Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Energy drinks may pose potential dangers

By Brian Canova

February 15, 2011

The popularity of energy drinks such as Monster or Red Bull has grown extensively on college campuses and among younger people over the past decade; walk through the library and you will see green Monster M’s peppering the desks and tables, beacons of frantic studiers hammering away at their keyboards long into the night. However, new research is now rev...

2012 budget moves to cut federal spending

By Sam Butterfield

February 14, 2011

President Barack Obama released his 2012 budget proposal Monday, taking aim at trimming America’s multi-trillion-dollar deficit by freezing discretionary spending for the next five years. Continuing to trumpet his message of “winning the future,” the President emphasized the necessity of inve...

Story drafts legalization bill

By Matthew M. Robare

February 14, 2011

Rep. Ellen Story (D-Amherst) introduced a bill to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana to the current session of the Massachusetts General Court last month. Last November, 69 percent of the Third Hampshire District voted in favor of a public policy question instructing her to support such a measure. The bill,...

Provost recommends new consolidated college

By Sam Butterfield

February 14, 2011

Editor’s Note: The original version of this article mistakenly interpreted the Provost’s report as being recommended by the University of Massachusetts’ faculty panel convened to analyze the possible merger of the colleges of Humanities and Fine Arts (HFA) and Social and Behavioral Sciences (SB...

Funding set for financial aid

By Collegian News Staff

February 14, 2011

In a recent report to the University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees Committee on Administration and Finance, UMass system President Jack Wilson stated his intention to set aside $130.5 million in funding to student financial aid. President Wilson was unavailable for comment Monday night, but in a release, said that, “We understand that higher education ...

North B residents evacuated from building

By Tim Jones

February 14, 2011

Residents of the North Apartments building B were evacuated on Saturday morning after smoke from a fire extinguisher filled the fourth floor of the apartment complex. Apartment Living Advisor Meghan Ferrante said residents were evacuated into the courtyard around 12:30 a.m. and returned around 2 a.m. “I was in for the night and just as my friend wa...

Stephanie Coontz gives lecture on women’s rights

By Chelsea Whitton

February 14, 2011

Women in today’s society may have the ability and right to assert their authority today in the workplace and at home, but things weren’t always so, as the 1960s made evident. Stephanie Coontz, author, teacher and speaker on feminism, women’s rights and family dynamics gave a lecture titled, “Mad Men, Working Girls, and Depressed Housewives: The 1960s and Th...

IPO taking precautions with study abroad in Egypt

By Tom Barnes

February 14, 2011

The protests in Egypt have captured the attention of the world, and students across the country are clamoring to sign up to study abroad there for a closer look at history in the making. There has been in upswing in the numbers of students wishing to study abroad in areas of developing current events, a...

Agricultural lectures held at Hadley Farm

By Meghan Connolly

February 14, 2011

Over the weekend, Hadley Farm played host to a series of seminars providing information on various aspects of farming, which were run in conjunction with University of Massachusetts faculty. At the all-day event on Saturday, University of Massachusetts agricultural faculty and extension team staff offered the necessary information for gardeners, nonprofessional small...

Jessica Jackley speaks at UMass

By Melanie Muller

February 14, 2011

Members of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts and members of the University of Massachusetts community gathered Wednesday to hear Jessica Jackley, the co-founder of, speak on social entrepreneurship and how her background in the humanities shaped her perspective. Kiva is a nonprofit organization that facilitates microloans, or small loans to...

Crime Log: Feb. 4-7

By Collegian News Staff

February 14, 2011

Friday, Feb. 4 At 6:20 p.m., officers were summoned to Kennedy dorm by a RA, who informed them that at approximately 1 a.m. the day before, a student had sprayed her with a fire extinguisher during an altercation. After obtaining witness statements and identifying the suspect, the responding offic...

SGA looks to help students groups

By Ashley Berger

February 11, 2011

The agenda of the Student Government Association’s Wednesday meeting was to address issues concerning the student body and vote to help student organizations. The Committee for Student Academic Affairs presented a short presentation detailing their current efforts in providing more bike racks around campus. The proposa...