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UMass cross country teams ready for beginning of championship season Saturday -

Saturday, October 10, 2015

UMass women’s soccer falls to George Mason in overtime Thursday -

Friday, October 9, 2015

Kathy Forde’s Cole Lecture focuses on the role of journalism in racial justice -

Friday, October 9, 2015

UMPD reportedly requests assistance from DA concerning reported rape -

Friday, October 9, 2015

Mark Morris’ hat trick leads UMass men’s soccer to Wednesday victory -

Thursday, October 8, 2015

UMass men’s soccer stuns URI behind rebound off late penalty kick Wednesday -

Thursday, October 8, 2015

UMass loads up for shootout versus Bowling Green -

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Former Middle Eastern foes advocate for peace -

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Discussion of Tibet’s future to be held Tuesday night -

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Student leader profile: National Society of Collegiate Scholars President Mike Franco -

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Why you should be optimistic about UMass hockey this season -

Thursday, October 8, 2015

UMass looks to be more competitive in Hockey East behind youth -

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Inexperience highlights questions surrounding UMass hockey entering 2015 -

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Steven Iacobellis ready to assume captain role for UMass hockey -

Thursday, October 8, 2015

John Micheletto ready for a pivotal fourth season at the helm of UMass hockey -

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Dynamic freshmen duo joins UMass defense with high expectations -

Thursday, October 8, 2015

It’s not what you know; it’s what you can pretend to know -

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Perfect images: Online versions of ourselves can’t give true confidence -

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Arguments of immigration hawks not based on pragmatism -

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Stockbridge lecturer offers a permaculture perspective with ‘Inhabit’ screening -

Thursday, October 8, 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.