October 24, 2014

Scrolling Headlines:

Michael Kimmel speaks to UMass students about ‘Guyland’ -

Thursday, October 23, 2014

UMass football looks for third straight win against Toledo on Saturday -

Thursday, October 23, 2014

‘Love is Strange’ is beautiful, painful and groundbreaking -

Thursday, October 23, 2014

White supremacy and settler colonialism at UMass -

Thursday, October 23, 2014

UMass hockey hopes first win will propel them past Hockey East rivals -

Thursday, October 23, 2014

UMass’ second line playing and succeeding with young talent early in the season. -

Thursday, October 23, 2014

‘The Good Wife’ returns as strong as ever -

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Professor receives grant to cover massive election survey panel -

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Unions rally over recent concession proposals -

Thursday, October 23, 2014

NFL Pick’em games return to the Massachusetts Daily Collegian -

Thursday, October 23, 2014

UMass celebrates Campus Sustainability Day -

Thursday, October 23, 2014

“Fury” falls just short of greatness -

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Minutewomen look to continue their season in weekend game against Saint Bonaventure. -

Thursday, October 23, 2014

New meal plans receive mixed reviews from students -

Thursday, October 23, 2014

ISIS’s magazine is good for the West -

Thursday, October 23, 2014

UMass women’s soccer controls its own destiny as conference tournament approaches -

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

UMass soccer deploys new formation with Keys, Jess -

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

UMass calling on young swimmers to continue strong start to the year -

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

WMU, Ohio, NIU pick up wins in busy MAC weekend -

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A comprehensive guide to the Ebola virus -

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

White supremacy and settler colonialism at UMass

(Shannon Broderick/Daily Collegian)

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

(Montecruz)

ISIS magazine only reveals their weaknesses, says Ian Hagerty

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

(Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times)

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

(J.B. Forbes/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/MCT)

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

(Staff/MCT)

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

(Juliette Sandleitner/Daily Collegian)

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

(American Flag/MCT)

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

(Courtesy of Jessica Chaiken/Daily Collegian)

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

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Distorted body image in America

(Courtesy of Warner Brothers)

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

(Robin Rombach/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/MCT)

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

(Sergi L. Loiko/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

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

(Collegian File Photo)

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

(Collegian File Photo)

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’

Christina Yacono/Daily Collegian

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

( Hong Kong, Sept. 30. Photo by Pasu Au Yeung)

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

(Collegian file photo)

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

(Chris Stowers/McClatchy)

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

(Collegian file photo)

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?

(Chris Stowers/McClatchy)

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.

(Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

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

(Michelle Alcott/Collegian File Photo)

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

(James Desjardin)

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

(Amanda Creegan/Daily Collegian)

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

(Courtesy of Light Brigading/Flickr)

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

(Shaina Mishkin/Daily Collegian)

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

(Ryan J. Stanton/AnnArbor.com)

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

(Christina Yacono/Daily Collegian)

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

(Collegian File Photo)

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)

(Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian)

Zac Bears won election to the UMass SGA Senate with only 12 votes. He says that before we fight for student power, we need new SGA elections law.

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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

(Justin Surgent/Daily Collegian)

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

(Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian)

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

(John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/MCT)

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

(Michell Prothero/MCT)

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

(Courtesy of UMassAmherst/Flickr)

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

(Photo Courtesy of Mark Sardella/Flickr)

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

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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

Courtesy of Søren Hough

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

Photo courtesy of Patrick Stroehecker

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

Flickr/Shakeeb Al-Jabri

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’

Flickr/DVIDSHUB

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

Collegian File Photo

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’

Frank C. Müller/Wikimedia Commons

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

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Push for punishment equality

Marlith/Wikimedia Commons

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

(Kirk McKoy/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

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’

Flickr/Chase Carter

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

Flickr/Marsmettin Tallahassee

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

Flickr/Twm

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

Flickr/Chase Carter

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

Calbear22/Wikimedia Commons

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

WiNG/Wikimedia Commons

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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’

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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

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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

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

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