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Thirteen area college students were sworn in as UMass Amherst police cadets during ceremonies at the Mullins Center on Jan. 31.

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The 12th Annual Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival, “New Faces of Documentary,” opens its spring season on Wednesday, Feb. 9. This year’s focus is on documentary, experimental, non-fiction and biographical films.

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The special Commission on Campus Diversity will hold a second public forum on Thursday, Feb. 3, 4-6 p.m. in the Lincoln Campus Center Auditorium.

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Alumnus Dennis McNally, a best-selling author and publicist for the Grateful Dead, will present the annual Five College History Lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall. He will discuss "Why Write History for the Public?"

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All members of the campus community are invited to join in a moment of silence as the Old Chapel bells toll for the tsunami victims on Wednesday, Feb. 2 at noon.

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Campus researchers are looking for ways to program computers to improve their own teaching skills based on observed student behavior.

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The Department of Music and Dance is collaborating with two area restaurants, La Cucina Di Pinocchio and the University Club, to provide concert-goers with discounts during the spring semester.

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Gov. Mitt Romney this week filed a proposed $23.22 billion fiscal 2006 state budget that includes $406,475,251 for the UMass system, $13.9 million more than the current appropriation of $392,535,034.

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The exhibition, "Sheila Pepe: Mind the Gap," opens Friday, Feb. 4, 5-7 p.m. in the University Gallery on the lower level of the Fine Arts Center. The exhibition will be on view until May 13.

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Marcellette G. Williams, who served as interim chancellor in 2001-02, has been named senior vice president for Academic and Student Affairs and International Relations by President Jack M. Wilson.

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