Scrolling Headlines:

UMass women’s soccer falls to Central Connecticut 3-0 in home opener -

August 19, 2017

Preseason serves as opportunity for young UMass men’s soccer players -

August 13, 2017

Amherst Fire Department website adds user friendly components and live audio feed -

August 11, 2017

UMass takes the cake for best campus dining -

August 11, 2017

Two UMass students overcome obstacles to win full-ride scholarships -

August 2, 2017

The guilt of saying ‘guilty’ -

August 2, 2017

UMass tuition set to rise 3-4 percent for 2017-2018 school year -

July 18, 2017

PVTA potential cuts affect UMass and five college students -

July 10, 2017

New director of student broadcast media at UMass this fall -

July 10, 2017

Whose American Dream? -

June 24, 2017

Man who threatened to bomb Coolidge Hall taken into ICE custody -

June 24, 2017

Cale Makar drafted by Colorado Avalanche in first round of 2017 NHL Entry Draft -

June 24, 2017

Conservatives: The Trump experiment is over -

June 17, 2017

UMass basketball lands transfer Kieran Hayward from LSU -

May 18, 2017

UMass basketball’s Donte Clark transferring to Coastal Carolina -

May 17, 2017

Report: Keon Clergeot transfers to UMass basketball program -

May 15, 2017

Despite title-game loss, Meg Colleran’s brilliance in circle was an incredible feat -

May 14, 2017

UMass softball loses in heartbreaker in A-10 title game -

May 14, 2017

Navy sinks UMass women’s lacrosse 23-11 in NCAA tournament second round, ending Minutewomen’s season -

May 14, 2017

UMass softball advances to A-10 Championship game -

May 13, 2017

Senior column: William McGuinness

Outgoing editor-in-chief William McGuinness ponders the philosophy of newswriting in his fairwell column.

Introducing Localocracy: A letter to our readers

The Massachusetts Daily Collegian and Localocracy.org have teamed up to offer UMass students a more interactive and democratic approach to our news coverage by responding to what readers want to know.

‘Students for a democratic voice’ coalition emerges before Student Government Association election

Some 22 individuals from six residential zones will add “students for a democratic voice” to their names in a move they think will lead to more effective governance that better reflects students’ thoughts.

Amherst Housing

I’m working on a story now about Amherst housing and the fact that the town passed a law banning more than 4 unrelated people from living in the same house. The real estate companies are posting four bedroom houses that have more than that, and I’m looking for some examples. Anyone out there? Also, check out www.amherstrent.com … tons of 5+ bedrooms with the distance listed from campus. Thoughts?

Contribute to your News

We at The Collegian have come to a fun realization. The collective knowledge of our audience is much greater than that which we possess. So rather than dictating your news from our ivory tower of objectivity, we’re inviting you to contribute your own thoughts on the stuff you want covered. Unfortunately, we can’t and shouldn’t cover every fashion show and canned food drive this campus has to offer. INSTEAD I am looking for your choice, select and prime bits of the best news. I’m talking corruption and wrongdoing. We’ll get the ball rolling here through your comments and tips.

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Amherst College was shocked from its Ivory Tower this past weekend. Then Marcus Smith, a student from the University of Massachusetts, and Issac Cameron, from Amherst College, were involved in an on-campus altercation that left both wounded, according to police documents. The fight was at a dance and was said to be over a girl. Nothing fresh there, but the reaction was anything but. The UMass student allegedly pulled a knife and stabbed the Amherst College student between six and seven times in the abdomen and back. Some eye witnesses said they came together in an embrace, as if calming each other down….

Follow your nose

For my piece in tomorrow’s Collegian, I wrote a double profile on two gay men operating in highly traditional environments following their coming out. The story looks at the Gay Rights Movement’s notion that the simple awareness that homosexuals are human and live around us as brothers, friends, teachers etc. will bring about a greater tolerance. Given that one source, Rabbi Steven Greenberg, is the first openly-gay orthrodox rabbi, and the other, Martin Aguilera, is a leader of the Gay Amherst Party, both are living in institutions that are highly uncomfortable with gay men. Finding them was tricky and may…

Forever 23

According to some Western Mass. newspapers, Jason Vassell has been a 23-year-old for about 13 months now. Some say his case is making people think twice about police misconduct even in places so progressive as Amherst. But local media has me looking again at his age. Most reporters, when determining the age of a victim or an assailant (the identity of Vassell in this incident is debated) check for his birthday in an arrest report. After some elementry arithmetic, the age becomes solid fact. The issue came up in the Massachusetts Daily Collegian’s newsroom. We were writing our pieces and…

(Almost) a Witness to History

The inauguration was this past Tuesday; and damn it, The Collegian tried its best to cover it. I was talking to a colleague at the Daily Hoya, of Georgetown, and they couldn’t get photo passes either. So when it comes to the inauguration, you’ll have to take Nick Bush’s words for it. He did a solid job wandering around D.C. taking in the sights and atmosphere. He was almost more excited to be there than the CNN folks. His story will be in the paper on Monday, along with the Amherst reaction to the election and a special article from…

A different kind of news

I’m William McGuinness, news editor at The Massachusetts Daily Collegian. We’ve created a number of blogs to inform the campus and beyond on local news and events; but, here, you’ll find posts on how news was reported, corrections to news stories and an explanation on how mistakes were made or stories broken. Expect commentary from reporters and editors and multimedia posts ranging from raw video and audio to completed packages.