September 2, 2014

Scrolling Headlines:

BC’s methodical rushing attack wears UMass down -

Saturday, August 30, 2014

UMass football dominated as Boston College rolls to a 30-7 victory -

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Arrest made after lewd acts on campus -

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Suspect in custody after break-ins on Lincoln Avenue -

Thursday, August 28, 2014

UMass crime alerts reveal reports of lewd acts -

Friday, August 22, 2014

UMass women’s soccer hopes added depth brings more consistency in 2014 -

Friday, August 22, 2014

UMass mourns death of alumnus and journalist James Foley -

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Kassan Messiah, Trey Seals to shoulder pass rushing responsibility for UMass football -

Thursday, August 21, 2014

UMass names Blake Frohnapfel as the starting quarterback -

Monday, August 18, 2014

Decision looms for Mark Whipple as UMass football looks to name starting quarterback -

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Former UMass star Marcel Shipp overseeing a strong running back competition -

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Former UMass basketball star Chaz Williams signs professional contract in Turkey, still eyeing NBA career -

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Minutemen anxious to display aggressive defense -

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

UMass football turns the page, excited for 2014 season -

Monday, August 4, 2014

UMass student struck and killed by vehicle Thursday night -

Friday, August 1, 2014

UMass receives anonymous $10.3 million gift -

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

UMass football summer coverage 2014 -

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Chiarelli: Sam Koch’s impact evident in those who knew him best -

Monday, July 21, 2014

Longtime UMass men’s soccer coach Sam Koch dies after two-year battle with sinus cancer -

Monday, July 21, 2014

Southwest evacuated after gas leak -

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

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

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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

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

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Finding oneself in the crowd

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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On Woody Allen

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Isaac Simon investigates the Woody Allen controversy.

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

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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

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

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Blarney debacle is everyone’s fault

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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’

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

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A final warning about 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)

Adam Terry explains why this year’s Blarney Blowout surpassed the extremes of previous years and offers a final warning to the entire community.

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Ukrainian situation highlights tensions between United States and Russia

Russian troops stand guard blocking Ukraine's military base at the town of Perevalnoye near Simferopol, in Crimea, on Thursday, March 6, 2014. (Sergei L. Loiko/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

Jason Roche describes the root of the growing tensions between the U.S. and Russia.

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A student’s reaction to Blarney Blowout

The police reaction at Blarney Blowout rivals the response to the Occupy movement argues a UMass student in a letter to the editor.

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Awards shows should not honor abusers

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Elise Martorano explains how honoring abusers at award shows gives off the dangerous notion that talent is a justification for ignoring violent behavior.

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Blarney Blown out of Proportion

Shannon Broderick/Daily Collegian

Michaela Hughes tells us why both UMass students and administration are responsible for their actions surrounding Blarney Blowout and similar events.

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The hollow chant of ‘Boston Strong’

Angela Rowlings/Boston Herald/MCT

Michael Ball argues, “Shouting “Boston Strong” means nothing if Bostonians are willing to rollover and allow marathon organizers to give terrorists exactly what they want in the name of fake security.”

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Uighur separatism

Uighurs work at a site to the west of Urumqi where houses are being built on the side of a hill with no water or electricity, and on a road on the way to a garbage dump. None of the people in this image were quoted in McClatchy's story. Perhaps more than any other corner of China, the city is now a showcase of the police state tactics used in tandem with economic growth by the country's rulers to maintain their vision of "harmonious" society. (Tom Lasseter/MCT)

Julian del Prado comments on a recent terrorist attack in southwest China.

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International Women’s Day Special Issue

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For International Women’s Day on March 8, the Daily Collegian‘s Op/Ed Staff organized a special issue to discuss women’s rights, feminism and women’s place in global society today. You can pick up a copy of the print edition at on and off-campus locations, and you can check out all of the columns by clicking the links below.

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Feminist economics can promote gender equity

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Jillian Correira argues that recognizing and legitimizing unpaid labor, much of which is done by women, will help not only women, but also society at large.

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If you believe in equality, you’re a feminist (whether you like it or not)

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According to the dictionary, feminism is the belief in human equality, regardless of gender. Columnist Zac Bears argues that stating “I am not a feminist” really indicates a belief in the superiority of men over women, and that America won’t see gender equity until we change that cultural norm.

