Massachusetts Daily Collegian

The protests in Libya unraveled

By Michelle Williams

February 22, 2011

Filed under Miscellaneous, News

Last week, on February 16, a crowd gathered outside a government office in Benghazi, Libya, armed with rocket and gasoline bombs. The demonstrators, estimated from several hundred to several thousand, marched in the country’s s...

Large majority of Americans sympathetic to protesters in Egypt

By Staff

February 8, 2011

Filed under Archives, Miscellaneous

According to a Gallup poll released late Monday night, nearly two-thirds of Americans support the protests that have been rocking Cairo, Egypt for the past two weeks. 66 percent of Americans polled said “political changes occurring in Egypt will be mostly good for that country, and a similar percentage (60...

‘Comfort Food?’ UC Irvine serves up chicken and waffles for MLK Day

By Claire Reid Kiss

February 7, 2011

Filed under Miscellaneous

On January 17, 2011, America celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a day off. However, at the University of California, Irvine, dining services celebrated a different way. According to a Jan. 27 report in the Los Ange...

College freshmen more stressed than ever

By Nancy Pierce

February 6, 2011

Filed under Miscellaneous

College freshmen have experienced the highest levels of stress in 25 years and a 3.4 percent drop in overall emotional health from 2009 to 2010, according to a recent study. An annual survey by the Cooperative Institutional Research Program at the University of California, Los Angeles’ Higher Education Res...

Hampshire College zips along in a rental car

By Chelsea Faria

February 3, 2011

Filed under Miscellaneous

“Wheels when you want them, gas and insurance included.” This is the tagline of Zipcar Inc., the world’s leading online car sharing network of North America and the United Kingdom. More than 225 universities have accou...

Graduation rates decrease nationwide

By Claire Reid Kiss

January 30, 2011

Filed under Miscellaneous

Due to a number of circumstances ranging from financial woes to lack of preparation, graduation rates at colleges and universities are decreasing across America. According to an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, ...

Public higher ed struggles to fill budget gap

By R.P. Hitt

January 26, 2011

Filed under Business, Campus News

Ben Taylor, a University of Massachusetts senior, faces the grim reality of having to pay back over $30 thousand in debt after graduation. He, like many other soon-to-be college graduates, not only face mounting debt, but an incr...

New site lets students search for dream jobs

By Sam Butterfield

January 24, 2011

Filed under Miscellaneous

Although the subzero temperatures and feet-high snow banks might not belie it, the second semester has crept up on us, and with the transition to a new semester, students across the Five Colleges and the country must begin thinking about their s...

Professors encourage wealthy to donate tax cuts

By Sam Hayes

January 24, 2011

Filed under Miscellaneous, Politics

Frustrated by Congress’ Dec. 17 extension of Bush-era tax cuts across all income brackets, three Cornell and Yale professors created a new website,, to urge wealthy Americans to give their tax cuts to c...

Students react to study on minority friendships

By Sahar Ashraf

January 23, 2011

Filed under Campus News, Miscellaneous

Two months after disembarking from a transatlantic flight bound for the University of Massachusetts, Maheen Iqbal had an attack of feelings of alienation. As an incoming international student from Dubai, U.A.E., she was a novelty...

UMass students compete in skydiving competition

By Alyssa Creamer

January 18, 2011

Filed under Miscellaneous

Skydiving can be seen as a brave endeavor, a task for bucket lists and a mother’s worst nightmare involving her teenage thrill-seeker. However, skydiving is also a collegiate sport, not only for the brave, but also for the...

Study: alumni satisfied with college experience

By Ashley Berger

January 18, 2011

Filed under Miscellaneous

Despite the troubling economic times, a recent survey conducted by the American Council of Education (ACE) found college alumni are overall satisfied with their college experience and believe their degrees to be worth the expense...