Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Aldean transforms Amherst into “Hicktown”

By Kate MacDonald

May 1, 2011

Filed under Music

Country superstar Jason Aldean played his biggest hits to a nearly-packed Mullins Center on Friday night. The extremely vivacious crowd was made up of young kids, students and parents alike, all of whom cheered for Aldean a...

New shows add excitement to summer months

By Kate MacDonald

May 1, 2011

Filed under Television

The end of the spring can provide an awful, empty feeling for a significant portion of the American population. In this time of season/series finales, avid fans lose direction and don’t know what to do with themselves. ...

Hindsight is always 20/20, but who cares?

By Kate MacDonald

May 1, 2011

Filed under Senior Columns

As I sit here trying to think of some pearls of wisdom to share with my peers who still have a few years left here at UMass, I can’t help but remember some of my funniest and most embarrassing memories here at the Zoo. And, as any graduate will tell you, there are a few missed opportunities that spring ...

Boston area rife with music this summer

By Kate MacDonald

April 21, 2011

Filed under Music

For music fans of any sort in the New England area during the summer of 2011, the Boston area is undoubtedly the place to be. Tons of bands, solo artists, comedians and even television show casts will be showcased in the best venue...

Inspirational movie’s got a lot of “Soul”

By Kate MacDonald

April 11, 2011

Filed under Movies

Awesome surfing sequences, a shark attack and great panoramic shots of a tropical paradise – sounds like a new action movie has hit the box office. Actually, “Soul Surfer” is much more. “Soul Surfer” is based closely on the real-life struggles of Hawaiian-born Bethany Hamilton. Hami...

Light reading for diehard Red Sox Nation

By Kate MacDonald

April 6, 2011

Filed under Words

April is back again – the month baseball fans nationwide have been looking forward to as they endure the cold, bitter winter months. April is the month in which baseball fans have the most optimism because most teams look pro...

Latest ‘Glee’ soundtrack brings that and more to listeners

By Kate MacDonald

March 30, 2011

Filed under Music

Some would think that the music from the television powerhouse known as “Glee” is getting a little old. The show, not yet at the end of its second season, released its fifth official soundtrack on March 8, its seventh release overall (excluding speci...

Movies that make Irish eyes smile

By Kate MacDonald

March 28, 2011

Filed under Movies

Almost every year, St. Patrick’s Day falls during the week of Spring Break. While some Irish-Americans are watching out for leprechauns and eating corned beef and cabbage, many college kids are stumbling around on beautiful...

New alien flick successfully ‘Battles’ for box office victory

By Kate MacDonald

March 21, 2011

Filed under Movies

In “Battle: Los Angeles,” the latest flick by director Jonathan Liebesman, Marine Staff Sergeant Michael Nantz is about to retire to a life of leisure, but he’s soon deployed to a grim and dangerous battle zone. The scene of this war torn destruction is downtown Los Angeles. A storm of m...

The King’s Speech wins big at Oscars

By Kate MacDonald

February 26, 2011

Filed under Movies

[liveblog] ---- HISTORY: Ancestry of Academy Awards PREDICTIONS: Odds and Opinions BEST PICTURE NOMINEES: 127 Hours | Black Swan | The Fighter | Inception | The Kids Are All Right | The King's Speech | The Social Ne...

‘King of Limbs’ rules over true fans

By Kate MacDonald

February 24, 2011

Filed under Music

It’s no big secret that lead singer Thom Yorke’s band Radiohead is a little unconventional. In their newest album, “King of Limbs,” this isn’t a bad thing. The British band has gone through different genres and re...

Grandage sheds new light on old ‘Lear’

By Kate MacDonald

February 23, 2011

Filed under Theatre

It is certainly a tragedy when one’s father spirals slowly into insanity. In Michael Grandage’s new on-stage adaptation of Shakespeare’s “King Lear,” daughters Goneril, Regan and Cordelia discover the slow spiral of insanity becomes even more complicated when daddy is th...