Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Route 9 Diner – a blast from the past, perfect for finals week

By Jenny Rae

May 1, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Food & Drink

The route from Amherst to Northampton is one frequently trodden by Five College students, in treasured automobiles or on the trusty B43 bus. Despite the routine of this voyage, there lays an all-American pearl waiting to be discovered beyond CVS and the Big Y.  The Rou...

Acappellooza 2013 hits the perfect chord

By Jenny Rae

April 28, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Music

Opened by The Vocal Suspects to a packed Bowker Auditorium, Acappellooza 2013 packed a punch from the very beginning. The event, hosted by Jarrod Stein and Jesse Carrillo of the group, brought the University of Massachusetts’...

England vs. America: The Drinking Debates

By Jenny Rae

April 26, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Food & Drink

Across the Atlantic Ocean and far away, there sits a quaint island from which many a cultural emblem has emerged. In England, a boy with a lightning shaped scar, black hair and glasses first marched from the ink of his writer...

‘On the Road’ struggles under the weight of the acclaimed novel

By Jenny Rae

April 22, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

Published in 1957, Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road” defined the Beat Generation. Through his frantic and electric prose, imprinted on a 120-foot long scroll, Kerouac immortalized the Beat elite (counterculture legends), whi...

Jam out with the Pioneer Valley Roller Derby

By Jenny Rae

April 17, 2013

Filed under Archives, Arts & Living, Culture, Lifestyle, Music

On Sunday, April 7, an electric current coursed through the Mullins Center as members of the Pioneer Valley Roller Derby put on their skates and took to the track. With tickets priced at $8 for students, the experience was not one to be missed. ...

Miami on a Student Budget

By Jenny Rae

April 17, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Culture, Lifestyle, Travel

Escaping to the palm tree lined streets of Southern Florida can seem like a daunting and expensive task. Between transportation, food and accommodations, the expenses quickly add up. Unless, you do it right. Miami is one of the most ...

An Exploration of Nail Art: The New Frontier of Fashion

By Jenny Rae

April 10, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Fashion

Fashionistas have forever been expressing themselves through the medium of their clothes, shoes and accessories. Now, however, there’s a new kid on the block, and its name is nail art. That’s right, art on your nails. F...

‘Mad Men’ returns for its penultimate season

By Jenny Rae

April 8, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Culture, Television

During a painfully long nine-month hiatus, the buzz for “Mad Men’s” sixth and penultimate season had fans going crazy with speculation. Premiering in 2007 and spanning over five critically-acclaimed seasons, the show has become entrenched in contemporary Am...

‘Life is But A Dream” offers unique glimpse of Beyoncé’s life

By Jenny Rae

February 19, 2013

Filed under Archives, Arts & Living, Movies, Music

Fresh off conquering the Super Bowl halftime show, signing a mammoth endorsement deal with Pepsi and announcing a 40-date world tour, it’s a wonder Beyoncé has time to think. Yet, as the saying goes, “There ain’t no...

Sundance Film Festival showcases upcoming must see films

By Jenny Rae

February 12, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Music

Utah is a state commonly known as the home of Mormonism and for its national parks. Yet every January, as soon as spring settles into the canyons, flocks of tourists and avid film-goers descend to witness what’s new in the independent...

“Les Miserables” fails to hit the highest notes

By Jenny Rae

February 5, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

What do you get when you cross Catwoman, Wolverine, a Mean Girl and a Gladiator all in one epic motion picture? Tom Hooper’s directorial interpretation of a story that has resonated through history since 1862, that’s what. Stemming from V...

Where to buy a holiday sweater on a budget

By Jenny Rae

November 30, 2012

Filed under Arts & Living, Fashion

Whether you wear it for one day out of the year or for all 365, a festive sweater is for life, not just for Christmas. With the removal of all turkey or pumpkin-themed attire post-Thanksgiving, what better way to spice up your wardr...