Massachusetts Daily Collegian

No Shave November grows into Decembeard

By Tappan Parker

November 29, 2011

Filed under Arts & Living, Lifestyle

Today marks the end of No Shave November, Novembeard, Movember or whatever cause you support that has decided to use this month as an excuse to ignore a razor while either raising some money or simply enjoying male-bonding. Many...

Movember offers a chance at charitable growth

By Tappan Parker

November 6, 2011

Filed under Arts & Living

November means many different things. The penultimate month is synonymous with Thanksgiving, mid-term papers and exams for students, daylight savings time and the first snow – that is, when snow doesn’t sneak up on us at the...

Give it a shot

By Tappan Parker

October 17, 2011

Filed under Arts & Living, Food & Drink, Lifestyle

It’s that time of year again. The leaves are falling, it’s getting chilly out and everyone is starting to get literally sick of taking shots of straight liquor at the bars or elsewhere. Switching it up is never a bad thing, a...

Life in Scotland

By Tappan Parker

February 8, 2011

Filed under Columns, Opinion

Studying abroad in the city of Edinburgh, Scotland, has been teaching me a lot about Scottish culture, whisky and the basics of living in a foreign country. First off, getting to the country your studying in is probably the worst experience you wil...

TRON: Legacy, a flashy and fun sequel

By Tappan Parker

January 17, 2011

Filed under Movies

Disney‘s first major venture into the 3D world of cinema was with the 1982 blockbuster, TRON. At the time, TRON’s use of computer graphics was cutting-edge, and amazing spectacle for audiences at the time. TRON follows...

10 films that you should have seen this semester

By Tappan Parker

December 9, 2010

Filed under Movies

With the close of the semester comes the close of the 2010 movie season. We have had a lot of laughs, a lot of tearscries, and a lot of cringes at a lot of the moviesthe theaters this fall. Here were are some of the highli...

Beards: They grow on you

By Tappan Parker

December 7, 2010

Filed under Fashion

Winter break is almost upon us. The leaves are gone, the snow will soon be falling and baby, its freaking cold outside. So what do you do? Your face will still be left wide open to the chilly winter winds dedicated to making your...

The Art of the Brew

By Tappan Parker

November 30, 2010

Filed under Food & Drink

Brewing beer is an art. In order to become a beer artist, the first question you must ask is: what do you want to brew? You may want to consider brewing a pilsner, a lager or even a stout. Some beers are a bit harder to brew than oth...

Black takes a chill pill

By Tappan Parker

November 21, 2010

Filed under Arts & Living, Comedy

An older crowd was found packing into the Calvin Theater last Friday evening, awaiting the comedic ranting of Lewis Black. John Bowman, a fellow comedian, joined Black on stage. The last time Black was in the area was for UMass’...

Lewis Black is back in the Pioneer Valley

By Tappan Parker

November 18, 2010

Filed under Comedy

When looking for comedy, most wouldn’t pay money to see an angry old guy yell and swear at you in the form of an angry rant about all the problems in today’s modern society. Generally, we go to our grandparents for that. But thousands in the Pioneer Valley will be paying to...

Scarily bad Halloween costumes

By Tappan Parker

October 25, 2010

Filed under Culture, Fashion

There are two ways of scaring people on Halloween. You can wear a terrifying, gut-wrenchingly scary costume that festers on the edge of insanity. Or you can wear one of these costumes. Vuvuzela Guy/Gal If you watched socc...

Automation breaks monotony

By Tappan Parker

October 19, 2010

Filed under Music

“Days in Automation” is the first full-length album from experimental indie rock band A Troop of Echoes. The band hails from Rhode Island and cites Sonic Youth and John Coltrane as influences on their sound and style. The ba...