December 28, 2014

Scrolling Headlines:

UMass ready for fresh start, begins second half of season in Catamount Cup -

Sunday, December 28, 2014

UMass drops OT thriller at BYU, 77-71 -

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

BLOG: UMass basketball faces staunch road test against BYU -

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Recovery fund established for former UMass student Chloe Rombach -

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Minutemen search for answers following blowout loss to Providence -

Saturday, December 20, 2014

UMass dominated in 85-65 loss to Providence -

Saturday, December 20, 2014

BLOG: UMass football recruiting roundup: UMass signs DT, offers two kickers -

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

UMass President Robert Caret resigns to become chancellor of the University of Maryland system -

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Brandon Montour: ‘It felt great to be out there’ -

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

UMass falls to Northeastern in Brandon Montour’s debut -

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Cady Lalanne continues to evolve as a potential outside shooting threat -

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

UMass hockey returns to action against Northeastern, Montour to make season debut -

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Demetrius Dyson remains hopeful despite rocky start to season -

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Former UMass soccer star Matt Keys aims to continue his career professionally -

Monday, December 15, 2014

Pierre-Louis, Dillard shine in UMass victory over Holy Cross -

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Passing, spacing improved in UMass victory -

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Prolific first half propels UMass past Canisius, 75-58 -

Saturday, December 13, 2014

UMass Faculty Senate hears ad hoc committee’s report on FBS football, shoots down contentious motion -

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Minutemen hope improved spacing will aid struggling half court offense -

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Divest UMass urges Board of Trustees to split with fossil fuel industry -

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Women still silenced in struggle for freedom

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“Sisters experiences are erased at the expense of the Black male narrative,” writes columnist Josh Odam, and “it’s our responsibility to ensure #BlackLivesMatter does not become gender-exclusive.”

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American police are scared and lack all decency

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Following the events in Ferguson and Cleveland, Ian Hagerty says police are acting completely irrationally.

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Body cameras for cops are a no brainer after Ferguson

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Johnny McCabe argues that on-body cameras for police provide an evidence-based solution to cases with contradictory witness testimony and subjectivity.

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eSports: A new kind of sport

(Andrew Rush/ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/TNS)

Julian del Prado articulate why eSports should be considered a sport and reveals its surprising popularity.

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Matching the drinking age to morals

(Christina Yacono/Daily Collegian)

Benjamin Clabault discusses the history of why certain laws aren’t followed, particularly the drinking age limit.

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The beauty of college writing

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Isaac Simon discusses why he enjoyed English 112, a course taken by most UMass students as a general education requirement.

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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.

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Letter: Racial oppression permeates American institutions

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Sarah Laughlin ’14 writes that she was moved to tears by the Ferguson decision, not by the details, but because the grand jury deemed a black man’s life unworthy of trial.

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Letter: A solution to the Ferguson crisis

A rally at the South Carolina State House, in Columbia, S.C., 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. (Kim Kim Foster/The State/MCT)

Johann Christoph Arnold writes that Officer Darren Wilson and the Ferguson Police must reach out and ask forgiveness from the Brown family.

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My mental illness does define me (to an extent)

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Kate Leddy discusses the importance of accepting experiences with mental illness instead of trying to hide them.

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How to master multitasking

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Karen Podorefsky discusses the ability to multitask and the benefits and problems associated with it.

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For-profit colleges are driving student debt

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For-profit colleges are a predatory scourge on society and driving the student debt crisis, argues columnist Stefan Herlitz.

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Do you have a social allergy?

Columnist Karen Podorefsky says it’s important to confront our friends and loved ones about bothersome behaviors, even if we’re nervous.

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Masculinity: A feminist’s perspective

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Women aren’t the only ones affected by gender roles, masculinity and feminism in our society, writes Sarah Robertson.

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Establishing the rules of classroom attendance

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Students should not be penalized when they miss classes, as professors often do the same, says Ian Hagerty.

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T-Swift v. Spotify: The battle over dying album sales

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Johnny McCabe criticizes Taylor Swift’s stance against Spotify but concedes there should be a better way to address music streaming and the demise of music industry.

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Who cares about Kim Kardashian?

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Steven Gillard expresses his dismay at America’s obsession with senseless reality TV shows.

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Spying in the name of safety

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Isaac Simon questions the government when it comes to spying and discusses examples such as whistleblower Edward Snowden.

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How to pack perfectly

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Karen Podorefsky discusses the common issue of overpacking and how to lighten up for trips.

