FACTOID # 30: If Alaska were its own country, it would be the 26th largest in total area, slightly larger than Iran.
 Home   Encyclopedia   Statistics   States A-Z   Flags   Maps   FAQ   About 


FACTS & STATISTICS    Advanced view

Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:



(* = Graphable)



Encyclopedia > University of Massachusetts Amherst
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Motto: Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem
Motto in English: By the sword we seek peace; but peace only under liberty
Established: 1863
Type: Public
Endowment: US $348,100,000
Chancellor: Dr. Robert C. Holub
President: Jack M. Wilson
Staff: 1,148 full-time, 190 part-time
Undergraduates: 19,934
Postgraduates: 5,699
Location: Amherst, MA, USA
Campus: 1,463 acres (5.87 km²)
Athletics: Official site
Mascot: Sam the Minuteman
Website: http://www.umass.edu

The University of Massachusetts Amherst (otherwise known as UMass Amherst, Massachusetts, or UMass) is a research and land-grant university in Amherst, Massachusetts. The University of Massachusetts Amherst offers over 90 undergraduate and 65 graduate areas of study. It was known as the University of Massachusetts from 1947 until the creation of the UMass system, for which it now serves as the flagship campus. Downloaded 9/30/2004 from http://www. ... For other uses, see Motto (disambiguation). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... The date of establishment or date of founding of an institution is the date on which that institution chooses to claim as its starting point. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... A financial endowment is a transfer of money or property donated to an institution, with the stipulation that it be invested, and the principal remain intact. ... A Chancellor is the head of a university. ... University President is the title of the highest ranking officer within a university, within university systems that prefer that appellation over other variations such as Chancellor or rector. ... This article is about work. ... In some educational systems, undergraduate education is post-secondary education up to the level of a Bachelors degree. ... Degree ceremony at Cambridge. ... Nickname: Location in Hampshire County in Massachusetts Coordinates: , Country State County Hampshire Settled 1703 Incorporated 1775 Government  - Type Representative town meeting Area  - Total 27. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Millie, once mascot of the City of Brampton, is now the Brampton Arts Councils representative. ... Sam the Minuteman is the mascot of the University of Massachusetts Amherst athletics teams. ... A website (alternatively, web site or Web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos or other digital assets that is hosted on one or more web servers, usually accessible via the Internet. ... Land-grant universities (also called land-grant colleges or land grant institutions) are institutions of higher education in the United States which have been designated by Congress to receive the benefits of the Morrill Acts of 1862 and 1890. ... Nickname: Location in Hampshire County in Massachusetts Coordinates: , Country State County Hampshire Settled 1703 Incorporated 1775 Government  - Type Representative town meeting Area  - Total 27. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... University of Massachusetts may refer to: UMass Amherst; Middlesex University The University of Massachusetts (officially nicknamed UMass) is the five-campus public university system of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. ... This article is about the lead ship, store, or product of a group. ...



Foundation and early years

The university was founded in 1863 under the provisions of the Federal Morrill Land-Grant Colleges Act to provide instruction to Massachusetts citizens in the "agricultural, mechanical, and military arts". Accordingly, the university was initially named the Massachusetts Agricultural College, popularly referred to as Mass Aggie or M.A.C.. At the time, the university had 50 men enrolled and including only a fraction of what the campus is today- including the Old Chapel, South College, and Goodell Hall, which was the library at the time. In 1931, due to an increase in enrollment and support from the Commonwealth, it was renamed Massachusetts State College. Morrill Act redirects here. ...

Post-war growth

In 1947, the Massachusetts General Court passed legislation making Massachusetts State College the University of Massachusetts. Like most schools at the time, it was relatively small, enrolling ~5,000 students annually. Some expansion occurred in the 1950s, but the bulk of its transition to the present size occurred in the 1960s. The new president set a goal of expansion to 20,000 by the end of the decade, and the university entered a program of intense building. Many prominent structures rose during this time, including the Southwest Complex, Student Union, Campus Center, Fine Arts Center and famous 26-story library tower. UMass growth drastically altered the regional economy, prompting the commercial development of Route 9 in Hadley, the extension and redirection of several highways (including the widening of Route 9 in Hadley to four lanes and the relocation of Route 116 to a limited access bypass road around the college) and the transformation of the town of Amherst from its conservative thinking to its liberal reputation today.[citation needed] In spite of the various expansions and changes of status of the University, it remains true to its roots, continuing to provide high-quality education in the agricultural (Stockbridge School of Agriculture), mechanical (College of Engineering), and martial (Army ROTC and Air Force ROTC) arts. The Massachusetts General Court is the state legislature of the U.S. state of Massachusetts. ... // George Hadley, meteorologist, hence also: Hadley cell Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research Henry Hadley, US composer Jerry Hadley, singer John Hadley, astronomer Patrick Hadley, British composer Stephen Hadley, United States National Security Advisor Hadley Freeman, UK fashion journalist There are numerous places called Hadley: Hadley is a part...

Anticipating the drastic increase in student population in the 1960s and 1970s, the University underwent major expansion. Many of the buildings were constructed relatively quickly from poured, exposed concrete, which reflected much of the styling of the era. The most prominent examples of exposed reinforced concrete construction are the Campus Center and Hotel, Fine Arts Center, Herter Hall, and Whitmore Administration Building. Although this architectural styling is sometimes considered dated or unattractive today, several of these buildings are considered architectural landmarks, notably the Fine Arts Center by Roche-Dinkeloo, designers of the United Nations Plaza. There are several recently completed buildings that are both modern and functional. Some examples of these buildings include the Mullins Center, The Polymer Science Facility, the Computer Science Building, and the Engineering and Computer Science II facility. Kevin Roche (b. ... San Francisco City Hall on Civic Center plaza in 2004 San Franciscos Civic Center is an area of a few blocks north of the intersection of Market Street and Van Ness Avenue that contains many of the citys largest government and cultural institutions. ...


The school has several buildings of importance in the modernist style, including the campus center designed by Marcel Breuer, the Southwest Residential Area designed by Hugh Stubbins Jr of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, The Fine Arts Center by Kevin Roche, and the Mullins Center by Gordon Bunshaft. The eclectic mix of building styles draws mixed reactions from students and visitors. The Lederle Graduate Research Center is currently undergoing an exterior renovation. New construction projects on campus include the Studio Arts Building and the Integrated Sciences Center. Marcel Lajos Breuer (May 21, 1902 Pécs, Hungary – July 1, 1981 New York City), architect and furniture designer, was an influential Hungarian-born modernist of Jewish descent. ... Shaklee Terraces, San Francisco, designed in 1982 with a flush aluminum and glass facade and rounded corners. ... Kevin Roche (b. ... Gordon Bunshaft (May 9, 1909–August 6, 1990) was a 20th century architect educated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. ...

Recent expansion project

In 2004, Governor Mitt Romney proposed an ambitious expansion project in which the size and population of the university would almost double as it took over the role of the state's community college system which Romney has begun to consolidate and dismantle. While this proposal received the support of the student government, town residents are exceedingly resistant to any such plan as it would increase the already critical traffic congestion in the center of town. Willard Mitt Romney (born March 12, 1947) was the 70th Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. ...

