Umass Amherst founded 1863
What would Amherst be without the flagship University of Massachusetts? A lot less newsworthy, that's for sure.
Yes, in all of the top Amherst news stories over the past 12 months -- from the alleged gang rape in a dorm, the "riot" after the Superbowl, the death of a young woman from a fall the University kept secret for ten days at family request, or the weekend in and weekend out Party House winners racking up a record breaking number of $300 nuisance house tickets -- the University of Massachusetts has played a central role.
Of course alcohol has also played a contributing role in all those noteworthy stories as well.
On the plus side, however, Amherst has a 3.9% unemployment rate compared to the state average of 6.6% ... mainly due to our beloved economic Juggernaut, UMass.
All in all, not a bad trade off (depending on your proximity to a Party House I suppose).