On Saturday, September 8, the UMass football team played Indiana University at Gillette Stadium for their season home opener. This wasn’t the first game that the team played at Gillette (they played University of New Hampshire there in the “Colonial Clash” last season) but it was the first of many games to be played there this season. Because UMass moved up to the bigger Mid-American Conference this season, all home games will now be played at Gillette instead of the McGuirk Alumni Stadium on campus which is where... Read More
Hey everyone!  My name is Meagan Fleming and I am a Junior at UMass!  I am a Commonwealth Honors College student double-majoring in French and English and minoring in Latin.  I also work as an honors college peer advisor and a resident assistant.     The other day I attended the Commonwealth Honors College’s Sweet Tooth Soirée—and it was a blast!  Every year CHC hosts this event in the Goodell 504 lounge so that honors students from around campus can mingle over tasty treats.  I came early to help set up with some... Read More
As you might have noticed if you were walking through the Campus Center on April 27, the 18th annual Massachusetts Statewide Undergraduate Research Conference was in full swing.  I was lucky enough this year to be able to put some time aside and visit it, and I was definitely impressed by what I saw.   Even though I’m a junior this year, I had never attend the Conference before and I was not sure what to expect.  I guess my only real excuse for not having attended in the past was that I a) wasn’t really sure what... Read More
A friend of mine sent me the extended trailer for a documentary called Miss Representation a few months ago and I’d been desperately trying to find a way to see it since then. It explores how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in influential positions by circulating limited and often disparaging portrayals of women.   Although it was shown on the Oprah Winfrey Network a few times, the only way other way to view the documentary was by attending a screening. In the meantime, I would... Read More
On Friday, April 27, faculty, staff, and students were invited to celebrate UMass at a free cookout on the Goodell lawn for an event that will serve as campus appreciation day. Our award-winning Dining Services prepared a locally-grown “green” meal, one that used as many local and sustainable products as possible.   On Fridays, the only class I have is French from 10:10AM to 11:00AM. As soon as my class ended, I wandered over to the Goodell lawn to see if the Founder’s Day festivities had begun yet with one of... Read More
For months, I’ve been working with a small group of students in the Student Government Association (SGA) to host an event to recognize sustainability efforts on campus and to emphasize the importance of public higher education.   The Senate committee I was a part of had guidance from various administrators and staff members, who urged us to take advantage of the fact that Robert F. Kennedy Jr. would be on campus April 23 to deliver the Earth Day Festival 2012 Keynote Address. It didn’t take much convincing!... Read More
I’ve never felt more part of the community than I did recently at the Five College Relay for Life. There were 1,372 participants making up 149 relay teams. Members of the community raised $92,382 for the American Cancer Society. It is estimated that Relay for Life events have raised over $3 billion to date.     This was my first time participating in Relay for Life and I can’t wait to do another soon! I joined the UMass Student Government Association (SGA) team and I was so proud of how many teams were affiliated... Read More
If you have been reading this blog from the beginning (hi mom!), you might remember a post I wrote with the unnecessarily long title “Pectinatella Magnifica, or Why the Faculty Lecture Series is Worth Your Time.”  I think it’s pretty self-explanatory, but if you haven’t read the entry, that absurd string of words will link you back to it.   I wrote that after attending the first and second of four faculty lectures put on by the Honors College in the fall semester, and I was basically trying to convince... Read More
Let me start by saying that this past weekend could have gone better for many sports fans at UMass Amherst.   On Saturday night, I went to the UMass v. Merrimack hockey game, which drew 5,000 spectators to the Mullins Center on campus.  UMass Dining sponsored an impressive white-out and gave out free white UMass T-shirts to the first thousand students to arrive.  It was a close game and a lot of fun to watch.   The Merrimack Warriors were up 1-0 just 3:25 into the game before UMass' Troy Power responded... Read More
October was Breast Cancer Awareness month, and if you walked through the library at all you probably noticed the strings of origami cranes hanging in the west side of the lobby.  The original cranes were folded by Commonwealth Honors College students two years ago.  I was one of the crane folders my freshman year when Dean Clarkson suggested the project to the Student Advisory Board.     The idea of the project is based on the Japanese legend that the folder of one thousand cranes will be granted a wish,... Read More

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