The campus of UMass Amherst.
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The University of of Massachusetts has settled a lawsuit over a decades-old policy on the Amherst campus that a student group said limited its free speech.

Nurse Rachel Walker, demonstrating one of her inventions.
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A UMass Amherst nursing professor has been named to a national panel of inventors -- the first nurse to be honored alongside engineers and computer scientists from companies like Microsoft and IBM.

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.

A group of people walk to their seats before the 2016 UMass Amherst commencement at McGuirk Stadium.
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For the first time ever at a UMass Amherst commencement ceremony, graduates, their families and friends on Friday will go through metal detectors.

Pregnant woman.
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UMass researchers say taking short walks can increase the chance of getting pregnant, at least for some women.

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

Since news broke a few weeks ago about the closure of Mount Ida College, there are a lot of upset students and parents. Everyone has a different story to tell, but there’s one common theme: None of them saw this coming.

University of Massachusetts Boston.
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Some students and faculty at the University of Massachusetts Boston campus want officials at the system's flagship school, UMass Amherst, to reconsider their plan to acquire the 74-acre Newton campus of Mount Ida College.

Attendees of a City Council meeting in Springfield, Mass. stood up and applauded after approval of an order preventing the city from interfering in religious institutions that provide sanctuary to immigrants.
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We take a look at a unanimous vote taken by the Springfield, Massachusetts, City Council, as it passed an order saying the city will not interfere with institutions granting sanction to immigrants