Massachusetts Daily Collegian

How to decorate your dorm for the holidays

By kate casler

December 11, 2012

It’s time to get in to the spirit for the holidays, but in college and it can be a little more difficult to do that. I’ve been working on finding the best way to decorate my suite with my roommates, and we’ve had a gr...

The dos and don’ts of the UMass recreation center

By Ali Strand

December 11, 2012

Okay, let me preface this by saying that I am in no way a gym buff. I don’t like the idea of walking down to the Rec Center to work out and then having to walk back up to my dorm afterwards. It’s just not an ideal way to spend my d...

Ten things I wish I knew before freshman year

By Purti Pareek

December 11, 2012

Here are just a few things I learned during my freshman year that I wish someone told me: 1.)  As glad as I was to have the award-winning “UMass Dining,” your college diet will most likely consist of tons of caffeine and a lot ...

Door-holding etiquette: when to hold and when to go

By Ali Strand

November 27, 2012

We’ve all at some point encountered that awkward situation: should I stay? Should I go? Should I turn around? Do I keep walking and try to help? The real dilemma here is how close or far away should a person have to be in order for you to hold th...

How to celebrate Halloween if Hurricane Sandy hits

By kate casler

October 29, 2012

With Hurricane Sandy coming our way and leaving us unsure of how hard it will hit and whether or not we will be locked indoors, we need to make Halloween plans accordingly. So here are some ideas to celebrate the holiday if the hurricane does leave us trapped in our rooms. First and foremos...

What not to do on Facebook

By Taylor Gilmore

October 16, 2012

In this day and age, college students spend a huge amount of time on Facebook, particularly when they should be doing things like homework or studying. The massive amount of time spent on Facebook has led to the development of some nasty habits. Here are just a few things people do on Fac...

A transfer’s take on UMass weather

By kate casler

September 24, 2012

I’m a transfer student here at UMass, coming all the way from sunny San Diego, California. You might be wondering why I left the mild climate and beautiful beaches of Cali to come out here. I tend to get that question a...

Reasons why fall semester triumphs over the rest

By Kim Giordano

September 7, 2012

Even though the fall semester is a bitter reminder that the relaxing summer days have faded away, there are plenty of positives that come with the beginning of school. Here are six reasons to embrace the new semester and the infamous...

Spring Fashion 101

By Nia Decaille

April 29, 2012

The sun has decided to grace our presence once more in Amherst. It will hopefully be several months before we will have to wear woolen sweaters and heavy scarfs. No more will the fashionable UMass community have to tuck away that sun d...

The Culture of ‘Thinspiration’

By Nia Decaille

April 22, 2012

If you type in “thinspiration” into google you get over a thousand hits of blogs written by young women and their journey to become thin. What does this have to do with the fashion industry? Kate Moss. Naomi Campbell. Chanel Iman. ...

The Fashion of Native Sun

By Nia Decaille

April 8, 2012

Take a sick beat mixed with African rhythms and drumming, the bold lyrics of Mohammed Yahya about human rights and oppression, and add Sarina Leah’s bluesy Billie Holiday-esque vocals, and you have the recipe for what Native...

Dorm Room Recipes: Hot Nutella

By Samantha Gillis

April 4, 2012

People love their Nutella. Seriously, people go crazy over this stuff. And even though eating straight from the jar is good, there are loads of recipes out there that make it even better. One such recipe is Hot Nutella! It’s like hot chocolate but instead of chocolate it’s made with Nutella...