Massachusetts Daily Collegian

UMass professor scouts out cave for underground lab

By Cameron Ford

September 14, 2010


Filed under Environment

An assistant professor in the geosciences department at the University of Massachusetts went on an excursion to S.D. this summer to examine a defunct gold mine for its research potential. Professor David Boutt traveled to the now-abandoned, 8,000-feet-deep Homestake Mine in Lead, S.D. along with a se...

AIDS activist to speak at UMass

By Michelle Williams

September 14, 2010


Filed under Campus News

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Stonewall Center at the University of Massachusetts campus, AIDS activist Cleve Jones will speak, kicking off a semester-long speaker series. “An Evening with Cleve Jones: Four Decades of Activism,” is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 15, ...

Is facebook keeping kids in school?

By Ashley Berger

September 14, 2010


Filed under Science & Technology

Facebook is a social networking site that is slowly becoming an inherent, permanent and compulsive part of most collegiate student’s lives. With the ever-increasing Facebook phenomena, researchers are constantly conducting new studies to discover potential links between the usage of Facebook and academics. In...

Proposed merger between SBS and HFA met with scrutiny, opposition from faculty

By Sam Butterfield

September 13, 2010


Filed under Campus News

University of Massachusetts faculty and staff who participated in a committee examining the feasibility and costs and benefits of consolidating the College of Humanities and Fine Arts (CHFA) and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (CSBS) into one large College of Humanities, Arts, and Social...

New sciences program, iCons, stresses problem solving

By Alyssa Creamer

September 13, 2010


Filed under Campus News

This spring, a program called iCons will launch its first course for freshmen enrolled in the University of Massachusetts’ College of Natural Sciences’ (CNS) majors looking to enhance their education in modern scientific procedures. According to one of its developers, UMass chemistry professor Scott...

How connected are your professors? More so than some might think.

By Sam Hayes

September 13, 2010


Filed under Science & Technology

When one thinks of a professor, the image of a reclusive, bearded intellectual, perhaps in a coffeehouse, perhaps in a dimly lit study poring over yellowed papers may come to mind. According to a recent study called Social Media in Higher Education, that image may be a thing of the past as the study,found...

Amherst PD make two drug possession arrests last week

By Collegian News Staff

September 13, 2010


Filed under Campus News, Crime

Last Wednesday, the Amherst Police Department arrested two Springfield men on charges of possession of a Class D substance, marijuana, with intent to distribute and possession of a Class B substance, cocaine. Arrested were 21-year-old Craig Brian McNair of 119 Littleton St. and Alberto Jose Ramos,...

Amherst PD reports spate of break-ins in South Amherst

By Collegian News Staff

September 13, 2010


Filed under Crime, Local News

Since the start of July, the Amherst Police Department has investigated a string of 12 “separate but distinct residential breaks in the South Amherst neighborhood.” The department defines that neighborhood as encompassing “all streets and neighborhoods from East Hadley Rd. south to Granby east...

Amherst PD have busy first weekend of 2010 school year

By Collegian News Staff

September 13, 2010


Filed under Crime, Local News

The Amherst Police Department announced Monday that it is investigating two “serious assaults” which took place last weekend. On Sunday around 2 a.m., numerous officers responded to 213 Grantwood Dr., just off East Pleasant St., to a report of an assault. Once at the scene, officers found an...

Springfield man arrested on breaking and entering charges

By Collegian News Staff

September 13, 2010


Filed under Campus News, Crime

On Sept. 8 just after 10:30 p.m., Amherst police officers received a report from a Sunset Ave. resident of a larceny in his apartment. The resident told police he had observed Michael Gibbs, 23, of 173 Chapin Terrace, Springfield leave his apartment, and that he noticed some missing electronic equipment....

No flags flown for 9/11 in Amherst

By R.P. Hitt

September 12, 2010


Filed under Campus News, Local News

The Board of Selectmen of Amherst decided against flying special commemorative flags in remembrance of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in Amherst town. The decision was made in a three to two vote Thursday September 2 to extend the previous once every three years rule, to fly the flags only once every five years. ...

UMass ranks among rockin’ colleges

By Sam Butterfield

September 12, 2010


Filed under Campus News

The sleepy west of the woody east apparently isn’t so quiet when it comes to generating great rock music. AOL’s Spinner.com named the University of Massachusetts the number 18 school for producing musically successful and influential alumni last week. UMass clocked in ahead of Cornell and Toronto’s...