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The radical origins of International Women’s Day

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Mike Tudoreanu traces the radical history of International Women’s Day, exploring its role in workers’ movements and the Russian Revolution.

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Women’s rights movement still relevant

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Maral Margossian argues that the women’s rights movement still has work to do in accomplishing its goals worldwide.

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Men should reject sexist media

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Julian del Prado argues that one way that men can help feminists is by refusing to consume sexist media, and using the power of consumer demand to affect change.

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Luck of the Irish

Students took to town for the annual Blarney Blowout at local bars last year. (Shaina Mishkin/Daily Collegian)

Karen Podorefsky recounts the history of St. Patrick’s Day and encourages students to celebrate safely during Blarney Blowout.

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UMass Commonwealth Honors College housing promotes classism

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Ian Hagerty explains how the high prices of the Honors College perpetuate class divides.

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Internet allows for disturbing look into conflict in Ukraine

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Johnny McCabe explains how the digital revolution has given outsiders a first-hand look into the conflict in Ukraine through social media sites like Reddit and Twitter.

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Higher education’s attack on affirmative action

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Preston Davis argues for the implementation of higher education affirmative action and condemns the use of ‘reverse racism’ as a justification for repeal.

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Millennials are making the world a better place

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Alyssa DiSabito highlights the ways in which Millennials are utilizing the Internet to benefit society as a whole.

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‘Stand Your Ground’ must be repealed

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Hannah Sparks details the racist implications of laws like ‘Stand Your Ground’ in light of a recent court finding in a case invoking it.

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Saying goodbye to childhood: a possible final snow day

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Justin Surgent relates the snow day to the process of reaching adulthood.

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We must end human trafficking

Located just off the edge of the University of Massachusetts campus, Dan Johnson and Shane Adams opened the Freedom Cafe March 25, 2013. The cafe is entirely run by volunteers and donation-based, with all proceeds going to building vocational centers in India for victims of human trafficking. (Chelsie Field/Daily Collegian)

Jillian Correira implores us to do our part to end human trafficking, a horrific but lucrative practice still happening in the United States and abroad.

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Kosilek should not be granted sex change surgery

Steven Gillard debates the constitutionality of the recent court finding in favor of the taxpayer-funded sex change of Michelle, formerly Robert, Kosilek.

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Editor’s note: Why we ran a full-page ad on the front cover of today’s Collegian

Collegian Editor in Chief Stephen Hewitt explains the decision behind the full-page advertisement on the front cover of Wednesday’s edition.

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Defense budget proposal prepares US for future challenges

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Zac Bears argues that the defense budget proposed by Chuck Hagel and the Obama administration on Monday is fiscally responsible and sets the U.S. on a path towards diplomacy and global solidarity in the 21st Century.

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Five steps to law school

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With application submission rates down, now is the best time to crack down on the books, take some time off to pursue your passions and consider whether law is right for you in the first place.

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What makes an American

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Stefan Herlitz explains what it means to be American and what makes it exceptional.

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Olympics bring out national pride

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Katie McKenna wonders why she’s rooting for her country’s athletes at Sochi.

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The impact of the Olympic Games

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Julian del Prado ties in lessons from international relations to the Olympic stage.

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NSA reaches its tentacles into space

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Maral Margossian condemns the NSA’s recent adoption of the octopus, a historic symbol of institutional overreach, as its logo.

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Surveillance empowers conformity

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Jason Roche details the negative effects of surveillance on human psychology: It increases conformity to norms and leads to self-censorship and behavior monitoring.

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Five College Area pedestrians are reckless

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Ian Hagerty stresses the importance of being a cautious pedestrian and describes extra steps we can take to reduce the chance of accidents occurring.

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Light at night ends in sleepless plight

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Karen Podorefsky describes the effect that exposure to light just before we sleep has on our circadian rhythm.

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Comcast acquisition of TWC could have negative impact

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Johnny McCabe details the downsides of the imminent Comcast and Time Warner Cable merger.

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Five things to know about President’s Day

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News Editor Patrick Hoff runs down the five things you need to know about President’s Day.

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Universal basic income could lower poverty

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Jillian Correira explains why a universal basic income may be an effective strategy in the ongoing war on poverty.

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Tsarnaev should be executed

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Steve Gillard argues for the death penalty for alleged Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

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Macklemore is not the LGBT enemy

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Jake Reed defends Macklemore’s song “Same Love” as an attempt to draw support and attention to the LGBT cause and admonishes the gay community for rejecting a supporter because of his straight status.

