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Carl Pierre’s breakout performance helps UMass men’s basketball over Western Carolina -

November 22, 2017

Pipkins’ double-double leads UMass men’s basketball over Western Carolina -

November 21, 2017

Luwane Pipkins leads the UMass men’s basketball shooting show in 101-76 win over Niagara -

November 19, 2017

UMass to face tough test with Niagara backcourt -

November 19, 2017

Hockey Notebook: John Leonard on an early season tear for UMass hockey -

November 18, 2017

Clock runs out on UMass men’s soccer’s dream season in NCAA opener -

November 17, 2017

2017 Basketball Special Issue -

November 16, 2017

UMass men’s basketball prepares for transitional season in 2017-18 -

November 16, 2017

Author Viet Thanh Nguyen discusses how history and humanity is remembered -

November 16, 2017

CMASS completes seven-week discussion series -

November 16, 2017

UMass women’s basketball resets and reloads, looking to improve on last year’s record with plenty of new talent -

November 16, 2017

Matt McCall’s winding path to bring unity to UMass -

November 16, 2017

Carl Pierre is a piece to Matt McCall’s basketball program -

November 16, 2017

Why they stayed: Malik Hines, Chris Baldwin and C.J. Anderson -

November 16, 2017

McConnell chooses politics over morals -

November 16, 2017

Swipe right for love? Probably not. -

November 16, 2017

‘The Florida Project’ is a monument to the other side of paradise -

November 16, 2017

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ doesn’t have to be the best Marvel movie -

November 16, 2017

Thursday’s NCAA tournament rematch between UMass men’s soccer and Colgate will be a battle of adjustments -

November 15, 2017

Veteran belonging and the decline of American communities discussed by journalist and author at Amherst College -

November 15, 2017

Kid A? A closer look at cloning

In the new Time magazine, Randolfe Wicker, 63, spokesman of the Human Cloning Foundation and New York City lighting store-owner, offered these thoughts on the subject that has come to consume much of his adult life, and recently, the imagination of the entire world. ‘I can thumb my nose at Mr. Death and say, ‘You might get me, but you’re not going to get all of me. The special formula that is me will live on into another lifetime. It’s a partial triumph over death. I would leave my imprint not in sand but in cement.’ Wicker, who is gay,…

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Career Fair Arrives

The Campus Center Network at the University of Massachusetts will welcome over one hundred employers into the campus center auditorium for the Campus-Wide Career Fair on Feb. 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Employers from a number of industries ranging from IBM and MIT to Pepsi Bottling Group and the Peace Corps will seek out UMass students, offering full time employment opportunities to all majors. Students will find ample opportunities in numerous career areas, including education, health care, business and finance, computers, the environment, social services, lab sciences, biotechnology, marketing and sales and engineering. “We actively encourage employers who…

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Coolidge Bridge Rehabilitation Contract Awarded

Commuters hoping for a faster rush hour trip from Amherst to Northampton across the Coolidge Bridge will have to wait just a few more years. The Massachusetts Highway Department announced Feb. 7 that the contract to rehabilitate the bridge has been awarded to Cianboro Corporation of Pittsfield, Maine. The project will begin this spring, and should be completed by summer of 2003. The Coolidge Bridge will be widened to four lanes of traffic, have its deck replaced and get a new cantilevered sidewalk. Cianboro Corporation submitted a bid of $19.8 million. According to officials, at least two lanes of traffic…

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Trying to emerge from the shadows: \ Kendo Club offers time-tested tradition

Saturday afternoon from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. the University of Massachusetts Kendo club had its first practice of the semester in the Mt. Holyoke Music and Dance building. According to club president and founder, Robert Stockwell, a senior Japanese major, the organization is three years old and has over 30 members. ‘We practice the martial art of Kendo,’ said Stockwell, ‘and try keep it as close to how it’s done in Japan as possible.’ Both Stockwell, and member David Buck, a senior Computer Science major, have trained in Japan. ‘I trained for two years,’ Stockwell explained. ‘Buck trained for one…

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Court upholds ruling; \ Napster’s hope sinks