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Feminism: A male’s perspective

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Anthony Maddaleni explains how the culture of hypermasculinity in which we live contributes to sexism and prevents us from obtaining true gender equality.

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Morality must counteract corrupt politics

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Benjamin Clabault argues that in order for us to counteract the corruption and inequality that comes with our political system, we must rely on the promotion of morality and decency above anything else.

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China and Japan begin to thaw once cold relations

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Eliot Decker discusses the global implications of the first meeting held between the Chinese and Japanese leaders.

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Appreciating the power of literature

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Maral Margossian discusses the power of literature to reach all types of people.

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My abortion story: Privilege gave me access to medical care

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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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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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Same game: Why Obama is ‘unfazed’

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Obama is playing the same political game, and that’s why he’s “unfazed,” writes Opinion Editor Zac Bears.

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Physician-assisted suicide is moral

(Jacob Langston/Orlando Sentinel/MCT)

Samuel Fountain argues that physician-assisted suicide is moral and should be made available to all people who are suffering from incurable illness.

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Recent accidents in commercial spaceflight should not deter further efforts

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Johnny McCabe discusses the positives and negatives between private and government supported space flight.

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Man’s best friend

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Steve Gillard looks back on the fond memories he spent with Bailey, his childhood companion.

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Scott Brown shouldn’t have been allowed to run in New Hampshire

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Scott Brown shouldn’t have been allowed to run in New Hampshire, says Ian Hagerty.

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Little change in Massachusetts, Democrats guaranteed 2016 win

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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.

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GOP stands to gain from midterm results

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GOP stands to gain from midterms, if they don’t blow it up, argues columnist Julian del Prado

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Results don’t reflect voter distaste with Congress, failure to compromise

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Columnist Isaac Simon analyzes the 2014 midterm election and says that the results don’t reflect voters’ anger with Congress and the inability of Congressional Republicans and Democrats to compromise on policy

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Citizens can’t afford to be uninformed anymore

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Julian Del Prado analyzes politics in our modern world and argues that citizens should be utilizing the Internet to inform themselves about government issues.

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Exercise your right to vote

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Michael Agnello stresses the importance of voting, arguing that the common belief that a single vote won’t make a difference can be detrimental to our government outcomes.

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Charlie Baker: Rewiring higher education

Robert Malinn discusses Baker’s plan for college financial aid and why it would expand opportunities for students.

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The Collegian’s view: Martha Coakley for governor

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The Collegian’s opinion and editorial staff endorses Attorney General Martha Coakley in Tuesday’s race for governor of Massachusetts.

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Partisan political system is inaccurate and counterproductive

(Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian)

Benjamin Clabault discusses the partisan political system of the United States and how always defining viewpoints as either Democrat of Republican is both inaccurate and counterproductive.

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Vote ‘Yes’ on Question 2

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Joel Spiegel explains how voting “Yes” on Question 2 will help the environment.

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#WrongDoor: Why I am not surprised?

(Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian)

Alejandro Oms discusses racially influenced mico-aggressions he experienced in class.

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Appreciating campus workers

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Aaron Weiss describes the difficulties faced by campus minimum wage workers and why we should be more grateful.

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At the end of your rope? Write about it

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Nathan Frontiero offers his take on the benefits of writing to address troubling inner thoughts.

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No walking at night: Hannah Graham’s death shows danger all women face on campus

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UVA student Hannah Graham, recently found murdered, epitomizes the dangers faced by women on college campuses. Sarah Gamard asks if she will have to spend the rest of her life clutching a bottle of mace.

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Ebola’s global impact forgotten as various countries look inward

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Eliot Decker discusses how the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has worldwide implications.

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Finding your perfect match

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Karen Podorefsky discusses the factors and beliefs associated with searching for one’s “soulmate.”

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When guilt-trips backfire

Kate Leddy discusses why self-shaming and competition is counterproductive in motivating ourselves to be better members of society.

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UMass continues to fail underrepresented minorities

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Emily Belko and Joanna Zhu, representing CEPA’s Multicultural Organizing Bureau, push UMass to address continued failure to adequately support students of color.

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Ending discrimination begins with us

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Sam Fountain encourages individuals to make an active effort in ending discrimination by changing the way we think.

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Understand the power of positive protest

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Stefan Herlitz denounces anger-fueled protests and instead advocates for positive protests with clear objectives.

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White supremacy and settler colonialism at UMass

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Matthew Cunningham-Cook exposes the many holes in the campus approach to combat white supremacy.