Following Mitt Romney's mandate, the UMass Amherst administration has pushed for admission of more students than there are residences. A large construction initiative, known as "New Dirt" is currently underway, in renovating and building new residential and academic facilities. Before the completion of North Apartments, the increasing size of the undergraduate body caused residence halls to reach maximum capacity, and many first year and transfer students were placed in area hotels until housing became available.

Since the record size of the Class of 2009 caused problems in terms of class sizes and housing, the university responded by tightening admissions standards for admission to the Class of 2010.[citation needed] The acceptance rate for the Class of 2009 was over 80 percent, however it has been reported that the acceptance rate for the Class of 2010 was significantly lower, at under 70 percent.[citation needed] It has also been stated that the incoming class of 2011 had the hardest admissions requirements, making their admissions harder to obtain.[citation needed]

Designation as flagship campus

In 2003, for the first time, UMass Amherst was legally designated by the state legislature to be a "research university" and the "flagship campus" of the UMass system.[1]


See also: Degree programs at the University of Massachusetts Amherst

This is a list of the degree programs at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. ...

Commonwealth College

The Commonwealth College (ComCol) is the honors college at UMass. The honors college provides students the opportunity to intensify their UMass academic curriculum. The requirements of the college are to complete a set number of the required classes for one's major at the honors level as well as complete a senior year thesis or capstone project and several Dean's book courses. Completion of the ComCol courseload is required in order to graduate the University with higher Latin honors designations, such as magna or summa cum laude. Graduates with Grade Point Averages of higher than 3.2 on a 4.0 scale receive the Latin honor cum laude whether they are members of the ComCol or not. ComCol provides honors students an additional community of students to interact with outside of their academic department. Latin honors are Latin phrases used to indicate the level of academic distinction with which an academic degree was earned. ... Latin honors are Latin phrases used to indicate the level of academic distinction with which an academic degree was earned. ... Latin honors are Latin phrases used to indicate the level of academic distinction with which an academic degree was earned. ...


The W.E.B. DuBois library is the tallest library in the United States[2] and the tallest academic library in the world[3]. It is also well regarded for its innovative architectural design, which incorporates the bookshelves into the structural support of the building.[4] It is home of the memoirs and papers of the distinguished African-American activist and Massachusetts native W. E. B. Du Bois as well as being the depository for other important collections, such as the papers of the late Congressman Silvio O. Conte. William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (pronounced [1]) (February 23, 1868 – August 27, 1963) was an African American civil rights activist, leader, Pan-Africanist, sociologist, educator, historian, writer, editor, poet, and scholar. ... Silvio Ottavio Conte (November 9, 1921 – February 8, 1991) was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from January 3, 1959 until his death. ...

Special Collections[5] include

  • Social change and movements for social change
  • African American history and culture
  • Labor, work, and industry
  • Literature and the arts
  • Agriculture
  • The history of the region

The W.E.B. DuBois Library is also notable for being home to the Learning Commons,[6] opened in 2005. The Learning Commons provides a central location for resources provided by several departments across campus including Library Reference, Office of Information Technologies help desk, Academic Advising, Writing Center, Career Services, and Assistive Technologies Center. The Learning Commons has 164 computers with a broad range of software installed arranged in a variety of configurations for both individual and collaborative work. The library has all sorts of services including tutoring, writing workshops, and supplemental instruction scattered among its 26 floors. The building itself is so large that it needs a security force. That security force is the Building Monitor Desk. The desk is managed by various supervisors and student employees.

The Integrated Sciences and Engineering Library is the other main library on campus. It is located on the 2nd floor of the Lederle Graduate Research Center (occasionally referred to as the Lederle "low rise").

UMass Amherst is home to the DEFA Film Library [2], the only archive and study collection of East German films outside of Europe.

Other libraries include the Shirley Graham Du Bois Library in New Africa House, the Biological Sciences Library in Morrill Hall, and the Music Reserve Lab in the Fine Arts Center.

Information technology

UMass Amherst is a member of Internet 2. Internet2 is a non-profit consortium led by over 200 US universities and a number of corporate partners from the networking and technology business, including AT&T, Intel, Sun Microsystems, Cisco Systems and others. ...

The Office of Information Technologies (OIT) provides all faculty, staff, and students with an OIT account which provides access to a variety of services including email (UMail), online storage space (UDrive), web hosting space, and blogging space.[7]

OIT maintains 11 computer classrooms across campus with approximately 300 computers available to members of the UMass community. Additionally many departments and programs have their own computing resources available for members of those groups. Many of these are the computer available in the Learning Commons located in the WEB DuBois Library.

Many UMass Amherst instructors make use of Blackboard's WebCT Vista learning management system (which has been branded as SPARK on campus[8]) for delivery of course content via the web. For the supplier of fundraising software geared towards non-profit and charity organizations, see Blackbaud. ... A Learning Management System (or LMS) is a term used to describe software tools designed to manage user learning interventions. ...

In the winter of 2003, the Office of Information Technologies (OIT) rolled out the SPIRE system, which is based on PeopleSoft's student information system. At UMass, SPIRE is a web-based system used to register for courses, as well as a variety of other tasks. PeopleSoft, Inc. ...

On October 21, 2005 UMass Amherst was designated as the first-in-the-nation Microsoft IT Showcase School by CEO Steve Ballmer, recognizing the university's innovative leadership in applying information technology to teaching and learning.[9] is the 294th day of the year (295th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Microsoft Corporation, (NASDAQ: MSFT, HKSE: 4338) is a multinational computer technology corporation with global annual revenue of US$44. ... Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is the job of having the ultimate executive responsibility or authority within an organization or corporation. ... Steven Anthony Ballmer (born March 24, 1956) is an American businessman and has been the chief executive officer of Microsoft Corporation since January 2000. ...

In April of 2008, UMass Amherst announced a campus alert system whereby members of the university can receive emergency notification via text messaging. [10]

Five College consortium

UMass Amherst is part of the Five Colleges consortium, which allows its students to attend classes, borrow books, work with professors, etc., at four other Pioneer Valley institutions: Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges. The Five Colleges are composed of four liberal arts colleges and one university in the Connecticut River Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, belonging to a consortium called Five Colleges, Incorporated, which was established in 1965. ... The Pioneer Valley and Connecticut River, looking southward toward the towns of Sunderland, Amherst and Whately. ... Amherst College is a private liberal arts college in Amherst, Massachusetts, USA. It is the third oldest college in Massachusetts. ... Hampshire College is an experimenting private liberal arts college in Amherst, Massachusetts. ... Mount Holyoke College is a liberal arts womens college in South Hadley, Massachusetts. ... Smith College is a private, independent womens liberal arts college located in Northampton, Massachusetts. ...

All five colleges are located within 10 miles of Amherst center, and are accessible by public bus. The five share an astronomy department and some other undergraduate and graduate departments. For other uses, see Astronomy (disambiguation). ... In some educational systems, undergraduate education is post-secondary education up to the level of a Bachelors degree. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ...

