Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Amherst sleeps out to protest climate change

By Lauren Vincent

February 21, 2010

Filed under Campus News, Environment

Christopher Potter has been living in a tent on the University of Massachusetts campus for 121 days. The sophomore political science major is protesting the use of fossil fuels for electricity by refusing to sleep in the dorms as part of a statewide campaign called Massachusetts Power Shift. Potter...

Commonwealth College funds undergrad research

By Anna Meiler

February 21, 2010

Filed under Campus News

Commonwealth Honors College awarded $100,000 to undergraduate students this academic year, funding research and better preparing students for graduate school and the real world. “I think it’s great that Commonwealth Honors College has been able to provide that much support to its students,”...

UMass grads fight financial crime

By Matt Bouteillier

February 21, 2010

Filed under Business

During a time when many businesses are downsizing and cutting back just to stay afloat, Dexrex LLC – founded and run by former University of Massachusetts students – is expanding, soon moving from college-town Amherst to the banking center of Boston. The company’s website,, allows...

New service offers “Life Without Laundry”

By Kat Manser

February 21, 2010

Filed under Local News

The typical student living on-campus at the University of Massachusetts must spend $1.50 in quarters to wash and $1.50 to dry when it comes time to do one load of laundry. Many students also comment on the time it takes to wait for an available washer or dryer, especially considering the sometimes-broken...

UMass junior Maia F. McDermott, 21, dies in early morning crash

By Matt Rocheleau

February 20, 2010

Filed under Archives, Local News

A 21-year-old University of Massachusetts student died early this morning when a vehicle she was driving struck a utility pole in Bolyston, Mass. and burst into flames, according to police. A 2006 Mazda, driven by Maia F. McDermott of 158 Walnut St. in Clinton and traveling north on Route 70, or Main ...

Online elections bill passes SGA Senate

By Alyssa Creamer

February 18, 2010

Filed under Archives, Campus News

First attempt: Fail. Second attempt: Fail. Third attempt: Fail. What is now the fourth bill in favor of piloting online elections to reach the University of Massachusetts Student Government Association’s Administrative Affairs committee has now been passed through both committee and on the Senate floor as of Monday and Wednesday,...

Congressman gets Frank with UMass students on politics

By Michelle Williams

February 16, 2010

Filed under Campus News

Photos courtesy Hollis Smith and Caitlin Coughlan / The Amherst Wire On Feb. 16, the Student Union Ballroom located on the campus of the University of Massachusetts was filled with students, residents and constituents eager to hear from guest speaker Congressman Barney Frank. Three lounge chairs next to the stacks of Frank’s new biography set the stage for the event, with UMass journalism professor Ralph Whitehead interviewin...

Rte. 9 collision separates engine from vehicle, hospitalizes four

By Matt Rocheleau

February 13, 2010

Filed under Archives, Blogs, Breaking News, Local News, Web-Exclusive

View Rte. 9 collision separates engine from vehicle, hospitalizes four - in a larger map A serious head-on collision on Route 9 in Hadley earlier this week separated the engine from one of the vehicles involved and hospitalized four people, including three who are believed to be University of...

PVTA gets an “A” for being green

By Laura Lovett

February 11, 2010

Filed under Local News

Plentiful, efficient transportation, student involvement, and a green initiative have earned the University of Massachusetts’ transit system an “A” in the 2010 college sustainability report. Director of UMass Transit Al Byam said the primary reason for earning the grade was “the large usage...

Final vice chancellor candidate Charles speaks to campus

By Cameron Ford

February 11, 2010

Filed under Campus News

Dr. Kevin E. Charles, the assistant vice president of student and academic services at the University of New Hampshire, held a public forum Tuesday evening to discuss his plans for the future should he become a vice chancellor at the University of Massachusetts. The session was one of two Charles held that day; the fi...

University of Massachusetts reorganizes federal research money

By Alex Roche

February 11, 2010

Filed under Campus News

In an attempt to acquire additional federal research revenue, representatives for the University of Massachusetts Michael Malone, the vice chancellor for Research and Engagement, and Tom Milligan, executive vice chancellor for University Relations, have announced a reorganization plan which also seeks to ...

AAUP campaign calls for faculty to “speak up” for rights

By R.P. Hitt

February 11, 2010

Filed under Campus News

The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) claims that academic freedom on college campuses is under attack as never before. A campaign called “Speak Up, Speak Out: Protect the faculty voice” was launched in November 2009 amid court decisions thought to restrict the freedom of speech...