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ISIS’s magazine is good for the West

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ISIS magazine only reveals their weaknesses, says Ian Hagerty

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Letter: What’s behind the curtains on Birthright trips?

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Hannah Friedstein recounts the racial discrimination and racial binaries she experienced during her Birthright trip and offers a critical perspective of the program.

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FBI director’s fear-mongering view of data encryption is off the mark

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Columnist Johnny McCabe criticizes FBI Director James Comey’s suggested anti-encryption policy, which would grant the government automatic access to private user data.

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Remembering Derek Jeter: an appraisal

(Will Vragovic/Tampa Bay Times/MCT)

Isaac Simon looks back on Jeter’s baseball career and expresses his appreciation for the player, despite not being a Yankees fan.

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Ebola coverage is misinforming

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Julian del Prado discusses problems with media coverage of the Ebola crisis and why we should be better informed.

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Dear Chancellor: Improve the FAC

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In an open letter to Chancellor Subbaswamy, Liana Ascolese asks him to aid the fine arts in a way that displays both his pride in his fine arts students and his overarching vision for UMass.

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‘Columbus Day’ demonstrates ignorant view of the past

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Benjamin Clabault explains how the name of “Columbus Day” signifies a collective ignorance to an American history of greed and exploitation.

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

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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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Distorted body image in America

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Columnist Maral Margossian exposes a flaw in the American view of body image, especially in Hollywood.

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Nobody wins, except special interests, on gas tax ballot question

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William Keve criticizes the influence of Political Action Committees on the vote to repeal indexing the Massachusetts gasoline tax to inflation.

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18th century Russian foreign policy repeating itself in Ukraine

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Eliot Decker compares Putin’s ongoing strategy in Ukraine to strategies implemented during 18th century Russia.

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Dear Chancellor: UMass arts facilities are highly inadequate

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Meredith Wells writes a letter to the Chancellor about space and accessibility problems within the UMass Theater Department.

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Access versus investment: UMass perpetuates ableism

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Emma Ayres discusses the lack of handicap accessibility around UMass, particularly in newly renovated areas around campus.

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Male privilege and the SGA: How we’ve been overrun by ‘megaphone guys’

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Columnist Josh Odam unpacks the effect of male privilege in the Student Government Association and why the “megaphone guys” need to quiet down.

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Protesting is coming back, and it’s a good thing

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Happy to see the return of protest movements, columnist Ian Hagerty hopes they will have a substantial effect on global problems, including climate change.

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Multiple parties at fault in UMass student’s death

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While the community has been quick to place blame, Steven Gillard argues that everyone is at fault and ending the confidential informant program won’t stop Logan’s real killer, heroin.

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Hong Kong protests exemplify civil disobedience

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Johnny McCabe points to the recent protests in Hong Kong as evidence of the power of civil disobedience in an age dominated by social media

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Dear Chancellor: Humanities buildings in shocking disrepair

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Joy Silvey, UMass Theatre Guild chairperson, implores Chancellor Subbaswamy to support the “What the FAC?” movement and fix campus facilities.

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Will Hong Kong protests bring democracy?

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Julian del Prado examines the protests occurring in Hong Kong, how they differ from the events at Tiananmen Square and where they might be headed.

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Koufax or Kershaw? Take your pick.

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Isaac Simon compares the success of Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw to that of Sandy Koufax, and what this might mean for Kershaw.

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Time for UMass to bury the confidential informant program

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Steve O’Neill describes several instances of confidential informant operations gone wrong and advocates for the abolishment of the practice.

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The war on terrorism can only be ended morally

Bryan Bowman illustrates the true cost of lives of targeted drone strikes and argues we must fight and win the war on terrorism morally.

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The fight against climate change must be powered by the people

Benjamin Clabault invokes a shared sense of responsibility to humankind and calls on individuals to fight climate change.

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Mental Health Special Issue

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For Mental Health Awareness Week which begins Sunday, October 5, the Daily Collegian Staff organized a special issue to discuss mental health conditions, treatment, personal experiences, policy, history, campus-related issues and its stigmatization in society today.

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Editor’s note: It’s our responsibility to discuss mental health

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A college campus must have an open discussion on mental health, says Daily Collegian Managing Editor Patrick Hoff.

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Being a woman with anxiety in America

Underrepresentation and marginalization of women in society is responsible for higher incidences of mental health disorders among women than men, says Brianna Zimmerman.

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Making room for context and perspective

Isaac Simon discusses how trying to keep perspective on one’s life helps to create the context in which one can understand her or his mental illness.

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Depression doesn’t define you

Depression is not something to be ashamed of and help is out there, says Steven Gillard.

