Massachusetts Daily Collegian

The perks of being a journalist

By Michael Phillis

May 4, 2010

Filed under Senior Columns

I started out at UMass in the Isenberg School of Business. I thought that upon graduating, I would be able to find a well-paying job in the city of my choosing with ease. Then, a month and a half after arriving at school, I went down ...

On the road with local band Leisure Colony

By Michael Phillis

March 28, 2010

Filed under Arts & Living, Music

Henry White’s Honda Element sat directly behind his bandmates’ two-wheel drive pickup truck. The truck lost traction on the snowy hill and began sliding back toward White’s car. Once the truck stopped, a decision was made...

Future of Health Care Bill raises some concern among students

By Michael Phillis

February 2, 2010

Filed under Archives

Embedded in the language of the 2000-page Senate Health Care Bill are policies that some student health care advocates fear could change the way universities and colleges are able to offer student health care insurance. In...

New director has music department playing high notes

By Michael Phillis

December 10, 2009

Filed under Archives

The picture of James Patrick Miller on the University of Massachusetts music department’s website is misleading.  In the picture, Miller’s haircut makes him look younger and his demeanor is casual. The broad smile across his fac...

UM music department battles financial constraints in efforts to improve services to its students

By Michael Phillis

December 8, 2009

Filed under Campus News

The music department at the University of Massachusetts consists of fewer than 250 undergraduates and 50 graduate students and represents the impact of financial constraints on a department that has shown a level of high am...

Old Chapel UMass’ lone national registry of historic places qualifier

By Michael Phillis

December 4, 2009

Filed under Archives

There is only one building on the University of Massachusetts campus that qualifies for the national registry of historic places by itself – the Old Chapel. In a May, 2007 Building Conditions Report that sparked much of the ...

Preserve UMass advocates for historic buildings survey

By Michael Phillis

December 1, 2009

Filed under Campus News

The ability for Preserve UMass to advocate for a survey of historic buildings on the University of Massachusetts campus began as adversarial between the group’s members and the administration. According to Joseph Larson,...

82 UMass buildings added to Mass. historic asset inventory

By Michael Phillis

November 29, 2009

Filed under Campus News, Local News

Eighty-two new University of Massachusetts buildings have been added to Massachusetts’ “Inventory of Archaeological and Historic Assets of the Commonwealth” list – raising the total number of UMass buildings on this list to 105, according to Preserve UMass, a group that advocates for ...

Accounting for a life

By Michael Phillis

November 29, 2009

Filed under Columns

You don’t usually expect to see a picture of your ex-girlfriend from high school on the front page of the paper; you really don’t expect the headline next to her photo to read, “Is $300K the price tag of a 21-year-old?” Through...

UMass director debuts WWI documentary featuring Ford’s Model Ts

By Michael Phillis

October 26, 2009

Filed under Archives

Before President Woodrow Wilson gained congressional approval for America’s entrance into the First World War, more than 2,500 U.S. ambulance service volunteers had already been in France to help in the fight against Germany. Starting...

Football for all

By Michael Phillis

October 25, 2009

Filed under Columns

This past summer, I spent about two months in London. During my time there, I had an internship at Alliance magazine – the leading publication on the latest in philanthropy and social investment news – where I discussed, among...

Regionalization committee debate options for regionalizing local area schools

By Michael Phillis

October 20, 2009

Filed under Archives

On Thursday, Oct. 8, the regionalization committee met to discuss several scenarios that emerged from a study conducted over the summer on the economic consequences of regionalization of area public K-6 schools. The first option...