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Students, faculty find offensive vandalism in Integrated Learning Center -

February 11, 2016

Nominations for SGA elections will remain open until Feb. 19 -

February 11, 2016

SGA, MassPIRG work together on open source textbook initiative -

February 11, 2016

Civil rights activist Cornel West to speak at Smith College -

February 11, 2016

Uncertainties surround UMass men’s lacrosse as it kicks off season against Army -

February 11, 2016

New face, same old ‘Havoc’: UMass basketball ready to face familiar style of play against VCU -

February 11, 2016

UMass women’s lacrosse begins season with high expectations, seeking eighth straight A-10 championship -

February 11, 2016

UMass hockey players react to news of next year’s trip to Belfast -

February 11, 2016

UMass women’s basketball falls to La Salle, drops 11th straight game -

February 11, 2016

‘Havoc’ returns to Mullins Center as UMass men’s basketball prepares for VCU -

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Bernie Sanders already making history as Jewish candidate -

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Super Bowl is an impressive feat of entertainment -

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‘The Hateful Eight’ shows Quentin Tarantino losing his edge -

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Tips and travel hacks for a fun spring break -

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MassPIRG forum discusses problem of antibiotic resistance -

February 10, 2016

First inside look at the John Francis Kennedy Champions Center -

February 10, 2016

UMass tennis rallies past St. Johns to give Red Storm first loss of season -

February 10, 2016

UMass community grieves for beloved friend and mentor James Tilley -

February 10, 2016

Amherst Board of Health votes against reinstating College Pizza’s food establishment license -

February 10, 2016

Top 25 Notebook: Duke gets back on winning track taking down No.13 Louisville Monday -

February 10, 2016

‘Ave Atque Vale’

(Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian)

Stefan Herlitz recounts his time in the SGA and his experiences writing for the Collegian, and concludes that despite the twists and turns, he would not change a thing.

Divestment’s value is symbolic, not financial

(Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian)

The fossil fuel divestment movement doesn’t have the financial power to end climate change, but it is a strong moral symbol for change, argues Stefan Herlitz.

SGA results promise a good year to come

Sïonan Barrett and Chantal Barbosa. (Christina Yacono/Daily Collegian)

Stefan Herlitz reviews the results of the recent SGA election and discusses his predictions for the future of the student government now that it is under new leadership.

No ‘right to be right’

Stefan Herlitz discusses how Americans tend to assert their own rights as the solution to all the country’s problems, while simultaneously disregarding the opinions and rights of others.

The anti-vaccine movement: Danger masquerading as freedom

(El Alvi/Flickr)

People are starting to stray away from vaccinations in larger numbers, but history tells us we need them.

The dangers of ‘educate yourself’

(Collegian File Photo)

Stefan Herlitz thinks saying “educate yourself” is no better than saying “you’re wrong.”

For-profit colleges are driving student debt

(Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian)

For-profit colleges are a predatory scourge on society and driving the student debt crisis, argues columnist Stefan Herlitz.

The world of the other

(Scott Cresswell/Flickr)

Stefan Herlitz says we must be careful not to use sociological categories to “other” people, or separate society into an “us” and a “them.”

Understand the power of positive protest

(Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian)

Stefan Herlitz denounces anger-fueled protests and instead advocates for positive protests with clear objectives.

Insulting those with different views accomplishes nothing

Stefan Herlitz discusses the tendency of people to insult those who disagree with them rather than engage them respectfully, and its negative implications for all social movements.

US should spend more on space

(John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/MCT)

Stefan Herlitz advocates spending more on space programs and describes the economic benefits in doing so.

College athletes are not employees

Jeff Bernstein/Daily Collegian

Stefan Herlitz argues that deeming college athletes employees of their school undermines their responsibilities to academics.

Snowden should be pardoned

MCT

Stefan Herlitz explains why the beneficial NSA information illegally leaked by Snowden warrants a presidential pardon.

What makes an American

Collegian File Photo

Stefan Herlitz explains what it means to be American and what makes it exceptional.

Build a better Bottle Bill

Tim Johnson/MCT

Stefan Herlitz argues that an expanded Bottle Bill would mean more recycling and less trash for Mass. residents

Remember the good

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Stefan Herlitz advises us to tune out the negative media and look on the bright side of American life.

Nobody likes Obamacare

Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Stefan Herlitz urges politicians on both sides of the aisle to put aside their rigid beliefs in order to fix the U.S. healthcare debacle.

An age of toothless protest

cisc1970/ Flickr

Stefan Herlitz describes an era that appears to have lost its ability to protest with meaning.

Dare to be moderate

Stefan Herlitz explains the polarization of the American political system—and why moderates need representation now more than ever.

Lack of political interest due to poor education

Stefan Herlitz identifies three sources of political apathy.