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UMass President Defends Mount Ida Acquisition

Apr 11, 2018
UMass President Marty Meehan, in a file photo, at WBUR.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

Marty Meehan, president of the University of Massachusetts system, is defending the decision to acquire the Newton campus of Mount Ida College, saying it will open essential work and internship experiences to students from the flagship Amherst campus.

As opioid overdose deaths rapidly increase, the U.S. Surgeon General is urging more people to carry naloxone, the overdose-reversal drug. The recommendation is strongly supported by The Connecticut State Medical Society.

Hartford City Council approved a state-bonded $10 million renovation of the historic Dillon Stadium Monday night.

The Ramsdell Public Library in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, on August 17, 2007.
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It's budgeting season in communities across New England. And it happens to be National Library Week. Terry Cowgill of the Berkshire Edge wrote about what he calls "the budget cutting ritual" in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Libraries and budget cuts often go together.

UMass Amherst in a file photo.
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UMass Amherst has announced faculty and students may no longer be in a romantic relationship when one person has power over another.

The old town hall in West Stockbridge, Massachusetts.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

With so many old buildings in New England, it’s not unusual to see old mills or even churches transform into retail space or condominiums. But what about town halls taking on a new purpose?

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

Now that it has permission from the Massachusetts high court, the Berkshire Museum says it will start auctioning off part of its art collection next month.

The irony was hard to miss.

The Aquarium MBTA station was closed due to flooding, and the aquarium itself, nearby on Boston's Central Wharf, was closed out of caution for its visitors.

The FBI arrested actor and comedian T.J. Miller Monday night, roughly three weeks after he allegedly called in a false bomb threat from an Amtrak train traveling into Connecticut.

Mount Ida students and personnel gather outside of Alumnae Hall for a meeting with UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Robert E. Johnson.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

Students at Mount Ida College in Newton, Massachusetts, are scrambling for information after learning last week that the 118-year-old school will be acquired by the University of Massachusetts.

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