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Tibetan monks come to UMass UMass cancels two more Oct. EDM concerts Students can get refunds for tickets By Conor Snell Collegian Staff
On Friday, the monks dismantled the mandala they created as the onlooking crowd watched and took pictures.
Over 3 days, 700 people came to visit B y C onor Snell Collegian Staff
For three days, 10 Tibetan Buddhist monks visiting the University of Massachusetts from the Drepung Loseling Monastery in Karnataka State in South India painstakingly created a sand mandala, an artistic display made from millions of grains of brightly colored sand, only to destroy it shortly after its completion. A mandala, according to the monks, is meant to represent the impermanence of the natural world. It requires hours of precise construction and intense focus, but exists for only a short time before it is swept up and emptied into the nearest moving body of water so that its positive energy might spread through the water and be
carried around the world. The mandala was begun on Wednesday morning, and from that time it was open to the public for viewing for around five hours each day. It was completed around 4 p.m. Friday, at which time it was consecrated and then destroyed. Half of its sand was distributed to the community while the other half was emptied into the campus pond. According to a press release, the mandala constructed on the Fine Arts Center Concert Hall stage depicted the heavenly home of Buddha Akshobhya, the Unshakeable Victor for conflict resolution and peace. Before beginning the construction, the monks engaged in a ritual cleansing ceremony, in which traditional mantras and prayers are repeated. The monks “asked the invisible spirits if the area was a proper one for mandala construction” through ritual Tibetan throat
singing, as well as playing songs on traditional Tibetan instruments, such as drums and long horns. The monks were welcomed by Chancellor Subbaswamy and his wife Mala in an opening ceremony on Wednesday morning. The chancellor, as well as the Director of the Asian Arts and Culture Program Ranjanaa Devi, were given khatas, ceremonial Tibetan scarves, as a sign of gratitude. Subbaswamy, who hails from Karnatka State himself, thanked the monks for coming to perform their art at UMass. “This type of performance gives us a window into a world culture that we do not see on a regular basis,” said Subbaswamy at the opening ceremony. “In a time when human gatherings are becoming less and less frequent, this brings a message of peace and harmony that comes with Buddhist belief.” Leading the monks was
Rinpoche Chung Tulku, who in 1977 was recognized by his Holiness the Dalai Lama as the 14th reincarnation in the lineage of Gungbar Chungstang Rinpoche, a highly respected lama and spiritual teacher. He has been with the Drepung monastery since age 10. “We did not come to spread our religion to the people here,” said Tulku, speaking through the monks’ translator, Mr. Lobsang Norbu. “We have come to promote peace and harmony among individuals. This can be done in two ways: by promoting kindness and compassion toward every living being and by establishing a basic foundation of respect for others in every person.” On Friday, the monks completed their construction, and welcomed visitors to view the finished product. Senator Stan see
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The University of Massachusetts cancelled two more upcoming electronic dance music concerts at the Mullins Center on Thursday, bringing the number of concerts cancelled due to drug concerns up to three. The cancellations of Above & Beyond, slated for Oct. 4 and Pretty Lights, set for Oct. 30, came just five days after Return to Fantazia was scheduled to perform before its cancellation earlier this month. These are the last of the scheduled EDM concerts at the Mullins Center for this year. The cancellations come after a dangerous and potent form of the drug MDMA, nicknamed Molly, has been connected to several recent overdoses in the Northeast. Enku Gelaye, interim vice chancellor for student affairs and campus life, said in an email to UMass students that “the factors that led to cancellation of the Sept. 21 concert have not positively shifted. In fact, we have grown even more concerned about ongoing reports of overdoses at such events.” “The Molly-taking culture at these shows is real and now exceedingly dangerous to the health and safety of concert attendees,” she said. Student Government Association President Zachary Broughton held discussions with campus officials regarding the concerts, and co-signed Gelaye’s email informing students of the cancellations. However, in a Facebook post on Sept. 27, Broughton clari-
fied that he “did not, and [does] not support the cancellation of these events.” “[We] did not think it was the place of the University to dictate the behavior of students. Rather, it is the responsibility of the University to educate students so that they can make better, informed decisions,” wrote Broughton in the post. He goes on to stress his belief that the cancellations punish those who do not use Molly, assume that all who attend these EDM events participate in drug culture, ignore problems with other drugs and do not allow students to make their own choices. Broughton said he agreed to co-sign the email to let students know that SGA representatives had been involved in the discussion process, but that the SGA’s goal of preventing the cancellation had ultimately failed. Molly has been linked to seven deaths in Boston and New York, according to the Greenfield Recorder. Reports of these overdoses have recently prompted a string of concert cancellations throughout the region. Electric Zoo, a multiday EDM festival held on Randalls Island, N.Y. over Labor Day weekend was cancelled on its final day after two concertgoers overdosed and died, according to the New York Times. According to drugabuse. gov, MDMA can cause feelings of empathy, extreme closeness with others and sexual arousal by increasing the activity of the neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine. However, it can also cause feelings of nausea and dehydration, increase heart rate and blood pressure and lead to a “sharp increase see
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UMass sees an increase Government shutdown in student enrollment looms over United States By Katrina BorofSKi Collegian Correspondent
With a projected undergraduate enrollment of nearly 72,000 students spread across four campuses, it seems almost impossible for the University of Massachusetts to expand. Yet this fall, enrollment at the University is predicted to reach a record high. The 72,000 students attending UMass Amherst, Lowell, Dartmouth or Boston represent a two percent increase in enrollment since the last academic year, according to President Robert Caret in an article from the Associated Press. This year’s incoming freshman class brought in 4,600 students alone. In addi-
tion to the enrollment rate, the application rate between the four campuses has likewise increased. According to Caret, a five percent increase in the number of applicants took place over the course of the past year. This increase in student enrollment also correlates to the increase in academic performance among the school population, according to Daniel Fitzgibbons of the news and media relations office. “When we get more applications, it reflects the greater demand of respected students,” he said. In the incoming freshman class, SAT scores increased 11 points, and the average high school grade point aver-
age increased from 3.66 to 3.73 in the past year, according to Fitzgibbons. He added that these impressive increases represent a “historic high.” Although it may seem that the substantial increase in population could be a source of potential danger in the future years, Fitzgibbons says this is not the case. “We have to accept more places than we have room for,” he said “Because you always have to factor in that although there are many students accepted, but not all will go here.” Katrina Borofski can be reached at email@example.com.
An explanation of what it all means B y PatriCK H off Collegian Staff
As Congress continues to argue over the budget, the possibility of a partial government shutdown looms over the nation. The 2013 fiscal year ends at midnight on Monday, and if a budget cannot be agreed upon and signed by President Obama by then, some programs will end on Tuesday and cannot resume until a budget is agreed upon. Question: Will the entire government grind
to a halt on Tuesday? Answer: Not quite. All but “essential” services will stop functioning. Programs that are funded automatically each year, such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, will escape major cuts. But agencies that require Congressional appropriations every year, from the Pentagon to the National Park Service, will suffer from the partial government shutdown. Federal agencies have been working over the past couple weeks to determine which functions are “essential” and which may be cut if a government shutdown occurs.
