Massachusetts Daily Collegian

UPC brings school spirit to campus concourse

By Cal Scannell

October 14, 2009


Filed under Lifestyle

You may have seen the enormous flat screen TVs in the Campus Center yesterday afternoon, or heard the dazzling/ glass-shattering vocals of your peers echoing throughout the concourse. If you were lucky, you may even have walked away with a Minuteman t-shirt, or a mini foam football (score!) It’s...

UPC hosts talent show

By Rachel Dougherty

October 14, 2009


Filed under Theatre

Tuesday night’s Registered Student Organization (RSO) talent show marked the first in a series of Homecoming events organized by the University Programming Council (UPC). The show was hosted by guest comedian Tim Young and featured performances by the UMass Ballroom Dance Team, Zeta Phi Beta, Insanely...

Halloween do-it-yourself tricks and treats

By Ellie Rulon-Miller

October 14, 2009


Filed under Lifestyle

During the long weekend, I took a trip to my hometown of Beverly, Massachusetts. When I got off the highway at my exit, I passed one house that is, regardless of whether or not there is a holiday coming up, always extravagantly decorated with what must be hundreds of dollars worth of tacky Walgreens...

Cali girl Caillat more then just a pretty face

By Justin Gagnon

October 14, 2009


Filed under Music

Colbie Caillat, one of the West Coast’s most beautiful and talented young artists, stopped in Boston at the Orpheum Theater this past Sunday night. In an almost flawless performance, she established that her proliferating fame is no fluke, and that a pretty face, a hit song and a nice voice are not the o...

Class Action screening of “Capitalism: a Love Story” leaves audiences with bitter hearts

By Steven Baum

October 14, 2009


Filed under Movies

Last Wednesday, Class Action, an organization that strives to raise awareness of social inequality and rid the world of classism, screened Michael Moore’s latest film, “Capitalism: A Love Story.” The event consisted of a brief introduction to the movie by Kristen Golden, the executive director...

Yusef Lateef & Adam Rudolph Duo come to Bowker Auditorium

By Christiana McDougal

October 13, 2009


Filed under Music

Yusef Lateef and Adam Rudolph, two of the most prominent jazz musicians still performing and composing music, will be playing at Bowker Auditorium in Stockbridge Hall on Thursday, October 15th. Both musicians have a long legacy of playing an infusion of jazz and world music and have been perform...

Classic ‘Rebel’ still relevant

By Lindsay Pierce

October 12, 2009


Filed under Movies

“Rebel Without a Cause” first opened on Oct. 7, 1955, approximately one month after its star, James Dean, died in a fatal car accident. Dean’s fame stems from starring roles in only three films: “East of Eden” (1955), “Rebel Without a Cause” (1955) and “Giant” (1956), but his tragic a...

Humor lost in heat of ‘Retreat’

By Danny Marchant

October 12, 2009


Filed under Movies

There is very little comedy in the new Vince Vaughn movie, “Couples Retreat.” For the two-hour duration of the movie, there are maybe five jokes. Most of them happen within the first 30 minutes, leaving an hour and a half of boring, awkward “comedy” to sit through. When a drama doesn’t connect with an audien...

‘Breakthrough’ artist to brighten Boston

By Justin Gagnon

October 8, 2009


Filed under Music

Most famous musicians have to release a handful of albums before they can even start playing in small venues. With a little luck, a ton of patience and a lot of talent, they are noticed by a big record label, sign and start touring. With the explosive evolution of social networking, artists can now...

Artists go down to the Paradise City

By Shayna Murphy

October 8, 2009


Filed under Lifestyle

Spot the rows of intricately beaded handbags and hand-stitched wool jackets and you’ll have seen a place unlike any other – a place cluttered with ceramic vases and glasswork tinted by light blue hues and other accoutrements to catch the eye’s attention. For the local art aficionado, it’s a place ...

Regina Spektor a “Far” cry from a normal artist

By Angela Stasiowski

October 8, 2009


Filed under Music

Regina Spektor is flexible.  From writing style to influences, the singer-songwriter and pianist never ceases to surprise listeners with impressive displays of vocal acrobatics and a smile that lights up any stage. The ever-grinning star is set to perform at Northampton’s Calvin Theater on Monday,...

This won’t complicate anything, now will it?

By S.K. Murphy

October 7, 2009


Filed under Arts & Living, Columns

He says it’s nice, and I have to say the feeling is mutual. He nestles up beside me - spent as Danielle Steel might describe, from the vigor of these recent activities - and I jealously observe that his physique is much better maintained than my own. By then I’ve vowed to keep my curves surreptitious...