November 27, 2014

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UMass tight end Jean Sifrin mulls future, potential NFL career -

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UMass basketball trounces Northeastern 79-54 -

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Students and staff discuss racial and social inequality following Ferguson decision -

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UMass hockey falls to Vermont, 3-1 -

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No indictment for Ferguson cop -

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Chancellor addresses campus regarding grand jury decision in death of Michael Brown -

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Northern Illinois hangs on against Ohio, Hunt carries Toledo to victory -

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SGA passes 10 motions at meeting Monday night -

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Students and UMPD work together during the annual ‘Walk for Light’ -

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‘Conscious Consumer’ talk promotes business sustainability -

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UMass hockey looks to rebound against Vermont following Saturday’s blowout at home -

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UMass women’s soccer’s Sverrisdóttir balances a soccer career between two different countries -

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‘First Demo’ provides a fascinating glimpse of Fugazi in its infancy -

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My mental illness does define me (to an extent) -

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How to master multitasking -

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One Direction hints at newfound sophistication on ‘Four’ -

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TV on the Radio sounds rejuvenated on ‘Seeds’ -

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UMass men’s club soccer fundraises its way to Memphis -

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UMass hockey takes accountability and seeks redemption against Vermont on Tuesday -

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Large group of males tries to forcibly enter a Hobart apartment over the weekend -

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Students and staff discuss racial and social inequality following Ferguson decision

Community members sat in groups and discussed their thoughts Tuesday on the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri. (Cade Belisle/Collegian)

Members of UMass community came together in small gathering in the Cape Cod Lounge Tuesday morning.

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No indictment for Ferguson cop

Lesley McSpadden, the mother of Michael Brown, clutching her head, reacts as she listens to the announcement Monday. Her son, an unarmed black teenager, was shot dead Aug. 9 by Darren Wilson, a white police officer.  (MCT)

Grand jury dismisses charges against Officer Wilson.

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Chancellor addresses campus regarding grand jury decision in death of Michael Brown

Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy addresses the Diversity Town Hall Meeting Oct. 16, 2014. (Shannon Broderick/Collegian)

Subbaswamy encouraged peaceful ways to express views after verdict; gathering to take place in Cape Cod Lounge Tuesday.

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SGA passes 10 motions at meeting Monday night

(Christina Yacono/Daily Collegian)

Positions filled, upcoming election rules changed.

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Students and UMPD work together during the annual ‘Walk for Light’

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Volunteers identify safety concerns around campus.

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‘Conscious Consumer’ talk promotes business sustainability

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Students warned about false advertising and lack of transparency during Monday lecture.

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Large group of males tries to forcibly enter a Hobart apartment over the weekend

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Police Log: Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 to Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014

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CMASS holds ‘Half Empty or Half Full?: What is Sustainability?’ meeting

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The event aims to educated students on healthy, sustainable eating habits.

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UMass international students prepare for Thanksgiving in America

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The University offers a Thanksgiving feast for those who are unable to go home during the holiday.

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Front to Back: Week of Nov. 17, 2014

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Daily Collegian news editor Aviva Luttrell and sports editor Mark Chiarelli discuss the week in news and sports.

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Food scientist proposes way to improve health via breast milk

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University of Massachusetts food scientist David Sela’s research finds properties of breast milk could be used to improve human health.

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SGA senator plans survey on bigotry

Student Government association senator Alejandro Arellano plans to investigate the “breadth and depth” of bigotry on campus in order to bring about change

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Public Engagement Project uses UMass research to promote social change

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UMass launches new fellowship program to provide faculty with resources to use their research to create social change.

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Grant of $206,500 awarded to study Native American traditions

Professor Sonya Atalay’s research on Native American traditions is expected to extend over the next year and a half.

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Stephanie Luce discusses the increase of low-wage work worldwide

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The scholar delivered a lecture Monday night on the impact of the globalized economy on minimum wage workers.

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Several reports of suspicious vehicles over the weekend

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Police Log: Friday, Nov. 14 to Monday, Nov. 17, 2014.

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UMass Transit Services hosts annual food drive

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Donations to benefit families served by the Amherst Survival Center’s food pantry.

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What the FAC? campaign pushes for better, safer learning spaces

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Performing arts majors are advocating for the renovation of the Fine Arts Center and Totman Gymnasium.

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Front to Back: Week of Nov. 10, 2014

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Daily Collegian sports editor Mark Chiarelli and news editor Aviva Luttrell discuss the week in news and sports during their weekly podcast.