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Stop hating Valentine’s Day

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Katie McKenna proposes a new perspective of viewing Valentine’s Day and explains why opponents of the holiday should stop hating it.

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Job discrimination based on body modification is outdated

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Elise Martorano deconstructs the outdated reasons behind societal discrimination of people with body modifications.

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What we all should know about BRIC

Julian del Prado outlines why it’s vital for the United States to pay attention to the economic growth of the BRIC countries.

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Build a better Bottle Bill

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Stefan Herlitz argues that an expanded Bottle Bill would mean more recycling and less trash for Mass. residents

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Apple-style capitalism not an economic panacea

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To many, Apple is the quintessential American corporation, a modern GM or GE. But Apple only employs 43,000 U.S. workers and exploits lax labor regulations to maximize offshore profits. Zac Bears argues that Apple-style business practices will not solve structural issues with the U.S. economy.

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I like Obamacare, and you should too

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Reily Connaughton likes Obamacare and states his reasons that you should do the same.

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The rise of cryptocurrency

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Jason Roche discusses the rise of Bitcoin, a digital currency, and what it may mean for the future of monetary transactions.

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‘Thinspiration’ sites should be regulated

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Maral Margossian explores the harmful nature of online “thinspiration” communities and websites, and advocates for their regulation.

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Positive impact of service learning

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Karen Podorefsky describes the value of engaging in service learning and the positive impact it has on communities and participants.

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Letter to the Editor: Praise for a professor

Prof. Ralph Whitehead (Amanda Joinson/Collegian File Photo)

A letter lifting up a UMass journalism professor who reached a student when he seemingly couldn’t be.

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UMass wastes energy and there is a simple solution

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Ian Hagerty proposes a simple solution of installing thermostats to solve the problem of wasted energy in UMass.

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High school memories lead to college realizations

Chelsey Powell/Daily Collegian

Marleigh Felsenstein explores how her high school memories helped her to appreciate the opportunities college allows.

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Ignore the myths: Joining SGA vital to school success

Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian

Merav Kaufman debunks some common myths among the student body about the Student Government Association and pushes for more student involvement.

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Pro-life and death in Texas

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“Using women’s bodies as political battlegrounds is something Texas has gotten [too] good at,” says Hannah Sparks who discusses the latest development in the poor state of women’s reproductive rights in Texas.

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Google sells Motorola to Lenovo for $3 billion; outsourcing looms?

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Johnny McCabe analyzes Google’s relationship with technology giant Motorola.

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Front to Back with Pat and Nick

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Podcast: A look back at the top stories in the Collegian this week, January 27-30, with News Editor Pat Hoff and Sports Editor Nick Canelas.

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Marriage not a quick poverty fix

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Jillian Correira explains why the latest GOP “solution” to poverty is flawed.

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See celebrity scandals for what they are

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Steven Gillard advises us to look beyond “the caricatures of the media” and form our own well-informed judgments of celebrity scandals.

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Lessons learned from preschoolers

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Katie McKenna reminisces about her job working with preschoolers and reflects over the lessons they taught her.

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Letter to the Editor: Stalking awareness

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Alumna Susan Ashline (Class of 1988) takes on the issue of stalking among college students and offers advice for those struggling with stalkers in this letter to the editor.

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Branding an elephant

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Brandon Sides suggests that the next Republican candidate should model President Obama’s award-winning campaigns.

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Remember the good

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Stefan Herlitz advises us to tune out the negative media and look on the bright side of American life.

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Happiness should be students’ priority

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Elise Martorano urges college students to focus on their true passions in an effort to create happier lives.

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A day to rest

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Karen Podorefsky details the importance of making weekly rest days part of your lifestyle.

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Markets ignore long-run strength of economy

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Stocks in the U.S. rose 30 percent in 2013, and many pundits think that indicates strong long-run growth. Zac Bears finds that stock returns indicate just one thing: short-term profit.

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Fighting fossil fuels: An exercise in futility

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Julian del Prado defends the time-tested and widespread use of fossil fuels.

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The quiet advantages of the introvert

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Maral Margossian stresses the importance of allowing introverts the opportunity to flourish in a world where it seems extroverts dominate.

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Cheer up, moviegoers!

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Steven Gillard recounts unpleasant experiences with customers while at work and urges them to be happier.