“Essential” functions primarily include roles that protect public safety, critical foreign relations and protecting property. Employees who perform these functions will continue to get paid, such as the military, police and firefighters.What closes and what stays open is officially decided by the Office of Management and Budget, so it remains unclear exactly what will continue to function. USA Today predicts that 41 percent of non-defense employees will be furloughed, or stop getting paid. see
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THE MASSACHUSETTS DAILY COLLEGIAN
Monday, September 30, 2013
THE RU N D OW N ON THIS DAY... In 1993, Holdsworth Lab was evacuated for about a half hour because of a “suspicious looking device” that prompted a bomb scare. The device was a small box with a battery and some wires.
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Attack on Nigerian college dorm kills at least 40 JOHANNESBURG– Gunmen in northern Nigeria burst into a college dormitory early Sunday morning, spraying bullets and killing students indiscriminately. At least 40 people were killed, according to authorities. Like in the attack in Nairobi, Kenya, last week, the gunmen are believed to come from a violent Islamist group with a long history of indiscriminate attacks, often killing Muslim civilians. Boko Haram, the Nigerian terror group that authorities blamed for the college attack, is believed to have links with al-Qaida affiliates in West Africa. Al-Shabab, the group that claimed responsibility for the Nairobi shopping attack that killed 67 civilians and soldiers, is affiliated with al-Qaida. Sunday’s attack in the town of Gujba, near Damaturu, the capital of Yobe state, came as students in the college were sleeping in their dormitory at a local college of agriculture. “They attacked our students while they were sleeping in their hostels,” the school provost, Molima Idi Mato, told Associated Press. Although there was no immediate claim of responsibility, the attack bore the hallmarks of Boko Haram, which is opposed to secular education and has carried out many attacks on schools and colleges. The group’s name means “Western education is a sin” in the local Hausa language. The group is seeking to impose sharia law across Nigeria, a country divided between the povertystricken north, populated mainly by Muslims, and the predominantly Christian south. Boko Haram has killed thousands of people in recent years in an insurgency that extends across most of Nigeria’s northern states. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan imposed a state of emergency in many northern states in May, but security forces have struggled against Boko Haram. Civilian vigilante groups have sprung up, rounding up suspects. But communities where vigilante groups are active have suffered violent reprisals from Boko Haram. MCT
CONCERTS in body temperature” also known as hyperthermia. Pure MDMA can often be hard to find, and much of the Molly around now is mixed with other drugs, often unknown to the buyer. These can include caffeine, the stimulant ephedrine, ketamine, cocaine, methamphetamines and a wide range of other chemicals, each with their own side effects and potential dangers, according to the New York Times. “The strain of Molly out
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on the street right now is very dangerous, and its use is strongly associated with these types of concerts,” said Ed Blaguszewski, director of news and information for UMass. “If these kinds of concert are being held on our campus, then we have a responsibility to make sure people are safe.” He said that the future for EDM concerts at UMass remains unclear, and the University will have to wait and “see how the situation on the street develops.”
According to Blaguszewski, Mullins Center management has been cooperative and understanding in regards to the cancellations. He also said the contract between UMass and the Mullins Center gives the University the right to cancel events such as these. Ticketholders for Above & Beyond and Pretty Lights can receive refunds for tickets at the point of purchase. Conor Snell can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Rosenberg came to welcome the monks, and he too was presented with a khata scarf, as well as a copy of the mandala which Devi hopes he might hang in his office. Representatives from Amherst’s Tibetan community, which encompasses over 100 displaced Tibetan families, attended both ceremonies to pay their respects to the monks and to thank them for bringing Tibetan culture to western Mass. It was estimated that over 700 people came to see the mandala over the three days, and that over 250 of those people were children. The Drepung Monastery was originally built in Lhasa, Tibet in 1416, and once housed ten to fifteen thousand monks. After the Communist Chinese invasion in 1959, Drepung’s 6,500 monasteries were forced to close and many were destroyed. According to a press release, about 250 monks escaped to India, where they re-established themselves with the help of the Indian government as the Drepung
The monks worked on the colorful sand mandala for three days. Loselang Monastery. With their spiritual training practices thus preserved, their ranks have swelled to more than 2,500 since then. In 1991, they established a North American seat in Atlanta, Ga., and in 1998 began an academic affiliation with Emory University. “It was really interesting to see something so different from what you would usually see,” said UMass sophomore Rebecca Fox, who attended the closing ceremony. “I’m glad I
got to see it while it was here. It really did make me reflect on the lesson of impermanence the monks were trying to convey.” T his perfor mance kicked off the FAC’s Asian Arts and Culture 20th Anniversary schedule, which is set to hold a variety of visual, musical, and performing arts from Asian artists in the coming weeks. Conor Snell can be reached at email@example.com.
