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Nick Mariano, Zach Oliveri transferring from UMass men’s lacrosse program -

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Four months after banning Iranian students from certain graduate programs, UMass announces new measures to ensure compliance with U.S. law -

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Justin King sentenced to eight to 12 years in prison -

Monday, June 29, 2015

Two future UMass hockey players selected in 2015 NHL Draft -

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Supreme Court ruling clears way for same-sex marriage nationwide -

Friday, June 26, 2015

Former UMass center Cady Lalanne taken 55th overall by Spurs in 2015 NBA Draft -

Friday, June 26, 2015

Second of four men found guilty on three counts of aggravated rape in 2012 UMass gang rape case -

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Boston bomber speaks out for first time: ‘I am sorry for the lives I have taken’ -

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

King claims sex with woman was consensual during alleged 2012 gang rape -

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Wrongful death suit filed in death of UMass student -

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Ryan Bamford uses online Q&A session to discuss UMass football conference search, renovation plans, cost of attendance -

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Opening statements delivered, first witnesses called in second trial for alleged 2012 gang rape at UMass -

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

UMass Board of Trustees approves rise in tuition, student fees -

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Former Minutewoman Quianna Diaz-Patterson named to Puerto Rican national softball team -

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

UMass rowing’s Jim Dietz inducted into CRCA Hall of Fame -

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Jury selection begins Monday in second gang rape trial -

Monday, June 15, 2015

Students turn attention to state legislators as decision on UMass budget looms -

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Alumna and next director of Brooklyn Museum Anne Pasternak ‘created her own path’ -

Thursday, June 11, 2015

UMass graduate crowned head of 600-year-old Indian kingdom -

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Committee recommends UMass increase tuition, student fees for in-state undergraduates -

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

A product of circumstance

Hannah Frilot, Dan Delucia and Zac Bears.  (Courtesy of Zac Bears)

Recovering from the death of his best friend showed Zac Bears the importance of circumstance and privilege in every person’s life.

Editor’s note: A celebration of graduating seniors

(Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian)

Zac Bears invites readers to join in a celebration of the hard work of graduating editors and columnists.

Neil deGrasse Tyson to deliver keynote speech at 2015 UMass Commencement

Neil Degrasse Tyson, the renowned astrophysicist, will speak at the 2015 commencement.

The astrophysicist has built an impressive public profile on issues in science since he became director of the Hayden Planetarium in 1996.

Slow growth of UMass’ underrepresented populations bucks statewide trends

(Daily Collegian Graphics)

Data show that underrepresented minority enrollment as a share of the University population has only increased four percent over the last 40 years.

SGA members question senator’s criticism of senate leadership

(Christina Yacono/Daily Collegian)

An SGA senator is concerned with the senate leadership based on his experience over the last two semesters. But many others in the SGA disagree, and suggest he is attempting to affect this week’s election.

Promising start to ‘Blarney’s’ end, but concerning precedents set

(Alec Zabrecky/Daily Collegian)

2015’s ‘Blarney’ marks the beginning of the end for the rowdy tradition, but students faced restrictions on civil rights and the brunt of prevention policies, setting dangerous precedents for future events.

Lack of transparency from Elections Commission endangers spring ballot

Candidates speak at last year's SGA president, vice president and University student trustee debate. (Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian)

Focus on transparency and reform has disappeared from the Elections Commission’s actions, endangering the spring election, writes Opinion Editor Zac Bears.

No guests, no ‘Blarney?’ Ban alone won’t bring uneventful ‘March 7’

(Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian)

Community policing, not a 76 hour guest ban for a seven hour event, is the key to mitigating danger from this year’s “Blarney Blowout,” writes Opinion Editor Zac Bears.

Law doesn’t force UMass to ban admission of Iranian nationals to energy-related programs

Vice Chancellor Michael Malone (Collegian File Photo)

The University of Massachusetts doesn’t have to refuse admission of Iranian nationals to energy-related majors, and administrators should oppose the law they used to justify the policy, writes Opinion Editor Zac Bears.

Students, police deserve sole credit for peaceful Super Bowl celebration

(Alec Zabrecky/Daily Collegian)

The glowing performance of UMass students on Sunday night has nothing to do with policies instituted by the Office of Student Affairs over the past two weeks, writes Opinion Editor Zac Bears.

UMass plans to fail again with Super Bowl guest policy

Students at the March 2014 Blarney Blowout protest march to Whitmore Administration Building. (Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian)

After reading the University administration’s Super Bowl Sunday guest policy posted in a dormitory, one student declared “Welcome to UMass Alcatraz” on Twitter.

A winning agenda for 2016 Democrats

(Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

Support for new small businesses will encourage innovation and fight inequality, and help Democrats win in 2016, writes Zac Bears.

Laughing in the face of extremism

People hold placards during a rally in support of Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, after an attack at the headquarters of the satirical newspaper killed 12 people. (Julien Muguet/Maxppp/Zuma Press/TNS)

To honor the sacrifice of 12 people at the offices of “Charlie Hebdo” on Wednesday, Zac Bears says that we must continue to attack political extremism with laughter and humor.

The ‘demon’ inside Darren Wilson

A law enforcement officer watches over Morehouse College students raising their fists in the air, joining others in a rally at the CNN Center after marching from King's Chapel on their Atlanta campus in the wake of the grand jury decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Ferguson, Mo., teen Michael Brown, on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/MCT)

Officer Darren Wilson’s grand jury testimony, in which he describes Michael Brown as a “demon,” exemplifies socialized racism, and ignoring it won’t stop kids from dying on the street, argues Opinion Editor Zac Bears.

Same game: Why Obama is ‘unfazed’

(Olivier Douliery/ABACAUSA.com/MCT))

Obama is playing the same political game, and that’s why he’s “unfazed,” writes Opinion Editor Zac Bears.

Little change in Massachusetts, Democrats guaranteed 2016 win

(Deval Patrick/Flickr)

While the GOP won a slim majority in the U.S. Senate, there’s little change in Massachusetts and a Republican Congress guarantees Democrats the White House in 2016, says Opinion Editor Zac Bears.

How one Facebook post made me an SGA senator (and why we need to fix it)

(Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian)

Zac Bears won election to the UMass SGA Senate with only 12 votes. He says that before we fight for student power, we need new SGA elections law.

American oligarchy: Inequality’s political consequence

(C.W. Griffin/Miami Herald/MCT)

Zac Bears argues that the imbalance of wealth in the United States concentrates political power in the hands of the rich, and that it will only get worse the longer we allow it to continue.

Market Basket a case study in social responsibility

(Photo Courtesy of Mark Sardella/Flickr)

Zac Bears lauds the positive socialism demonstrated by the Market Basket standoff and exemplified by CEO Arthur T. Demoulas.

Racism after dark: Violence in the ‘sundown town’ of Ferguson

(James Desjardin/Daily Collegian)

The media and many white Americans help to protect institutions of racial oppression that cause unimaginable pain and kill unarmed teenagers in the street, argues columnist Zac Bears.