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  • United Airlines and our culture of perpetual outrage

    04/18/2017 5:06:52 AM PDT · by pabianice · 162 replies
    UMassd Daily Collegian ^ | 4/17/17 | Polumbo
    But we have to ask, do the facts really justify this level of outrage? After all, United approached this overbooked flight in the same way that airlines across the country do every day. Dao was given many chances to leave the flight peacefully, and blatantly refused to do so. In airports post-9/11, this type of behavior is not tolerated as there is a greater emphasis on the expectation to comply with the instructions of airline personnel for safety reasons. After Dao dug his feet in, all United did was call the airport police. Anything that occurred after that point was...
  • Trump’s victory is unsurprising in racist America

    12/05/2016 6:07:27 AM PST · by pabianice · 125 replies
    UMass Daily Collegian ^ | 12/4/16 | Azarael
    People of color, particularly Black Americans, shouldn’t be surprised in the least by Donald Trump’s presidential victory. Although part of me feels like we shouldn’t be acting like we haven’t already survived, despite vicious attempts to destroy us, I can understand the shock. It’s the same thing as saying no matter how much one can prepare for death, you’re never really ready. We’ve been preparing for different forms of death for hundreds of years. And yet, here we are in fear, though our fears have morphed into realities time and time again through Jim Crow, lynchings, police brutality (which has...
  • UMass Democrats fight back against Trump’s policies

    11/29/2016 5:27:32 AM PST · by pabianice · 45 replies
    UMass Daily Collegian ^ | 11/28/16 | Editorial Staff
    To the Editor: In the wake of Donald Trump’s election, we’ve heard many calls from media and political figures to give Trump another chance. They suggested he might moderate his positions, that it would not be so bad and that we should unite and work together as a nation. What did Trump do with this fresh chance in the very first week? He appointed Steve Bannon to the pivotal role of Chief Strategist, a decision that was instantly applauded by the American Nazi Party and the KKK. Bannon is a leader in the effort to mainstream white nationalism in American...
  • When the impossible comes: UMass students respond to a seemingly inevitable Trump victory

    11/09/2016 7:47:17 AM PST · by pabianice · 8 replies
    UMass Daily Collegian ^ | 11/9/16 | Foster
    As Donald Trump neared an improbable victory in the Electoral College on Tuesday night, the mood in the Student Union was something less than joyous. At the site of a viewing party for the election results, most people had cleared the Cape Cod Lounge venue. Outside in the building’s hub, Mokhtar Malas sat nervously eyeing the return results in swing states Wisconsin and New Hampshire. “I was really surprised by the results. Especially because the polls were showing Clinton would win the Presidency,” Malas, a senior Biology major, said. “I feel betrayed.” “I’m not pro-Hillary, but I think she’d do...
  • EPIC: Trigglypuff Remix! (Official UMass Protestor Autotune)

    05/09/2016 4:47:21 PM PDT · by StevenCrowder · 37 replies ^ | 05/09/2016 | Steven Crowder
    If you only watch one video that makes you urinate yourself with guilty laughter today... make it this one.
  • Protestors go crazy during The Triggering event at UMass

    04/28/2016 2:32:22 PM PDT · by Pelham · 42 replies
    You Tube ^ | 4/26/2016 | Campus Reform
    videoSocial Justice Warrior entertainment cruel commentary by neanderthal misogynists
  • UMass Amherst students throw temper tantrum at free speech event

    04/27/2016 12:41:34 PM PDT · by · 24 replies
    Campus Reform Reporter ^ | Apr 25, 2016 | Peter Fricke and Anthony Gockowski
    <p>Students at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst set a new high for hysteria Monday night at an event featuring Christina Hoff Sommers, Milo Yiannopoulos, and Steven Crowder.</p> <p>The event was intended to be a forum and discussion about the use of political correctness on campus, but degenerated into a shouting match as protesters sought to drown out the speakers with cries of "hate speech" and, less imaginatively....</p>
  • Reports: Gunman on campus at UMass Amherst, shelter in place ordered

    02/18/2016 3:16:43 PM PST · by My Guns Never · 43 replies
    Students and staff at the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus have been ordered to shelter in place after reports of a gunman on campus. FOX25 has received several tweets from members of the campus community but has not heard back from campus officials about the situation.
  • UMass bans Iranians from some engineering, science programs

    02/16/2015 8:55:59 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | February 16, 2015
    AMHERST, Mass. — The University of Massachusetts at Amherst has banned Iranian nationals from admission to certain graduate programs in a move that school officials say aligns its policy with U.S. sanctions against Iran. The university will no longer admit students from Iran to some programs in engineering and natural sciences.
  • Edward Kennedy Institute to open early next year

    10/08/2014 9:18:08 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 8, 2014 9:25 PM EDT
    The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate is set to open early next year. […] The institute is being built on the campus of the University of Massachusetts Boston next to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. The centerpiece is a full-scale representation of the U.S. Senate Chamber. …
  • UMass guard 1st gay D-I basketball player

    04/10/2014 5:32:22 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 19 replies
    UMass guard Derrick Gordon hopes his decision to become the first openly gay player in Division I men’s basketball will inspire others. “There are a lot of kids out there in my situation, probably far worse situations,” he said in a phone interview with The Associated Press. “Maybe I can give a lot of kids that confidence that they need to get over that hump.”
  • Dozens arrested at Massachusetts ‘Blarney Blowout’ (UMass Amherst campus)

