Molly Bish  “Just One Piece” Tip Campaign

Posted October 31, 2014

omollybishfacebook_2jpgSince the day Molly Bish was abducted from her lifeguard post on June 27, 2000, the Worcester District Attorney’s office has maintained that the case is “just one piece” of information away from finding the person responsible for abducting, and ultimately murdering, sixteen year old Molly. There have been several persons of interest in Molly’s case who have surfaced over the years, but no solid leads that have connected these persons of interest to Molly’s murder.

The “Just One Piece” tip campaign is a collaborative effort between Molly’s family and Western New England University Criminal Justice Professor, and private investigator, dr_steinjpgDr. Sarah Stein. The “Just One Piece” tip campaign is designed to support the investigative activities of the Worcester County Detective Unit as they are inundated with cases and don’t always have the resources to devote to unresolved crimes.

On Saturday, October 11 from 8:00 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dr. Stein coordinated a team of volunteers comprised of Western New England University students and volunteers from the Molly Bish Foundation to assist anyone who believes they may have any information pertaining to the unsolved case.  Dr. Stein will be personally following up all leads generated by the “Just One Piece” campaign. 

Criminal Justice students: Joseph Reder, Alexander Blanchette, Brandi Norden, Matthew Simard, Rachel Collette, and Samantha Jordan

For more information about the Molly Bish Foundation, click here. 


U.S. Supreme Court Review Conference Held 

Posted October 31, 2014



Western New England University School of Law recently held its annual two-day U.S. Supreme Court Review Conference focusing on several federal court decisions handed down this year, mostly concerning discrimination. Law Professor and Director of the Legislative Institute, Art Wolf, moderated the presentations.


Professor Harpaz discussed six cases, five that dealt with 1st Amendment issues and a sixth, the Hobby Lobby case, that dealt with the interplay between the Affordable Care Act and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. She concluded that the conservative Justices on the Court had controlled most of the decisions and progressive policies were generally on the losing side of these cases.

Law Professor Bruce Miller discussed the Schuette vs. BAMN case involving a voter-approved referendum banning racial preferences at Michigan universities (affirmative action). The Supreme Courtbruce_miller_2jpg ruled the referendum is not the equivalent of racial discrimination, a decision that drew an impassioned dissent from Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Professor Miller concluded that this decision was profoundly confusing and will be debated for some time. “A ‘discriminating’ law is just the tip of a much bigger social and political iceberg. The insidious wrong here is the ongoing subordination of people, the infliction of second-class status on a group or segment of society,” explained Professor Miller.

Law Professor Jennifer Levi analyzed the impact of the Court’s refusal to hear seven cases in which federal courts of appeal struck state constitutional provisions that exclude the right of same-sex couples to marry.  Professor Levi said that as a result of that decision, the number of states in which same-sex couples can marry rose to 24 and will likely rise soon to at least 35.  “This means that same-sex couples can now marry in Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin, and beyond.  It is a huge step forward in the national struggle for marriage equality.” 


For more information about the School of Law Legislative Institute, click here.


Senate Candidates Spar During Western New England University Debate

Posted October 29, 2014


Western New England University School of Law hosted a debate between two of the candidates running for the 1st Hampden and Hampshire state Senate seat. Democrat Eric Lesser and Republican Debra Boronski spared over issues including tax reform, economic development, heroin epidemic, crime, and both candidates spoke at length about their personal qualifications for the Senate seat. The debate was sponsored by The Western New England University School of Law and the Hampden County Bar Association. candidite 


The panel questioning the candidates included Reminder Publications Managing Editor Mike Dobbs, and reporters Yoojin Cho, WWLP-TV, Shakala Alvaranga,WGGB-TV, and Brian Steele, 


Dr. Douglas Battema, Chair of the Communication Department at Western New England University College of Arts and Sciences moderated this important event which ran for approximately 90 minutes. 


The debate was streamed live for those watching remotely and will be rebroadcast on Ludlow and Wilbraham Cable Access Channels over the next week. 

The 1st Hampden and Hampshire state Senate seat has been occupied for the past 17 years by Senator Gale Candaras who is running for register of the Hampden County Probate & Family Court.


53rd Annual Tax Institute Set for November 12 at Western New England University

Posted October 28, 2014

 unknown2pngWestern New England University will host its 53rd annual Tax Institute on Wednesday, November 12 from 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. This year’s program will include sessions on the Repair and Maintenance Final Regulations, state and federal tax updates, and planning for the sale of a business. To register or for more information, visit or call 413-796-2173.

The luncheon will feature keynote speaker Frederick J. Benoit from the Internal Revenue Service, discussing tax preparer responsibility. The Western New England University Tax Institute provides written materials and oral presentations from expert speakers on detailed tax structuring and planning techniques and their practical applications. The program is designed for CPAs, enrolled agents, and tax preparers. Attendance qualifies for eight CPE credits based on the Massachusetts Board of Public Accountancy Rules and Regulations.


This event is sponsored by the College of Business. The cost of this program is $179. A discount per person is available for registering three or more from the same company at the same time, and for Western New England University alumni.


Drone with GoPro3 Camera Visits Campus

Posted October 24, 2014


If you were on campus last Friday and heard buzzing overhead, you were probably being filmed by a hi-def GoPro3+ video camera mounted on a drone. The film crew was from Larry Locke Films and was shooting panoramic sweeps of the campus from above the buildings.The film crew arrived on short notice because they determined the leaf coloring was at its peak.


“Larry Locke, an acclaimed film director who has been recognized for his high-quality work around the world, was on the Western New England University campus to begin shooting a new promotional video that will be used to tell the Western New England story from an exciting, new perspective," explained Bryan Gross, vice president for enrollment management. "Locke will develop a film that will be used to tie Western New England’s storied past with our vision for the future, all through the lens of our accomplished current faculty, staff and students," Gross added.  

Pieces of this work will also be used for an exciting new welcome center video experience that the University is preparing to unveil to prospective students who visit campus this Spring. 


"What really captured the attention of students and faculty was Locke’s use of a high definition, remote controlled drone, which was able to capture footage of our beautiful campus and all of our magnificent foliage in a way that has not been done before," added Bryan Gross.  

Stay connected to our YouTube and other social media channels for the release of this exciting, new video.

To view some of the raw footage of the drone video, click here.

For more information on Larry Locke, please visit


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