Research labs at UMass Amherst

Autonomous Learning Laboratory (Computer Science)

  • Center for Intelligent Information Retrieval (Computer Science)
  • Knowledge Discovery Laboratory (Computer Science)
  • Laboratory For Perceptual Robotics (Computer Science)
  • Center for Geometry, Analysis, Numerics, and Graphics (Mathematics)
  • Center for Applied Mathematics and Mathematical Computation (Mathematics)
  • Center for Economic Development
  • Political Economy Research Institute
  • Center for Education Policy
  • The Environmental Institute
  • Center for Public Policy and Administration
  • Labor Relations and Research Center
  • Virtual Center for Supernetworks
  • Antennas and Propagation Laboratory (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
  • Center for Advanced Sensor and Communication Antennas (CASCA) (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
  • Network Systems Laboratory (Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering)
  • Wireless Systems Laboratory (Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering)
  • VLSI Circuits and Systems Labaratory (Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering)
  • Scientific Reasoning Research Institute
  • National Center for Digital Government
  • Renewable Energy Research Laboratory
  • Center for e-design

Ranking and reputation

U.S. News and World Report's 2008 edition of America's Best Colleges ranked UMass Amherst as one of the top 100 universities in the nation, placing it at #96, and ranking it the joint 46th amongst Public Universities.[11] The Times Higher Education Supplement ranked UMass Amherst as the 175th best university in the world.[12] The MBA program is highly ranked by the Princeton Review.[13] U.S. News & World Report is a weekly newsmagazine. ... For other uses, see Times. ... Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a tertiary degree in business management. ... The Princeton Review (TPR) is a for-profit U.S. company that offers private instruction and tutoring for standardized achievement tests, in particular those offered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS), such as the SAT, GRE, LSAT, GMAT, and MCAT. The company was founded in 1982 and is based in...

Student life

Registered Student Organizations

UMass Amherst has many registered student organizations (RSOs). Most RSOs are funded by the Student Government Association (SGA), from the activity fee that all students pay, however, the SGA has oft been criticized for not funding all clubs fully or equally. In recent years, the fee has been about $81. In order to start an RSO, one needs a group of at least 8 interested students, who then petition the SGA for recognition. Each semester, the SGA reviews RSOs, and those which have too few members are considered inactive. Club Sports, which are non-NCAA athletic or organized sports teams, are considered RSOs.

On May 6 of 2008, the Center for Student Development hosted an awards show entitled The Sammies for the first time. The Sammies is designed to allow RSOs to give awards to other outstanding RSOs. Over 50 different awards were presented to student leaders and exemplary RSO in more than 20 categories. Among the winners was the Umass International Relations Club which garnered the coveted "Best RSO of the Year" award.

Student government

The Student Government Association (SGA) is the undergraduate student governmental body, and provides funding for the many registered student organizations (RSOs) and agencies, including the Student Legal Services Office (SLSO) and the Student Center for Educational Research and Advocacy (SCERA). The SGA also makes formal recommendations on matters of Administration policy and advocates for undergraduate students to the Administration, non-student organizations, and local and state government.

The SGA has three branches: the President and Executive Cabinet, the Undergraduate Student Senate, and the Student Judiciary.

Area governments There are a total of six area governments. Each of the campus's six residential areas has an area government, and there is also a Commuter Area Government to serve commuter students. Area governments provide social programming for their areas, and are in charge of the house councils for the dorms in their area. They also represent the needs and interests of students in their areas to the Administration, Housing Services, and the SGA.

Area Governments have a tradition of sponsoring large events, generally in the Spring, such as Fill the Hill, Bowl Weekend and Southwest Week.

House councils Each residence hall or residential "cluster" (a group of residence halls) at UMass Amherst has a house council. House councils report to their respective area governments. Its budget comes from voluntary dues collected in return for access to common supplies (access to the kitchenette, rental access to vacuums, brooms, games, etc). House councils also engage in social programming for their halls or clusters, and advocate to housing staff in regards to concerns of students in their hall/cluster. A kitchenette is a cooking area in small apartments, hotel rooms, college dormitories, or office buildings. ...


The Minuteman Battalion is one of the permiere Army ROTC battalions in the Army[citation needed]. Boasting a program that annually performs well above national averages and among the top handful of programs in the northeast USA, Army ROTC recently enjoyed the announcement of a senior Cadet being named the #1 Cadet in the nation in a national class of over 4,000 Cadets. UMass has earned this prestigious achievement twice in the last 15 years. The training program is among the best at preparing officers for the US Army and commissionees regularly outperform their peers in initial Army officer training. Active on the Amherst campus, the program's Scabbard and Blade community service club is very active and represents UMass well throughout the year with food drives, assistance to local veteran's groups and assistance with the Medical Readiness Corps at UMass in preparing for large-scale medical disasters. The most unusual activity associated with Army ROTC is the Light Leader's Tactical Society, in which Cadets train in dynamic real-world environments and scenarios. Most students are on a full tuition scholarship. UMass-Amherst is the host program for the Pioneer Valley and Five Colleges Army ROTC programs including: Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, Amherst College, Hampshire College, Western New England College (WNEC), Springfield College, Westfield State College and American International College (AIC). At AIC and WNEC, students on Army ROTC Scholarships also earn free room and board.

Marching band

UMass Amherst has one of the largest marching bands in New England. The Minuteman Marching Band consists of over 360 members and regularly plays at football games. The band is led by George N. Parks. The Minuteman Band also won the prestigious Sudler Trophy in 1998 for excellence. The band is well known across the nation for its style and excellence, particularly for its percussion UMass Drumline and tuba sections UMass Tubas. The band also performs in various other places like Allentown, Pennsylvania, Bands of America, Boston, and on occasion Montreal. The University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band (UMMB) is the marching band for the University of Massachusetts Amherst. ... George N Parks (b. ... Nickname: Motto: Sic Semper Tyrannis Pennsylvanias location in the United States Allentowns location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Lehigh Founded 1762 Government  - Mayor Ed Pawlowski Area  - City  18. ... Bands of America (BOA) is a nonprofit organization that promotes high school music education in the United States. ...