    03/08/2014 4:08:20 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 8, 2014 6:55 PM EST
    Police in riot gear have arrested at least 35 people participating in the pre-St. Patrick’s Day “Blarney Blowout” at the University of Massachusetts’ flagship campus in Amherst. […] Amherst Police Capt. Jennifer Gundersen says officers used pepper spray to disperse the crowd. …
  • UMass-Amherst professor defends her gov't-funded duck genitalia research

    04/05/2013 12:21:26 PM PDT · by matt04 · 32 replies
    he past few days, the Internet has been filled with commentary on whether the National Science Foundation should have paid for my study on duck genitalia, and 88.7 percent of respondents to a Fox news online poll agreed that studying duck genitalia is wasteful government spending. The commentary supporting and decrying the study continues to grow. As the lead investigator in this research, I would like to weigh in on the controversy and offer some insights into the process of research funding by the NSF. My research on bird genitalia was originally funded in 2005, during the Bush administration. Thus...
  • Geologists: Shale gas likely under Connecticut River Valley, but would be hard to exploit

    12/13/2012 5:47:50 PM PST · by matt04 · 7 replies
    Fracking, the controversial method of extracting shale gas or other petroleum from deep below the earth's surface, might be possible in the Connecticut River Valley, geologists say. But the rock deposits likely to bear gas are thin here and difficult to access, making commercial exploitation of the resource unlikely in the near future. “It's not hard to hit,” said James L. Coleman Jr., a research geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. “It's hard to do anything with once you get it.” Coleman was one of the speakers Thursday at a day-long conference on the future of shale gas, hydraulic fracturing...
  • UMass, EPA agree-plan to replace contaminated windows at Lederle Grad Research Ctr over 15 yr period

    09/12/2012 4:58:08 PM PDT · by matt04 · 10 replies
    Federal environmental officials and the University of Massachusetts have entered into a consent agreement for which the university will remove windows contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyl at the John W. Lederle Graduate Research Center over 15 years. According to a prepared statement from the Environmental Protection Agency, UMass discovered that the window glazing at the research center was contaminated with high levels of contaminants after finishing a window-caulking project in 2009. UMass has agreed to replace and dispose of all 900 PCB-contaminated windows over the next 15 years at a cost of about $3 million. The university will complete window cleaning,...
  • Amherst Town Meeting, Sep 10, 2001, 12 hours before the first plane struck the WTC

    09/09/2012 4:51:28 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 24 replies
    self YouTube ^ | 09/09/2012 | RaceBannon
    This town hall meeting took place Sep 10, 2001 in Amherst Mass 12 hours before the first plane struck the towers in New York City, before the Pentagon was hit, and before Flight 93 was taken down in a suicide dive by the terrorists who were beign overrun by brave Americans. This video is significant because of the statements made at the 40 minute to 50 minute mark and again at the 1 hour 10 minute mark which were in response to comments made at the 45 minute mark. Keep in mind this was made 12 hours before the World...
  • UMass students rally at student union as part of OWS movement; profs urge change to socialism

    10/16/2011 3:59:43 PM PDT · by matt04 · 37 replies
    More than 200 students gathered outside the University of Massachusetts Student Union to continue their call for economic justice as part of the Occupy Wall Street movement, which enters its 26th day. ... Student after student on Wednesday told stories of parents losing jobs and health care, or of having mounting student debt caused by what they say is Wall Street greed. Some bore signs reading “1 percent stop bogarting your stash.” There were chants of “one solution, revolution,” and a call to spread the word about Occupy UMass so there would be enough students and others to occupy a...
  • UMass wins five-year, $7.5 million federal grant to host Northeast Climate Science Center

    10/07/2011 11:43:56 AM PDT · by matt04 · 5 replies
    The University of Massachusetts Amherst has been awarded a $7.5 million federal grant over five years to lead a consortium of seven universities and host the Northeast Climate Science Center. The climate center is one of eight in the country established by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar since he founded the program in 2009, according to a press release. The center at UMass includes New England and states west to Minnesota and south to Maryland. The money will support federal, state and other agencies by studying the effects of climate change on ecosystems, wildlife, water and other resources in...
  • UMass study: Poor in Pioneer Valley getting poorer

    08/22/2011 2:29:33 PM PDT · by matt04 · 12 replies
    Western Massachusetts’ poorest residents have less buying power now than they had in 1979, according to a study released Monday by the University of Massachusetts. In 1979, the poorest 20 percent of Pioneer Valley residents earned $20,983 once figures are adjusted for inflation to represent 2009 dollars, according MassBenchmarks, a study of the state’s economy prepared by the University of Massachusetts’ Donahue Institute and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. By 2008, that annual income had fallen to an inflation adjusted $15,992. “Meaning that a poor family was doing significantly better in 1979,” said Michael D. Goodman, an author of...
  • Chancellor at UMass may face ax (cavalier attitude toward increasing diversity)

    05/22/2011 5:24:35 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 19 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | May 22, 2011 | Tracy Jan
    A committee evaluating UMass Amherst chancellor Robert Holub is recommending that his contract not be renewed following a series of missteps that critics say reflect a politically tone deaf leadership style, the latest example being a thwarted plan to open a medical school in Springfield ... Holub would not directly comment on his status, but defended his record in an interview. “In my view, things are all going in the right direction,’’ he said. “I have every academic indicator on my side. I have so much of a stake in things that are going on here. So much of what...