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‘Stand Against Racism’ exhibit raises awareness on campus

(Shannon Broderick/Daily Collegian)

The art exhibit has a collection of pieces that represent all forms of oppression and racism.

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International Programs Office to host International Education Week

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Week of events will seek to spark student interest in study abroad programs at UMass.

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Teach-in provides forum for student activists

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Students share and collaborate on campus-wide issues.

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Cannabis Reform Coalition hosts ‘Yes We Cannabis’ teach-in and fundraiser

(Christina Yacono/Daily Collegian)

The event featured live entertainment and speakers who rallied together in support of the legalization of marijuana.

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Reese Erlich discussed the rise of ISIS

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Journalist and author evaluates consequences of U.S. military involvement in Iraq and Syria.

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Real Food Town Hall hosted by UMass Real Food Challenge on Thursday

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The event brought students and faculty together to talk about creating a more sustainable food system at UMass.

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Pedestrian struck by vehicle in crosswalk Thursday evening

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The University of Massachusetts Police Department was on the scene of a pedestrian accident near the Southwest Residential Area, at the intersection of Fearing Street and University Drive, Thursday evening.

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Over 800 pounds of recyclables collected during EPA Game Day Challenge

(Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian)

Volunteers worked together to clean up after last night’s tailgate.

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New research shows long-term effects of binge drinking on brain

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The UMass grad student’s studies focus on the adolescent brain.

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Flashnotes.com a new form of income for college students

(Chelsey Powell/Collegian File Photo)

The website gives students opportunity to earn money for taking class notes.

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Amherst Police Department receives $300,000 grant to assist survivors of domestic violence

(Shaina Mishkin/Daily Collegian)

The money will go toward improving support for survivors, as well as training for police officers who handle cases of domestic and sexual violence.

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Chancellor announces series of steps to diversify campus

UMass Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy (Collegian File Photo)

In a recent campus-wide email, Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy announced a series of actions, which will be taken immediately to affect the next admissions cycle, to build a more diverse campus community.

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My abortion story: Privilege gave me access to medical care

(Katie Falkenberg/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

Emma Ayres says women need more safe spaces to discuss abortion stories, and that her story would include a child without her privilege.

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Art Walk aims to revitalize Amherst’s art culture

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Eleven different venues displayed the work of local artists during last Thursday’s event

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The world of the other

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Stefan Herlitz says we must be careful not to use sociological categories to “other” people, or separate society into an “us” and a “them.”

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Traveling back in time: a 3-D tour of 17th century gardens of the Palace of Versailles

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Associate Professor of Art Copper Giloth recreated the Labyrinth of Fables in an interactive virtual experience.

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Police receive several reports of suspicious door-to-door solicitors over weekend

Police Log: Friday, Nov. 7 to Monday, Nov. 10, 2014.

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EPA Game Day Challenge aims to clean up McGuirk Stadium

UMass will attempt to divert 90 percent of the waste from landfills at the next football game Wednesday night.

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Students find a home in the ROTC program

(Katelyn Dube/Daily Collegian)

Despite the added responsibilities, many students say being a part of ROTC at UMass is worthwhile.

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Route 9 Diner’s response to sexual harassment allegations met with skepticism by former employees

Photo by Cade Belisle/Collegian

Despite the diner’s announcement that it will conduct an internal review and hold periodical sexual harassment awareness training, former employees Marie Billiel and Jaime Young aren’t sold on the promise of significant changes.

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UMass police investigating reports of Peeping Tom in John Adams Hall

John Adams tower in Southwest Residential Area. (Jessica Chaiken/Daily Collegian)

Police have received four reports of a white, college-aged male looking at female residents while they have been showering, according to a crime alert Saturday night.

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Wilbert Rideau speaks on operating a press behind bars at UMass panel

(Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian)

While serving time, the former inmate served as editor of a prison newspaper.

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Panel discusses media’s role in perpetuating harmful stereotypes

(Christina Yacono/Daily Collegian) Students at theStanding Together Against Racism: A Day of Solidarity Read-In.

“Women of Color and Media (Mis)Representation,” panel highlights inaccurate portrayals of women of color.

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Baker redeemed

(Courtesy of Dominick Reuter/WBUR)

Reported results show that Charlie Baker has defeated Martha Coakley in the race to become the next governor of Massachusetts.

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The Bay State goes blue once again in midterm elections

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The 2014 midterm elections end in sweeping victory for Democrats in Massachusetts.