Q: If this is such a big deal, why have Congress and the President not done anything about it? A: They have been trying, but the problem is partisanship. Republicans see one solution to the problem and Democrats see another, as it is with many other issues as well. On Sept. 20, the House approved a temporary solution to the budget crisis, or a continuing resolution (CR), that would have extended the deadline until midDecember. The problem with this solution, however, was that it would have to cut funding necessary to implement the Affordable Care Act, scheduled to start on Tuesday, and Democrats did not approve of this. The Senate rejected the Sept. 20 CR and approved a different CR on Friday that would have continued funding to the Affordable Care Act. Over the weekend, the House approved another CR, cutting some of the funding for the Affordable Care Act again. The Senate will reconvene at 2 p.m. on Monday to review the new House-approved CR. Q: How long would the shutdown last? A: It is impossible to know until it ends. The longest shutdown was in Dec. 1995 to Jan. 1996 lasting 21 days, but the shortest have lasted only one day. Q: So government shutdowns have happened before? A: There have been 17 government shutdowns since 1976. The most recent government shutdown was in 1995-1996, which came after a previous five-day shutdown in Nov. 1995. A disagreement between former President Bill Clinton and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich over government spending cuts was the cause of these shutdowns. Q: Will classes be cancelled at the University of Massachusetts during a government shutdown? A: During the shutdown from Nov. 13 to Nov. 19, 1995, the University remained open, so it is most likely that in a government shutdown, UMass would remain open and classes would continue. Q: How will student loans be affected? A: Immediately, student loans will not be affected by a government shutdown. A prolonged shutdown, however, could spell trouble for those receiving Pell Grants
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Over the weekend, the House approved another continuing resolution, cutting some of the funding for the Affordable Care Act again. The Senate will reconvene at 2 p.m. on Monday to review the new House-approved CR. and Direct Student Loans because there would not be enough personnel to process the paperwork necessary for the loans. Payment would be delayed for some loans. Overall, however, loans would continue to be paid out because of permanent and multi-year appropriations. Q: So what exactly will a government shutdown affect? A: On Friday, the Interior Department announced that all national parks and federal wildlife reserves would be shut down for the duration of a government shutdown. During the shutdown in the mid1990s, about 9 million people were turned away from museums, national parks and monuments run by the National Park Service. About 40 percent of the United States’ 2 million federal employees would be furloughed. In the past, lost pay has been restored to workers retroactively but there is no guarantee that the government will do the same this time around. Active-duty military personnel will remain on duty but will not be paid until a deal is approved by Congress and signed into law by the president. The majority of civilian employees of the Defense Department will be furloughed, except for active National Guard units, who must continue to work. Delays in processing paperwork for passport and visa applications, gun permits and mortgage applications are also possible. Staffers for Congress and the White House may also be required to stay home, but President Obama and members of Congress are exempt from furloughs. Patrick Hoff can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Opinion Editorial THE MASSACHUSETTS DAILY COLLEGIAN
“The strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must.” - Thucydides
Monday, September 30, 2013
Practicality versus the risk A letter to the student body So many college students face the same dilemma: do what’s practical, or take the leap and follow a riskier pas-
Katie McKenna sion. For some of the lucky ones, the two go hand in hand: I’ve always been jealous of my friends in the sciences who love what they do, studying something concrete and logical that will likely land them a plethora of job opportunities. People generally accept the sciences as practical majors which will easily move those who study them from point A to point B. It’s usually assumed that these students will face fewer job search struggles than students in the humanities, the social sciences or the arts. As a journalism major, I face a lot of opposition for daring to step into a world without definite answers, a world that likely won’t give me a luxurious career with a booming salary, an apartment on the Upper East Side or even a life beyond the sacred Ramen noodle diet. So, what’s the point? Why would anyone choose a field that provides so few guaranteed benefits? The only reason anyone does anything that illogical is a pressing desire, a passion looking to be fulfilled, a search for the greatest possible enjoyment in life. How could anyone waste a single second of this short life without contributing a fulfilling piece to the world? Perhaps I was justifying years of mathematic oppression when I thought, “Why does this matter? What will this contribute? And why am
I doing it if I don’t enjoy it?” That attitude, and following one’s passions for that matter, is risky, but it’s also exciting. My fourth grade teacher once called home to tell my mother that I hadn’t done any of my math homework all year. It was true. Each day I had tossed it into the recycling bin and gotten away with it. “Why aren’t you doing your math homework?” my mother asked, and I answered honestly: “Because it’s boring to me.” I did learn long division after tutoring – but not without struggle. “By not doing the logical thing now, you are making things so much worse for yourself later on” is the typical reasonable response to this pursuit of passion. If I’d just learned the way
risk of coming back to hurt us later, but we’re willing to take that risk because we see it as the only option. It’s not the risk for its own sake, but for the risk of trusting yourself to do what’s right for you and only you. Arianna Huffington recently wrote an article that asked, “Are You Living Your Eulogy or Your Résumé?” a perspective piece that made us wonder why we spent so much time perfecting the résumé, a task I do find to be important, but not lifedefining. Will people remember us by whether or not we got that promotion, or the small kindnesses like noticing the coworker that often struggles to speak up, or always bringing soup for the friend with a cold, not because they asked, but because we wanted to? What we want to do doesn’t necessarily have to be an evil, irresponsible, careless action, and is often quite the opposite – thoughtful and heartfelt. So, to my friends in the arts, the humanities, the social sciences, the everything illogical, I can only hope that you continue to pursue your supposedly impractical talents. You’ll get the inevitable judgment, you’ll make the lower pay, you may even struggle to survive. I won’t graduate to become editor of the New York Times: I may not even become a reporter, but I’ll land somewhere. And for some crazy, irrational, intuitive reason, I can trust that.
My name is Zac ter, informed decisions. Broughton and I am the In my conversations president of the Student with the administration I Government Association stressed the following six points: (1) most students Zac Broughton do not take Molly or drugs in general and therefore (SGA). I’m reaching out we should not be punto you today to discuss the ishing the many for the recent electronic dance actions of the few; (2) by music concert (EDMC) canceling this event, we events that the university are saying that everyone administration has can- that listens to EDM parcelled. ticipates in Molly and/or First and foremost, drug culture; (3) by focusplease allow me to say ing on Molly, we ignore that I did not and do not support the cancellations of these events. I want you to know that, as your elected representative, I have fought on your behalf to get the administration to respect our ability, as adults, to make the many other drugs smart and safe decisions that students need to be aware of; (4) we need to for ourselves. I can confidently say treat our students like the that, to the best of my adults that they are and ability, I have voiced the allow them to make their opinions of my peers in own decisions; (5) we canorder to find alternative not prevent students from ways to correct the issue doing something if they of frequent MDMA use on have their heart set on college campuses. I have doing it and (6) we can also brought to light the only educate and hope unfortunate association of they will use that intelMDMA use at EDM con- ligence to make a better decision. certs. I sent an email on Over the last two weeks, Thursday to inform you I have been in constant communication with Vice of two additional EDMC Chancellor of Students cancellations and explain Affairs and Campus Life the reasoning behind the Enku Gelaye, Chancellor decision. I did so because Kumble Subbaswamy and I wanted to make sure you countless others about knew that your SGA repthis issue. I stood firm and resentatives were involved told them that it is not with the process and tried the place of the university to influence the outcome. to dictate the behavior of Unfortunately, we were students. Rather, it is the unsuccessful, and the responsibility of the uni- administration did cancel versity to educate students the events. so that they can make betTo reiterate, the
SGA is disappointed in the University of Massachusetts administration’s cancellations of all EDM concerts for the year. We believe an educational campaign would provide a better and more effective solution. It was also my hope that you would see my name at the bottom of Thursday’s email and reach out to me and my SGA peers to share with us your outrage and ideas on what we can do in the future, because we are here to lobby on behalf of you, the student population. I encourage you to email me, come to our office and work with us to show the administration that these cancellations are not right and that we disapprove with the course of action taking place. I also want to make clear that I will work with administrators and other SGA representatives to voice your opinions, thoughts, ideas, questions and solutions to the administration. I am sincerely sorry for those of you who this decision inconvenienced. I want to assure you that, as a representative of the student body, I fight for student rights every day and try my best to collaborate with students, administrators and town representatives on issues that affect us as students. If you feel we can do anything more as your representatives, please let me know.
I will work with administrators and other SGA representatives to voice your opinions, thoughts, ideas, questions and solutions to the administration.
To my friends in the arts, the humanities, the social sciences, the everything illogical, I can only hope that you continue to pursue your supposedly impractical talents.
every other kid had, then I wouldn’t have missed so many recesses for tutoring, and I wouldn’t have had to deal with my teacher’s sighs after asking the same question for the seventeenth time. But I couldn’t do the logical thing in the moment, and I never can, and I’m not sure I ever will, because some of us are eternally mentally adolescent. For a brief moment of passion, we’ll abandon all responsibilities. We know Katie McKenna is a Collegian columit’s not smart, and it’s not nist and can be reached at kemcklogical, and it has a huge email@example.com.
