Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Haiti: Not just a natural disaster

By Mike Fox

February 2, 2010


Filed under Campus News

The recent tragedy in Haiti was analyzed from a historical and academic viewpoint on Friday afternoon by students, faculty, and members of the community. The conference, titled “Haiti: Not (just) a Natural Disaster/ Solidarity with Haiti,” was organized by the Center for Latin American, Caribbean,...

Branding campaign hopes to erase “ZooMass” stereotype

By Laura Lovett

February 2, 2010


Filed under Campus News

Attempting to rid itself from the “ZooMass” party reputation, the University of Massachusetts Amherst has started a new branding campaign, which attempts to create an image that students and alumni can be proud of. The campaign highlights the academic and research achievements of the University...

Commencement Ball

By Collegian News Staff

February 2, 2010


Filed under Campus News

Now, for the first time in years, seniors will have the option to vote for their favorite Commencement Ball theme. The 13th annual Commencement Ball, an annual event for graduating seniors and hosted by the Student Alumni Association (SAA), will be held on Friday, May 7, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. The...

Mass. native recounts Haiti aftermath, relief efforts

By Matt Rocheleau

January 31, 2010


Filed under Archives, Campus News, Local News

He heard initial reports that around 5,000 were dead in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, but within moments of driving into Haiti’s capital the next morning and seeing the aftermath firsthand, Peter Kapiloff knew those estimates were not even close. Around 17 hours after the city was devastated by a magnitude-7 earthquake...

Public Agenda study cites high tuition costs for college drop-out rate

By Anna Meiler

January 31, 2010


Filed under Archives, Campus News

As college tuition prices soar and the economy continues to financially limit families, more college students are forced to work to support themselves. According to a study released by Public Agenda (a nonpartisan, nonprofit group), this is the number-one reason why most college students drop out. The...

PHENOM rallies support for public higher education

By R.P. Hitt

January 31, 2010


Filed under Archives, Campus News

Amidst the current economic crisis, public higher education is feeling the strain and putting more of a load on students. The Public Higher Education Network of Massachusetts or PHENOM, came to the University of Massachusetts on Sunday, Jan. 31 to kick-off their initiative to raise investment on higher...

UMPD releases photo of stolen laptop suspect

By S.P. Sullivan

January 29, 2010


Filed under Archives, Blogs, Breaking News

The University of Massachusetts Police Department this morning released a photograph of a suspect thought to have stolen a laptop from Webster Residence Hall earlier this week. From the crime alert: A neighbor saw a man leaving the victim’s room during that timeframe and described him as a white male, older than traditional college age, medium bu...

New project hopes to turn Southwest from concrete jungle to urban oasis

By Chelsea Whitton

January 29, 2010


Filed under Archives, Campus News

The Southwest residence area of the University of Massachusetts has been called a concrete jungle by students for years, but that wilderness is now planned to turn from barren cityscape to college metropolis, ripe with vegetation. Trees and plants will bloom in Southwest starting in June, marking the be...

Amherst to hold elections for Town Meeting positions

By Michelle Williams

January 29, 2010


Filed under Archives, Local News

Although Amherst’s demographics have more than 50 percent of residents falling between the ages of 18 and 24, this overrepresented population bloc is underrepresented in one place that counts: Amherst’s 240 Town Meeting members. This March, Amherst will be holding Town Meeting member elections, and...

Members of Student Government Association plan new course

By Alyssa Creamer

January 28, 2010


Filed under Campus News

Last night, Jan. 27, members of the University of Massachusetts Student Government Association (SGA) passed a resolution to support a proposed course designed specifically for SGA members. While UMass’ Faculty Senate still needs to approve the course – titled “Legal Issues in Student Governance a...

Gov. Patrick releases 2011 budget; UMass spared cuts

By Nick Bush

January 28, 2010


Filed under Campus News, Local News

With the release of Gov. Deval Patrick’s 2011 budget Tuesday, it appears as if the University of Massachusetts has been spared any major cuts to funding – for the time being, at least. In a press release announcing the budget proposal Wednesday, Patrick stated that “our fiscal year 2011 budget blu...

UMass scientist bakes for cyber security discoveries

By Michelle Williams

January 26, 2010


Filed under Archives, Campus News, Science & Technology

Experimenting with flour, salt and yeast, cyber security expert Kevin Fu of the Computer Science Department at University of Massachusetts spends a good deal of time baking up bread. Fu says that spending time in the kitchen, baking artisanal bread, “helps to keep his creative juices flowin...