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Two ‘yes’ and two ‘no’ decisions on four ballot questions

(Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian)

Tuesday’s midterm elections lead to two “yes” votes and two “no” votes on the four ballot questions.

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Jeanne Shaheen wins NH race by a close margin

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Opponent Scott Brown loses second Senate race in second state to second woman in two years

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Amherst Survival Center makes a community for immigrants

For those in a different culture, the center provides services and programs.

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The Collegian covers the 2014 midterm elections

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News and opinion coverage of the 2014 midterm elections. Tweet using the hashtag #ElectionsMDC

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Two SGA officers resign during weekly meeting

(Christina Yacono/Daily Collegian)

All three motions on the floor were also passed Monday night.

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Massachusetts Board of Higher Education orders review of sexual assault policies

Students' rights in regard to campus sexual assault on October 25, 2013(Shaina Mishkin/Collegian File Photo)

Public colleges and universities are planning to create best practice guidelines.

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‘Community Conversations’: Opening the line of communication between UMass and Amherst residents

(Rachel Maynard/Collegian File Photo)

Tony Maroulis, UMass’ director of Community Relations, seeks to create a dialogue between the University and the town of Amherst.

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Suspicious male raises alarm for local trick-or-treaters

(Hannah Cohen/Daily Collegian File Photo)

Police Log: Friday, Oct. 31 to Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014.

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Peer mentors await decision from Department of Labor Relations

Chelsey Powell/Collegian file photo

Students accuse the University of union busting as it proposes changes from job to “position.”

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Charlie Baker to go head-to-head with Coakley as Election Day nears

(Cade Belisle/Collegian Photo File)

Republican Charlie Baker will go head-to-head against Democrat Martha Coakley on Election Day.

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Democratic candidate Martha Coakley seeking Massachusetts’ governor’s seat

(Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian)

Democratic candidate looks to break her recent slide in the upcoming election, but recent poll results lean toward Charlie Baker for governor.

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Sunday street cleanup promotes relationship between fraternities and Amherst

(Kerry O'Connor/Daily Collegian)

New initiative by the Interfraternity Council aims to clean up streets of Amherst and eliminate stereotypes about fraternities.

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Front to Back: Week of Oct. 27, 2014

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UM alumni hopeful for their up-and-coming snowboard company

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Recent graduates hopes to continue efforts for the future with fundraiser.

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UMass hosts Ebola panel to address concerns of the public

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Experts presented research and findings to community and answered questions from audience.

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UMass Democrats hope to get more students connected

(Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian)

For 30 years, the club has pushed for issue advocacy and now looks for more involvement.

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UMass Republican Club: Not just for Republicans

(Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian)

The group hopes to expand conversation and be inclusive of a variety of viewpoints.

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Humans vs. Zombies: UMass’ most dangerous game

(Caroline O'Connor/Daily Collegian)

A look into this semester’s on-campus Humans vs. Zombies game and its final hours

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A haunting at UMass

(Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian)

The UMass History Club gave a tour of the most haunted places on campus Monday.

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UMass Democrats urged to campaign and vote by Reps. Kennedy and McGovern

(Christina Yacono/Daily Collegian)

In anticipation of a close race for governor, U.S. representatives speak to students on campus

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SGA swears in four new members, puts finishing touches on a number of projects

(Christina Yacono/Daily Collegian)

Members of the Student Government Association went through ally training with representatives from the Stonewall Center.

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UMass students say Yik Yak poses no cyber bullying problems

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Despite fears that the anonymity of the app could perpetuate bullying, UMass students say it has not been a problem at the school.

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Amherst Police continue to fight underage drinking with extra funding

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A $10,000 grant was awarded to the Amherst Police Department to continue the push against underage drinking.

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Singled Out app gives women more control in the world of online dating

(Courtesy of Singled Out)

The app, developed by a former UMass student, allows women to ask men questions and eliminate them based on their answers.

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Nilanjana Dasgupta named director of Faculty Equity and Inclusion for CNS

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The psychologist will research patterns in the hiring processes and retention rates of minority faculty.

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Loose farm animals keep police occupied over the weekend

Cow in the middle of the road in South Australia. (Courtesy of daolphinsballoon/Flickr)

Police Log: Friday, Oct. 24, 2014 to Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014.

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Candlelight vigil held in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month

(Amanda Creegan/Daily Collegian)

The Center for Women and Community and sisters of Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority organized its annual event to recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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Study abroad programs in Israel resume for spring semester

Students can now study abroad in Israel for the spring semester after all programs were originally suspended in August.

