Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Freshmen descend upon UMass for 2013 move-in

By Elise Kei-Rahn

September 3, 2013


Filed under Campus News, News

The University of Massachusetts’ newest entrants into the student body arrived on campus Friday, making history as both the University’s 150th class and also the highest-achieving entering class ever. Hundreds of cars lined both Stadium and North Residential Drives, with their inhabitants eagerly...

October 2012 alleged gang rape defendants return to court

By Patrick Hoff

September 2, 2013


Filed under Campus News, Local News, News

Pre-trial hearings continued over the summer for the four men accused in the October 2012 gang rape of a University of Massachusetts student, with defendants being ordered to submit DNA samples and requesting access to the records belonging to the alleged victim. In May, Hampshire Superior Court Judge...

U.S. government lowers interest rates on student loans

By Conor Snell

September 2, 2013


Filed under News

A storm cloud of rising debt, hanging over millions of college students and their parents across America for just over a month this summer, has, for now, been lifted. On Aug. 9, President Barack Obama signed the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013 (H.R. 1911) into law, officially lowering...

UMass completes multiple construction projects over summer

By Mary Reines

September 2, 2013


Filed under Campus News, News

Over the summer, the University of Massachusetts completed construction on the Hampshire Dining Commons, the Life Science Laboratories and the Commonwealth Honors College and Residential Complex (CHCRC). According to UMass Construction Communications Manager Jim Hunt, the dining common, which was...

UMass breaks Guinness World Record for largest fresh fruit salad

By Mary Reines

September 2, 2013


Filed under Campus News, News

University of Massachusetts student volunteers and dining staff furiously hauled, dumped and raked 15,291 pounds of fruit into a swimming pool on Monday, breaking the Guinness World Record for largest fresh fruit salad. “At UMass, anything is possible, anything,” said Ken Toong, executive director...

Priscilla Clarkson, dean of Commonwealth Honors College, dies

By Collegian News Staff

August 26, 2013


Filed under Campus News, Five College News, Local News, News

Priscilla Clarkson, distinguished professor of kinesiology and dean of the Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts, died at her home Sunday after a long battle with breast cancer. She was 66. “We are tremendously saddened by the loss of Priscilla Clarkson, particularly as it coincides with the open...

Legendary UMass softball coach Elaine Sortino dies after battle with cancer

By Nick Canelas

August 20, 2013


Filed under Archives, Campus News, Local News, News, Softball, Sports, Spring Sports

Elaine Sortino, the longtime head coach of the Massachusetts softball team, whose impact both on and off the field knew no bounds throughout her legendary career, died Sunday night after a nearly two-year battle with cancer. She was 64. “We have lost a very special and amazing person in Elaine,” UMass Director of Athletics ...

American Express Chairman and CEO Kenneth Chenault to speak at commencement

By Collegian News Staff

May 1, 2013


Filed under Campus News, News

Kenneth Chenault, CEO and chairman of American Express, will deliver the keynote address at this year’s University of Massachusetts undergraduate commencement ceremony, which is set to take place on May 10. Chenault will also be awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree, according to a University release. An honorary D...

New Amherst cafe combats human trafficking in India

By Chelsie Field

May 1, 2013


Filed under Local News, News

One free cup of fair trade caffeinated beverage at a time, café general manager Dan Johnson believes he can help end human trafficking in India. The newly opened Freedom Café, located across from Totman Gym on the University of Massachusetts campus, is entirely volunteer run, and the prices are...

UMass graduate sets out to begin coffee company

By Patrick Hoff

April 30, 2013


Filed under Campus News, News

Paul Jackmauh graduated the University of Massachusetts in 2009 with a degree in English, and never had any intention of joining the business world. But flash forward four years, and Jackmauh is now preparing to start his own company, Boston Cold Brew, with an untraditional idea of how to brew coffee called cold bre...

New online training helps students transition to off-campus housing

By Jaclyn Bryson

April 29, 2013


Filed under Campus News, Local News, News

The University of Massachusetts recently developed an online training program to help educate students as they transition from living on campus to finding off-campus housing, according to a press release. Since April 5, students have had the ability to take the Moving Off Campus Online Web-ba...

Polls open for primaries to special election

By Jeffrey Okerman

April 29, 2013


Filed under Local News, News, Politics

Candidates will vie to fill Secretary of State John Kerry’s vacant U.S. Senate seat in a special statewide primary on Tuesday.            The primary is the precursor to what will be the second special election to fill a vacant seat in the past four years. Scott Brown replaced longtime Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy followin...