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Letter to the Editor: Plans for Humanities relocation unsuitable for student needs

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In a letter to the editor, concerned student, Kelsey Barowich, argues that Gender, Women, Sexuality Studies is an unappreciated major that always gets swept under the rug, especially in the new construction plan.

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Still at war in Afghanistan

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Jillian Correira discusses the great discontent Americans have toward the war in Afghanistan and illustrates the cost of the ongoing war.

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Letter to the editor: Roe v. Wade anniversary

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Today marks exactly 41 years since Roe v. Wade made legal abortion the law of the land.

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China’s passive aggressive tactics

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Julian del Prado comments on rising tensions in East Asian waters.

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Students too often schooled in cynicism

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Hannah Sparks criticizes disproportionate school disciplinary policies that range from excessively harsh to terrifyingly lax.

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McConnell misunderstands founders on filibuster

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has a veto on all federal policy and, before November, could stop nominations too. He says that’s how the founders designed Congress. In reality, the founding fathers feared the filibuster’s implications for minority rule, and, according to Zac Bears, our politicians have no idea.

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Despite denial climate change still major threat

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Jillian Correira explains why climate change is still a looming threat to the future of the planet despite recent claims that climate change does not exist.

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Ginsberg’s “America” today

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Maral Margossian compares messages from a Beat poet icon to today’s version of our country.

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Hollywood’s anti-gay agenda

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Brandon Sides argues that the misrepresentation of the LGBT community in film is far from being history.

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The case for a shorter winter break

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Steve Gillard explains the benefits of a shorter winter break for college students.

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Letter to the Editor

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A letter concerning the behavior of UMass fans at home basketball games and explaining their actions to young children.

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Nobody likes Obamacare

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Stefan Herlitz urges politicians on both sides of the aisle to put aside their rigid beliefs in order to fix the U.S. healthcare debacle.

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Budget windfall for Dems

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With the Senate likely to pass the House budget extension, a pre-midterm election September 2014 budget showdown may be in the cards.

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No student input on bulk YCMP sales

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Alex Major, a Governor of the Undergraduate Economics Club, argues that the lack of student input and democratic access on the use of YCMP swipes is yet another opaque UMass Dining policy.

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Remembering Paul Walker: a humble celebrity

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Steven Gillard praises the humble life Paul Walker led, unlike many Hollywood celebrities today.

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Student cost of top quality college dining

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Jason Roche breaks down the true cost of campus meal plans and argues that UMass should offer more affordable options for students.

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Cooperative learning is beneficial when done correctly

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Columnist Karen Podorefsky explains why cooperative learning can be beneficial across all levels of education—and some of the problems it faces when executed poorly.

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‘Blame Obama’ narrative is tiresome

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Columnist Zac Bears tells us why blaming Obama is misguided with regard to problems ranging from the rollout of healthcare.gov to the lack of bills passed in Congress.

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Honors dorms have their ups and downs

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Steven Gillard contests that the Commonwealth Honors College residential area provides beneficial amenities for students but is not without faults.

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Bartlett demolition raises questions about fate of humanities community on campus

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Johnny McCabe describes both the necessity for Bartlett Hall’s demolition as well as the character it provides to the campus.

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Activism, solidarity enhance student power

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Zac Bears discusses the need for more student-body solidarity to achieve greater student representation in campus policies.

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Honors housing insults intelligence of non-honors students

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Elise Martorano argues that the new honors college residential area creates the dangerous illusion of student hierarchy on campus.

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Collegian Conversations: Student Voices on Campus Issues

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Collegian columnists discuss on-campus issues in this set of Collegian conversations.

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The value of a pause

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Maral Margossian illustrates our “lives of quiet desperation” and our resulting need for a calmer schedule.

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Microfinance and the promise of psychometric testing

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Makai McClintock examines microfinancing as it operates under a new principle.

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“Major League Gaming” gets its own broadcast network, a step closer to legitimacy

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Johnny McCabe describes the professional video game movement in relation to professional sports.

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Abuse and good coaching: the fine line

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Dennis Topakov looks at the blurring line between effective coaching and player abuse in college sports.

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The fight for our future

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Pratiksha Yalakkishettar and Samuel King, members of the UMass Divestment Campaign, explore the beneficial impacts of divesting fossil fuels on climate change.