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Town of Amherst holds annual Halloween Fest

(Amanda Creegan/Daily Collegian)

Children and adults participated in trick-or-treating, games and a haunted house at the annual Halloween Fest in Amherst.

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Michael Kimmel speaks to UMass students about ‘Guyland’

(Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian)

Talk focused on the negative effects of socially constructed concepts of masculinity.

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Professor receives grant to cover massive election survey panel

(Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian)

Brian Schaffner will continue to study the patterns of voter choice and candidates they vote for with the funds.

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Unions rally over recent concession proposals

(Amanda Creegan/Daily Collegian) University Committee on Diversity meeting on Oct. 16

Attendees called President Caret’s office to voice their concerns.

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UMass celebrates Campus Sustainability Day

(Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian)

Student organizations raised awareness about ways to be more eco-friendly

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New meal plans receive mixed reviews from students

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Some believe they may be wasting swipes and plans are overpriced

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A comprehensive guide to the Ebola virus

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A look at what the Ebola virus is, what the symptoms are and what is being done to keep UMass healthy.

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UMass Permaculture Initiative to add three new programs

(Christina Yacono/Daily Collegian)

Focus will go beyond sustainable planting and harvesting to examine energy and repopulation.

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Gov. Deval Patrick visits Amherst, awards $1.5 million grant for downtown development

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The award is part of an effort to increase local housing supply and spark economic development.

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UHS offers more accessible vaccination clinics as flu season nears

(Christina Yacono/Daily Collegian)

According to UHS’ public health nurse, clinics have seen a higher turnout this year.

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Three new students appointed as SGA special assistants

(Christina Yacono/Daily Collegian)

Three new resolutions, upcoming labor negotiations and RSOs were discussed during Monday’s meeting.

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Campus Sustainability Day to take place Wednesday

Campus Sustainability Day is to include stands such as student farmers' markets. (Kristen Richard/Daily Collegian)

The nationwide event promotes the importance of sustainability in education on college campuses.

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Two counts of larceny occur over the weekend

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Police Log: Friday, Oct. 17 to Monday, Oct. 20, 2014.

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UMass student charged in connection with alleged involvement in racist vandalisms

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Devin Ayres, 20, was arraigned Monday in Eastern Hampshire District Court on charges of vandalizing property and property damage to intimidate.

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UMass student found dead in McNamara Hall

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UMPD, State Police were on the scene in the Sylvan Residential Area for at least three hours Sunday night.

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Protect Our Breasts runs Breast Cancer Awareness campaign

(Courtesy of Protect Our Breasts Organization)

The Voices of Awareness campaign allows students on campus to share their story.

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Students at UMass rally to show support for Hong Kong

Support was given by University of Massachusetts students to the pro-democratic resistance in Hong Kong, and peaceful protests.

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Students for Justice in Palestine aims to spread awareness, not argue

New club Students for Justice in Palestine focuses on educating the UMass community about human rights.

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Mending fences: SGA and Amherst officials work together to improve town/gown relations

(Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian)

Town manager will meet regularly with SGA president to discuss solutions on issues regarding the town of Amherst and the UMass community.

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Photo Slideshow: Rally Against Racism

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Students came together Thursday for a rally in response to recent racist incidents on campus, and to advocate for increased diversity and affordability at UMass.

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UMass community gathers for diversity town hall meeting

(Shannon Broderick / Daily Collegian)

The first Diversity Strategic Planning Steering Committee Town Hall Meeting, planned by Student Bridges, was held Thursday, just days after the campus was attacked by racist vandalism.

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Student organizations come together to condemn acts of racism and push for change

(Shannon Broderick/Daily Collegian)

CEPA, Student Bridges and others advocated for more opportunities for students of color on Thursday.

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#WrongDoor: Ethno-stress and racially charged attacks on the UMass campus

(Courtesy of Jessica Chaiken/Daily Collegian)

Josh Odam reveals the disgusting hate speech scrawled on his door this weekend and calls for UMass students to hold the administration accountable for racism on campus.

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Racist vandalism prompts emergency meeting to discuss race relations and diversity

(Courtesy of Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian)

Students and faculty speak about weekend incident that occurred in an on-campus residential hall.

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Racial vandalism in residence hall shakes up UMass campus

(Courtesy of Julie Shamgochian/Daily Collegian)

Crude and offensive acts spark a call for campus culture change

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Majority of SGA vote in favor of abolishing confidential informant program

(Courtesy of Christina Yacono/Daily Collegian)

Among other business, SGA votes on official statement regarding the CI program.