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Letter: UMass failed to treat addiction as a disease

Joel Menasha ’06 believes UMass “should have known better” regarding ‘Logan’s’ addiction and must do better in the future to protect the lives of its students.

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Don’t give up on therapy

Kate Leddy says that one bad experience with a mental health professional shouldn’t put people off from ever trying it again.

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Deinstitutionalization: A blessing or a curse?

Noosha Uddin argues that deinstitutionalization failed to achieve its goals of better mental health treatment and reduce stigmatization of people with mental health disorders.

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The SGA can’t fix problems without students’ help

(Christina Yacono/ Daily Collegian)

Jennifer Raichel dissects the issues plaguing the SGA and why it is important for the student body to make a change.

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Fight for college affordability continues

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Lucas Coughlin discusses the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act, which was defeated over the summer.

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Battling arguments

Hannah Locke and Annabelle Tarek pose as roommates.  (Sarah Doremus/Collegian File Photo)

Karen Podorefsky discusses how to deal with inevitable conflict between roommates.

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UMass needs to actively combat sexual assault

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Matthew Cunningham-Cook argues that, when it comes to issues of sexual assault, UMass supports a culture of non-enforcement.

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SGA needs to end internal discord and work toward goals

SGA president Vinayak Rao speaks at the first meeting of the year. (Christina Yacono/Daily Collegian)

Sanah Rizvi explains why the SGA needs to stop worrying about reconstruction and start focusing on accomplishing goals that positively affect the student body.

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Insulting those with different views accomplishes nothing

Stefan Herlitz discusses the tendency of people to insult those who disagree with them rather than engage them respectfully, and its negative implications for all social movements.

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You should probably move off campus

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Columnist Ian Hagerty argues why it can be better and less expensive to live off-campus.

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Fixing the SGA is our responsibility

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Contributor Emily Devenney argues that the SGA is broken, and fixing it is our duty and responsibility.

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Apple, Google and the looming war over data security: Whatever happens, we win

(John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune/MCT)

Johnny McCabe examines the developing rivalry between Apple and Google over user privacy, and concludes that greater security in future products will be beneficial for the consumers.

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Morality will not win the war on terror

(Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/MCT)

Steven Gillard advocates the use of torture and targeted killings against suspected terrorists, regardless of whether they are American citizens or foreigners.

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Facebook: A social disease

(Christina Yacono/Daily Collegian)

Isaac Simon discusses the negative aspects of social media and how it hinders our relationships and perceptions of each other.

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Sex positivity promotes healthy sexuality

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Aviva Richardson discusses what is absent from sexual education curricula in schools.

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How one Facebook post made me an SGA senator (and why we need to fix it)

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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.

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The police aren’t out to protect us

Town Manager John Musante speaking at the Blarney Statement release. (Araz Havan/Daily Collegian)

Anthony Maddaleni believes that the response of the University and town police to the Davis Report shows that they are complicit in the escalating violence used against students.

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Social inequities are a strong presence at UMass

UMass men’s basketball coach Derek Kellogg, who makes $719,663 annually. (Collegian File Photo)

While UMass is a public university, it is not immune from the income inequality that pervades American society.

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Want student power? End the SGA

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Emily O’Neil argues that for students to have actual power, we have to dissolve the UMass SGA

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Millennials’ votes can make a difference in all elections

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Maral Margossian gives a brief explanation into the importance for young people to vote, especially today.

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US should spend more on space

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Stefan Herlitz advocates spending more on space programs and describes the economic benefits in doing so.

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To fight ISIS, US must understand them, not chalk up actions to pure evil

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Benjamin Clabault argues that in order to effectively combat ISIS, the US must delve deeper into understanding their motives and mentality, and go beyond merely attributing their actions as pure evil.

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Fast food workers need more than $7.25 to sustain basic living

(Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

Samuel Fountain argues that raising the federal minimum wage is necessary in order for fast food workers to sustain a basic living.

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Recovering from anorexia on a health-obsessed campus

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Kate Leddy discusses the difficulties of recovering from an eating disorder at a university known for its promotions of healthy living and fitness.

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The benefits of connecting to your heritage

Karen Podorefsky describes the impact that her trip to Israel had on her cultural views and why all students should participate.