Zac Broughton is the president of the Student Government Association. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Liberal democracy: emphasize liberalism over democracy No, this column is not about Democrats, nor American liberals. As a society, we’ve abused the word
Stefan Herlitz liberal so much that it now bears little resemblance to its former self. In its literal context, liberalism is a political philosophy focused on liberty and equality; it focuses on rights, freedom and equality under the law. As a result of this focus, liberalism is inextricably tied to capitalism, a system in which goods and services are produced for profit in a market economy, as neither can truly exist without the presence of the other. Modern scholarship blasts capitalism as naturally exploitative, unsustainable and greedy. Writers point to colonialism, imperialism and the runaway greed of the Gilded Age as representative of the true effects of capitalism. This view is, of course,
extremely hypocritical. On one hand, critics of capitalism point to its checkered past as an indicator of its future, but they also act as apologists for the failures of current and past socialist states, claiming that true socialism hasn’t yet happened. True capitalism, however, requires that all participants follow the same rules. The past “examples” critics draw on have all involved direct oppression and subjugation of the many by the few, which by definition cannot happen in a liberal society. In a liberal society, everyone has the same rights and freedoms, and the state, which has a monopoly of the legitimate use of force, does not give anyone special privileges. As evidenced by government subsidies, tax breaks and bailouts, true liberalism is still a work in progress, as our current
political system gives far too much political leverage to those with money. Liberalism does not necessarily require democracy – it only requires the government to stand up for the rights of all and justly
of the average person’s time. It is liberalism, not democracy, that we should export to other countries. Each nation needs a concrete constitution that protects the rights of the few from the tyranny of the majority that can, and
simply did not need to consider, or even care about, the large proportion of the population that didn’t agree with his policies. In a mere democracy, the spoils go to the majority (or in some cases, the plurality), and subject the minority to the majority or plurality’s will. Liberalism necessitates a state’s citizens to respect the enumerated rights of others in exchange for reciprocal respect of their rights. With people free of life-threatening chaos, capitalism can then bloom. Similarly, only capitalism can maintain liberalism: so long as there is an individual actor that controls the means and distribution of goods, whether that actor is a monarch or a democratic majority, the people are neither free nor equal. By equal, I mean under the law. Equality of outcome
It is liberalism, not democracy, that we should export to other countries. Each nation needs a concrete constitution that protects the rights of the few from the tyranny of the majority. enforce the law. Just about any government type can fulfill these requirements, from the Platonic idea of rule by “Philosopher Kings” to direct democracy. Our republic allows us the easiest way to achieve democracy, as it holds its citizens accountable without requiring them to concern themselves with its daily operations. The best government is one that can protect the rights of, and provide services to, its constituents while wasting as little as possible
often does, easily occur in a solely democratic system. A prime example of this protection is found in recent events in Egypt. After the revolt which ended the authoritarian rule of President Hosni Mubarak, Egypt held presumably free elections, in which Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood defeated former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq. Following his win, Morsi solely represented the interests of his own party, as he
is as absurd as it is impossible. As written in Federalist No. 10, “the diversity in the faculties of men, from which the rights of property originate, is not less an insuperable obstacle to a uniformity of interests.” Just as we cannot fix the fact that at no point in time will everyone agree on anything, so too must we accept that we all have varying levels of ability, and thus will achieve varying levels of success. Liberalism is the culmination of law, and the end of a logical procession from the very idea of society. The greatest nations the world has ever seen are liberal democracies, and there exists no evidence to suggest this will change anytime soon. As the world becomes smaller, liberalism shall continue to spread, and society will become a better place for everyone. Stefan Herlitz is a Collegian columnist and can be reached at sherlitz@ umass.edu.
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Monday, September 30, 2013
â€œBeing in a band is stupid. I just feel like weâ€™re wasting our time.â€? - Mark Hillier
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Fun intimate show at the Iron Horse By Jackson Maxwell Collegian Correspondent
Last Thursday, the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton played host to the first show of Fountains of Wayneâ€™s upcoming threeweek North American tour. With Northamptonâ€™s own School for the Dead opening the set, it was truly a great night for lovers of power-pop. School for the Dead, a Northampton-based poprock band, began the proceedings. Playing tight but playful songs with fantastic melodies and great hooks, they won over the audience fairly easily. Songs like â€œPhotoboothsâ€? had a charming British Invasion, Beatles-esque influence, while the brilliantly titled â€œJake and Kim Broke Up, Leave Me Out of Itâ€? had such cheeky lyrics that it was impossible not to enjoy. The five-piece band could have easily played a longer set without mak-
ing the crowd restless with anticipation, but ended their set after less than 35 minutes. Their unpretentious songs of love, school and awkward social situations fit the cozy and humble confines of the Iron Horse perfectly. For a rock show at such a small, intimate venue, the audience (which incidentally had probably the worldâ€™s highest concentration of men wearing berets per square foot) was unerringly polite and enthusiastic towards School for the Dead, contributing to the showâ€™s great atmosphere. At around 8:10 p.m., Fountains of Wayne took the stage and without hesitation launched into â€œA Dip in the Ocean,â€? off of their most recent album, â€œSky Full of Holes,â€? released in July 2011. After a rollicking performance of â€œMexican Wine,â€? off of the bandâ€™s 2003 album â€œWelcome Interstate Managers,â€? it became apparent that lead singer and guitarist Chris Collingwoodâ€™s gear was having numerous issues. These technical problems would nag at the band
for most of the first half of the show, leading for bassist Adam Schlesinger to joke at one point â€œweâ€™re going to call this the Nothing Works Tour.â€? During one particularly long break to fix equipment, Schlesinger conducted an impromptu â€œaudience Q&A,â€? during which, at one crowd memberâ€™s request, the other three members of the band jammed a bit on the Knackâ€™s classic powerpop hit â€œMy Sharona.â€? Despite these issues and some occasional signs of rust, such as when the band awkwardly fell apart during a passionate rendition of â€œBright Future in Sales,â€? the atmosphere in the hall was always incredibly fun and light-hearted. The band invited two fans to accompany them on percussion for the acoustic â€œHey Julie,â€? and dipped into a few deep, rarelyplayed cuts from their first, self-titled album. Before one of these, â€œYou Curse at Girls,â€? Schlesinger spoke of how the band would write down ridiculous titles to imaginary songs on napkins in
â€˜MGMTâ€™ album not â€˜Oracular Spectacularâ€™ New MGMT LP lacks dedication Clockwise from top: Members Lenny Schwartz (left), Liam Cregan, Mark Hillier, Eli Albanese and Steven Arcieri pose against the trees behind the bandâ€™s practice space; Eli Albanese plays guitar at a show; Mark Hillier plays guitar at band practice; Steven Arcieri performs vocals during band practice.
