Massachusetts Daily Collegian

UMass ranked among safest schools for gay students

By Collegian News Staff

October 4, 2010


Filed under Campus News

In the wake of the highly publicized Tyler Clementi suicide at Rutgers University in New Jersey and a spate of other attention being paid to bullying in schools, the University of Massachusetts has been ranked among the most tolerant schools for gay students by Newsweek. UMass checked in as the eighth-most...

Amherst Police Department charge 92 with crimes over weekend

By Collegian News Staff

October 4, 2010


Filed under Campus News, Crime

The Amherst Police Department had another action packed weekend in the Happy Valley spanning the days of Oct. 1-3. According to a Monday release from Lieutenant Ronald Young, the APD responded to 260 calls for service over the weekend, in addition to answering 42 disturbance calls. Officers charged 92 individuals w...

Video: Chancellor Robert Holub addresses campus during Faculty Convocation

By Adrian Atwood

October 3, 2010


Filed under Campus News, Videos

Chancellor Robert Holub addressed the University of Massachusetts Amherst community on the state of the school, last Friday during the sixth annual Faculty Convocation. Holub talked about a variety of issues including dealing with future monetary gaps, the introduction of new accelerated degree programs...

UMass names new director for campus planning

By Nancy Pierce

October 3, 2010


Filed under Archives, Campus News

Dennis Swinford, previously the principal project planner for Harvard University Allston Development Group, was recently named director for campus planning at the University of Massachusetts. Swinford began work Sept. 20 and will be responsible for the oversight, development, and implementation of the University’s project plans. He will be a...

Student Government Association election results

By Sam Butterfield

October 3, 2010


Filed under Archives, Campus News

After three days of voting last week, results for the University of Massachusetts’ Student Government Association (SGA) elections were announced Sunday. All three ballot referenda passed handily, with students throwing their support behind all three measures by a factor of more than two to one. The first question asked students if they supported chan...

UMass relies on alumni donations

By Dan Peltier

October 3, 2010


Filed under Archives, Campus News

The economic recession has caused institutions of higher learning across the country to lose donations and gifts over the past two years, and the University of Massachusetts is no exception. Though giving was back up in fiscal 2010 year for UMass, with 33,119 donors totaling over $57 million in gifts to the University, donations and gifts saw a swift decline in both fiscal year...

Md. Congresswoman Donna Edwards Draws Crowd at Smith Lecture

By Lily Hicks

October 3, 2010


Filed under Archives, Five College News

Congresswoman Donna Edwards, of Maryland’s Fourth District, lectured Sunday to a crowded hall of students and local residents at Smith College. The congresswoman spoke on a wide range of issues, including money in politics and military spending. Edwards, accompanied by John Bonifaz, the founder of the National Voting Rights Institute, focused part of her lecture on her efforts...

Three teens arrested in motor vehicle stops

By Collegian News Staff

October 3, 2010


Filed under Archives, Crime, Local News

The Amherst Police Department was busy last week. Since Wednesday, Sept. 29, APD officers have arrested three teens in two separate incidents on drug trafficking charges. The first arrest took place last Wednesday at about 4:19 p.m., when an officer attempted to stop a car traveling above the speed limit on East Hadley Road. After a short pursuit, the of...

Amherst Town Meeting members vote to increase fines for bylaw violations

By William Perkins

September 30, 2010


Filed under Local News

Candace C. Cusic/Chicago Tribune/MCTStudents and residents in Amherst who choose to carry open containers, unlicensed kegs or hold raucous gatherings this year may have to open their wallets up a bit wider. Amended regulations to the town’s general by laws have increased the fines for offenses concerning unlawful noise, pos...

Cross-state march for higher ed to stop at UMass

By Sam Butterfield

September 30, 2010


Filed under Campus News

Students, faculty, staff and other parties supporting public higher education will leave from Berkshire Community College Saturday on a six-day, 100 mile march across the state to advocate for greater funding levels for public higher education. The protesters will stop by the University of Massachusetts...

SGA elections completely online for first time

By Collegian News Staff

September 29, 2010


Filed under Campus News

The elections for Student Government Association wrap up Thursday. In addition to House Council and Senatorial races, students have the opportunity to vote on four referenda questions. The first question seeks to amend a contradiction in the SGA constitution. As it stands now, there is a provision th...

UMass cuts its usage plastic bottles and aluminum cans

By Michelle Altman

September 29, 2010


Filed under Campus News

This year the University of Massachusetts has made extensive efforts to cut the consumption of plastic water bottles and cans. “We were averaging about 4,000 users per day at the Grab & Go, all using plastic bottles or aluminum cans, that’s about 120,000 water bottles and soda cans a month and over ...