UMass Boston Students Protest Decision of Mount Ida College Purchase - NECN
Massachusetts

Massachusetts

The latest news from around the state

UMass Boston Students Protest Decision of Mount Ida College Purchase

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    Walkout at UMass Boston Over Mt. Ida Deal

    Students, faculty and administrators at UMass Boston walked out of school Tuesday in protest of the university's purchase of Mt. Ida College in Newton.

    (Published Tuesday, May 8, 2018)

    Students and faculty at the University of Massachusetts Boston held a walkout Tuesday afternoon to protest the school system's purchase of Mount Ida College.

    UMass Amherst is purchasing the Newton campus when the college closes at the end of the semester. School officials said they plan to use the campus for "career preparation programs" in science and technology fields.

    UMass Boston feels like the move would make their campus take more of a backseat as their school faces construction problems, possible educational cuts, and an expected $30-million dollar budget shortfall.

    "Students have been forgotten, students have been taken advantage of, and they have been let down by grownups," said UMass Boston undergrad student president Katelyn Mitrano last month.

    Walkout Planned at UMass Boston Over Mount Ida Deal

    [NECN] Walkout Planned at UMass Boston Over Mount Ida Deal

    Students at the University of Massachusetts Boston plan to walk out of classes Tuesday in protest over the deal to buy Mount Ida College.

    (Published Tuesday, May 8, 2018)

    The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education doesn't have jurisdiction over the deal, but Chairman Chris Gabrieli said last month it was working to find solutions.

    "We could only start when this hot mess was handed to us," said Gabrieli. "I think we're doing everything we can, but there are real limits."

    Tuesday's walkout began at noon on the UMass Boston campus plaza.

    Get the latest from necn anywhere, anytime

    • Download the App

      Available for IOS and Android