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the University of Massachusetts and involvement with music is nothing new to any of them. Hillier was a member of a now defunct band that had its beginnings on the UMass campus named Red Panda, while Albaneseâ€™s father went to Berklee for music. That being said, the members of the band are all self-taught and learn from playing with one another, or just by themselves. â€œWe practice twice a week during the school year,â€? says Albanese, â€œsometimes three.â€? For the time being, Shakusky will continue to work on songs and play around in the local music scene. From venues to basements and obscene crowds to intimate gigs, this group has made themselves a well-known local name. Tommy Verdone can be reached at email@example.com.
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Regarding what he relies on the most within Shakusky, Albanese said â€œMy OCD Fulltone,â€? an overdrive effect pedal, â€œthatâ€™s a lot of my sound. And my amp, because itâ€™s super loud and has a good tone.â€? Hillier jokingly said â€œProbably my tuner,â€? but Arcieri interjected to say that his favorite of Hillierâ€™s gear is â€œthe green one,â€? an expressive delay pedal from Line 6 called a DL4. â€œWe have a lot of different influences,â€? said bassist Schwartz. â€œAll of us wanted the band to be a different sound,â€? said Arcieri, â€œwhich kind of created the sound that we have now.â€? â€œI usually say that weâ€™re post-hardcore, and emo and math. And pop â€˜nâ€™ rock,â€? said drummer Cregan with a smile, bringing up the phrase â€œpop â€˜nâ€™ rockâ€? which has become an inside joke within the band. While they all listen to vastly different styles of music, the band all seems to center around and agree on a posthardcore and post-rock sound with emo influences. The band wholly agrees that the best show they played was one of their most recent performances, playing for acquaintances in a friendâ€™s houseâ€™s basement. â€œPeople knew the words and were singing them, people I didnâ€™t even recognize,â€? said Arcieri. â€œThere were obscene amounts of people,â€? said Hillier, â€œOur shows are always a ton of fun.â€? The five-piece rock group is made up entirely of students that attend
Many fans of MGMT were expecting a return to the â€œKids,â€? or â€œElectric Feelâ€? sound for the groupâ€™s latest record, but that is not the album they received. MGMTâ€™s eponymously self-titled third album was released for streaming on Sept. 11, and for sale on Sept. 17. â€œMGMTâ€? is dark, with tracks like â€œYour Life is a Lie,â€? and â€œI Love You Too, Death.â€? At times, the album is wonderfully weird, but also deeply confused. The first track of the album, â€œAlien Days,â€? was released as a single on April 20 and is a refreshing change from the retro-soul-pop music listeners have been hearing from Daft Punk and Robin Thicke as of late. As though the Beach Boys sang a song from â€œSgt. Pepperâ€™s Lonely Hearts Club Band,â€? â€œAlien Daysâ€? has the perfect balance of psychedelic rock and pop. As the title implies, the track also has a nice,
spacey and laid back vibe to it. This song is as close to â€œKidsâ€? as itâ€™s going to get with this album, and after it thereâ€™s a steady decline into the bizarre and befuddled that follows. â€œCool Song No. 2,â€? leads the listener to believe they might be on the verge of beginning to understand this new album. The music video for the song stars â€œThe Wireâ€? actor Michael K. Williams as a drug dealer who hunts for plants to turn into drugs. But Williams takes up a friendship with a plant version of the Elephant Man, who has been mutated by the drugs before a bleak finale to the video. With an ethereal haunting tune reminiscent of Pink Floyd, â€œCool Song No. 2â€? stands out, but many of the songs on â€œMGMTâ€? lack depth and end up sounding unsure. Songs like â€œAstro-Mancyâ€? and â€œI Love You Too, Death,â€? contain strange hollow beats that are jarring more than anything. â€œAn Orphan of Fortuneâ€? in particular sounds strangely similar to the intro song of the film â€œA Clockwork Orange,â€? but painfully slowed down.
The same dynamics can be applied to most Shakusky songs on their new seven track album â€œLancaster Marketâ€? which was released on Sept. 8, and can be purchased for $3 on their Bandcamp page. The LPâ€™s songs tend to have a similar structure. The guitars harmoniously compete with one another for dominance, while the heavy rhythm section anchors the band from disarray. Arcieriâ€™s vocals find the middle ground among all of these variables. The end result of this dichotomy is a well-balanced and symphonic collaboration of musicians. After the band had released three songs and a demo named â€œThe Demoâ€? on their Bandcamp page, Hillier joined the band in January of this year. â€œLancaster Marketâ€? is the culmination of everything the group has made since its inception, and has been in the works since the bandâ€™s start. â€œUsually one of us just brings in a riff,â€? said Schwartz regarding the songwriting process, â€œA lot of these things come as a result of longer jams.â€? â€œWhen Eli and I play we think more technically,â€? said Hillier, â€œbut we all interact with each other differently.â€? Lyrically, most of the tracks on â€œLancaster Marketâ€? describe â€œfictional situations I came up with to deal with different things,â€? said Arcieri who has been writing poetry since middle school. â€œA lot of the songs are very cathartic for me, being about dark times of my life.â€? The bandâ€™s tone is a result of long hours of practice, as well as heavilyutilized effect pedals and gear.
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n a long, cluttered basement strewn with effect pedals, stacked amplifiers and egg crate foam pinned to the wall, Shakusky meets for band practice. Vocalist Steve Arcieri sits on a cluttered futon looking pensively at the inaudible acoustic guitar he is plucking, while the rest of the band blares far across the room, as they practice their parts. Guitarist Mark Hillier plays a Fender Stratocaster, while Eli Albanese plays a classic-looking Gibson SG. Lenny Schwartz plays a mean and tight hardcore style of bass playing and Liam Cregan bashes his white drum kit hard and with fine-tuned precision. As they get ready to run through their set, Arcieri screams â€œHello Mark! How are ya!â€? as a mic check, and his bandmates fill the room with laughs and a cacophony of sound check noise. Loud crunchy noises and reversed guitar licks fill the air along with a piercing bass riff and directionless drum smashes. And then, in chaotic harmony, they all come together and play â€œBare Mtn.â€? Arcieri stands unflinchingly with his legs straight together, clutching the mic to his mouth with two tight fists as he utters his spoken word style of lyricism. â€œBare Mtn.â€? starts off slowly with riffy and harmonious reversed guitar sounds evolving into a dissonant sounding moment under the chaotic and boundless vocals. Albanese and Hiller stay on separate sides of Arcieri, thrashing around when the track builds up, and grooving when it slows. Schwartz and Cregan, set behind the rest of the bandmates, keep up a tight, hard-hitting rhythm throughout the song.
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Breaking down post-hardcore poetry The town of Amherst has a long history of musical culture that never seems to come to a halt. From nearby bars to dingy basements, countless acts from a wide array of genres have started out, practiced hard, split up and even, in some cases, made it. In the tenacious society of the Pioneer Valley, however, community is what really matters to the members of this scene. One such up and coming act in the area is the post-hardcore band Shakusky.