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Walk this Way program seeks to keep noise down in Amherst area

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Students and staff aim to eliminate trash, vandalism and public urination in town.

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Exploring identity through the art of drag

(Aviva Luttrell/Daily Collegian)

UMass junior Graham Stanley’s unique hobby has helped him feel comfortable in his own skin.

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UMass system jumps 41 spots in rankings, making it number 91 in the world

(Juliette Sandleitner/Daily Collegian)

Improvements at UMass campuses lead to being named 91st best university in the world according to the Times Higher Education World University rankings

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The Quarters a hub for video game and bar lovers alike

(Christina Yacono/Daily Collegian)

The unique “barcade” offers a variety of themed nights throughout the week.

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World Food Prize laureate delivers seminar to UMass students

Dr. Daniel Hillel spoke about sustainable water usage during agricultural irrigation last Thursday. (Christian Yapor/Daily Collegian)

Dr. Daniel Hillel spoke about sustainable water usage during agricultural irrigation last Thursday.

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Amherst Downtown Trolley returns this weekend

Vancouver Trolley (Courtesy of Dennis Tsang/Flickr)

Route includes several stops on the UMass campus.

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SGA members discuss their support of the confidential informant program after last week’s debate

Tyler O'Day (Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian)

O’Day, DiZoglio believe positive changes can be made to improve the policy.

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Search for permanent dean of the Commonwealth Honors College begins

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CHC has had an interim dean since the death of Priscilla Clarkson in August 2013.

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After last Monday’s debate, some SGA senators look to abolish confidential informant program

Chairwoman Jennifer Raichel helps lead the charge in ending the controversial policy.

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ESPN reporter speaks to sport law students regarding current issues in sports

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College and professional basketball reporter Jeff Goodman addressed sport management students Wednesday morning.

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International Socialist Organization targets ecological destruction through systemic change

Socialist organization discusses capitalism’s effect on the environment.

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Office of Emergency Management continues preparations for security drills on campus

A behind-the-scenes look at UMass’ emergency alert and notification system.

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SGA election reform committee eyes more meaningful representation strategy

(Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian)

SGA officials plan to create a strategy that more closely represents the entire student body and discuss ways to increase student voting and interest.

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Student Legal Services celebrates 40 years

(Jessica Chaiken/Daily Collegian)

The organization has undergone a number of transformations since opening.

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The Black Sheep Deli’s atmosphere appeals to both students and locals

(Collegian file photo)

The Amherst eatery offers a variety of food options and live events to a diverse community of customers.

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SGA’s official statement on confidential informant program causes heated debate

Argument over the amendment left Monday’s meeting open-ended.

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SGA discusses reorganization of RSO system, activities fee changes

(Christina Yacono/Daily Collegian)

Senators also passed an amendment, swore in a new member and discussed the SGA’s website during Monday’s meeting.

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UMass joins national ‘It’s On Us’ campaign

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Student groups and campus organizations collaborate to end sexual assault on college campuses.

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District Attorney’s Office resumes investigation into student’s death

The Boston Globe reported Saturday that the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office has reopened its investigation of the death of Eric Sinacori, who died of a heroin overdose last October.

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Drunk driving ends in crash with passengers sent to the hospital

Drunk driving awareness sculpture (Collegian File Photo)

Police Log: Friday, Oct. 3 to Monday, Oct. 6, 2014.

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Thomas Piketty speaks to UMass community on foreign and American economy

(Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian)

French Economist Thomas Piketty draws in crowd to discuss economics and new book

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Hampshire Dining Commons to source more locally grown food and produce

(Juliette Sandleitner/Daily Collegian)

Project launches at Hampshire Dining Commons to increases sustainability on campus and in dining halls.

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Front to Back: Week of Sept. 29, 2014

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Students find Active Minds a safe, open place for discussion

(Allison Ludtke)

Club works to discuss mental health and stomp out stigma.

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Piper Kerman talks about the reality of prison

(Christina Yacono)

Common read author’s seminar draws crowd of 650 students.

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Students, campus community rally in protest of racism

(Photo by Shannon Broderick)

A group of at least 100 gathered in front of the Student Union Wednesday afternoon to share personal experiences of racism and address police brutality.

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UMass Board of Entrepreneurship looks to recruit interested students from all departments

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New club aims to connect people from all different departments on campus.

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In Kerman’s words…

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Orange is the New Black author, Piper Kerman talks to UMass classes.