Fraternities and Sororities

UMass is home to numerous fraternities and sororities, organized under four councils: IFC, NPC, NPHC, and the MGC. Several Greek Life organizations had houses on North Pleasant Streetuntil Alpha Tau Gamma, Inc. who owned the property for many years, did not renew the leases. The North Pleasant Street houses were colloquially known as Frat Row. Most of Alpha Tau Gamma Properties' houses were out of code and were razed November, 2006. The land was then sold to the University.[14] Currently several sororities & fraternities still live in "Frat Row" including Sigma Delta Tau, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Pi Kappa Alpha, Iota Gamma Upsilon, Phi Sigma Kappa and Theta Chi. Behind "Frat Row" or North Pleasant Street there are more sorority houses such as Sigma Kappa, Kappa Kappa Gamma, and Alpha Chi Omega. Two other houses Chi Omega and Sigma Phi Epsilon are situated on Olympia Drive, on the northern outskirts of the campus. Delta Upsilon is also situated on North Pleasant Street just past Lederle and Totman. Alpha Epsilon Pi is also on campus. Alpha Epsilon Pirecently relocated to Sunset Ave, and Pi Kappa Alpha returned to campus in Spring of '07. The North-American Interfraternity Conference (or NIC), (formerly known as the National Interfraternity Conference) is an association of collegiate mens fraternities that was formally organized in 1910, although it began on November 27, 1909. ... The National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), founded in 1902, is an umbrella organization for 26 inter/national womens sororities. ... Not to be confused with National Panhellenic Conference. ... The National Multicultural Greek Council (NMGC) is an umbrella council for thirteen Multicultural Greek Letter Organizations established in 1998. ... A building code, or building control, is a set of rules that specify the minimum acceptable level of safety for constructed objects such as buildings and nonbuilding structures. ... Sigma Delta Tau (ΣΔΤ), a national sorority and member of the National Panhellenic Conference, was founded March 25, 1917 at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. ... Alpha Kappa Alpha (ΆΚΆ) is the first Greek-lettered sorority established and incorporated by African-American college women. ... Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity (ΠΚΑ) is an international, secret, social, Greek-letter, college fraternity. ... Phi Sigma Kappa (ΦΣK) is a fraternity devoted to three cardinal principles: the promotion of Brotherhood, the stimulation of Scholarship, and the development of Character. ... Theta Chi (ΘΧ) is an international college fraternity for men. ... Sigma Kappa (ΣΚ) is a sorority founded in 1874 at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. ... Kappa Kappa Gamma (ΚΚΓ) is a college womens fraternity, founded on October 13, 1870 at Monmouth College, Illinois. ... Alpha Chi Omega (ΑΧΩ, also known as A-Chi-O) is a womens fraternity founded on October 15, 1885. ... Chi Omega (ΧΩ) is the largest womens fraternal organization in the National Panhellenic Conference. ... ΣΦΕ (Sigma Phi Epsilon), commonly nicknamed SigEp or S-P-E, is a social fraternity for male college students in the United States. ... Delta Upsilon (ΔY) is one of the oldest international, all-male, college, Greek-letter social fraternities and is the first non-secret fraternity ever founded. ... Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity (ΠΚΑ) is an international, secret, social, Greek-letter, college fraternity. ...

Several organizations do not have houses, such as Pi Kappa Phi, Alpha Epsilon Phi, and the NPHC, and the MGC fraternities and sororities. Not to be confused with National Panhellenic Conference. ... The National Multicultural Greek Council (NMGC) is an umbrella council for thirteen Multicultural Greek Letter Organizations established in 1998. ...

The Greek community has several annual traditions, including 'UDance', the Relay for Life and the annual Greek Week, during which the various fraternities are partnered with sororities, and these teams compete with each other throughout a week of challenges.-1...

The Daily Collegian

The student-operated newspaper, The Daily Collegian, is published Monday through Friday during the University of Massachusetts' calendar semester. The Collegian is independently funded, operating on advertising revenue. Founded in 1890, the paper began as Aggie Life, became the College Signal in 1901, the Weekly Collegian in 1914 and the Tri-Weekly Collegian in 1956. Published daily since 1967, the Collegian has been broadsheet since January 1994.


Skyline of the university from the South Athletic Fields

Image File history File links Download high resolution version (3000x1015, 404 KB) Summary University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2005. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (3000x1015, 404 KB) Summary University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2005. ...

Buildings and layout

The campus ( 42°23′20″N, 72°31′40″W) extends about a mile from the Campus Center in all directions. The university owns significant amounts of land in the nearby town of Sunderland. Sunderland is a town located in Franklin County, Massachusetts, part of the Pioneer Valley. ...

The campus may be thought of as a series of concentric rings. In the outermost ring are parking lots, the admissions center, playing fields and barns for the animal science program. In the middle ring there are the six residential areas and dining commons. The innermost ring has most of the classroom buildings and research labs.

South Campus

The Isenberg School of Management has its buildings in the southernmost part of campus near the Visitors Center and the Newman Center, the Catholic student center. In addition to being the site of the main administration building, Whitmore, the southeast side of campus has buildings mainly dedicated to the humanities and fine arts. Buildings include Herter, Bartlett, Mahar and the Fine Arts Center (Abbreviated "FAC"). Between Whitmore, the FAC and Isenberg lies the Haigis Mall, a local stop on both the PVTA and Peter Pan bus lines. The buildings on the southwest side of campus house the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. These include Emily Dickinson Hall and Tobin Hall. The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA) oversees and coordinates public transportation in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. ...

The center of the UMass Amherst campus. To the left is the Old Chapel, and to the right the W.E.B. DuBois Library.
The center of the UMass Amherst campus. To the left is the Old Chapel, and to the right the W.E.B. DuBois Library.

The 26 story W.E.B. DuBois library and the Old Chapel are the notable buildings in the center of campus. The buildings in the center of campus, Goodell and Machmer are mainly used by the Commonwealth Honors College. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution‎ (1,280 × 960 pixels, file size: 388 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) (All user names refer to en. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution‎ (1,280 × 960 pixels, file size: 388 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) (All user names refer to en. ...

Student Union

The Student Union Building houses most of the University's Registered Student Organizations (RSO's) and it is the home of the Student Government Association. Other facilities include the Campus Design and Copy (CD&C) center, a convenience store, a ball room, and a student lounge. Several student-run businesses and co-ops are also present including Tickets Unlimited (Tix), Bike Coop, the Fair trade convenience store, bagel shop People's Market and a vegan/vegetarian eatery Earthfoods Cafe. For the product certification system ( ), see Fairtrade certification. ...

South College

South College is the home of UMass' world renowned linguistics department. The DuBois library was intended to be an annex to South College.

Campus Center Designed by famed architect Marcel Breuer, the Murray D. Lincoln Campus Center is located adjacent to the Student Union and is accessible via passageways from both the Student Union as well as from the main level of the parking garage. Marcel Lajos Breuer (May 21, 1902 Pécs, Hungary – July 1, 1981 New York City), architect and furniture designer, was an influential Hungarian-born modernist of Jewish descent. ...

On the concourse level are the campus store, restrooms, graduate student lounge, which serves beer, and the Bluewall, which contains a cafe, a smoothie stand and a fair trade coffee stand. This level is a high-traffic area throughout most of the day with students and faculty not only using it as a 'pass through' from one building to another, but also as the central hub of on-campus life. Many people often pass the time between classes on this level and it is common to find vendors and organizations operating from fold-out tables along either side.

The lower level of the campus center has multiple conference rooms and a large auditorium. Within the central space of the lower level are telephones, ATMs, vending, as well as couches and television. The offices of the University newspaper, The Daily Collegian, can be found at the far end of the level, along with the University radio station, WMUA, and its offices. One of the basement rooms is home to the UMass Science Fiction Society's library which is the second largest Science Fiction library on the east coast. WMUA 91. ...

The top floor of the Campus Center, "The Top of the Campus" recently underwent a complete renovation. It is home to a state of the art teaching kitchen, beverage lab and dining room facility.

Campus Center Hotel Above the concourse level is the Campus Center Hotel (official website), a five-level full service facility with 116 rooms, including two suites located in the Campus Center. The Campus Center Hotel is the training ground for the university's Hospitality and Tourism Management students.

Fletcher's Cafe Fletcher's Café is a student run business on campus at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. It is located in Flint Lab, the Hospitality and Tourism Management building, which is next to the campus center parking garage. Students that are part of the Hospitality and Tourism Management major take on full managerial responsibilities and are required to hire employees, order food and drinks, take care of accounting and hopefully make a profit by the end of the semester.

