Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Study shows that not all smiles created equal

By Lily Hicks

March 3, 2011

Filed under Science & Technology

Researchers at Michigan State University are finding despite what employers and moms say, smiling may not always be the best option. A two-week study of 58 bus drivers in the Pacific Northwest found that smiling alone did not improve drivers’ moods – in fact, faking happines...

Hens may find new homes in Amherst

By Lily Hicks

February 6, 2011

Filed under Archives, Local News

If Amherst’s town meeting next May approves a zoning amendment, Amherst residents might have some new neighbors. They might also have some fresh eggs. The amendment, which is currently under active consideration at the Planning Board’s Zoning Subcommittee, would make it easier for people living in denser areas of the town to...

UMass professor studies Salmonella scare of 2008

By Lily Hicks

January 27, 2011

Filed under Archives, Health & Wellness

You say tomato, I say Salmonella. Between 1996 and 2008, 14 of 84 produce-related outbreaks of food-borne illness were linked to tomatoes, according to a report released by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2009. ...

Mike’s Maze offers art…in a cornfield

By Lily Hicks

October 25, 2010

Filed under Travel

Some neighbors spend time together sitting on each others’ porches, talking late into the night. Some jog the sidewalks of their neighborhoods, exchanging the latest gossip in between breaths. Some neighbors don’t interact...

Md. Congresswoman Donna Edwards Draws Crowd at Smith Lecture

By Lily Hicks

October 3, 2010

Filed under Archives, Five College News

Congresswoman Donna Edwards, of Maryland’s Fourth District, lectured Sunday to a crowded hall of students and local residents at Smith College. The congresswoman spoke on a wide range of issues, including money in politics and militar...

Eaarth makes people think

By Lily Hicks

September 13, 2010

Filed under Words

Look up “global warming plus grandchildren” on Google and you’ll find 585,000 responses, writes environmentalist Bill McKibben in his newest book, “Eaarth.” Politicians and movie critics from the likes of Bill Clinton...

“Ajami” a portrait of personal strife amidst Israeli-Palestinian tensions

By Lily Hicks

April 9, 2010

Filed under Movies

“Ajami” is a film about Israeli-Palestinian tensions directed by one of the unlikeliest pairs Middle Eastern cinema has ever seen: Scandar Copti, a Christian Palestinian from Israel, and Yaron Shani, an Israeli Jew. The result...

Potty talk “What’s My Pee Telling Me?”

By Lily Hicks

March 21, 2010

Filed under Health&Wellness

Poop. Everybody does it; no one wants to talk about it – or rather, no one wants to talk about it seriously. With the five-and-under demographic monopolizing what little open conversation exists today regarding urine, feces an...

The Next Generation of Online Romance?

By Lily Hicks

March 9, 2010

Filed under Arts & Living, Lifestyle, Words eHarmony. Lavalife. A new name has entered the “e-love” stratosphere – this time, though, the focus is not on forging relationships but sustaining them. is an online magazine catered towards men...