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Fast food strikers right to demand stake in ‘American dream’

Brian Stepney, 20, center, joins about 300 other fast-food workers in blocking 87th Street at the Dan Ryan Expressway in Chicago on Thursday Sept. 4, 2014, as part of a country-wide protest in their push for a $15 hourly wage. Stepney, who has worked at McDonald's for about a year, was arrested with about a dozen protesters who refused to move from the street. (Michael Tercha/Chicago Tribune/MCT)

Will Keve opposes the view that the fast food strike represents laziness, and instead argues that they are right to fight for economic justice.

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Dear Chancellor: Fund dilapidated arts classrooms

(Maria Uminski/Collegian File)

Emma Ayres writes a letter to Chancellor Subbaswamy imploring him to adequately fund UMass’ arts facilities.

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Uber: A better deal for area students

Michael Zhadanovsky, an incoming senior at Fort Lee High School, demonstrates how he sometimes uses the app, Uber, on his mobile phone, to get a ride home from school. (Carmine Galasso/The Record/MCT)

Lucas Coughlin notes ride-sharing service Uber’s arrival in Amherst and how it disrupts unnaturally high cab prices.

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There is no such thing as ‘reverse racism’

(Tammy Ljungblad/Kansas City Star/MCT)

Josh Odam explains why “reverse racism” cannot and does not exist in the United States.

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Letter: Students, go to football games!

(Madeline Parsons/Daily Collegian)

Tom Wisnauckas implores UMass students to attend UMass football home games.

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Do accused rapists deserve their checks and balances?

(Chuck Liddy/Raleigh News & Observer/MCT)

Ian Hagerty weighs in on a recent lawsuit by a former UMass student, accused of rape, claiming his rights were violated.

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Fast Food strike symbolic of laziness, lack of accountability

(Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

Columnist Steve Gillard explains why fast food workers’ demands for higher wages is symbolic of a breakdown of accountability amongst Americans

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#Gamergate: The alienation of the ‘gamer’ community and the fallacy of balance

Johnny McCabe traces the origin on the #Gamergate and argues that game journalists need to stop amplifying the negative opinions of the gaming community’s minority.

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The need for moral and ethical clarity

(Shashank Bengali/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

Isaac Simon discusses how journalistic reports can be offensive and misleading.

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A rough summer for foreign relations

Julian del Prado reviews the crises in the Middle East that escalated this summer and discusses the potential counterattacks being planned against threats such as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

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Workers losing out with UMass Dining policy

(Justin Surgent/Collegian File Photo)

UMass Dining employees are systematically disadvantaged through a loophole exploited by the administration, argues Ben Walton.

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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.

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Market Basket a case study in social responsibility

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Zac Bears lauds the positive socialism demonstrated by the Market Basket standoff and exemplified by CEO Arthur T. Demoulas.

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‘Let’s keep the summer attitude’

(Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian)

‘You couldn’t walk for more than a couple of minutes without meeting someone new or sharing something, anything, with a completely, previously unknown, human being.”

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Don’t stress, work hard, have fun: Tips for freshmen (and future) success

UMass freshman rush into Gillete Stadium before the UMass vs. BC game on Aug. 30. (Robert Rigo/Daily Collegian)

Steven Gillard offers suggestions for how students new to UMass can have a successful and fun campus life.

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Our plugged in world

(Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian)

Karen Podorefsky comments on the how the current generation’s use of technology is impacting the way people view relationships and the world around them.

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The vilification of police in America

(Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/MCT)

Columnist Steven Gillard argues that while racism exists in police departments, ascribing racism to all law enforcement or Darren Wilson, shooter of Michael Brown in Ferguson, is premature and counterproductive.

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Ferguson may demilitarize local police

(Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/MCT)

Ian Hagerty debates whether it is necessary for police to have military equipment for situations such as that Ferguson.

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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.

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#BlackLivesMatter: The irony behind ‘Black-on-Black’ crime

Activists gather in front of the White House to deliver nearly 900,000 signatures calling on the Department of Justice to fully investigate, prosecute, and fire all police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., on Wednesday, Aug. 28 2014, in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/MCT)

Josh Odam breaks down the problems that lie behind the phrase “Black-on-Black crime,” which has been in discussions regarding Ferguson.

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Advertising is all around us, with the help of Big Brother’s data

(Jessica Tezak/Chicago Tribune/MCT)

Maral Margossian warns us of the bombardment of invasive, personalized advertisements that the average person deals with on a daily basis.

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US and allies must eliminate ISIS

Shiite militiamen loyal to radical cleric Muqtada Sadr enter Amerli, Iraq, on Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, after helping to liberate the town from a nearly three-month siege by Islamic State militants. (Shashank Bengali/ Los Angeles/MCT)

Columnist Steven Gillard argues that the U.S. and international allies must eliminate the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) to end a threat to global security.