North Campus

The north side of campus is mostly dedicated to science and engineering, and many buildings there are newer than their counterparts in the humanities. The Physics Department primarily uses Hasbrouck Lab, located at 666 North Pleasant Street. The Lederle Graduate Research Tower is the largest building on the north side, housing the Math department on its sixteenth floor. As the Math Department headquarters, the sixteenth floor is prominently labeled 4². The Silvio Conte Polymer Research facility is located in North campus. Silvio Ottavio Conte (November 9, 1921 – February 8, 1991) was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from January 3, 1959 until his death. ...

Computer science

The Computer Science department recently moved into an airy new building built for them on the edge of campus, though classes are often taught elsewhere, especially for lower division classes. Between the imposing concrete LGRT, the second-story walkway from it to its sister structure the LGRC, the glass-and-aluminum Computer Science building, and other new buildings for the Engineering and Polymer Science departments, North Campus looks more "high-tech" than the rest of campus.

Sports, recreation, and exercise

Major sporting events, such as UMass's hockey and basketball team games, are held in the Mullins Center, amidst the fields to the west. Other locales for sporting events include Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium (where UMass holds its football games) and Garber Field, which is an artificial-turf field adjacent to Boyden Gym used for lacrosse, field hockey, and various team practices. The William D. Mullins Memorial Center is a 9,349-seat multi-purpose arena in Amherst, Massachusetts. ... Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium is a 17,000-seat multi-purpose stadium in Amherst, Massachusetts. ...

On campus there are two major gyms, the Totman Gym near Northeast and Sylvan and the Boyden Gym to the south. Each houses basketball courts, a weight/fitness room (Boyden's is free to undergraduates), and various other resources such as racquetball and squash courts. To the west of campus are numerous fields used for recreation and for soccer and baseball. There is also a set of tennis courts located north of Boyden.

In addition to Totman and Boyden, there is Curry Hicks Cage, which hosts a small indoor track, pool, and basketball court. It is also occasionally used as a venue for guest speakers (such as the fall 2006 visit from comedian Bob Saget) and for the Western Mass high school basketball championships and other similar sporting events. The Cage was the home of the UMass men's and women's basketball teams before the Mullins Center was built. Curry Hicks Cage is an athletic facility on the campus of the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. ... Robert Lane Saget (born May 17, 1956) is an American actor, stand-up comedian and game show host best known for his role as Danny Tanner in the ABC sitcom Full House from 1987 to 1995, as host of Americas Funniest Home Videos from 1989 to 1997 and as...

Ground was broken in fall 2007 for a new building across the street from the Mullins Center. It will be a three-floor rec center, complete with a weight/fitness center spanning two floors. It is estimated to be constructed by apring 2008 and commissioned in spring 2009.

Campus Bus System The PVTA bus system is the second largest free public transportation system in the world. It serves not only the University of Massachusetts campus, but also the surrounding colleges and communities. This bus system is run primarily by University students and is free for students, which allows them to easily get to classes at the other four colleges. The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA) oversees and coordinates public transportation in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. ...

Residential areas

At UMass Amherst, first and second year students are required to live on campus. Housing is open to all full-time undergraduate students, regardless of year. Upper-class students who have continuously lived on campus during their first and sophomore years are guaranteed housing as long as they choose to live on campus. If, however, a student is admitted after their sophomore year, or moves off campus, and wants to move back onto campus, they are not guaranteed housing, but instead must go through a housing lottery, since demand outstrips supply. Building and room selection is accomplished by a complex system that takes into account building seniority as well as class year; those choosing to move from their building are subject to a lottery system. There are approximately 12,000 students living on-campus.

Students living on the UMass campus live in one of the six residential areas: North, Sylvan, Northeast, Central, Orchard Hill, and Southwest. Several residential areas have a student-run business. All campus residence halls are staffed by Resident Assistants, who provide programming and community development, as well as enforce policies, and have quiet hours, which start at 9 pm on weekdays, 12 midnight on the weekends, but may vary from hall to hall.

North Residential Area

Recently completed, the newest residence halls on campus opened in the Fall of 2006. Located between Sylvan and Northeast, these apartment-style dormitories house approximately 850 undergraduates in four buildings. The buildings are currently named North A, B, C, and D. Each unit comprises four single bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and a shared common area including a full kitchen. Other amenities include Ethernet and cable access, central air, and laundry on-site. This is a nine-month housing area, which allows students to remain on campus from September to May. Ethernet is a large, diverse family of frame-based computer networking technologies that operate at many speeds for local area networks (LANs). ...

Sylvan Residential Area

Sylvan is adjacent to the North Residential Area, and before the opening of North in 2006, was the newest residential area on campus, construction having been completed in the early 1970s. Sylvan is distinctive for offering suite-style living in a shady wooded area. Sylvan derives from Latin silva, "a wood or grove." Each residence hall contains 64 suites and each suite is either all-male or all-female. For Fall 2007, a gender-neutral suite is being made available "to students who do not want to identify a gender, students whose gender identity is in transition, and their friends and allies."[15]

Each suite is a mixture of double and single rooms, a common bathroom, and a common living room. Suites accommodate six to eight residents. Sylvan is also home to the Sylvan Snack Bar (SSB) one of eight student-run businesses on campus. The SSB delivers food right to students doors in the Sylvan living area. The snack bar, located in the basement of the McNamara building, provides food and a student hang out for the Sylvan residents.

Northeast Residential Area

Northeast is across the street from North and diagonal to Sylvan. The residential area consists of nine buildings assembled in a rectangle surrounding a grassy quad. Northeast is one of the oldest residential areas on campus and has what one might call classic academic architecture, consisting of red brick buildings and gabled/shingled roofs. Buildings of note in Northeast include Knowlton, which is an all female dorm; Hamlin, which is an all male dorm; as well as Lewis, which provides international students with 9-month housing and is home to one of the Residential Wellness Center facilities offered on campus. Thatcher is unique because it has a foreign language program, which includes several floors, each with a different language. The residents of these floors are encouraged to speak the language they are studying with their floor-mates. Dwight Hall offers Asian-American Student Program. Crabtree Hall and Leach Hall house the Engineering Residential Academic Programs (RAPs). Another building, Mary Lyon, houses the 2-in-20 floor; offering a safe space for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered students and their allies.[16]

In Fall 2008, the cluster of Crabtree, Mary Lyon, and Knowlton (CMLK) will become all-freshmen housing, as Northeast will join Central, Southwest and Orchard Hill as the fourth residential area to offer freshman-only living. Knowlton will become co-ed, and Johnson will take its place as the new all-female dorm. The 2-in-20 program will also be relocated to Leach, another building in the Northeast residential area.

Central Residential Area

Central is unique because it has three academic buildings in addition to nine residence halls located along a hill on the east side of campus. Academic buildings in Central include Hills House,[17] New Africa House,[18] and Fernald Hall.[19] Central is also home to the Central Art Gallery in Wheeler House.[20]

Central is organized into 4 clusters of buildings: Gorman-Wheeler and Brett-Brooks at the bottom of the hill, Baker, Chadbourne and Greenough ("BCG") organized in a quad halfway up the hill, and Van Meter-Butterfield ("VMB") at the top of the hill. Gorman Hall is a building-wide Living Learning Community called NUANCE. Founded in 1989, it is a diversity awareness Living Learning Community. Wheeler is home to the Central Art Gallery. Brett is a nine-month housing dorm, allowing students to stay during breaks for a fee. Both Wheeler and Brett are popular living options for student-athletes. Brooks is a "Wellness" dorm, requiring its residents to abstain from substance use. Baker houses the Area Office and a freshman-only floor. Chadbourne houses the Josephine White Eagle Native American Cultural Center. Butterfield and Van Meter are freshman-only dorms. Van Meter is the largest dorm on campus in terms of residents, while Butterfield is the smallest and has a rich community history.