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While their second album, â€œCongratulationsâ€? tried too hard to be groundbreaking and deep, this album does not appear to try at all. The weak melodies of most of the songs show what can only be a lack of effort and dedication to the overall album. And for the songs that contain dashes of other artists, in particular their cover of â€œIntrospectionâ€? by Faine Jade comes off as imitation rather than homage. There is a brief pickup at the end of the album with â€œPlenty of Girls in the Seaâ€?, but even this is not spectacular enough to reach transcendence. And their song â€œYour Life is a Lieâ€? manages to be enjoyable despite bleak lyrics such as, â€œCount your friends on your hands/ Now look again/ Theyâ€™re not your friends.â€? Die-hards of psychedelia and MGMT may say that you simply donâ€™t understand the bandâ€™s artistic direction, but in reality itâ€™s just an overstuffed psychedelic melodrama of an album. Emma Sandler can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
West Village cafes. Then, they would attempt to write songs with these titles. Schlesinger joked that most of these titles were quite stupid, which Collingwood concurred with after they performed the song. Once the band fixed all of their equipment problems, the show really kicked into high gear. The ballad â€œI-95â€? toyed with the heartstrings of the audience. â€œIt Must Be Summer,â€? â€œSink To the Bottom,â€? and â€œNo Better Placeâ€? came one right after the other, giving the entire audience an incredible rush. After that brief but incredible increase in momentum, the bandâ€™s set came to a close. The audience was hungry for more though, and after less than a minute, the band marched back on stage. Opening their encore with the beautiful ballad â€œCemetery Guns,â€? the band kept the showâ€™s incredible energy going. After a wonderful version of the acoustic â€œTroubled Times,â€? a highlight off of the bandâ€™s second album, â€œUtopia Parkway,â€? Collingwood and guitarist Jody Porter
Chris Collingwood sings at Yep Rocâ€™s 15 year anniversary festival in 2010. grabbed their electrics for two final songs. The requisite performance of â€œStacyâ€™s Mom,â€? by far the bandâ€™s biggest hit, did not feel forced at all, and sent the already delighted crowd into spasms of ecstasy. Closing with a triumphant take on â€œRadiation Vibe,â€? the first song on the bandâ€™s first album, the band ended the show by coming full circle to the very beginning of their career. Despite early technical problems and the occa-
sional mistake, Fountains of Wayne played a spirited show that wonderfully showcased many of the highlights of their 15 year career. The hooks hit hard, the choruses were a blast and the band was having a ball. Delivering their catchy, well-written songs with an infectious energy, Fountains of Wayne put on a show for the ages. Jackson Maxwell can be reached at email@example.com.
Emancipator plays in Noho A collaborative performance By sarah roBertson Collegian Correspondent
The electronic music visionary Emancipator played a small but poignant show Thursday night at the Pearl Street Nightclub with opening acts Beta Ghost and Honeycomb. Emancipator is composer-producer Doug Applingâ€™s personal project. On this tour, Appling is collaborating with classical violinist Ilya Goldberg: as a team, they are able to create a distinctive blend of dance music and classical melodicism. A native of Portland, Ore., Appling began making music in high school and has since gone on to make three albums and even start his own record label, Loci Records. The show started at 9 p.m., but true to the typical Pearl Street fashion, many showed up a half hour or more late in order to miss the first act. Beta Ghost, a collaboration between Massachusetts producers Knowpiate and Sojourner, opened the show with a set of indistinguishable experimental electronic songs. Their music was the second thing on most peopleâ€™s minds as latecomers funneled in and con-
versations carried on over the din. In a style similar to Emancipatorâ€™s, two musicians stood on stage, laptops stationed in front of them, and played songs with prerecorded instruments and vocal samples layered over what sounded like the same beat for the entire performance. Honeycomb offered the audience a refreshing change of pace. As the only artist of the night that did not have a laptop as his instrument of choice, the young Gabriel Johnson beat-boxed his entire set and brought a generous dose of hip-hop to the night. For having no instruments other than an occasional harmonica, Honeycomb played an impressive set that got the audience moving more and more as the night progressed. His sharp beats and inexhaustible arsenal of sounds never faltered and he left the venue anxious for more. Emancipator took the stage a short while after with nothing but a laptop, electronic sampler and Goldberg standing alongside him with a violin. In contrast to their small stage presence, the duo filled the small venue with brilliant tracks and smooth, rolling chords with the capability of captivating a much larger audience. His music kept listeners on the edges of their seats with long buildups and breakdowns
patiently humming out of the speakers. Just before a track approached the point of monotony, Appling would introduce a new layer to the music or Goldberg would launch into a violin solo giving the song, and the audience, a new life. Throughout his 90 minute performance, Appling never stopped playing. The transitions between songs were seamless, so much that to an untrained ear the performance may have sounded like one incredibly long song. Devout fans, on the other hand, recognized songs immediately; and when tracks such as â€œFirst Snow,â€? â€œMinor Causeâ€? and â€œNatural Causeâ€? came on it was as if an electric current ran through the building at their recognition. Emancipator played a two song encore and closed with one of his most popular tracks, â€œGreenlandâ€? from his 2010 album â€œSafe in the Steep Cliffs.â€? Emancipator will be continuing his tour throughout the U.S. and Europe for the next two months, with his last show being in his hometown of Portland, Ore. In November Applingâ€™s new project, the Emancipator Ensemble will be debuting in Colorado as a four person band. Sarah Robertson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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job in the first half limiting them to only three shots,” she said. “We executed our game plan and tactics great, and the fact that they could By Jason Kates capitalize and score four Collegian Staff goals off of 10 shots just The No. 7 Massachusetts shows how powerful their field hockey team dropped attack could be.” Senior Lindsay Bowman its second straight game at home, falling to No. 2 was the lone scorer for the Maryland 4-1 on Sunday Minutewomen, scoring her afternoon. second goal Going into the half of the seaMaryland 4 son to cut the trailing only 1-0, the Minutewomen (7-4) deficit to 3-1 UMass 1 with 11 mingave up three second half goals to the utes to go, but Terrapins (10-0), with the Terrapins two of the three goals UNH 3 answered 10 coming roughly four minutes later minutes apart. UMass 2 to extend UMass coach Carla their lead to Tagliente knew her 4-1. Lack of team was in for a tough chal- execution on penalty corners lenge. The Terrapins came plagued UMass, which failed into Sunday’s contest with to capitalize on 12 set pieces. the top-rated offense in the “I thought Maryland’s nation, averaging 5.63 goals defense on corners did some per game, and certainly lived nice things and they scouted up to that billing in the secus well, but we didn’t execute ond half. great and they were able to “When you think of the offense Maryland has, it’s capitalize with a goal at the not just their front three, but other end on two separate a very collective effort from occasions,” Tagliente said. With a three game road trip a powerful group,” Tagliente set to begin on Wednesday said. “It was demonstrated Northeastern, through two of their goals versus that came off of corner Tagliente believes her team breakouts that were just out- can use this game as valuable experience and get back standing.” Although her team gave to its winning ways. “I think we can build off up a season-high four goals, Tagliente was pleased with today’s game and just focus the defensive effort on on playing great hockey, Sunday, especially in the which I felt we did today against a great opponent,” first half of the game. “I thought we did a great Tagliente said.
ball on his feet, he manages to create chances for his teammates. As the team’s most dangerous offensive weapon, other players such as Morris have benefitted from the amount of attention that he’s received by opposing defenders. “It definitely does [take pressure off me],” Morris said. “The defenders don’t all focus on me. It creates open spaces for everyone else on the field and it’s
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UM blows twogoal lead Friday By Jesse Mayfield-sheehan Collegian Staff
Hannah Prince and the UMass field hockey team fell to both New Hampshire and No. 2 Maryland this weekend.