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Why the media doesn’t handle depression well

(Ricardo DeAratanha/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

Kate Leddy addresses the problem with many of the discussions about depression that have followed Robin Williams’ death.

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Senior Columns 2013-2014

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A farewell from the Collegian Staff seniors leaving the newspaper at the end of April.

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The low thrum

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Søren Hough sums up his time at UMass and how working for The Collegian helped him realize how he wants to spend his life.

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College by the pictures

Gabe Scarbrough/Daily Collegian

Gabe Scarbrough sums up college through infographics in his senior column.

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Letter: Freeze and review Fall 2014 meal plan changes

Courtesy of CHCRC Area Government

In an open letter to Chancellor Subbaswamy, CHCRC Area Gov. Christopher Earls and Lt. Area Gov. Elena Drews request a freeze of the implementation of changes to meal plans until student leadership can review and improve the proposal.

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‘And miles to go before I sleep’

Courtesy of Malea Ritz

Managing Editor Malea Ritz reflects on her time at UMass and the Collegian with a final farewell.

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Series finale

Courtesy of Maria Uminski

Maria Uminski talks about the end of her collegiate career and the end of her favorite TV shows.

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More than good enough

Courtesy of Stephen Hewitt

Collegian Editor in Chief Stephen Hewitt reflects on his time at the paper and how he’s finally satisfied.

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Building a life out of Legos

Photo courtesy of Justin Surgent

Justin Surgent explains why college is a “building block” for future professional and personal endeavors.

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My friends suck and I love them

Photo courtesy of Tommy Verdone

Tommy Verdone reflects on how college fosters friendships that feel more like family.

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Finding oneself in the crowd

Photo courtesy of Hannah Sparks

Op/Ed Editor Hannah Sparks reflects on the old cliché: Finding oneself at college.

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Spur of the moment turns into the time of my life

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Patrick Strohecker reflects on how his spontaneous decisions led him to memorable UMass experiences.

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New passion discovered at UMass

Photo courtesy of Cameron MacDonough

Cameron McDonough remembers what it was like to cover the UMass hockey team for the past two seasons

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SGA Judiciary must overturn invalidation of student voice

Ellie Miske answers a question as Gabrielle Cook looks on. Emily Devenney is not pictured. (Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian)

Collegian Staff Nathan Frontiero argues that the SGA Judiciary must overturn the Elections Commission decision to invalidate the DMC ticket.

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Bending the arc

How do we wish to be remembered? And what are we going to do about it?

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I was secretly Amanda Bynes the whole time

Shaina Mishkin/Daily Collegian

If it weren’t for transferring here to start his sophomore year, Jake Reed wouldn’t be living as openly and authentically as he is now.

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Sellner reflects on his time at the Collegian

Courtesy of Stephen Sellner

I owe so much to that ugly office. Much more that can be fit into a single column.

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Heartbeat

Courtesy of Mary Reines

A stranger turned Mary Reines’ life upside down.

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Life outside the classroom, a priceless experience

Courtesy of Taylor Snow

Taylor Snow reflects on his time at the University.

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To infinity, and beyond

Courtesy of Katie McKenna

Katie McKenna reflects on her time at the University.

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Read between the words

Courtesy of Merav Kaufman

In defining a college experience, the stuff between the words is what really matters, says Merav Kaufman, graduating Collegian columnist.

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Never again, never forget: Remembering the Armenian genocide

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Maral Margossian discusses the horrors of the Armenian genocide, and explains why it is vital to remember the atrocity.

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Time to reconsider ‘war on terror’

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Jason Roche delves into the ongoing history of the controversial war on terror and explains how it will continue in the shadows for years to come.

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Freedom of speech for campus employees

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Ian Hagerty emphasizes the importance of upholding freedom of speech in a university.

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Letter: A response to ‘There is nothing to debate about global warming’

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Lynn Goldfarb responds to the April 17 article “There is nothing to debate about global warming.”

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Push for punishment equality

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Karen Podorefsky evaluates the effectiveness of the Obama administration’s discipline guidelines to reduce discrimination in the way punishment is issued in schools.

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The meaning of Easter

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Mike Tudoreanu denounces the materialistic and consumerist aspects of holidays and urges people to focus on the true meaning of Easter Sunday.

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Letter: Israel a hub for diversity

Brett Hausler, Fellow for the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America at UMass Amherst, provides background on the importance of solidarity among minority groups in Israel.