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UMass chancellor suspends use of student confidential informants

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The program will be put on hold until a full review of the University’s confidential informant policy can be completed, according to an email sent out to the campus community Tuesday.

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Safe Passage provides services for survivors of domestic violence

The local domestic violence shelter continues to lend support and spread awareness about domestic violence throughout the Pioneer Valley after 30 years of service.

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UMass to implement new electronic security sign-in system

(Judith Gibson-Okunieff/ Daily Collegian)

The University hopes to have new system phased into all residence halls by fall 2015.

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UMatter at UMass campaign tackling problem of alcohol and drug abuse

(Cade Belisle/ Daily Collegian)

Student “policing” aims to reduce instances of police intervention.

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SGA to launch new binge drinking awareness campaign

(Conor Snell/Daily Collegian)

In wake of former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis’ report, UMass is seeking to solve its high-risk drinking problem.

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SGA discusses University’s confidential informant policy

(Christina Yacono/Daily Collegian)

The organization is currently preparing an official statement regarding Sunday’s Boston Globe article about a UMass student and confidential informant who died of a heroin overdose last October.

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U.S. News ranks UMass among top 30 public universities

( Juliette Sandleitner/Daily Collegian)

The University has moved up 20 places since 2010.

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No arrests made at UMass Homecoming tailgate and game

(Christina Yacono/Daily Collegian)

Police Log: Friday, Sept. 26 to Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014.

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UPDATE: UMass Police Department and Student Affairs officials to conduct review of confidential informant policy

(Stephen Treat/Daily Collegian)

A study of the University of Massachusetts’ confidential informant policy comes in response to a Boston Globe story published Sunday about a UMass student and campus police informant who died of a heroin overdose last October.

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Northwestern District Attorney’s office hosts National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Removal of unused medication aids in action against drug abuse.

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Students celebrate return of UMass football with tailgate festivities

(Alec Zabrecky/Daily Collegian)

Students enjoy pre-game tailgate festivities on Saturday in UMass football’s return to McGuirk Stadium.

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UMass unions submit a petition to Board of Trustees for concessions

Following an on-campus rally, unions at the University of Massachusetts make the next step for concessions with a petition.

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Front to Back: Week of Sept. 22, 2014

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Policies for upcoming Homecoming game outlined by UMass Athletics

(Photo byCade Belisle)

New rules and guidelines prepared for the return to McGuirk.

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UMass Springfield Center promotes higher education outside of Amherst

Grand opening of new UMass campus was held on Wednesday.

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UMass five-campus system reaches record enrollment numbers

(Photo by Tosca Drum)

Growth of state schools expected to benefit students and Massachusetts residents.

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UMass accepts $1.4 million donation from Monsanto

(Christina Yacono/Daily Collegian)

The multinational corporation has given the University a library of 3,500 plant tissues and cells.

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UHS branches off with a center for women

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Women’s Health Clinic opens after being rated as an essential service.

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Return to McGuirk: Football’s return creates anticipated spike in local business

(Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian)

Both UMass and local businesses prepare for the return of Minutemen football to McGuirk Alumni Stadium.

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Pita Pockets: Cooking from the heart

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The Amherst restaurant offers up traditional Syrian falafel and a friendly atmosphere.

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College-aged male reportedly bites student, threatens others outside Fine Arts Center

(Stephen Treat/Daily Collegian)

The incident occurred early Sunday morning, according to a crime alert sent out to the campus community by the UMass Police Department.

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First SGA meeting begins with a new Senate

(Christina Yacono/Daily Collegian)

Two motions were passed and the election process was brought into question Monday night.

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People’s climate march: Student voices

Tens of thousands of students, including hundreds from the Five Colleges, joined the estimated 400,000 people who attended the People’s Climate March in New York City on Sept. 21, 2014. The event made history as the largest climate change demonstration of its kind.

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Jenny Dell speaks to UMass students as part of Homecoming week

(Alec Zabrecky/Daily Collegian)

The national sideline reporter and UMass alumna returned to campus Monday to talk about her life and career.

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More than 500 students gather at Townehouse Apartments over weekend

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Amherst Police Log: Friday, Sept. 19 to Monday, Sept. 23, 2014.

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UMass system sees record-breaking endowment

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State funding and private donations to the five campus system reached $757 million this year.

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Research by UMass scientist could lead to development of new antibiotics

(Photo Courtesy of lamentables/Flickr)

Biochemist Peter Chien, along with a team of University of California, Berkeley scientists, helps define a crucial bacterial process.