Napster, the online music-trading organization was delivered some tough news on Monday, when it was announced that its appeal to the federal courts to stop an injunction placed upon them last July was rejected. The decision could inevitably result in the termination of the online community. The decision, made by the United States’ Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals was apparently based on an assumption that Napster knowingly understands that music traded via its service is pirated and therefore distributed illegally. A fight against Napster has been led in part by several musicians who claim their music is unlawfully being traded,…

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Hey, Mr. Career Suicide

Keanu Reeves has never been confused for a great actor, or for that matter, a decent actor. He’s the bottom of the proverbial barrel, a performer who makes Sly Stallone’s characters look subtle and understated. Reeves may have found his creative nadir in Point Break, he stumbled ever since, making such clunkers as A Walk in the Clouds, Speed and Johnny Mnemonic. While his movies have been offensively bad, at least he’s been harmless as an individual, both in his movies and his forgettable music project: Dogstar. Or has he? In making this argument, a dangerous new theory about the…

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Men’s Tennis struggles

The Massachusetts men’s tennis squad made their mark in Ithaca, NY this weekend with a strong showing at the Cornell Invitational. This pre-season tournament provided a much-needed warm-up for the Minutemen, who will face some serious competition in the Atlantic 10 this spring. Though freshman Brent Davis was the lone member of the team to advance to third round action 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 in flight A, the majority of the players had a very strong showing in this tournament, which included conference rival St. Bonaventure. Senior Bill Greener, playing in flight C, persevered after losing a match to advance to…

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Forecasts for this year’s showbizz

Last year Dr. Suess’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Mission: Impossible 2 had you strapped in your seats at the movie theater. N’Sync’s No Strings Atttached and Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP were records you couldn’t get out of your CD player. What’ll it be this year? Welcome to Mission: Prognostication 2001. Peruse through this two-part article on various high profile projects of the upcoming year and you’ll get a glimpse of the huge movies and music projects coming your way. Part I: Movies New Line studio’s $270 million trilogy Lord of the Rings promises to be a huge…

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Track readying for A-10’s

With the Atlantic 10 Championships looming around the corner, the Massachusetts men’s indoor track team made yet another trek down I-90 to Beantown last weekend for its final preparation before the conference championships. The Maroon and White’s third trip to Boston on the campaign allowed them to participate in the Valentine Classic at Boston University against well-known foes such as Rhode Island, Brown, Holy Cross and the host Terriers. While the Minutemen did not capture first place in any events on the afternoon, familiar faces on the team were abound as several athletes continued to shine. Freshman Jeff Jason continued…

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Tuition freeze in effect: Residents get a break

For the sixth year in a row the University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees voted to freeze tuition and fees at the current rates for the upcoming academic year. In the past six years, UMass student costs have either decreased or stayed the same. For in-state undergraduates at the four UMass campuses, Dartmouth, Lowell, Boston and Amherst, the average cost of tuition and fees will be $4,679. “Higher education is the key to so much that we hold dear. It shapes a person’s life and also helps shape our economy and our society,” said UMass President William M. Bulger. “We…

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Bush should ban racial profiling

As President George Bush courts the African-American community by holding third graders on his lap and talking about ‘reading accountability,’ he avoids the less cuddly issue of racial profiling. Racial profiling is based on the untrue premise that minorities commit the most drug offenses. The American Civil Liberty Union’s 1999 report ‘Driving While Black: Racial Profiling on our Nation’s Highways’ incontrovertibly shows that African-Americans and other minorities are much more likely to be stopped by law enforcement agents than white motorists. Racial profiling becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy, because as more minority drivers are stopped than whites, it follows that more…

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Get carded at the Men’s Resource Center \ New campaign reaches out to perpetrators of violence

‘Most likely to be punched by her boyfriend.’ ‘Most likely to have teeth knocked out.’ ‘Most likely to be date-raped.’ The domestic violence awareness campaign running on New York’s metropolitan trains features yearbook-style photos of women, with jarring superlatives beneath each one. That is not what the Men’s Resource Center (MRC) has in mind for its new outreach campaign to men who may be violent or abusive in their relationships. Instead of focusing on the victim of domestic violence, the MRC’s unique mission is to help the perpetrator change patterns of abuse through counseling, and by sharing experiences with men…