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Sexual violence is not ‘normal’

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Jillian Correira discusses the disturbing attitudes boys and girls have toward sexual violence and its “normalization,” and suggests a way to change it.

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Letter: Get yourself tested at UMass

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Diabrina Kozichuk talks about why it’s important to get yourself tested for sexually transmitted diseases and infections.

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There is nothing to debate about global warming

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Isaac Simon refutes climate change deniers.

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Five places to study at UMass

(Chelsey Powell/Daily Collegian)

Brandon Sides compiles a handy list of five great places to study for those looming finals.

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Putting the ‘new’ back into ‘news’

Isaac Simon explains why we need to change what the media deems newsworthy after the speculative coverage of the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370.

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General Education courses should not be required

(Amanda Joinson/Collegian File Photo)

Elise Martorano argues why general education courses should not be required.

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Bostonian spirit prevails

Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian

Katie McKenna describes her experience on the day of the Boston Marathon bombings and why the Marathon, and Boston’s pride, makes the city so unique.

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Lessons from the Marathon bombings

Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian

Steven Gillard outlines the number of important lessons learned from the tragic events of the Boston Marathon bombings.

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A year of reflection

Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian

Samara Abramson reflects on her hometown pride and Boston’s enduring strength in the one year after the Boston Marathon bombings.

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UMass admin’s strategic austerity plan

Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian

Timothy Sutton warns Collegian readers of the University’s strategic planning process.

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The state of the Republican Party

Donald Trump, Chairman and President, The Trump Organization, speaks at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Gaylord Resort in Oxon Hill, MD, Thrusday, March 6, 2014. This year is the American Conservative Union's 50th anniversary and the theme is "Getting it Right for 50 Years." (Pete Marovich/MCT)

Julian del Prado investigates the state of the Grand Old Party.

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Here comes the taxman

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Jason Roche takes a closer, critical look at the phenomenon of taxation

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PATRIOT Act still controversial

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Patrick Dunbar explores the ongoing controversy of the post-9/11 security state.

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Letter: Response to March 31 Letter on topic of sexual violence

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Becky Lockwood responds to the Letter to the Editor from March 31 concerning sexual violence

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Does legality even matter anymore?

Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian

Ian Hagerty addresses the potentially dangerous consequences holding events like Extravaganja can have on the enforcement of law.

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Learn to learn, not to remember

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Karen Podorefsky explains the importance of taking classes that interest us and of learning course material rather than memorizing facts.

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NASA should not cut ties with Russia

Astronaut James H. Newman waves during a spacewalk preparing for release of the first combined elements of the International Space Station. The Russian-built Zarya module, with its solar array panel visible here, was launched into orbit fifteen years ago on Nov. 20, 1998. Two weeks later, on Dec. 4, 1998, NASA's space shuttle Endeavour launched Unity, the first U.S. piece of the complex. During three spacewalks on the STS-88 mission, the two space modules built on opposite sides of the planet were joined together in space, making the space station truly international. (NASA/MCT)

Johnny McCabe explains why NASA’s decision to cut ties with Russia’s Roscosmos is counterproductive for furthering scientific exploration as well as smoothing out international relations.

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Health sciences should focus more on LGBT relationships

(Marielle Fibish/Collegian File Photo)

Alyssa DiSabito explains why the absence of focus on same-sex intercourse in the Health Sciences major prevents students from learning information integral to their studies.

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Reproductive freedom is about more than sex

Abortion rights supporters demonstrate outside the Capitol in Austin, Texas, where Gov. Rick Perry signed the abortion restriction bill, House Bill 2, Thursday, July 18, 2013. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman/MCT)

Hannah Sparks explains how the conservative attack on women’s reproductive rights stems from a fundamental lack of understanding on the subject.

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Letter: Preserve legacy of UMass conservation research

Tagged and awaiting release, Coho Salmon are kept in holding tanks at a conservation hatchery operated by the Monterey Bay Salmon and Trout Project in Davenport, Calif. Drought condtions have cut off access the salmon have to rivers to move from the ocean upstream to spawn. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

Bill Niedzwiedz ’69, professor at UW-Green Bay, sent a research tip to “his department.” The response? Silence.

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Why the Republicans really hate Obamacare

(Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/MCT)

Jillian Correira explains the true motivation behind the Republican Party’s opposition to the Affordable Care Act.

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Remember the everyday heroism of first responders

(Nicolaus Czarnecki/METRO Boston/Zuma Press/MCT)

Steven Gillard reminds us to acknowledge the everyday bravery of firefighters, police and military service members.