The Greenough dorm is also home to the Greeno Sub Shop, another one of the student run businesses.

Orchard Hill Residential Area

Completed in 1964, The Orchard Hill residence area is north of Central, and has four residence halls: Dickinson, Webster, Grayson and Field. As of the 2007 school year, Dickinson and Webster buildings were converted to freshman-only housing. Webster is home to one of the Residential Wellness Center facilities offered on campus. Orchard Hill is known for its yearly spring event, Bowl Weekend, which is put on each year by the Orchard Hill Area Government. Many students from the Commonwealth College honors program live in Orchard Hill as part of Learning Communities. Orchard hill also houses a number of Talent Advancement Programs. [21]. Orchard Hill also refers to the hill on which the Orchard Hill Observatory and a cell phone tower are located. The cell phone tower also supports a microwave relay system for internet and land phone service at the Five College Radio Astronomy Observatory, located on a peninsula within the Quabbin Reservoir. Field also houses Sweets 'n More, a student run business on campus. FRCAO Radome-enclosed 14-m Telescope. ... It has been suggested that Goodnough Dike be merged into this article or section. ...

Southwest Residential Area

Southwest is the largest residential area on the UMass campus.

Southwest is composed of five 22-story towers (Coolidge and the all-freshman Kennedy are side-by-side in the north and John Quincy Adams, John Adams and Washington are arranged in a cluster in the south) and 11 smaller residence halls, also known as low-rises (the height of which varies from building to building), holding a total of around 5,500 students. The low-rises are arranged as such: two freshman-only clusters in the north (James-Emerson and Thoreau-Melville), a freshman-only cluster in the south (Cance, Moore, and Pierpont), and located along Sunset Avenue to the east are two clusters (Prince-Crampton in the north and MacKimmie-Patterson in the south) offering nine-month housing. Cluster offices are located in James, Melville, Cance, Prince, MacKimmie, Pierpont, and in each of the five towers. Additionally, Thoreau and Cance are home to the area office for the north and south portions of Southwest, respectively. Moore is home to the Residence Life Resource Center. Meanwhile, JQA and Washington are the homes to two of the Residential Wellness Center facilities offered on campus.

Southwest houses three of the five campus dining commons currently in operation. Hampshire is in the north and the newly-renovated Berkshire is in the south, both offering traditional food, while Hampden, located in between, is a kosher dining option. Hampden, which was originally going to be a tower itself before contractors realized the foundation would not be able to support one[citation needed], is host to the Southwest Art Gallery, Convenience Store, and the Southwest Cafe & Pita Pit. Also found in Southwest is the Stonewall Center, a resource for GLBT students and allies. LGBT (or GLBT) is an acronym used as a collective term to refer to lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender people. ...

Southwest houses approximately 50% of the students living on campus. Southwest is known for its lively, festive, and active community spirit, often stereotyped (both positively and negatively) as a center for "party" activity. After both victories and losses by the New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox in 2002, 2003 and 2004, as well as after the December 2006 UMass defeat in the NCAA Division I-AA football championship game, students held large impromptu festive gatherings (also referred to as riots) in the Southwest Mall which led to injuries, incidents of property destruction, and significant police involvement. Although the Patriots were not involved in Super Bowl XLI, campus security was tightened on Super Bowl Sunday in 2007 as a precautionary measure. The 2007 Boston Red Sox playoffs and World Series games were met with tight security as well and proved to be effective. On the night of the Red Sox World Series victory there was loud but peaceful celebration and minimal arrests were made. Date February 4, 2007 Stadium Dolphin Stadium City Miami Gardens, Florida MVP Peyton Manning, Quarterback, Colts Favorite Colts by 6. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 27, 42 Name Boston Red Sox (1908–present) Boston Americans (1901-1907) Other nicknames The BoSox, The Olde Towne Team, The Sox Ballpark Fenway Park (1912–present) Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds...

Off-campus living area

Off of the campus there are several areas that offer housing to juniors and seniors. These come in the form of apartments and houses. For example there is Puffton Village: It is a large apartment complex that houses about 1200 students. It is also helpful for students because there is a bus system that goes right through it every 15 minutes during the week and will take you directly to campus. The prices range differently because they offer one bedroom apartments, two bedroom apartments, and three bedroom apartments. Students however my have four people live in the three bedroom to save money. Overall they will pay for the rent and utilities and it is a fair price for most college students.

Parking on-campus

Parking at UMass is open to all students via Parking Services for a fee. Cost varies depending on seniority and location. The most typical student parking permits range from $60 to $300 for the year. It is a color coded system with Green, Purple and Yellow Lots available to students. Purple Lots are typically closest to the dorm/housing areas; Yellow Lots are the cheapest but the farthest away; Green lots are for commuter students[22]. Parking is also available in the campus garage for a fee of $1.50 per hour during the day. In the evening there is a night rate of $3.00. Payment options include cash or ucard. Meter parking is also available at select locations through out campus. The meters accept nickles, dimes, and quarters only.


Main article: UMass Minutemen
UMass Minutemen logo
UMass Minutemen logo

UMass is a member of Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The university is a member of the Atlantic Ten Conference, while playing ice hockey in the Hockey East Association. For football, UMass competes in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), a conference of the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS; known as Division I-AA before the 2006 season). UMass originally was known as the Statesmen, later the Aggies, then the Redmen, before changing their logo and nickname to the Minutemen. In a response to changing attitudes regarding the use of Native American-themed mascots, they changed their mascot in 1972 to the Minuteman. This has been lauded by many in the NCAA as being one of the greatest name changes due to the "minuteman" relationship with Massachusetts and its historical context. Women's teams and athletes are known as Minutewomen. UMass considers Boston College, the University of New Hampshire, and the University of Connecticut as their biggest rivals. The UMass Minutemen are the athletic teams that represent the University of Massachusetts Amherst in NCAA Division I sports competition. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Division I (or DI) is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association in the United States. ... NCAA redirects here. ... The Atlantic 10 Conference (A10) is a college athletic conference which operates mostly on the United States eastern seaboard. ... Hockey East is a college athletic conference which operates in New England. ... The Colonial Athletic Association, also known as the CAA, is a NCAA Division I college athletic conference whose members are located in East Coast states from Massachusetts to Georgia. ...

The UMass-Amherst Department of Athletics currently sponsors Men's Intercollegiate Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Ice Hockey, Football, Lacrosse, Skiing, Soccer, Swimming and Track & Field. They also sponsor Women's Intercollegiate Basketball, Softball, Cross Country, Rowing, Skiing, Soccer, Swimming, Field Hockey, Track & Field and Tennis. Among Club Sports offered are Men's Varsity Wrestling, Men's Rowing, Men's Rugby, Women's Rugby and Men's And Women's Bicycle Racing.

