Massachusetts Daily Collegian

UMass makes the Recreation Center official

By Collegian News Staff

December 1, 2009


Filed under Campus News

On Thursday Dec. 3, University of Massachusetts officials, including Chancellor Robert C. Holub, will hold an official opening ceremony for the University’s new $50 million Recreation Center. The opening ceremony is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. and will be held at the Recreation Center on 161 Commonwea...

‘TinkerPlots’ aims to raise student interest in learning

By Michelle Williams

December 1, 2009


Filed under Local News

A new style of learning called TinkerPlots is being tested within the coursework of Chestnut Hill Elementary, Fort River and Lynch Middle School in Holyoke. TinkerPlots Dynamic Data Exploration is a software program developed by Key Curriculum Press. The program is designed specifically to get students...

UMass alum wins poker jackpot

By Sam Butterfield

December 1, 2009


Filed under Campus News

If you play your cards right, you might get rich. At least it worked out that way for one University of Massachusetts alumni. Brian Barboza, 2001, recently won $100,000 on a Pokerstars.net tournament, “Pokerstars Million Dollar Challenge,” which aired on Fox. Based on his performance in th...

82 UMass buildings added to Mass. historic asset inventory

By Michael Phillis

November 29, 2009


Filed under Campus News, Local News

Eighty-two new University of Massachusetts buildings have been added to Massachusetts’ “Inventory of Archaeological and Historic Assets of the Commonwealth” list – raising the total number of UMass buildings on this list to 105, according to Preserve UMass, a group that advocates for the preservat...

Amherst Police receive $17,000 grant

By Nick Bush

November 29, 2009


Filed under Archives, Local News

Amherst Police Chief Scott P. Livingstone announced on Tuesday, Nov. 24 that the Amherst Police Department has been named the recipient of a $17,000 grant from the federal Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Highway Safety Division. The grant is intended to fund law enforcement agencies...

UMass Transit Services hosts second-annual Food Bus Drive

By Collegian News Staff

November 29, 2009


Filed under Campus News, Local News

The University of Massachusetts Transit Services has announced that it will sponsor its second-annual Food Bus Drive beginning Nov. 30. Collection bins will be placed near the front of all UMass Transit Services buses, and will remain there between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Food donations must be canned goods...

UMass offers high school students a chance at polymer research

By Collegian News Staff

November 29, 2009


Filed under Archives, Campus News, Local News, Science & Technology

The University of Massachusetts Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) is accepting applications from high school students interested in gaining first-hand laboratory research experience. The Center will give the students the opportunity to work on polymer research in the lab in...

American Red Cross Pioneer Valley Chapter is accepting nominations for Hometown Heroes honor

By Chelsea Whitton

November 25, 2009


Filed under Local News

The American Red Cross Pioneer Valley Chapter is now accepting nominations for the Hometown Heroes honor, its largest annual fundraising event, in which all funds support the chapter in serving the community. Last year’s event raised $42,000. Deputy Director of the Pioneer Valley Red Cross Paige...

Alumni Association considers restructuring dues in hope of raising larger donations

By R.P. Hitt

November 25, 2009


Filed under Campus News

After years of having fundraising lag behind the alumni networks of peer institutions, the University of Massachusetts Alumni Association is now considering different ways to attract members to the Alumni Association. One of the plans currently being discussed is lowering the annual dues required for...

Professor Forbes implanted the cancer-fighting protein into mice with breast tumors

By Matthew M. Robare

November 25, 2009


Filed under Campus News

University of Massachusetts Amherst chemical engineering professor Neil Forbes has successfully implanted the cancer-fighting protein TRAIL into mice with breast tumors and activated it. According to a release, 100 percent of the mice survived over the next 30 days after the cancer-fighting protein was...

Psychological Services Center opens new Post Traumatic Stress Disorder treatment program

By Alyssa Creamer

November 25, 2009


Filed under Campus News

It is a Thursday night at the University of Massachusetts, also known to most UMass students as the beginning of the weekend. Outside the Amherst bars, an intoxicated student stumbles past a man who struggles with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder [PTSD]. As the student reaches into his pocket to call...

UMass Budget Planning Task Force sets out to advise administration

By Herb Scribner

November 24, 2009


Filed under Campus News

When the University of California’s Board of Regents voted to raise undergraduate fees for its students by 32 percent on Thursday, it was clear that the economic freefall of the past 18 months is beginning to take a major toll on both public and private institutions of learning.   Barring another...