farewell message to our readers
For the past week I've tried to write dispassionately
about the terrible budget cuts that are forcing the closure of the
Chronicle, but after 17 years with the paper, I feel as if there's
been a death in the family.
cuts UMass by $80.5m
An already grim budget situation took a turn
for the worse June 13 as legislators approved a conference committee
proposal that cuts funding for the University system by 18.5 percent
or $80.5 million.
Lombardi to seek
fee hike, makes deeper reductions
Chancellor John V. Lombardi announced an additional
$5.66 million in budget reductions in a June 24 memo to the campus.
The reductions, paired with the $15.8 million in cuts Lombardi previously
announced for a total of $21.5 million, put the campus just over
half-way toward covering a $41 million gap in funding for fiscal
The Board of Trustees awarded tenure to 17 faculty
on the Amherst campus at its May 7 meeting and approved an offer
with tenure to two incoming faculty members.
and Engineering Library to close during August for renovations
The Physical Sciences and Engineering Library in the Lederle Graduate
Research Center will close for renovations during the month of August.
Improvements slated for the library include a new lobby, fresh paint,
new carpeting and furnishings, and alterations to allow public access
to the elevator.
A look back at 18 years of the Chronicle
In the summer of 1985, preparations were underway for the debut
of a new campus newspaper for UMass Amherst faculty and staff. Founding
editor Michael E.C. Gery, assistant editor Bill Parent, office manager
Laura Kehoe — all alumni — worked with staff from Photo
Services and the Publications Office to design the new tabloid,
which replaced the 72-year-old Weekly Bulletin, an 8½ by
11-inch compendium of notices and official announcements.
history by the numbers
First year of publication 1985, Years published 18, Total issues
Since 1985, many people on and off campus helped
the Chronicle in many ways. Some consistently used the paper to
communicate news, while others provided us with material, administrative
or moral support. Others came to our defense when the Chronicle
was criticized or targeted for elimination. Thank you, one and all.