Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Students worry about housing, jobs and food security following UMass’ reversal of fall reopening plan

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By Claire Healy, Assistant News Editor

August 8, 2020

Students weigh a number of factors as they scramble to adjust to changes in the UMass reopening plan two weeks before classes begin.

College Democrats allege inappropriate behavior between Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse and college students

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By Collegian Staff

August 7, 2020

“I want to be clear that every relationship I’ve had has been consensual. However, I also recognize that I have to be cognizant of my position of power,” Morse said in the statement.

UMass to lay off 95 percent of its Resident Assistants and Peer Mentors

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By Will Katcher, Assistant News Editor

August 7, 2020

The University of Massachusetts is laying off roughly 450 Resident Assistants and Peer Mentors — 95 percent of the staff — and will leave many without benefits and compensation the parties agreed to in a collective bargaining contract, according to multiple members of the RA/PM Union, which represents...

UMass still requiring students who come to campus to sign community agreement

UMass still requiring students who come to campus to sign community agreement

By McKenna Premus, Assistant Social Media Editor

August 7, 2020

“The UMass Amherst Community Agreement is an articulation of students’ responsibilities to take conscious steps to protect the health and safety of the members of our community," the chancellor wrote.

Living in Amherst next semester is the only option, some off-campus students say

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By Matt Berg, Managing Editor

August 7, 2020

In UMass’ revised reopening plan, off-campus students were “strongly” discouraged from returning to Amherst for the upcoming semester if their classwork is fully remote. But some students say there’s no other option.

UMass reverses previous decision to allow all students to return to residence halls

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By Cassie McGrath and Will Katcher

August 6, 2020

The University of Massachusetts is reversing a previous decision regarding on-campus housing for the fall semester, the latest in a series of higher education institutions to do so this week. Only those in “essential face-to-face classes” will be accommodated in residential halls, in addition t...

RA/PM Union finalized contract with UMass

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By McKenna Premus, Assistant Social Media Editor

August 6, 2020

“We will be prepared to outright safety strike if we feel that COVID cannot be contained,” said Resident Assistant/Peer Mentor Union Co-Chair James Cordero.

UMass announces updated face covering requirements for campus

UMass announces updated face covering requirements for campus

By Sophia Gardner, Assistant News Editor

July 29, 2020

The email specified that face coverings will be required in almost every indoor space including hallways, restrooms, classrooms and elevators.

International students react to now-rescinded ICE ruling on student visas

International students react to now-rescinded ICE ruling on student visas

By Claire Healy, Assistant News Editor

July 29, 2020

International students react to the now-rescinded ICE ruling regarding, potential deportation over online classes.

UMass’ famous ‘Omelet Lady’ Joanne Keller announces her retirement

UMass’ famous 'Omelet Lady' Joanne Keller announces her retirement

By Sophia Gardner, Assistant News Editor

July 29, 2020

UMass will be missing her famous omelettes come September.

Resident Assistant/Peer Mentor Union demands safer working conditions for fall semester amid pandemic

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By McKenna Premus, Assistant Social Media Editor

July 27, 2020

“The University said hazard pay would not be acceptable, even though they had given it in the spring semester, because this is the ‘new normal,’” said James Cordero, co-chair of the Resident Assistant/Peer Mentor Union.

UMass Racial Justice Coalition and UMass for Black Lives present demands to the University

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By Cassie McGrath, News Editor

July 22, 2020

UMass Racial Justice Coalition and UMass for Black Lives present demands to administrations, advocating for an anti-racist campus.