Massachusetts Daily Collegian

‘Sockvember’ underway for Amherst homeless

By Chance Viles

November 18, 2013

The Student Leadership Center at the University of Massachusetts is striving to make a big difference for the homeless in the smallest of ways. The Student Leadership Center is organizing “Socktober” and “Sockvemb...

Nearly Naked Mile raises awareness of Mass. homeless

By Jaclyn Bryson

October 20, 2013

Despite the brisk October weather, University of Massachusetts students came together on Friday wearing their brightly colored tee-shirts, shorts and undergarments and sporting black, red and white body paint on their skin, all...

For Amherst homeless, ‘Hope’ comes in the form of a cow

By Jaclyn Bryson

October 2, 2013

There is a cow in Amherst Center, standing guard outside the Loose Goose Café, quietly watching the traffic make its way down North Pleasant Street. But it isn’t real. The life-sized cow statue, named “Hope,” wa...

Amherst Survival Center provides more than food to local community

By Jessica Troland

October 11, 2012

From high-end French restaurant Chez Albert to the casual quarters of Antonio’s,there is no shortage of places to eat in the Amherst Town Center. However, five miles away, at 1:06 p.m. on a rainy Friday, a man dressed in ...

Homelessness and mental illness

By Katie Landeck

September 10, 2012

Just after the October snowstorm, I went to Craig’s Doors, the local homeless shelter, to do a story on the homeless in Amherst and how the storm affected them. Of the 29 guests that were there, the person I remember most clearly ...

Broken Boot Straps: A Moral Tale

By Max Calloway

January 26, 2012

A noted and often highlighted hallmark of the New Yorker is his or her ability to avoid the sticky mess that can often be human empathy or sympathy by keeping the eyes locked forward staring eye-level at some indeterminate middle...

Working our way upstream

By Rachael Roth

January 26, 2012

I was in the Deep South when I heard a parable that changed my life. It was told by a woman who worked with high school students painting houses for people that were threatened with the prospect of losing their homes by insurance...

Local survival center looks to have turkey on all tables

By Nancy Pierce

November 21, 2011

This Thanksgiving holiday, the Amherst Survival Center wants to make sure there is a turkey in every pot for needy families in the area. Yesterday, the Amherst Survival Center on North Pleasant Street bustled with numerous volunteers and employees working to get together the Thanksgiving packages that the cen...