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Turning the page

At the end of this semester, I will be officially done with my major. I will have enough credits to graduate next December. I will probably buy a suit in the next few months or so to have ready for job interviews. My college life is slowly dwindling away, and I am absolutely terrified. I am only a junior. I still have another year of school left. I have two more spring breaks, one more summer, and lots and lots of tests and papers ahead of me. Yet, somehow, anytime I think about the fact that in a little over…

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Add / drop extended to Tuesday

The deadline for class changes will be extended from Monday, February 12 to 8:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 13. The decision was made because the recent heavy snowfall seriously affected the scheduling of classes, says Elizabeth Pyle, Registrar for the University of Massachusetts. ‘We just feel that this is fair to students who had classes scheduled for Monday evening,’ Pyle said. The storms, which dropped nearly two feet of snow on the Amherst campus, forced University officials to close the campus at 2:30 p.m. on Monday and all day Tuesday. With the deadline set at Monday, students who had an…

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Protecting our rights

Most people have never heard of Slashdot. Those that have consider it to be a ‘geek website,’ and to some extent they’re right. Slashdot is a news site that predominantly features such ‘geek news’ as stories about Legos, pro-Linux (a free operating system Microsoft would prefer you didn’t know about) rantings, and ‘Jar-Jar Must Die’ headlines. What most people don’t realize is that Slashdot is also a place where we lament the impending doom that megacorporations and so-called ‘content providers’ are planning to unleash upon us. Right now, you’re probably saying, ‘Okay Mike, what impending doom?’ Well, okay, you probably…

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Maine downs UMass hockey

Two years ago, Maine came into the William D. Mullins Center, a place where it had often struggled, No.4 in the country. It left Amherst with a single point (a 1-1 tie). The weekend series was monumental for the Massachusetts hockey team. This weekend, the Black Bears had no intentions of letting history repeat itself, closing out a sweep of the Minutemen with a 5-1 drubbing Saturday night. Michael Schutte notched a hat trick and Dan Kerluke added two goals for the second consecutive night to lead Maine (13-9-6, 8-6-4 Hockey East) into soul possession of fourth place in the…

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Wooing in Style: ideas \ for Valentine’s Day

Circle, circle, dot, dot. Now I’ve got my cootie shot. Oh, the days of young love, when boys were the grossest things ever, but you still had crushes on them. And Valentine’s Day was one of the best holidays around, because in the afternoon you would open up a napkin on your desk, and everyone would go around, depositing three potato chips, a gooey pink frosted cupcake and some mini-Hershey’s bars on everyone else’s desk. Then came the big moment… Would you get any little Voltron or Smurf Valentines? Of course you would, because the teacher made everyone give one…

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MFA dance performance at Smith showcases excellent student work

The Smith College Museum of Fine Arts Dance Concert this past weekend was well worth the trip to Northampton. Titled ‘The Next Stage,’ the performance was a collection of four M.F.A. students’ works of choreography for their thesis projects. Each choreographer effectively created personal statements in their respective works, each of which were interesting, enlightening and simply a pleasure to watch. The performance opened with a work by Kerri Underwood. Aptly titled ‘Momentum of the Body,’ the piece was interesting and aesthetically pleasing. Dancers oozed onstage from the wings and even up from the orchestra pit platform, almost as if…

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Eminem to appear onstage with Elton John: only evil can come

If it feels a bit cold in here, that’s because Hell has just frozen over. The world took a turn for the unconditional worst on Friday afternoon when the rumors began to fly that Eminem will perform his hit single ‘Stan’ on stage with none other than Elton John at the Grammy awards on Feb. 21. Irony takes a distant second place to the sheer disgust that the idea of these two completely opposite people coming together appallingly brings about. I don’t even dare bother to ask whose decision this was, but the obvious truth is that it is a…

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Lecter returns in gory Hannibal

Rarely, if ever, do we get a sequel to a film that is almost unanimously heralded as a great film – even a great cinematic achievement. Rarely, if ever, do we get a sequel that pales in comparison to the original, but can still be considered a good movie. Hannibal is the exception, which breaks the above rules. In 1992, Silence of the Lambs became the only movie ever to capture the two major acting awards, Best Director, Best Picture and a screenplay award at the Academy Awards. It was just that good. However, only one-fifth of that team returns…

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