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UMass Votes Coalition hosts voter registration event -

September 28, 2016

Brettell presents on U.S. immigration policies -

September 28, 2016

UMass field hockey team seeks revenge against undefeated UConn -

September 28, 2016

UMass running back Marquis Young looks to build off momentum gained against Mississippi State -

September 28, 2016

UMass hockey announces captains for 2016-17 season -

September 28, 2016

Andy Isabella finds his niche within the UMass football offense -

September 28, 2016

The EpiPen Crisis: How did this happen? -

September 28, 2016

Cymbals Eat Guitars evolve and impress on “Pretty Years” -

September 28, 2016

Artifex Pereo’s “Passengers” is an otherworldly, haunting ride -

September 28, 2016

Bastille perfectly encapsulates the “Wild World” we live in -

September 28, 2016

Candlelight vigil held to mourn deaths of victims of police violence -

September 27, 2016

UMass hosts William A. Douglass for lecture and chair in Basque cultural studies -

September 27, 2016

Amherst Select Board discusses imposing fines on those who violate water usage ban -

September 27, 2016

UMass tennis opens season on high note with performance at Brown Invitational -

September 27, 2016

UMass women’s soccer using long break to prepare for Atlantic 10 play -

September 27, 2016

Notebook: Ford ‘takes step forward,’ Williams appears on SportsCenter -

September 27, 2016

UMass cross country and track and field coach Ken O’Brien hits half century mark with program -

September 27, 2016

A-10 soccer notebook: Duquesne shuts out Robert Morris 1-0 to win fourth straight -

September 27, 2016

The blue light situation: When is enough, enough? -

September 27, 2016

Survivor; awesome yet evil -

September 27, 2016

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.

et arcadia en

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.