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A love letter to Amherst

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Katie McKenna disproves the idea that her experience at UMass has simply been an extension of high school.

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An age of toothless protest

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Stefan Herlitz describes an era that appears to have lost its ability to protest with meaning.

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My meal plan costs how much?

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Jason Roche examines the value of UMass meal plans and why UMass should offer more meal plan options.

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Letter to the Editor: Five UMass student trustee votes

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Tyler O’Day writes in support of House Bill H.1088, which would give all five UMass campus student trustees voting power on the Board of Trustees.

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Bad luck, best stories

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Steven Gillard explains how unlucky events in one’s past can lead to interesting stories to tell.

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States reject federalism in attempt to nullify ACA

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With 36 states opting not to run marketplaces and 25 not expanding Medicaid, the mishaps of the ACA fall on state attempts to nullify federal law, not the law itself.

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Grasping new forms of news

Karen Podorefsky explains that we are reading more news than ever before through the use of social media.

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Gender socialization causes women to feel inadequate

Elise Martorano condemns the unfair standards placed on women at the hands of gender socialization.

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Relaxing one-child policy a step forward

Hannah Sparks thinks the recent relaxation of China’s infamous one-child policy is a good thing, for China and the world.

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Stand against street harassment

Molly Gately provides an account of harassment on the streets of Amherst and calls for action against this form of rape culture.

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UMass puts politics ahead of student safety

Michael Ball calls for a change in campus and state policy with respect to possession of pepper spray for personal defense.

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Millennials aren’t so bad

Maral Margossian dispels the cynicism surrounding Generation Y and offers a more optimistic take of the group.

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U.S. politics does not suffer from partisanship

Mike Tudoreanu argues against the widely held belief that partisanship in the American government is what causes constant gridlock.

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Boehner’s opposition to EDNA hampers social progress

Jillian Correira explains why preventing ENDA from passing the House will also prevent social progress.

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Another campus sexual assault, this time invisible

Brandon Sides addresses the University’s approach to a recent sexual assault.

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President Obama and the Middle East

Julian del Prado explains why he believes that President Obama’s policy on the Middle East has been a failure.

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Instarat: the dangerous world of criminal networking

Johnny McCabe discusses the detrimental connections between social networking and criminal activity.

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Hazing: The Incognito Effect

Dennis Topakov discusses the serious implications of hazing after the recent Miami Dolphin’s scandal.

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The bridge from Wall Street to Washington

Using the Affordable Care Act as an example, Jason Roche explains the symbiotic relationship between extreme wealth and U.S. politics.

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Loss is a powerful lesson

Steven Gillard describes the serendipitous lesson that he learned on a day full of loss.

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Fixing a broken Congress takes three steps

Columnist Zac Bears illustrates ways to reform a broken congress.

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Riot or Celebration?

Karen Podorefsky argues that recent “riots” have been tame in comparison to previous demonstrations, and that the gathering last Thursday was more a celebration than anything.

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Studying what you love

Elise Martorano explains why it’s important for college students to major in a field they’re passionate about rather than a field that is more likely to get them a job.

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Saudi women fight driving ban

Hannah Sparks explains the current de facto ban on female driving in Saudi Arabia and what is being done to fix it.

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The value of entrepreneurship: an economic perspective

Makai McClintock advocates for economic theory to recognize the role of the entrepreneur in its models.

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Letters to the Editor

Letters concerning Southwest celebrations, sleep deprivation, gun control and campus divestment.

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The cellphone take-over

With the ever presence of cellphones, Molly Gately reminds us to enjoy their benefits in moderation.

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What would Jesus vote for?

Mike Tudoreanu reveals the contradiction that Christian conservatives are not actually upholding Christian values when they advocate certain positions.

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More women needed in judicial positions

Jill Correira argues why more women are needed in the judiciary.

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The government shutdown: A retrospective

Julian del Prado makes the case that the House of Representatives shouldn’t receive all the blame over the government shutdown—in fact, House Republicans showed an ability to compromise during the debates.

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Dare to be moderate

Stefan Herlitz explains the polarization of the American political system—and why moderates need representation now more than ever.

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Thank you, Ms. Frizzle

Brandon Sides provides an account of an uncanny Hampshire Halloween.

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Technology in baseball eliminates nuance of human element

Dennis Topakov condemns the outrage over Jim Joyce’s obstruction call and the implementation of technology in baseball.

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