UMass President Defends Mount Ida Acquisition

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

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.

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

Mount Ida College in Newton, Massachusetts, in 2011.
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The University of Massachusetts has reached a preliminary agreement to acquire Mount Ida College, enabling the university system to establish a major presence in Newton, about ten miles from downtown Boston.

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As Massachusetts prepares to open retail marijuana shops this summer, a public safety official from a state that introduced them a few years ago has some words of caution.

A computer circuit board.
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UMass engineers are trying to develop a computer that acts more like a human brain. 

Drinking Fountains
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Massachusetts is expanding a program testing water in public schools. Officials are using leftover money from an existing initiative to include Head Start and special education programs.

UMass food scientists Lynne McLandsborough, left, and Lili He.
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Food scientists at UMass Amherst have come up with a technique they say could make it a lot easier to avoid food poisoning.

Julius Lester.

Civil rights activist and teacher Julius Lester has died. He was 78 years old.

A U.S. Marine in Afganistan.
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A new study led by a UMass Amherst researcher suggests that childhood trauma leads to higher rates of alcohol and drug use in military veterans.