Massachusetts Daily Collegian

The newsroom will always be home

By Sam Butterfield

April 30, 2012

Filed under Columns, Senior Columns

There are many angles I could take in this, my final piece in my cherished Massachusetts Daily Collegian. I could floridly describe how I got here, explaining that I never intended to end up in Amherst, that I was never supposed...

Coakley: Trustees violated open meeting law in search for president

By Sam Butterfield

September 5, 2011

Filed under Campus News, Five College News, Local News, News

A version of this article was originally published Aug. 5 on The office of Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has issued a 17-page report detailing numerous Open Meeting Law violations...

2011 seniors set to blast off into real world

By Sam Butterfield

May 2, 2011

Filed under Campus News

As America’s economy continues to struggle and seniors inch ever closer to clearing out of their rental homes and dorms, the University of Massachusetts is bringing its outgoing fourth-years a commencement speaker from an unlikely...

Amherst Bank of America robbery suspect in custody

By Sam Butterfield

April 26, 2011

Filed under Crime

Amherst police have made an arrest in the Monday morning robbery of a downtown Bank of America branch. Police responded to a 10:54 a.m. call from bank employees at the 1 South Pleasant Street branch stating that a male had recent...

Feeling down? High five! Thursday is National High Five Day

By Sam Butterfield

April 18, 2011

Filed under Miscellaneous

If bewildering workloads and ongoing grey weather have you down, cheer up: Thursday is National High Five Day! The San Francisco-based National High Five Project announced Monday that it will be sponsoring the tenth-annual National High Five Day Thursday, April 21 at high-five-facilitating l...

Faculty Senate to consider campus tobacco ban in Thursday session

By Sam Butterfield

April 4, 2011

Filed under Campus News, News

Life for smokers in high-tax Massachusetts could become a bit more complicated Thursday if the University of Massachusetts Faculty Senate ratifies a proposal to ban tobacco use on campus at its Thursday meeting. The Senate...

‘Bedroom Databank’ shows Cox’s softer side

By Sam Butterfield

March 24, 2011

Filed under Music

Bradford Cox had quite a year in 2010. Between a spring tour for his side project, Atlas Sound, a summer tour for his primary group, the critically acclaimed rock outfit Deerhunter, the September release of Deerhunter’s fourth...

Biden calls for increased college graduation rates

By Sam Butterfield

March 22, 2011

Filed under News, Politics

As part of President Barack Obama’s ongoing plan to boost college graduation rates nationwide, Vice President Joe Biden Monday hosted his first-annual “Building a Grad Nation Summit,” in Washington, D.C., at which he asked the governors of each state to hold their own college completion for...

John Kerry cosponsors proposed repeal of Defense of Marriage Act

By Sam Butterfield

March 22, 2011

Filed under Politics

A prominent lawmaker from Massachusetts, the first state to permit gay marriages, has introduced legislation aiming to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the 1996 statute which defines marriage as a legal union betwee...

Texas group launches new scholarship for white males only

By Sam Butterfield

March 9, 2011

Filed under Miscellaneous, News

A group of graduate students at Texas State University has come up with a new kind of need-based scholarship, and have even created their own non-profit 501(c)(3) group to bankroll their mission. Texas State graduate students Colby Boh...

SGA candidates square off in Tuesday evening debate

By Sam Butterfield

March 2, 2011

Filed under SGA

The three candidates for next year’s Student Government Association (SGA) president and the three candidates for next year’s student trustee position squared off in a Daily Collegian-moderated debate in front of a relatively pa...

Live blog: SGA debate

By Sam Butterfield

March 1, 2011

Filed under SGA