Massachusetts Daily Collegian

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

By R.P. Hitt

October 22, 2009

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...