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Season-ticket holders excited to be a part of new era of UMass football

(Brett Reardon/Daily Collegian)

UMass will move its season-ticket holder seating from the west side of McGuirk Stadium to the east side as the program unveils a number of changes at McGuirk.

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Visiting Writers Series welcomes Mitchell S. Jackson

UMass invites authors to speak to students and locals on campus for its Visiting Writers Series.

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SGA working toward diversifying UMass campus

SGA Secretary of Diversity Josh Odam has plans to increase minority student presence on campus

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Local poetry festival honors works of Robert Frost and Emily Dickinson

The Emily Dickinson house, now the Emily Dickinson Museum. (Collegian File Photo)

The Amherst Poetry Festival calls for local poets to get involved

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Ed Davis report leaves nobody blameless

Araz Havan/Collegian

Six months after the “Blarney Blowout,” former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis presented the findings of his investigation into the handling of large crowd disturbances.

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White House starts public awareness drive to prevent sexual attacks on campus

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden launched a campaign to prevent sexual violence on college campuses across the country. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/MCT)

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden launched a campaign Friday to prevent sexual violence on college campuses across the country.

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Work already underway for SGA speaker Sïonan Barrett

(Cade Belisle)

Sïonan Barrett discusses plans and initiatives for the student government in the upcoming year.

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UMass faculty member Bonnie Strickland recognized for work in psychology

(Association for Psychological Science)

American Psychological Association presented an award to Bonnie Strickland for her lifetime achievement.

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UMass professor Elizabeth Chilton to speak in Madrid and Paris about importance of heritage studies

(Courtesy of Elizabeth Chilton)

The professor will talk at two upcoming international conferences about a recently submitted proposal for a new master’s program in global heritage at UMass.

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UMass receives $37.5 million for environmental and sustainability initiatives

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Gov. Deval Patrick helps fund projects on and off campus through a bond bill.

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UMass hosts lecture series focused on inequality

(Christina Yacono/Daily Collegian)

Social scientists will provide unique perspectives to students, faculty and the campus community during the year-long series, which began Sept. 10.

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UMass grad student spends summer building sustainable homes

Courtesy of Emilie Jordao)

Emilie Jordao, a landscape architecture master’s candidate, interned with Earthship Biotecture in New Mexico.

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Campus Perspective: New Blue Wall

Rose Gottlieb and Marleigh Felsenstein take to the new Blue Wall eatery in the UMass Campus Center to find out how students feel about the updated eating space.

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Suspicious ice cream truck raises alarm at Village Park Offices

(Shaina Mishkin/Collegian File Photo)

Police Log: Friday, Sept. 12- Sunday, Sept. 14.

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UMass students make an impact

(William Keve/Daily Collegian)

UMass held its third annual Mass Impact day on Saturday.

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Apple unveils new smartwatch and larger iPhone 6

(Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group/MCT)

Timothy D. Cook, head of Apple, reveals the highly anticipated iPhone 6 and Apple Watch.

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New Journalism Chair Kathy Roberts Forde finds home at UMass

(Courtesy of Brian McDermott)

UMass welcomes a new chair to the journalism program in Kathy Roberts Forde.

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UMass to create new renewable energy chair position

The University will receive $2.5 million from the Department of Energy Resources to create the job.

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“She was a happy person and she exuded that happiness onto everyone around her”

(Michelle Mandeau)

Her friends and community remember Hannah Frilot, a rising UMass senior who died in car accident on July 31.

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Photo Slideshow: Hands Up, Don’t Shoot Rally

On Wednesday, Sept. 10, students at the University of Massachusetts rallied against police brutality, violence, and the modern struggles African-American face.

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Career Services office refines efforts

(Kristin LaFratta/Daily Collegian)

Valuable campus resource is left underrated and underused

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Students respond to Ferguson shooting

Students at the rally pose to reflect their anti-police brutality slogan, 'hands up, don't shoot'. (Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian)

Police brutality causes organization of student rally at UMass

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Primary election ends with Coakley, Baker victorious

Cade Belisle/ Daily Collegian)

Candidates for attorney general, treasurer and governor were decided in Tuesday’s primary election

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Pasta E Basta’s authentic Italian cuisine keeps students coming back for more

Collegian file photo

Pasta E Basta’s authentic Italian cuisine makes it a favorite eatery for local students.

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Body found near intersection of Amity Street and University Drive

Aviva Luttrell/Collegian Staff

The body is believed to be that of Marissa Jackson, 26, of Amherst, who was reported missing since Friday night.

