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UMass Amherst aiming to raise $300 million

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst plans to launch a new capital campaign Sunday to raise $300 million, a bid to make up for dwindling state funding and build the kind of alumni loyalty that some state flagships have enjoyed for generations.

For the new chancellor, Kumble Subbaswamy, the symbol of UMass Amherst’s undertaking is the picturesque Old Chapel at the center of campus: its doors have been locked for 17 years, cobwebs gathering and ceiling tiles crumbling inside.

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