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Volume 72, Issue 1 www.themclabeacon.com Thursday, September 30, 2010

Fight breaks out near campus Student discovers fight between two suspects on Bradley Street By Andrew Roiter

Cara Sheedy/Beacon Staff

The corner of Bradley Street and Church Street.

Managing Editor

The area known around campus as the firepit has had a history of violence and early Sunday morning police responded to yet another incident. According to North Adams police a 22-year-old MCLA student was leaving a party at the firepit when he came across of a pair of unknown suspects in a physi- -Michael Cozzaglio cal altercation about halfway up Following the incident on Bradley Bradley Street. When the student, Street, officers arrived to break up whose name police withheld, at- the party at the firepit. No arrests tempted to break up the fight one were made. of the combatants turned and de“I believe this is an isolated incilivered a punch to the student’s dent where alcohol was involved, face. late at night, where nobody North Adams Police Director Mi- should’ve been,” Cozzaglio said. chael Cozzaglio said, “What we’re He added that the firepit is techtrying to find out is that if it was nically on private property. The two MCLA students [fighting] or owner of the property has made North Adams residents or what.” it clear to the NAPD that when The victim told police that he people are on the property the are did not know either suspect, but trespassing. that after he was assaulted one or As of Tuesday, the police were still both parties entered a car and sped looking for suspects and witnesses down Bradley Street towards the to the incident. College. The victim also declined medical attention.

U-Status for MCLA By Ed Damon

Senior News Editor Under new Massachusetts legislation, nine of the state-run colleges now have university status. The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is one of these schools, but will not be changing its name. The bill signing, which took place at the State House on July 28, was attended by officials from all nine of the state schools. The new bill will go into effect Oct. 26. Six of the state colleges will change their names to reflect their university status. These schools will become Bridgewater State University, Fitchburg State University, Framingham State University, Salem State University, Westfield State University, and Worcester State University. Three of them, however, will not be changing their name, in order to reflect their specialty school status. These schools are Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and Massachusetts Maritime Academy. The name change brings Massachusetts in alignment with the majority of the country, since 45 states have university systems in place. The formation of a state university system has been in the works for years, with the presidents of state run colleges believing that the status change will help students

“The firepit is technically on private property. The owner of said property has made it clear to the NAPD that he or she does not want people there and that they are trespassing.”

when applying to jobs. Though six colleges are now universities by name, they are separate from the pre-existing University of Massachusetts system. The nine colleges in the new university system will only be able to offer doctorate degrees through the UMass system. UMass also has a separate operating budget set by the state. The Department of Higher Education said that the name change will not cost the schools or state any extra money. Signage and stationary will be replaced on an asneeded basis, rather than all at once. The schools’ websites have been changed to reflect the impending name change, however. Senior Michelle Webb is one student happy about MCLA having university status. “I think that when we need to apply to jobs, it will look better,” she said. “A lot of people put importance on universities.” Junior Jared Swanson, however, is not so sure. “I’m not sure if it’s a big advantage,” he said. “We’re still a state university. I’m not sure how it will fair compared to a private university.” President Mary Grant says that this gives the College a renewed chance to talk about its mission, which places more importance on liberal arts than other

Inside This Issue $700 fee increase (where’d the money go?) pg.3 Downstreet Art opens pg.8 Billy Shannon feature pg.11 Volleyball preview pg.16

WJJW streams By Chris Goodell Staff Writer

WJJW is still looking for more DJs this semester as part of their efforts to make radio more popular amongst students. “Over the years, there was an overall decline in interest,” English/Communicaions professor and WJJW adviser Jim Niedbalski said. “We’re trying to turn that around in a big way.” In order to make radio programs more

accessible to students around campus, WJJW will be streaming over the internet for the first time this year. However, while the technology is already in place, WJJW’s financial situation could delay their ability to stream. According to Niedbalski, streaming over the internet requires an outside server, which costs approximately $600 per calendar year. “Financially, it would make the most sense not to start [streaming]

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WJJW DJ Jeff Bliss grabs the mic.


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