Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Fashion Month finishes its circuit in Paris

By Araz Havan

March 7, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Culture, Fashion, Lifestyle

The high point of ready-to-wear fashion is the bi-annual Paris Fashion Week, where dozens of designers and major fashion houses showcase their new looks on runways in the French capital. While it is no longer the cultural center of the ...

Rihanna brings her style to the fashion world

By Jake Reed

March 7, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Culture, Fashion, Lifestyle, Music

Global pop superstar Rihanna has unveiled her first fashion collection, Rihanna for River Island, in collaboration with the U.K.-based designer. The line was released on Tuesday and can be purchased internationally for a small additional shipping charge. ...

Netflix original drama “House of Cards” ruthlessly addictive

By Elise Martorano

March 5, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Culture, Television

Netflix’s new edgy, political drama, “House of Cards” has been instantaneously showered with praise from audiences and critics alike, earning nine stars from over 17,000 reviews on IMDB. “House of Cards” is, in essence, a story about sl...

“Quartet” a beautiful, loving ode to music and retirement

By Soren Hough

March 5, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Comedy, Culture, Movies

“Quartet” is a quiet comedy-drama that tells the story of four elderly men and women living at Beecham House – a home for retired musicians – as they struggle to maintain their identities as they reach old age. ...

A bug’s life in Fernald Hall

By Tommy Verdone

March 1, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Culture

With all of the towering buildings and construction going on around campus nowadays, it’s easy to forget that UMass was born out of an agricultural college. Easier to forget is the huge entomology program housed here on campus. The bug e...

Dropbox gives students easy access to cloud storage

By John Park

February 28, 2013

Filed under Archives, Arts & Living, Culture, Do-it-yourself, Lifestyle

Cloud storage service has become popular in recent years, allowing users to backup their files with a simple drag-and-drop or upload. While many companies boast their own reliable and user-friendly cloud services, Dropbox has begun to ...

Speeding up your computer from the inside out

By Kevin Hollerbach

February 28, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Culture, Do-it-yourself

There are dozens of commercials and web advertisements every day for software claiming to significantly speed up your computer. These companies, such as MyCleanPC, may end up charging hundreds of dollars to “fix problems” on your...

85th Oscars full of unpredictability

By Steph Cann

February 26, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Culture, Movies, Music

The 85th installment of Sunday night’s Academy Awards was an evening of raw creative talent and highly emotional speeches. With hundreds of millions of people watching worldwide, every Oscar winner announced became progressively more unpredictable. “Argo,” directed by a...

Who’s behind the murals in W.E.B. Du Bois?

By Tommy Verdone

February 22, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Culture, Fine Arts

There are a number of interesting things about the monolithic W.E.B. Du Bois Library that rises above the University of Massachusetts  campus. Immediately noticeable is its towering height and almost constant surrounding of gale force winds....

Aesop Rock delivers ‘musical buffet’ to Northampton

By Chris Trubac

February 19, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Culture, Music

Underground hip hop veteran Aesop Rock came to Pearl Street in Northampton Saturday night, ready to put on an incredible show. The event was a multifaceted hip-hop experience, employing deep lyrics, catchy melodies and head-c...

85th Academy Awards lacks clear-cut favorites

By Rachel Arlin

February 19, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Culture, Movies, Television

  The Oscars —the pinnacle of movie accolades and a celebration of the film industry’s best creations over the last 12 months.               This year, “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane is taking ov...

Schwarzenegger wreacks havoc once again in “The Last Stand”

By Paul Bagnall

February 19, 2013

Filed under Arts & Living, Culture, Movies, Television

As Arnold Schwarzenegger famously said in “Terminator,” “I’ll be back”. Well, after almost a decade away from the movie screens, the 1980s action hero is back, having officially made his full return (not including his minor roles in the...