UMass falls in OT The Minutewomen suffered their first home loss of the season Friday, falling to UNH 3-2 in overtime after squandering a 2-0 lead in the second half. An own goal that deflected off of UMass sophomore goalkeeper Sam Carlino in the 10th minute of overtime gave the Wildcats the comeback victory. Goals by junior Lauren Allymohamed and freshman Nicole Miller gave the Minutewomen a 2-0 lead in the second half. But with 13 minutes to go in the game, UNH was tied the game in a span of three minutes, scoring goals
great to have him up there.” Even with the team’s slow offensive start to the season, Schwartz has maintained his scoring pace from last year. In 18 games last year, he led the team in goals (five) and points (12) and is looking to surpass that total midway through this season. With his two goal, two assist performance against the Saints, Schwartz has four goals and two assists
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Senior defender Hannah Prince saw this game as a good learning experience and is ready to move forward. “It’s not that we weren’t hungry for more goals, but we also wanted to hold our lead so we probably were playing too safely,” Prince said. “I think for the future we need to be hungry for all 70 minutes and keep playing as a unit and we’ll succeed.” UMass heads to Northeastern on Wednesday to begin a three game road trip, culminating with its first conference game of the year on Oct. 12 versus Saint Louis. Jason Kates can be reached at email@example.com.
for 10 points in 10 games. His performance against Siena is the type of effort that Koch knows he can expect out of his leading scorer for the rest of the year. “Today was a really good day for him,” Koch said. “And when he’s got his head up, he’s a hell of a player.”
in the 66th and 69th minute to level the score at 2-2. Tagliente doesn’t think the blown lead was a matter of getting too comfortable with a two-goal advantage, but a case of her team trying to hold on to the lead later in the game. “I would describe it as playing and trying to hold on to something when there’s nothing really to hold on to at the later stages of the game,” Tagliente said. “I think we played well enough to win and outplayed them for 85 percent of the game, but that 15 percent allowed UNH to get back into the game. I believe losing is healthy sometimes and it’s a wake-up call for us.”
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UMass men’s soccer’s five goals on Saturday was more than its entire 2013 goal total through the first nine games.
PANDOLFI checked into the scoreless game late in the second half, Massachusetts women’s soccer coach Ed Matz instructed his freshman forward where to position herself in order to score. In the 83rd minute, she listened to him. Heading to the far post, Pandolfi hauled in a crossfield pass from the left sideline by teammate Jackie Bruno and headed the ball home to break the scoreless struggle and give the Minutewomen a 1-0 victory over Bryant University at home on Thursday. “Before Sarah went in, I said, ‘you just need to get to the far post’ because I thought we were generating a lot of crosses,” Matz said. “I challenged her to do that, and she got on the end and scored.”
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While the goal may have not gone in the way she intended, Pandolfi still emphasized the importance of getting in an offensive rhythm. “I kind of thought the goalie was going to have it so I kind if turned my head and I hit it on the side of my head,” she said. “It takes us a while to score, but once we do, it really pumps us up and helps us out, even if it’s an accident.” Coming out of halftime locked in a scoreless tie, the Minutewomen (4-5-1) took control of the game on both sides of the ball. In the second half, the UMass offense outshot the Bulldogs (4-6-0) 12-1, including a 4-1 advantage in corner kicks. Joey Saade can be reached at Jsaade@umass.edu.
For the first time this season, the No. 7 Massachusetts field hockey team lost two games in a row, and both losses were due in part to weaker performances late in the game. The Minutewomen (7-4) gave up two goals to New Hampshire final minute of regulation in Friday’s matchup to blow a 2-0 lead, and then lost the game in overtime. On Sunday, after holding No. 2 Maryland to one score in the first half, UMass gave up three goals in the second half despite outshooting Maryland 9-5 and getting 10 penalty corners in the second period. The Minutewomen have struggled defensively in the second half throughout the season, giving up twice as many goals in the second frame (12) as in the first (six). However, the team has done slightly better offensively later in the game, scoring 17 goals in the second half as opposed to 12 in the first. UMass coach Carla Tagliente said the reasons for the team’s losses to UNH and Maryland are very different. She said the loss to the Wildcats was due to the team being too cautious with its lead. “I thought UNH, they rallied, they did some nice things and I thought we got ahead of ourselves and played not to lose,” she said. Meanwhile, Tagliente said the defensive breakdown against the Terrapins was a case of the team attacking more aggressively to try to make a comeback and leaving openings as a result. “We took more risk, we moved some people out of the back, up front to get more punch up front, and we got more, but we paid the price in the back,” she said. “You can go up and you can tie the game up, or you can lose big, and so, with us, I would rather go for it than play the game out 2-1.” On Wednesday, the team travels to Boston to take on Northeastern. The Huskies (3-5) have also struggled had their struggles in the second half, scoring fewer goals in the second period (seven) than their opponents (nine). Tagliente said after suffering back-to-back losses, the team is just focusing on playing the best field hockey it can. “There’s little details that are really hurting us here and there, and we’re paying the price for them,” Tagliente said. “So if we take care of the small details, go out and focus on playing our best hockey, the results will take care of themselves.” Jesse Mayfield-Sheehan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and can be followed on Twitter @jgms88.
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Schwartz leads UMass offense Junior scores two goals in win By Patrick Strohecker Collegian Staff
Josh Schwartz celebrates one of his two goals during UMass men’s soccer’s 5-2 win over Siena on Saturday.
