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‘It’ has revitalized the modern monster movie -

September 21, 2017

UMass Republicans feel ostracized in political climate -

September 21, 2017

Irma hits Cuba, putting rain cloud over students’ study abroad plans -

September 21, 2017

UMass football travels to Tennessee for its first Power Five game of 2017 -

September 21, 2017

UMass women’s soccer looks ahead to Thursday matchup with Davidson -

September 21, 2017

Perussault and the Minutewomen are ready for the start of A-10 play -

September 21, 2017

Behind the “Hate has no home at UMass” campaign -

September 21, 2017

A-10 field hockey notebook: VCU, St. Joseph’s, and Lock Haven dominate -

September 21, 2017

Video games as art -

September 21, 2017

A-10 men’s soccer notebook: Davidson falls to Virginia Tech in Blacksburg -

September 21, 2017

Glazed and confused: what youth should know about vaping -

September 21, 2017

Trust the professors, and trust the system -

September 21, 2017

Beauty that exists all around you and how to notice it -

September 21, 2017

Student death reported to the University Sept. 19 -

September 20, 2017

Domestic violence and experience of Muslim women lecture kicks off seminar series -

September 20, 2017

Students demand bathroom accountability -

September 20, 2017

Small trashcan fire broke out in Kennedy Hall -

September 20, 2017

Immigration policy discussed in public teach-in -

September 20, 2017

Massachusetts men’s soccer ties Central Connecticut State in double overtime -

September 20, 2017

Atlantic 10 Women’s Soccer Notebook: Saint Louis Billikens off to hottest start among A-10 teams -

September 20, 2017

Rally held outside Joint Ways and Means Committee meeting for tuition and fee freezes

The average student debt is around $30,000.

UMass students gather in Boston to advocate for higher-education affordability

Students from all over Massachusetts spoke with legislators about rising public education costs.

Sixth annual Advocacy Day set to take place March 1

Students attending the free event will also have transportation included and an excused absence from the University the day of the event.

A product of circumstance

Recovering from the death of his best friend showed Zac Bears the importance of circumstance and privilege in every person’s life.

Editor’s note: A celebration of graduating seniors

Zac Bears invites readers to join in a celebration of the hard work of graduating editors and columnists.

Slow growth of UMass’ underrepresented populations bucks statewide trends

Data show that underrepresented minority enrollment as a share of the University population has only increased four percent over the last 40 years.

Lack of transparency from Elections Commission endangers spring ballot

Focus on transparency and reform has disappeared from the Elections Commission’s actions, endangering the spring election, writes Opinion Editor Zac Bears.

A winning agenda for 2016 Democrats

Support for new small businesses will encourage innovation and fight inequality, and help Democrats win in 2016, writes Zac Bears.

Laughing in the face of extremism

To honor the sacrifice of 12 people at the offices of “Charlie Hebdo” on Wednesday, Zac Bears says that we must continue to attack political extremism with laughter and humor.

The ‘demon’ inside Darren Wilson

Officer Darren Wilson’s grand jury testimony, in which he describes Michael Brown as a “demon,” exemplifies socialized racism, and ignoring it won’t stop kids from dying on the street, argues Opinion Editor Zac Bears.

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

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.

American oligarchy: Inequality’s political consequence

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.

Market Basket a case study in social responsibility

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

Racism after dark: Violence in the ‘sundown town’ of Ferguson

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.

Congress must empower Voting Rights Act

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.

International Women’s Day Special Issue

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.

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

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.

Defense budget proposal prepares US for future challenges

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.

Apple-style capitalism not an economic panacea

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.

‘Blame Obama’ narrative is tiresome

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.