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Massachusetts college students feel effect of national student debt issue

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Unprecedented levels of debt could have negative economic consequences if left unchecked.

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Goodell Hall, South College next to undergo renovations

(Shannon Broderick/Daily Collegian)

Goodell Hall and South College will undergo projects and renovations.

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Weekend filled with alcohol-related violations

(By Shaina Mishkin/Daily Collegian)

Amherst Police Log: Friday, Sept. 5 to Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014.

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UMass’ School of Public Health and Health Sciences receives two-year grant from The National Cancer Institute

Researchers, led by epidemiologist Katherine Reeves, will investigate the possible correlation between antidepressant use and breast cancer in women.

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UMass to promote suicide prevention awareness

(Julia McLaughlin/Daily Collegian)

The Center for Counseling and Psychological Health is holding a campaign to promote suicide prevention awareness.

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UMass unions rally against benefit concession

Various unions on campus rallied together around Whitmore on Friday to speak out against benefit concessions

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UMass Women into Leadership looks to fight the gender gap

UMass Women into Leadership is a new program for women interested in public service and combatting the gender gap.

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UMass alumna to film migrant workers’ stories

Lindsay Van Dyke, ‘11, is using the power of film to document the lives of legal migrant workers in Mexico City.

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UMass hosts Iraqi students over summer

Some of the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program. (Photo Courtesy of Terry Karuoya)

Foreign students spent part of their summer studying public policy as part of UMass’ Civic Initiative program.

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Faculty, administration await hearing decision from Massachusetts Department of Labor

Negotiations began in the spring to allow Continuing and Professional Education faculty the right to unionize with the Massachusetts Society of Professors.

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Seeking an opportunity

UMass quarterback Blake Frohnapfel (Robert Rigo/Daily Collegian)

UMass quarterback Blake Frohnapfel took a chance. Can he be the next face of UMass football?

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UMass’ Old Chapel nominated for listing on National Register of Historic Places

The Old Chapel at UMass, which was nominated as a Historic Place for the National Register. (Justin Surgent/Collegian File Photo)

The iconic building will soon undergo major renovations after years of non-use.

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Mark Whipple embracing second UMass football stint as teacher, motivator

UMass head coach Mark Whipple. (Robert Rigo/Daily Collegian)

New UMass football coach Mark Whipple, who first coached the Minutemen from 1998-2003, looks to take a mentor’s role during his second go in Amherst.

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New SGA leaders spend summer preparing for fall semester

(Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian)

SGA President Vinayak Rao and Vice President Jacob Schissel have already begun working toward their goals for the upcoming year.

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Mullins Center renovations aimed at improving fan experience

(Collegian File Photo)

UMass’ entertainment and sports complex will feature new LED sports lighting and seating improvements for the 2014 sports season.

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Antonio’s Pizza by the Slice a favorite among students

(Robert Rigo/Daily Collegian)

The downtown Amherst eatery has fed the cravings of students and critics alike since it opened its doors in 1991.

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UMass tuition and fees frozen for second consecutive year

(Chelsey Powell/Collegian File Photo)

The freeze, approved by the UMass Board of Trustees in June, will affect in-state, undergraduate students during the 2014-2015 academic year.

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Speakers tell new students at convocation to make the most of UMass

Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian

Speakers at the University of Massachusetts New Student Convocation hammered home the point that freshmen should be careful not waste their potential over the next four years. “You alone have the power to make these next four years unforgettable,” Student Government Association president Vinayak Rao told the incoming freshman class of 2018, which filled the Mullins Center Monday afternoon. “Join a fraternity, join a sorority, join a club,” he said, adding that his involvement with various activities have made hard times easier and good times even better. “You have no excuse to ever be bored on this campus.” Rao, who was…

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UMass holds world’s largest clambake

Students at the University of Massachusetts received lobsters and clams as part of the record-breaking clambake on Sept. 1 (Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian)

The University welcomed students back to campus by breaking the Guinness World Record for largest New England clambake.

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Integrative Learning Center opens for fall semester

The Integrated Learning Center will open for classes this fall (Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian).

Construction on the $93 million building, which is the new home to the communication, journalism, linguistics and film studies departments, began in March 2012 and was completed in August.

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A fresh start for Blue Wall

The new Blue Wall eatery opens for business on September 2 (Araz Havan/Daily Collegian).

The newly renovated café, which features a variety of new stations, is set to open the first day of classes.

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Rao: ‘I like to call myself a walking paradox’

The recently elected SGA president brings a wide range of interests and experience to the job.

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