Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Wood-burning plant in Springfield given the go-ahead

By Melanie Muller

December 5, 2010

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

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 Staff

December 3, 2010

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

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

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

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...

How a burger can destroy the planet

By Ashley Siegel

December 2, 2010

Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, on a sesame seed bun. The hamburger, literally a staple of so-called “American” food, could quite possibly be destroying the planet. Climate change, which could be one of the biggest problems this generation will ever have t...

French pays visit to journalism department

By Tim Jones

November 30, 2010

Tom French is the type of person who wants to know what it is like to be on a plane with elephants. He’s also the type to give an “F” to his students for one little mistake, as well as immerse himself in the jungles of Panama to chase after a story. That’s because the Pulitzer Prize winning journali...

Holub stresses necessity of new revenue sources in letter to campus community

By Sam Butterfield

November 29, 2010

In a letter addressed to the campus community earlier this month, University of Massachusetts Chancellor Robert Holub said the state’s flagship public university will likely receive approximately $18 million less from the Commonwealth in fiscal year 2012 than it did in 2011. Holub wrote that, as...

Turn your six packs into gas, and other climate change tips

By Maggie Freleng

November 29, 2010

The door opens to what looks like disaster. On the left are boxes of unused books, VHS tapes, running sneakers and stray electronics. Dead ahead are thousands of plastic, glass and aluminum bottles and shredded paper. On the right are ceiling-high bales of cardboard: beer boxes and empty packaging. This...

Green housing may help save the planet and cash in your wallet

By Colin Spence

November 29, 2010

Green housing development may have the construction and real estate industries buzzing with abundant promise for a more eco-friendly, and profitable, future. The new movement’s renewable energy technology allows homeowners to reduce or even possibly eliminate their energy bills, while at the same ...

UMass Transit encourages students, residents, to hop on for climate change

By Tim Jones

November 29, 2010

The rain is pouring down on several students, shopping bags in hand, as they run down Route 9 frantically to escape what looked like a sealed fate of missing the bus. In the distance, a bus hums as they attempt to wave it down. Just in the nick of time, they catch the bus before it departs, catch...