Massachusetts Daily Collegian

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...

Drug Policy Initiatives: Amethyst vs. Emerald

April 20, 2009


Filed under Breaking News

By: Tim Wallace   Binge drinking has been viewed by college campus leaders as one of the biggest health and safety risks for college students of our generation, according to a recent Inside Higher Ed article. As a result, administrators are focusing on ways in which alcohol policies could be reformed not just on...

“The Sicily Class”

April 13, 2009


Filed under Breaking News

Blog entry and photos by: Katherine Neubert Journalism 391R: Travel Writing and Photojournalism (aka "the Sicily class") is by far, hands down, no doubt about it the best class I've ever taken at UMass. For starters, it gets you out of the class room and into real life... Sicily, to be exact. You can only take this c...

Haymarket Cafe: A little more than your average “coffee shop”

February 26, 2009


Filed under Breaking News

By: Katherine Neubert I was standing on Main Street in Northampton, around the corner from Smith College, where my father taught film once upon a time, my cousin became an alumnus in 2003 and where, last weekend, I saw “Thin & Girl Culture,” a photography exhibit by Lauren Greenfield at the...

UMass offers yoga!

February 22, 2009


Filed under Breaking News

By: Alyssa Creamer Many full-time college students with hectic lives, between planning enough time to balance 10 hours of a crappy part-time job, six classes of varying degrees of difficulty, and making time to socialize, barely have enough time to truly relax. When you believe you’ve spent time “rel...

UMass speaks out on possible border tolls

January 29, 2009


Filed under Breaking News

By: Alyssa Creamer Collegian Staff According to The Boston Globe, Governor Deval Patrick has proposed a plan to the federal government to place toll booths at the Massachusetts state borders. Although no official documents requesting this plan have yet been received by the Federal Highway Administration in...

January 20, 2009: One of the best days of my life

January 26, 2009


Filed under Breaking News

I haven’t even left cloud nine yet. That's where I've been since last Tuesday, when I arrived in DC after a 90-minute metro ride (which should have been only about a 10 minute ride). I was blessed enough to not have gone back to school yet, and my best girlfriend Maggie and I were fortunate to have...

Watching history in the making

January 26, 2009


Filed under Breaking News

I woke up at ten thirty and leisurely stumbled downstairs, where my mom casually reminded me that in little more than an hour, the first African American President of the United States would be sworn into office. It was a fact I had quietly forgotten. My family has always been politically involved,...

Brian Williams & Tom Brokaw kept me watching

January 22, 2009


Filed under Breaking News

By Matt Rocheleau, Collegian Staff When I sat down Tuesday evening to try and write about what I did on Inauguration Day, I couldn't - which is why I waited until now. It wasn't that I had writer's block or that I did not have anything to say; rather, I was just tired of the whole thing. Reporting for The ...