year-old Berkshire Mall in Lanesborough, Massachusetts, has seen better days. But near Spencer Gifts and a now-shuttered Hollister, something rather unexpected is alive and well: baseball.

UMass Amherst in a file photo.
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Among news items this week, a study revealed out-of-state students have an easier time of getting into UMass Amherst than students from Massachusetts. 

It’s easier for out-of-state students to get into UMass Amherst than it is for in-state students, according to a study from the Pioneer Institute.

Since 2010, high school grade point averages and SAT scores for accepted students are lower on average for out-of-state students than for in-state students. The study also finds that in-state students admitted to UMass Amherst in 2016 had average combined SAT scores 23 points higher than out-of-state students.

It could be because Massachusetts students are simply better prepared.

Springfield Technical Community College employees picket for the removal of college President John Cook on May 21, 2018.
Sean Teehan / NEPR

Faculty and staff who are calling for the removal of Springfield Technical Community College president John Cook picketed before a meeting of the school's Board of Trustees Monday evening.

From left: Peter Lyons, Kathy Humphrey, and Jack Thomas had been finalists for chancellor of UMass Boston.
State House News Service

The three finalists to become the next University of Massachusetts Boston chancellor each withdrew from consideration over the weekend, citing "extreme disappointment" with actions by the school's faculty council, according to UMass President Marty Meehan.

UConn President Susan Herbst will step down in summer 2019, after eight years as president of the University of Connecticut.
Peter Morenus / UConn File Photo

UConn President Susan Herbst has announced she will step down after the 2018-19 academic year. 

Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle is seen at a meeting with the school's Board of Trustees before his resignation in 2013.
Dave Roback / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

The name of former Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle will be coming off a library in eastern Massachusetts -- at least, if he has his way.

The Greenfield Community College main campus building.
File Photo / The Daily Hampshire Gazette

A new survey finds that almost half of community college students in Massachusetts reported not being able to afford enough food or a place to live.

A group of people walk to their seats before the 2016 UMass Amherst commencement at McGuirk Stadium.
Jerrey Roberts / Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

For the first time ever at a UMass Amherst commencement ceremony, graduates, their families and friends on Friday will go through metal detectors.

A car drives past the Mount Ida College sign on Carlson Avenue in Newton, Massachusetts.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

UMass Amherst is defending its move to take over the campus of Mount Ida College in Newton, Massachusetts. The small college last month abruptly announced it would close after this semester.