Notable faculty

Andrew Barto is a professor of Computer science at University of Massachusetts, Amherst. ... Madeleine Blais is an United States journalist, author and professor in the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s journalism department. ... Samuel Bowles (9th February 1826 - 16th January 1878) was an American journalist born in Springfield, Massachusetts. ... Chuck Close (born Charles Thomas Close) July 5, 1940, Monroe, Washington)[1] is an American painter and photographer who achieved fame as a photorealist before a catastrophic blood clot left him severely paralyzed. ... Martín Espada Martín Espada (born 1957) is a poet and professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he teaches creative writing and Latino poetry. ... Fred Feldman (born Newark, New Jersey, 1941) is an American philosopher who specializes in ethical theory. ... Carl R. Fellers (1893 - 1960) was an American food scientist and microbiologist who was involved in the pasteurization of dried foods and canning Atlantic crab. ... Neil Immerman is one of the key developers of an active research program called Descriptive Complexity, an approach he is currently applying to research in model checking, database theory, and computational complexity theory. ... Sut Jhally, discussing Tough Guise: Men, Violence and the Crisis in Masculinity at the Mens Project Collaborative, Amherst College in March 2004 Sut Jhally (born 29 May 1955) is a professor of Communication at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, regarded as one of the world’s leading cultural studies... Angelika Kratzer is a semantist well-known for her work on modals and a variety of topics on the syntax-semantics interface. ... Please wikify (format) this article or section as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... Lynn Margulis Dr. Lynn Margulis (born March 15, 1938) is a biologist and University Professor in the Department of Geosciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. ... John J. McCarthy John McCarthy (born 1953 in Medford, Massachusetts) is a linguist and professor of phonology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. ... Warren P. McGuirk (born 2 Jan 1906, died 19 Feb 1981, Boston, Massachusetts) was the dean of the School of Physical Education and Director of Athletics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst from 1948 to 1971, and an active figure in New England sports. ... Richard (Dick) Minear is a professor of History in the University Of Massachusetts in Amhest. ... Anna Nagurney is the John F. Smith Memorial Professor in the Department of Finance and Operations Management in the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. ... Sir Charles Max Page KBE CB DSO (1882-1963) was a British surgeon. ... George N Parks (b. ... Barbara Partee is a Distinguished University Professor of Linguistics and Philosophy Emerita at UMass-Amherst. ... Stephen A. Resnick (born October 24, 1938) is a North American economist who is well-known for his work (with Richard D. Wolff) on Marxian economics, economic methodology and class analysis. ... The United States Bureau of Justice Statistics a federal government agency belonging to the U.S. Department of Justice. ... James Tate James Vincent Tate (born December 8, 1943, Kansas City, Missouri) is a literary iconoclast, best known as a Pulitzer prize-winning and National Book Award-winning poet, educator, and man of letters. ... Don Towsley received a B.A. degree in physics and his Ph. ... Michael Wex (born 1954 in Lethbridge, Alberta) is a Canadian novelist, playwright, lecturer, performer, and author of books on language and literature. ... Richard D. Wolff (born Youngstown, Ohio, April 1942) is a North American economist who is well-known for his work (with Stephen Resnick) on Marxian economics, economic methodology and class analysis. ... Robert Paul Wolff Robert Paul Wolff is a radical twentieth century political philosopher who criticizes both conservative and liberal currents of thought. ...


The slogan of the Alumni Association, "You were. You are. UMASS."[23] The University is campaigning[24] to get Alumni to purchase specialty Massachusetts license plates with the UMass Amherst logo. The proceeds from sales of the plates would go to help fund student scholarships. The University Alumni Association operates out of Memorial Hall. Alumni from University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA. // William Monahan adapted screenplay, The Departed Ed Christie 1979, BFA, Art director/designer for The Jim Henson Company & Sesame Street Gordon Fenwick 1997, BA, Editor ESPN, World Figure Skating Championships 2005 Billy Taylor MA, PhD, Musician, Music Educator Natalie Cole 1972, singer Yusef...

Campus activism

While some students at UMass add to its reputation as a party school, others among the undergraduate and graduate population have also received press for their activism, including rallies to repeal the imposition of a Student and Exchange Visitor Information System Fee in 2003-2004, to protest for more favorable in 2005 and 2007, protesting tuition and fee hikes that make the university the second most expensive for in-state students (behind the University of Vermont) and many other campus issues. UVM redirects here. ...

Throughout the school's history, it has been the site of many sit-ins, and protests, often led by the Radical Student Union and its successor movements, Take Back UMass, amongst others.

UMass Amherst in the news

"Most violent campus" controversy

On November 17, 2005, ABC News' Primetime reported University of Massachusetts at Amherst as having the highest rate of violent crime on a campus of its size. 17 November is also the name of a Marxist group in Greece, coinciding with the anniversary of the Athens Polytechnic uprising. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

UMass officials said the report was flawed in two ways: first, ABC used figures from 2002 and 2003, when UMass reported 57 and 58 violent crimes, and did not take into account the data from 2004, when only 28 violent crimes were reported; second, the news program calculated the rate of violent crime by dividing the number of crimes by the total enrollment rather than by the number of on-campus residents."'Just as you would not include visitors, commuters, and tourists to calculate the crime rate among a city's population, neither should an aggregate number including off-campus students be included in a calculation of an on-campus crime rate", O'Malley, the general counsel, wrote to ABC News.[25]

UMass Amherst Team of Scientists Create "Nano Nose"

A team of scientists at UMass, led by Vincent Rotello, have developed a molecular nose that can detect and identify various proteins. The research appeared in the May 2007 issue of Nature Nanotechnology, and the team is currently focusing on sensors which will detect the malformed proteins made by cancer cells.[26] // Nature Nanotechnology An example cover of Nature Nanotechnology Nature Nanotechnology, published by Nature Publishing Group, will be launched in October 2006. ...

UMass Amherst Team Create Fire-Safe Plastic

UMass Amherst scientists Richard Farris, Todd Emrick, and Bryan Coughlin lead the research team that has developed a synthetic polymer that doesn't burn. This polymer is a building block of plastic, and the new flame-retardant plastics won't need to have flame-retarding chemicals added to their composition. These chemicals have recently been found in many different areas from homes and offices to fish, and there are environmental and health concerns regarding the additives. The newly developed polymers would not require the addition of these potentially hazardous chemicals. Coughlin, one of the research team leaders, notes that this is "really a two-birds-with-one-stone approach for a new polymer. It is extremely fire-safe and does not contain halogenated additives, which are known to be environmentally hazardous."[27]

Andrew Card Protest

On May 25, 2007, a large protest was held during the University of Massachusetts at Amherst Graduate Commencement where Andrew Card received an honorary degree. The protest was picked up and broadcast by MSNBC, as well as receiving a writeup by the Associated Press stating that hundreds of students and faculty booed and held up signs while Andrew Card was given his honorary doctorate in public service. Due to the protests, Card neglected to speak and Provost Charlena Seymour's comments regarding the award were drowned out by the hundreds of people involved in the protest.[28] is the 145th day of the year (146th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... Andrew Hill Andy Card Jr. ...

