Massachusetts Daily Collegian

A snapshot inside phoneography

By Ellie Rulon-Miller

April 5, 2012


Filed under Arts & Living, Culture

When I was in high school, it had just become the norm for people in my age group to have cell phones. Most students in my grade had a phone that at the time was considered cutting-edge only if it had a camera on it. I remember being one of the last people to get a phone, and being so excited to h...

5 most anticipated summer movies

By Kevin Romani

April 5, 2012


Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

As the weather begins to heat up, so will the excitement at the box office. This summer is potentially offering the most impressive and well-rounded lineup since the summer of 2008, which featured major hits like “The Dark Knight,” “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” ...

Queens take the stage

By Michelle Williams

April 4, 2012


Filed under Arts & Living, Lifestyle

Pink lights illuminated the dimly-lit Campus Center Auditorium as three former cast members of the show “RuPaul’s Drag Race” addressed discrimination and diversity in the drag community yesterday evening. Shannel was the first to sashay her way to the stage in a black, Victorian-style gown bejeweled wi...

Top 6 places to escape Amherst without leaving Amherst

By Lindsey Davis

April 4, 2012


Filed under Arts & Living, Commerce, Lifestyle

Have you ever felt like the University of Massachusetts and Amherst were sucking your soul dry? Between the 900 pages of the “Odyssey” you have to read in order to write a paper due in three hours, six mid-semester exams testing you on things you did not even learn about, the ridiculous Facebook...

Delta Spirit finds its voice

By Araz Havan

April 3, 2012


Filed under Arts & Living, Music

It seems that Delta Spirit has decided to make its self-titled album more for itself than for any particular audience. On the group’s website, vocalist Matthew Vasquez said, “We’ve found the sound that we’ve been looking for.” “Delta Spirit” shows a successful development of its sound from earli...

‘Lord of the Dance’ steps into the Mullins Center

By Alissa Mesibov

April 3, 2012


Filed under Arts & Living, Theatre

The mega-hit Irish dance show “Lord of the Dance” will come to the Mullins Center tomorrow night for its only scheduled Amherst performance. Choreographer Michael Flatley fuses traditional Irish dance with elements of modern jazz and tap dance, as well as live instrumentalists and a vocalist, to tell the story of the titular Lord of the Dance who rules over his peaceful...

Sunday night TV returns with “Mad Men” and “Game of Thrones”

By Kevin Romani

April 3, 2012


Filed under Arts & Living, Culture, Television

Sunday night television just got a whole lot better. AMC’s “Mad Men” – the four time consecutive Emmy winner for Best drama – made its much-anticipated return on March 25. The fifth season premiere – “A Little Kiss” – aired after a 17 month hiatus due to a negotiation stalemate between AMC and show-runner Ma...

‘We Need to Talk About Kevin’ peers into the mind of the disturbed

By Adam Colorado

April 3, 2012


Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

Frightening as school shootings may be, what is perhaps more frightening is the individual and their story behind the tragic events. And although “We Need to Talk About Kevin” has a dark overtone and theme, its characters and production provide for an entertaining and thought-provoking film. Adapted from book originally written by Lionel Shriver, the film remains consistent to the imp...

‘Intern Queen’ dishes out advice to students in new book

By Jackie Chambers

April 3, 2012


Filed under Arts & Living, Lifestyle

An internship is one of the most significant experiences students should complete before graduating college. The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) found that students who worked in internships who went on to graduate from college had more success than students who did not participate...

PB&J has the day

By Araz Havan

April 2, 2012


Filed under Arts & Living, Food & Drink

April 2 is an important day overshadowed by the apparently more significant date of April 1, more commonly known as April Fool’s day. But April 2, National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day, shouldn’t be pushed to the back of the drawer, but rather, celebrated with the gusto with which the sandwiches are so oft...

Chieftains crown fifty-year career

By Ardee Napolitano

April 2, 2012


Filed under Arts & Living, Movies, Music

Grammy-winning Irish music heavyweights The Chieftains turned 50 years old this year, and instead of buying a birthday cake, the group picked up some fiddles, flutes, a bodhran and that age-old bagpipe and released a new album to celebrate their half-century of producing songs with a Celtic flare. The...

‘Wrath’ of the pointless sequel

By Danny Marchant

April 2, 2012


Filed under Arts & Living

There’s nothing as frustrating as seeing a good actor wasted in a bad movie. “Wrath of the Titans,” the unnecessary sequel to the unnecessary remake of “Clash of the Titans,” has the distinguished honor of wasting the talents of actors like Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes in a boring, meaningless...