Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Distractology 101: Arbella Insurance donates new driving research facility to UM

By Sam Butterfield

December 7, 2010


Filed under Health & Wellness

As winter weather and the prospect of slick, icy roads converge on Amherst, imagine you are driving down one of the Pioneer Valley’s many steep, hilly, roads. You lose control, skid out and everything is a blurry flash. Fortunately for you, this situation is not real; it is only a part of the newly-dedicated...

UMass’ Josh Stoffel wins outstanding student award

By Sam Butterfield

December 7, 2010


Filed under Campus News

University of Massachusetts Sustainability Coordinator Josh Stoffel, who is also a graduate student in higher education administration, has been selected to receive the Richard F. Stevens Outstanding Graduate Student Award for the state of Massachusetts from NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators i...

Students on ski trip respond after bus accident occurred Friday

By Nick O'Malley

December 6, 2010


Filed under Campus News

Editor's note: This is a followup to a breaking news story, originally reported on Friday, December 3. Over a dozen students were injured when a bus transporting University of Massachusetts students on a ski trip overturned and slid into an embankment on Interstate 91 in Putney, Vt. just before 4 p.m...

W.E.B. DuBois library to replace all elevators

By R.P. Hitt

December 6, 2010


Filed under Archives, Campus News

The University of Massachusetts’ W.E.B. DuBois Library is undergoing extensive renovations which will replace the elevators that have transported students between its many floors for 30 years. According to Terry Warner, assistant director of administrative services at the library, the project will be o...

Springfield rated nation’s 35th most dangerous city

By Nancy Pierce

December 6, 2010


Filed under Archives, Local News

Western Massachusetts’ largest city is among the nation’s most dangerous, according to 2010’s CQ Press rankings. Springfield, about 25 miles south of Amherst, was ranked the 35th most dangerous city in the United States this year. St. Louis, Mo., Camden, N.J., and Detroit, Mich. were rated the...

Joe Haldeman speaks on science fiction

By William Perkins

December 5, 2010


Filed under Archives, Campus News

Science fiction author Joe Haldeman follows a routine when he’s about to write. He gets up early, checks his email and completes other preparations for the day - all before the sun rises. Then he heads out to a coffee shop - one of nine he frequents regularly - and writes. “People don’t know [I’m] writi...

Wood-burning plant in Springfield given the go-ahead

By Melanie Muller

December 5, 2010


Filed under Archives, Local News

On Nov. 19, the Secretary of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs issued a statement that Palmer Renewable Energy will not be required to complete an environmental impact report (EIR) before going forward with plans to build a wood-burning, or biomass, power plant in...

Energy innovators exploring underground

By Zachary Weishar

December 5, 2010


Filed under Archives, Campus News

Deep beneath the surface, embedded in the earth’s crust, lies an untapped energy source both climate friendly and inexhaustible. According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) at the Department of Energy (DOE), this energy source has the potential to reduce electricity costs by 25...

UMass Ski & Board Club bus overturns on I-91

By DailyCollegian.com Staff

December 3, 2010


Filed under Campus News

Courtesy Wikimedia Commons A bus transporting UMass students on a ski trip this weekend overturned on I-91 in Putney, Vt., leaving six students in critical condition and 40 injured, according to reports from the Brattleboro Reformer. However, according to Martin Greenberg, a student injured in...

RHA debates potential vice president position at SGA meeting

By Sam Hayes

December 2, 2010


Filed under Campus News, SGA

Amidst celebrations over the University of Massachusetts Student Government Association (SGA)’s 1600th  meeting on Wednesday, tensions rose between members of the SGA and members of the Residence Hall Association (RHA) when RHA leaders opposed legislation that would change the nature of the two bod...

Is alcoholic whipped cream the next Four Loko?

By Alex Waldman

December 2, 2010


Filed under Campus News

The attention surrounding alcohol-infused products has not ended with the banning of Four Loko. Taking its place in the media spotlight is a new line of products dubbed “whipahol,” or vodka-infused whipped cream. Public health officials and regulators fear that this new concoction will become...

Amherst Police successfully prevent break-in’s

By Cameron Ford

December 2, 2010


Filed under Crime, Local News

Traditionally, there is a significant increase in break-in's in college towns during school breaks. With an array of student houses, dorms and apartments vacated for Thanksgiving, Christmas and the like, these areas become perfect targets for burglars. Luckily, Officer Bill Laramee of the Amherst Polic...