The commencement protest followed two large demonstrations on campus on May 8th and May 15th, 2007, respectively, with regards to the honorary degree.[29] Card was also protested earlier in the year when he came to UMass to give a lecture entitled "The American Political Landscape: Looking Towards 2008" on April 11th, 2007. The Radical Student Union and the Graduate Student Senate organized protests which included a "die-in," where students fell prone with fake blood spattered on their clothes, as well as protest signs and the unfurling of a very large protest banner.[30]

Jack Wilson's Restructuring of the UMass System

University of Massachusetts president Jack M. Wilson has proposed a "one university" plan for the UMass system, part of which included the excision of the Chancellor position. There are also other leadership restructurings which have received a fair amount of complaint from faculty and administration of the various UMass schools in the state: the faculty of UMass-Amherst passed a no-confidence vote in both the president and the trustees; UMass-Boston is currently considering doing the same.

There has been concern that much of the proposed plan has been developed behind closed doors within a small circle of the Board of Trustees. Members of the board have noted that even within the board itself there were members that were aware of the plan prior to it being transmitted to the board-at-large,[31] a fact that has led some to speculate about the evolution of an insider group with its genesis in the involvement of Romney's appointments to the board and other organizations during his gubernatorial tenure. Stephen Tocco, Chairman of the Board, was backed and elevated by then-governor Mitt Romney. Romney also made other appointments to the board just before leaving office, as well as appointing Wilson as a Massachusetts Commissioner to the Education Commission of the States shortly before his exodus.[32] The current plan centralizes some of the power within the UMass system by effectively combining the role of President and Chancellor into the President's office. Due to the uproar from a wide variety of camps, some commentators worry that this reorganization plan may weaken Wilson's position, depending on the effects of the various no-confidence votes and future reactions of the administration and faculty.

See also

Wikimedia Commons has media related to:

Statue of Clark, Sapporo: Boys Be Ambitious Dr. William Smith Clark (July 31, 1825 - March 9, 1886) was a professor, Massachusetts State Senator, third president of the Massachusetts Agricultural College (now the University of Massachusetts Amherst) and first vice president of Sapporo Agricultural College (Japan) // William Smith Clark, the son... The meaning of the word professor (Latin: [1]) varies. ... The Massachusetts Senate is the upper house of the Massachusetts General Court, the bicameral state legislature of Massachusetts. ... Sapporo Agricultural College (札幌農学校), once an autonomous school, became part of Tohoku Imperial University in 1907, and was transferred to Hokkaido Imperial University (now Hokkaido University) in 1918. ...


  1. ^ Amherst is now legally the flagship of UMass system - News
  2. ^ Tallest library in the United States
  3. ^ Photos: - University of Massachusetts Amherst
  4. ^ Colleges' moves to shake up libraries speak volumes
  5. ^ DuBois Library Special Collections
  6. ^ UMass Amherst Learning Commons - W.E.B. Du Bois Library
  7. ^ http://www.oit.umass.edu/news/blogs.htmll
  8. ^ [1][
  9. ^ Microsoft IT Showcase School
  10. ^ Campus Alerts - University of Massachusetts Amherst
  11. ^ http://www.clemson.edu/usnewsrankings/usnewstop50.htm
  12. ^ Times Higher Education
  13. ^ UMass Amherst Isenberg School's MBA Program Earns Four Top Ten National Rankings from Princeton Review
  14. ^ Holly Angelo, The Republican. "Facilities and Campus Planning UMass Buys 5 Houses". "UMass Buys 5 Houses". Retrieved on 2007-04-24.
  15. ^ The Stonewall Center. "Does UMass Amherst Provide Gender-Neutral Housing?". "Campus Transgender Guide". Retrieved on 2007-04-17.
  16. ^ UMass Amherst - Housing and Residence Life: Legacy Communities
  17. ^ Landscape Architecture & Regional Planing ||Umass Amherst
  18. ^ W.E.B. Du Bois Department
  19. ^ UMass Amherst: Department of Plant Soil and Insect Sciences
  20. ^ UMass Amherst - Housing and Residence Life: Central Residential Area
  21. ^ http://owl.cs.umass.edu/umassrap/tap/tap_faq.html
  22. ^ Parking Services
  23. ^ UMass Amherst Alumni Association
  24. ^ Order Your UMass Amherst License Plates Today
  25. ^ UMass raps data as "Primetime" prepares to air crime report, Sarah Schweitzer, Boston Globe, November 17, 2005.
  26. ^ UMass Amherst Scientists Create Nano Nose With Aim of Sniffing Out Diseased Cells, UMass Amherst, April 23, 2007.
  27. ^ UMass Amherst Scientists Create Fire-Safe Plastic, UMass Amherst, May 30, 2007.
  28. ^ Former Bush Aide Card Is Booed at UMass, Associated Press, May 26, 2007.
  29. ^ UMass speaks out: Students protest University's honorary degree decision, Michelle Osorio, Daily Collegian, May 11th, 2007.
  30. ^ Lecture met with protest, Ibid, Daily Collegian, May 12th, 2007.
  31. ^ Wilson surprised by uproar at UMass, Marcella Bombardieri, The Boston Globe, June 2, 2007
  32. ^ Jack Wilson Biosketch, Jack Wilson, Jack M. Wilson, September 1, 2006

Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... is the 114th day of the year (115th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... is the 107th day of the year (108th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

External links

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst is at coordinates 42°23′11″N 72°31′32″W / 42.386421, -72.525676 (University of Massachusetts Amherst)Coordinates: 42°23′11″N 72°31′32″W / 42.386421, -72.525676 (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
NCAA redirects here. ... Hockey East is a college athletic conference which operates in New England. ... Hockey East is a college athletic conference which operates in New England. ... TD Banknorth Garden is a sports arena in Boston, Massachusetts. ... Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum is a 2,000-seat multi-purpose arena in Storrs, Connecticut. ...

  Results from FactBites:
Article about "University of Massachusetts Amherst" in the English Wikipedia on 24-Apr-2004 (481 words)
The University of Massachusetts Amherst (otherwise known as UMass Amherst) is a university in Amherst, Massachusetts.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst is classified as a Research I university by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, reflecting the breadth of the University's programs, including offerings of over 90 undergraduate and 65 graduate areas of study.
The University's library is the tallest library in the world, and is home of the memoirs and papers of the distinguished African-American activist W.E.B. DuBois as well as being the depository for other important collections, such as the papers of the late Congressman Silvio O. Conte.
University of Massachusetts Amherst: Information from Answers.com (5379 words)
The University of Massachusetts Amherst (otherwise known as UMass Amherst or simply UMass) is a land-grant university in Amherst, Massachusetts.
The university's mission is to provide an affordable and accessible education of high quality and to conduct programs of research and public service that advance knowledge and improve the lives of the people of the Commonwealth, the nation, and the world.
The university was founded in 1863 under the provisions of the Federal Morrill Land-Grant Colleges Act to provide instruction to Massachusetts citizens in the "agricultural, mechanical, and military arts".
  More results at FactBites »



Share your thoughts, questions and commentary here
Your name
Your comments

Want to know more?
Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:


Press Releases |  Feeds | Contact
The Wikipedia article included on this page is licensed under the GFDL.
Images may be subject to relevant owners' copyright.
All other elements are (c) copyright NationMaster.com 2003-5. All Rights Reserved.
Usage implies agreement with terms, 1022, m