Massachusetts Daily Collegian

I’m on the right track, baby

By Justin Gagnon

May 2, 2011

Filed under Senior Columns

Don’t write for The Massachusetts Daily Collegian. If I didn’t write The Collegian, I don’t know what I’d be doing after I graduate. I do know that I wouldn’t be doing what I love. After high school, I had an affinity for the sciences. I started at the University of Massach...

Band leads “semi-charmed life”

By Justin Gagnon

May 2, 2011

Filed under Music

Only a few hours after graduating seniors attend their final classes at the University of Massachusetts on Tuesday, one of the biggest bands of the late 90s will take the stage at the Calvin Theater in Northampton. Before...

Mensches of the benches: The All-Time Jewish MLB Dream Team

By Justin Gagnon

March 1, 2011

Filed under Blogs, Sports Blogs

205 former Major League Baseball players have been elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame; only three of them are Jewish. It's a shame that more Jews haven't been heralded in the Hall, but that's not to say that some of the best single season Semite perf...

Facebook attempts to end marginal friendships

By Justin Gagnon

February 18, 2011

Filed under News Blogs

It seems like your best friend, or that annoying stalker that "Likes" everything you post has been popping up on your Facebook News Feed more than usual lately, doesn't it? Well, it's not because they've been posting more, or that good looking girl from a Gen. Ed. you took two years ago sto...

Academy Award nomination recap

By Justin Gagnon

January 26, 2011

Filed under Movies

The nominees for the 83rd Academy Awards are in. Despite a year with no movie that distinctly stands out amongst its peers, David Fincher and “The Social Network” have been cleaning up at the early award shows. While ...

Boston’s toughest sports writer: Steve Buckley

By Justin Gagnon

January 19, 2011

Filed under Columns

The Boston sports media is well-known for being “tough.” Within this harsh market, there are a lot of different types of writers. Some write for shock value and others write for the approval of Boston’s historically pessimistic...

Papelbon gets questionable $2.5M pay raise

By Justin Gagnon

January 19, 2011

Filed under Sports Blogs

CSNNE.com’s Sean McAdam has reported that the Red Sox have avoided arbitration and agreed to contracts with Jacoby Ellsbury and Jonathon Papelbon. Ellsbury will be paid $2.4 million for his work in 2011, and Papelbon will re...

Twitter a marketing tool @UMassAmherst

By Justin Gagnon

January 17, 2011

Filed under Culture

Most people find themselves on Facebook and Twitter when they are supposed to be doing work. For Lisa Perlbinder, that’s a typical day in the office, but she, unlike everyone else, isn’t procrastinating. Perlbinder is the...

Khalifa arrested on felony drug charges; UMass show still on for now

By Justin Gagnon

November 9, 2010

Filed under Music

CBS news is reporting that rapper Wiz Khalifa was arrested after performing at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C as a part of his “Waken Baken Tour 2010.” He “was charged with a felony count of trafficking in marijuana, a felony count of maintaining or sto...

21-year-old male found dead at Rolling Green Apartments; Hazardous chemicals on scene

By Justin Gagnon

November 9, 2010

Filed under Archives

Residents of Rolling Green Apartments in Amherst who tried to leave after 9:30 a.m. this morning were told to go back to their apartments. GazetteNet and MassLive.com are reporting that police found the body  of a 21-year-...

Kansas carries on tour to Northampton

By Justin Gagnon

November 5, 2010

Filed under Arts & Living, Music

This Saturday night, 70s progressive rock band Kansas will perform at the Calvin Theater in Northampton. The band is known for its unique album covers and diverse prog rock sound, but its relevance today relies solely on three...

Survival of the fittest: Local gyms fight to compete with UMass Rec Center

By Justin Gagnon

November 1, 2010

Filed under Commerce, Fitness

The Leading Edge is a fitness center located just a mile down the road from the University of Massachusetts’ Recreation Center. It’s only been two years since the Edge opened, and due to its success, a second location opened...