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UMass men’s basketball drops first game of season to Creighton in MGM Grand Main Event finals -

November 26, 2015

UMass football prepares for final regular season game against Buffalo Friday -

November 25, 2015

UMass men’s basketball continues hot shooting in rout of Clemson Monday night -

November 24, 2015

SGA votes down letter opposing Baker’s statements on refugees -

November 24, 2015

IPO reaches out to local families to host international students for Thanksgiving -

November 24, 2015

Amherst Police Log: Nov. 20-22 -

November 24, 2015

Local Pioneer Valley food banks aim to fight hunger -

November 24, 2015

UMass club sports present petition alleging lack of resources, communication from athletic department -

November 24, 2015

UMass women’s basketball looks to get back on track in Omni Hotels Classic -

November 24, 2015

An inside look at the UMass club baseball team -

November 24, 2015

UMass men’s swimming proves victorious in Terrier Invitational, Minutewomen finish fourth -

November 24, 2015

The benefits of meditation -

November 24, 2015

In wake of Paris attacks, US should not ditch compassion -

November 24, 2015

Letter to the editor: Students for Justice in Palestine respond to a previous op-ed -

November 24, 2015

Student makes UMass history as first to perform mainstage production in wheelchair -

November 24, 2015

Graduate Employee Organization and UMass administrators meet to talk about late pay issues -

November 23, 2015

UMass Dining encourages different programs to prevent hunger in Amherst -

November 23, 2015

FBI agents explain cyber security at UMass talk -

November 23, 2015

Students present demands and tap administrators for answers, additional information at ‘answering session’ -

November 23, 2015

UMass Dining works to reduce amount of food waste created with weight measurement -

November 23, 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/

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.