Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Locals rally on Amherst Common Saturday for International Day of Climate Action

By Christa Romano

October 26, 2009


Filed under Local News

On Saturday, Oct. 24, members of the Amherst community rallied on the Amherst common, as part of an international attempt to send a message to members of the United Nations, calling for serious efforts to reduce global warming. The event was sponsored by the international organization called 350....

UMass Majors Fair to be held Wednesday

By Mike Toomey

October 25, 2009


Filed under Campus News

The annual University of Massachusetts Majors Fair will take place Wednesday, Oct. 28, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Campus Center Auditorium. In the past, the fair has been an informal gathering for interested students to meet with professionals representing a comprehensive span of the many academ...

UMass looks to out-of-state students to ease budget crisis

By Cameron Ford

October 22, 2009


Filed under Campus News

With the projected budget shortfall for the next fiscal year running into the tens of millions of dollars and little stimulus money left for buoyancy, University of Massachusetts Chancellor Robert C. Holub has set his sights on alternative sources of revenue. During his address at the fifth annual...

Literary artists Glaser, Holland and Michel perform pieces at Amherst Books’ event

By Tim Jones

October 22, 2009


Filed under Local News

A student and professor in the University of Massachusetts’ Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) program presented readings from the literary magazine, “The New York Tyrant” at Amherst Books on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 8 p.m. The event took place as a celebration of the launch of Tyrant Books. Tyrant Books...

UMass alumni discuss professional careers with undergraduates

By Sam Hayes

October 22, 2009


Filed under Campus News

The University of Massachusetts College of Social and Behavioral Sciences held a networking session on Oct. 22 with five UMass Alumni now working in the field of law. Discussions with the lawyers sparked conversation about the prospect of UMass potentially acquiring the first public option law school...

“In Praise of the Earth” to screen at Wistariahurst Museum

By R.P. Hitt

October 22, 2009


Filed under Local News

As part of a benefit for the Wistariahurst Museum of Holyoke, Mass., nature poet Wally Swist will screen his biographical documentary “In Praise of the Earth: The Poetry of Wally Swist” on Oct. 24, guiding viewers through the winters of Amherst.  Swist, who was born in New Haven, Conn., in 1953,...

Amherst Police launch Public Safety 911 Education Program

By Sam Butterfield

October 21, 2009


Filed under Campus News

On Sunday, the Amherst Police Department announced that it would continue its Public Safety 911 Education Program, now in its third year. Emergency dispatchers from the Amherst Public Safety Emergency Communications Center will be participating in the Amherst Fire Department’s which helps teach...

University Apartments to be demolished next month

By Michelle Williams

October 21, 2009


Filed under Campus News

The condemned University Apartments complex, located off Butterfield Terrace, is scheduled to be demolished next month. Built in 1949, the University Apartments were designed for housing, specifically family housing. In 1994, the 37,000-square-foot building was deemed unsuitable for living, though...

Judge’s ruling allows Vassell to seek selective prosecution defense

By Sam Butterfield

October 19, 2009


Filed under Local News

As the weeks drag on, nothing seems to be getting much clearer in the nearly two year-old Jason Vassell case. Hampshire Superior Court Judge Judd Carhart ruled Oct. 7 that Vassell's defense team had met the legal standards necessary to pursue a so-called racially selective prosecution defense. S...

UMass researchers receive grant to study effects of exercise

By Matthew M. Robare

October 19, 2009


Filed under Campus News

University of Massachusetts researchers have been awarded a grant by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study physical activity. The two-year, $985,000 grant was awarded to a team led by Professor Patty Freedson of the Kinesiology Department and John Staudenmeyer, an associate professor with th...

Budget cuts close Mark’s Meadow elementary school

By Michael Phillis

October 19, 2009


Filed under Local News

Just to the north of the University of Massachusetts campus sits Mark’s Meadow elementary school. In the 1990s, UMass used Mark’s Meadow as a laboratory school for their graduate education students. Since then, UMass gave use of the school to the Amherst school system  for free. At the conclusion...

Amherst Survival Center director receives honor for community leadership

By Niina Heikkinen

October 19, 2009


Filed under Local News

As the nation grapples with issues concerning health care reform, Dr. Susan Lowery is taking the lead in a local grassroots effort through the Amherst Survival Center on North Pleasant Street to address the health care needs of the town”s homeless and uninsured population. Last week, Lowery, as...