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January 21, 2017

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January 21, 2017

High-powered Eagles soar past UMass -

January 21, 2017

UMass women’s basketball suffers disappointing loss to St. Bonaventure at Mullins Center Thursday -

January 19, 2017

REPORT: Tom Masella out as defensive coordinator for UMass football -

January 19, 2017

Zach Lewis, bench carry UMass men’s basketball in win over St. Joe’s -

January 19, 2017

UMass women’s basketball handles Duquesne at home -

January 16, 2017

UMass men’s basketball’s late comeback falls short after blowing 15-point first-half lead -

January 15, 2017

UMass hockey outlasted at home against No. 6 UMass Lowell -

January 14, 2017

Hailey Leidel hits second buzzer beater of the season to give UMass women’s basketball win over Davidson -

January 13, 2017

UMass football hosts Maine at Fenway Park in 2017 -

January 12, 2017

UMass men’s basketball snaps losing streak and upsets Dayton Wednesday night at Mullins Center -

January 11, 2017

UMass women’s track and field takes second at Dartmouth Relays -

January 10, 2017

UMass hockey falls to No. 5 Boston University at Frozen Fenway -

January 8, 2017

UMass professor to make third appearance on ‘Jeopardy!’ -

January 8, 2017

UMass women’s basketball suffers brutal loss on road against Saint Joseph’s -

January 7, 2017

UMass men’s basketball drops thirds straight, falls to VCU 81-64 -

January 7, 2017

UMass men’s basketball drops tightly-contested conference matchup against George Mason Wednesday night -

January 4, 2017

Late-game defense preserves UMass women’s basketball’s win against rival Rhode Island -

January 4, 2017

Ted Kennedy’s legacy reached beyond state and party lines

On August 25, 2009, the United States of America lost a true icon.

When the “Lion of the Senate,” Senator Edward Moore Kennedy, departed from this world at the age of 77 after heroically fighting brain cancer for more than a year, he left behind much.

Our most significant souvenir, however, is his legacy. It goes much beyond what he gave to his country. He also taught the lessons that made his unlikely legacy possible — the value of a second chance and the will to endure.

Kennedy, a beloved son of Massachusetts, not only changed the lives of those in his state and country, but he also changed the life of the United States itself. In this fact, Kennedy lives.

In 1968, after his brother Robert Kennedy was assassinated while campaigning for the presidency, Kennedy delivered a powerful eulogy in which he quoted excerpts of a 1966 speech his brother had given on South Africa’s Day of Affirmation. Among the lines read that day were, “Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.”

Through his 47 years of service in the United States Congress, and the many pieces of legislation he helped to enact, Kennedy helped to shape the history of this nation. Though he did not know it at the time, Kennedy was on the course of bending the course of history and becoming what President Barack Obama called “the greatest senator of our time.”

However, that is only half of Senator Kennedy’s legacy. He left us with two things: the fruit of 47 years’ public service and sentiments that we can glean from his personal experiences just as one might from Aesop’s fables. Anyone who can see more to Ted Kennedy than the Chappaquiddick incident will see the man who made his life’s work from trying to make other people’s lives better.

If Kennedy had wanted to give up and let his personal problems destroy him, it wouldn’t have been surprising. Kennedy may have led a privileged life, but it was by no means an easy one. He was the youngest of the nine Kennedy children born in his generation, a generation that would produce one president, two senators and the founder of the Special Olympics among other professions.

Kennedy had to endure the premature deaths of many of his siblings including the assassination of brother and President John F. Kennedy in 1963 and the assassination of his brother Robert in 1968 as he campaigned for the presidency. Kennedy, himself, survived a plane crash in 1964 that left him with lifelong back pain. That is not to mention Kennedy’s sometimes reckless personal habits, which contributed to his terrible misjudgment at Chappaquiddick in 1969, when Kennedy recklessly drove his car off of a bridge, which killed the passenger. He failed to report it to the police.

Though it was not until he acknowledged his own shortcomings and failures in 1991 that he became the true icon that he is today, Kennedy persevered and flourished after many of his tragedies. He relentlessly tackled issues, starting from his first day in office in 1962 to the very end. His work for universal health care, a hot topic at this very moment, was a lifelong interest that became his “personal cause.” He made a reluctant bid for president in 1980 but lost to incumbent Jimmy Carter during the primary elections.

Kennedy’s losing the presidency in 1980 was a blessing for the United States. It allowed him to stay in the Senate and fight for the causes for which he was passionate and in which he had a solid voice. Kennedy always stood up for the underdog – the poor and disadvantaged. Many of the progressive pieces of legislation passed in recent memory, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, among others, can be traced to Kennedy. He was a man of the people.

Was Kennedy perfect? No, but he is living proof of second chances. He was a man who never gave up on the behalf of others and didn’t fall to the tragedies of his family. Instead, he carried on and was a stronger man for it.

I am proud to have called Ted Kennedy my senator in the state of Massachusetts.

Through it all, he may have the marking “Democrat” next to his name, but in the end he was an American politician. While the Democratic and Republican parties may have different ways of getting there, they are all Americans sharing the same American dream, to make American better.

Just like Kennedy picked up the torch from his brothers, it is now time for a new birth of men and women to come forward and ensure that the dream shall never die and continue making America a better place.

Matt Kushi is a Collegian columnist. He can be reached at

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