March 3, 2015

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Meet the 2015 SGA spring election candidates -

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Years of dedication lead to breakout senior campaign for Zack LaRue -

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Five simple steps to get your college diet on track -

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Students head to State House, push for more public higher education funding -

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Gabriel Schmitt hopes to improve UMass health services as student trustee -

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Barrett/Barbosa ‘ready on day one’ -

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

An outsider to the SGA, student trustee candidate Nicholas Vigneau says he brings a fresh perspective to the position -

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Kristi Sefanoni pleased with UMass softball’s start to season -

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Outsider candidates Rocco Giordano and Dhananjay (Danny) Mirlay Srinivas intent on shoring up student-administration relationship, getting more voices heard -

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

UMass tennis wins its first conference match in weekend split -

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Minutewomen excel despite injuries, Minutemen gain experience -

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

SGA election reforms address some, but not all concerns -

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Emily O’Neil hopes to increase diversity and improve Title IX training as student trustee -

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The next journalist under fire -

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Letter: A call for action and cooperation -

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Student trustee candidate Kabir Thatte looks to create his own path as a UMass legacy student within SGA -

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Police Log: Friday, Feb. 27 to Sunday, March 1, 2015 -

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Kelly, Gay to focus on transparency, accessibility and sexual assault training -

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Easy breathing tricks to de-stress during midterms -

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Lack of transparency from Elections Commission endangers spring ballot -

Monday, March 2, 2015

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.

Congress must empower Voting Rights Act

Charles White of the NAACP speaks outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, in Washingto, DC, the day the court ruled on the Voting Rights Act striking down portions of the law. (Pete Marovich/MCT)

In June 2013, the Supreme Court overturned Section 4(b) of the Voting Rights Act. Congress has yet to rewrite it, which columnist Zac Bears argues is damaging to democracy and policymaking.

If you believe in equality, you’re a feminist (whether you like it or not)

Flickr/Hannah Nicklin

According to the dictionary, feminism is the belief in human equality, regardless of gender. Columnist Zac Bears argues that stating “I am not a feminist” really indicates a belief in the superiority of men over women, and that America won’t see gender equity until we change that cultural norm.

Defense budget proposal prepares US for future challenges

MCT

Zac Bears argues that the defense budget proposed by Chuck Hagel and the Obama administration on Monday is fiscally responsible and sets the U.S. on a path towards diplomacy and global solidarity in the 21st Century.

Apple-style capitalism not an economic panacea

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To many, Apple is the quintessential American corporation, a modern GM or GE. But Apple only employs 43,000 U.S. workers and exploits lax labor regulations to maximize offshore profits. Zac Bears argues that Apple-style business practices will not solve structural issues with the U.S. economy.

Markets ignore long-run strength of economy

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Stocks in the U.S. rose 30 percent in 2013, and many pundits think that indicates strong long-run growth. Zac Bears finds that stock returns indicate just one thing: short-term profit.

McConnell misunderstands founders on filibuster

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has a veto on all federal policy and, before November, could stop nominations too. He says that’s how the founders designed Congress. In reality, the founding fathers feared the filibuster’s implications for minority rule, and, according to Zac Bears, our politicians have no idea.