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An architecture of exclusion

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Brandon Sides argues why gender-neutral restrooms should be required and illustrates the grim reality for trans people forced to choose which restroom to use.

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Reminiscing over the past four years

Katie McKenna nostalgically recounts her past four years at UMass but understands the importance of embracing change.

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College athletes are not employees

Jeff Bernstein/Daily Collegian

Stefan Herlitz argues that deeming college athletes employees of their school undermines their responsibilities to academics.

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Letter: UMass, reconsider allowing blood drives on campus

Aviva Luttrell/ Collegian

Anthony Maddaleni argues that the UMass administration should reconsider holding blood drives on campus, as FDA and Red Cross policies discriminate against gay and bisexual men.

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Letter: UMass campaign against sexual assault needs to change its tone

Flickr/Chase Carter

Lynn and Claire Barclay argue that UMass should endorse a sexual assault policy that places blame on rapists rather than on would-be victims and bystanders.

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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.

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A global case to be more healthy

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David Blake offers a solution to America’s poor relationship with food.

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Five reasons why Russia won’t start World War III

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Maral Margossian gives us five reasons why Putin wouldn’t dare start World War III in Crimea.

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Letter: Textbooks: A Deterring Cost

Michelle Williams/Collegian

Stephanie Chan suggests that universities start using open-source textbooks to cut student costs.

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The Internet: A political revolution waiting for you

Flickr/Rob Boudon

Jason Roche says we should use the Internet as a vehicle for change, not just entertainment.

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Not tipping is unjustifiable

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Ian Hagerty admonishes non-tippers and low-tippers and explains why it is important to decently tip those who serve us.

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Effects of aesthetic discrimination

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Karen Podorefsky discusses why we need to find an employment process that eliminates aesthetic discrimination.

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Background information necessary in articles about Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian

Brett Hausler explains that providing background information in articles about the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine prevents misleading information.

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Gay marriage supported by human rights

A gay-marriage supporter flies a rainbow flag during a rally in Seattle, Washington. (Greg Gilbert/Seattle Times/MCT)

Steven Gillard argues that support for gay marriage comes down to support for human rights, regardless of moral opinion or religious doctrine.

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End the Helen Keller jokes

Helen Keller is shown in a graduation photo from Radcliff College in 1904. Her book "The Story of my Life" was once an inspiration for many but has fallen off many school reading lists. (gsb) 2003 (Diversity)

Elise Martorano explains why the common distasteful Helen Keller jokes undermine the historic figure’s accomplishments as a political activist and human being.

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High school-provided contraception is beneficial

(Jeff Bernstein/Collegian File Photo)

Alyssa DiSabito argues in favor of high schools providing contraceptives to students in an effort to reduce teen pregnancy and promote safer sex.

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Gun research a public health priority

(Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/MCT)

Hannah Sparks analyzes gun violence in America as a public safety issue, advocating for change.

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On Woody Allen

Cannes Film Festival

Isaac Simon investigates the Woody Allen controversy.

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Students, police and administration culpable in Blarney’s ‘Sad and Difficult Day’

(Justin Surgent/Daily Collegian)

The Collegian’s view: A small group of violent students are culpable for the events of Blarney Blowout, but police violence and administrative inaction contributed to the ‘Sad and Difficult Day.’

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Community response to Blarney Blowout

Police officers, one of whom is pictured here armed with pepper spray gun, prepare to clear an area of Brandywine during "Blarney Blowout" on Saturday, March 8. (Conor Snell/Daily Collegian)

The incidents that took place at Saturday’s “Blarney Blowout” raised a number of issues over how students should have acted, how police should have responded, and how the university should have responded. Here, Collegian readers and staff members weigh in with their reactions to the events.

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Administration and town need to offer more options

Shannon Broderick/Daily Collegian

Longjie Dai says that expanding student housing around Amherst and providing alternative options to UMass “holidays” would help prevent future “Blarney” disasters.

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Letters to the Editor: Blarney Blowout

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Readers give their opinions on the events of “Blarney Blowout”

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The Blarney Blowup: Students need to take responsibility for their actions, as they lead to police reactions

Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian

Justin Surgent says “Blarney” participants should take responsibility for their actions.

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Blarney debacle is everyone’s fault

Shannon Broderick/Daily Collegian

UMass senior and RA Sarah Dingman faults the administration, students and police in the Blarney aftermath debacle.

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UMass more than just the ‘Zoo’

Elaine Zhang/Daily Collegian

Austin Snyder says that UMass is more than its reputation as the “Zoo.”

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