UM tops Siena for first win of 2013
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scored two goals on the day while Schwartz added a pair of assists. Nick Ruiz made six saves in goal while earning his first collegiate victory. By anthony chiuSano “It is definitely a relief to Collegian Correspondent get that first win,” Morris said. After scoring only three “It is a weight off our shoulgoals in its first nine games, ders and now we can just go out there and play the way we the Massachusetts men’s socknow we can.” cer team exploded for five Morris started the game’s goals on Saturday, defeating scoring early, Siena 5-2 at Rudd giving UMass a Field for its first win 1-0 lead in the UMass 5 of the season. 16th minute off Despite being of a corner kick Siena 2 outshot 25-17 for the by Schwartz game, UMass (1-8-1) that bounced never trailed in the contest around and eventually found and ended the Saints’ 4-3) two- him. He then put it away in the game winning streak. bottom corner. “When we take as many shots For a team like UMass that has as we have been taking lately,” struggled to find the back of UMass coach Sam Koch said, the net all season long, Koch “sooner or later we were going recognized the importance of to start scoring goals.” scoring that first goal to estabLeading the way for the lish momentum. Minutemen were junior “Goals change games,” he Josh Schwartz and sopho- said. “So when you get the first more Mark Morris, who each one, especially with the way
that we have been playing, it makes a huge difference.” Five minutes later, Schwartz added to the lead with a long-range strike from 25 yards out that found its way past Siena goalkeeper Ryan Vyskoeil and gave the Minutemen their first multigoal lead of the season. Towards the end of the first half, the Saints had numerous chances to score, firing two shots off the posts and having a goal called off for “dangerous play in the box.” Then, in the 43rd minute, Siena defenseman Falko Friedrichs scored from short distance to bring the deficit back to a one as the teams headed to halftime. Three minutes into the second half, UMass regained its two-goal advantage when Schwartz cleaned up a rebound off a Matt Keys shot. The goal was his second of the game and fourth of the year. “Today was a really good day for him,” Koch said of Schwartz. “When he’s got his
head up, he is a hell of a player.” After Siena scored its second goal in the 65th minute to make it 3-2, Morris quickly responded with an impressive bicycle kick for his third goal of the season. “It was just a good flick by Matt [Keys] and it just happened to fall perfectly in place,” Morris said. “I just hit it good enough and it beat the goalie.” As the clock ticked down to the team’s first win, Connor DeVivo added the fifth and final goal for the Minutemen in the 88th minute, with Schwartz chipping in with his second assist of the afternoon. UMass has 13 days off before it begins conference play at No. 17 Virginia Commonwealth. “I think a lot of the things that we’ve worked on is starting to come through, which will certainly help us [in conference play],”Koch said. Anthony Chiusano can be reached at email@example.com.
Through nine games this season, the Massachusetts men’s soccer team only had three goals to its name. Two of them belonged to Josh Schwartz. On Saturday, he helped the Minutemen nearly double their efforts for the season in just one game, scoring two goals and two assists in UMass’ first win of the season, a 5-2 blowout victory over Siena at Rudd Field. The junior from Annapolis, Md., was the team’s leading scorer from a season ago, putting a lot of pressure and expectations on the 5-foot6 forward’s shoulders to lead by example. “He’s under so much pressure being the captain of ‘Little Nation’ and so he’s got a lot on his shoulders,” UMass coach Sam Koch said. “Being the leading goal scorer, he’s got a lot on his shoulders. And he’s probably his own worst enemy. You know, when he doesn’t play well he’s really hard on himself.” The start to the 2013 season was not how Schwartz pictured it, both individually and as a team, so it comes as no surprise that Saturday’s win removed a big burden from the team, “It was a big relief to get our first win today,” Schwartz said. “We just played well and finished our chances, finally. Just a good game for us.” It was Schwartz, one of the team’s offensive captains, who led the way. He opened the team’s scoring in the 16th minute by playing in a beautiful, curling ball off a corner that found Mark Morris’
“He’s under so much pressure being the captain of ‘Little Nation.’ Being the leading goal scorer, he’s got a lot on his shoulders. And he’s probably his own worst enemy. You know, when he doesn’t play well he’s really hard on himself.” UMass coach Sam Koch foot for the game’s opening goal. Five minutes later, he found himself in space and let loose a shot from 25 yards out that was placed perfectly in the upper left hand corner for a 2-0 lead. He wasn’t done yet. In the second half, he once again found himself in the right place at the right time and was left all alone to clean up the rebound off a Matt Keys shot that pushed the Minutemen ahead 3-1. Then, with the game all but put away, he showed off his crafty passing skills as he slid a pass between two defenders to Connor DeVivo, who finished the play off with the team’s fifth goal of the afternoon. “I think that we all just came together today,” Schwartz said. “I don’t know if it’s a release of pressure. I mean, there’s never really any pressure. We’re a team. The pressure is on all of us to score. But, I think we really did some good things today, so it’s a good game for everyone.” But, even when Schwartz doesn’t have the see
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Minutewomen beat Saint Joe’s in A-10 opener UMass extends win streak to three
when Becky Landers scored her first career goal, finishing off a pass from Madison Smith with a header of her own, giving UMass a comfortBy Joey Saade able 2-0 lead. Collegian Staff While his team has recently struggled getting off to a The Massachusetts women’s soccer team used two strong start in games – going scoreless in the first half of first-half goals to their previous clinch its third contwo matches – secutive victory, beatUMass 2 UMass coach ing Saint Joseph’s Ed Matz was 2-1 in its Atlantic 10 SJU 1 happy that his opener on Sunday in team broke Philadelphia. UMass 1 through early. S o p h m o r e “It’s good R e b e k k a to score two Bryant 0 Sverrisdottir gave the goals the way Minutewomen (5-5-1, we scored 1-0-0 A-10) an early 1-0 advantage in the eighth min- them, they were just beautiute, heading home her first ful goals,” he said. “It took a career goal off a free-kick pass lot of pressure off the players. There was still a lot of time by Grace Coombs. UMass tacked on its sec- left on the clock, but we knew ond score in the 35th minute we had a lot to do. “
Sunday’s match marked the third time this year in which two different Minutewomen scored in a win. Eight different UMass players have registered goals this season. Team depth was a key trait that Matz knew this team was capable of displaying on the field heading into the season. For him, the way his players have gone about accomplishing their team goal of playing has been nothing short of impressive. “It’s something I knew we had the capability of, but, until you go out and do it, I’m impressed with the players,” Matz said. “They’ve done a good job of having different people step up in every game.” “We believe that, as a team, we have many different ways of winning the game.” Heading into the game,
the Minutewomen were faced with the tough challenge of stopping Hawk’s captain Mo Hawkins. Hawkins – the twotime A-10 Midfielder of the Year – entered Sunday’s game with seven points on three goals and one assist. UMass freshman Julia Weithofer was tasked with trying to slow down Hawkins. According to Matz, her defensive performance deserved more credit than it received. “She did a great job of barking Mo Hawkins, one of the best players in the conference,” he said of his defender’s efforts. “Her performance got overlooked a little today, but she did a very good job.” Saint Joseph’s made things interesting in the 78th minute after freshman Emily Gingrich tapped in a loose ball, cutting the UMass lead down to one goal.
Alyssa D’Arcy brings the ball up field in UMass’ win over Bryant on Thursday. However, a crucial free-kick game, while Lauren Jancuska block by the Minutewomen registered six saves for Saint in the 88th minute closed the Joseph’s. door on a potential Hawks Pandolfi leads UMass comeback. UMass goalkeeper Danielle Before Sarah Pandolfi Kriscenski stopped four shots for the second consecutive see PANDOLFI on page 7