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A Student Government Association ticket for president and vice president was taken off the ballot before polls opened on Sunday due to the confirmation of an active complaint. Seth Perkins and Isilda Gjata, also known as “The Hammer,” were removed from the ballot on Friday morning in a unanimous 4-0 vote done by the SGA Elections Commission. One graduate student commissioner abstained from voting and a sixth member was absent. Perkins currently serves as the Orchard Hill governor, with Gjata as his lieutenant governor. According to Rocco Giordano, SGA elections chancellor, there were two active complaints against the “Hammertime” ticket – one involving misuse of Orchard Hill Area Government Funds and the other regarding alleged sexist remarks Perkins made about another ticket while campaigning at the Stonewall Center. The Elections Commission allowed Perkins and Gjata to voice their side of the story on Tuesday but decided to suspend their campaigning privileges until the SGA Secretary of Finance had completed her audit of the OHAG. Lindsay Vitale, secretary of finance, got written statements from three SGA senators asking her to take a look at spending because they had witnessed Perkins and Gjata giving out items at an event. “(The senators) didn’t know exactly what those items were supposed to be used for or how they were purchased or anything like

A candlelit vigil was held to honor 21-year-old Meghan Beebe, who died shortly after she was run over and dragged by a car on Dec. 28. On Friday, friends and family gathered at the Campus Center to share memories of Beebe, who studied sociology at the University of Massachusetts. Beebe was vice president of the sociology club, a volunteer at the Center for Women’s sexual assault crisis hotline and an intern at the Hampshire Jail and House of Correction in Northampton. To read her full obituary, go to www.dailycollegian.com. Amy Luskin will never forget the moment that she met Beebe in their Psychology of Love class. Luskin was feeling down that day, and hadn’t planned on talking to anyone. She was sitting quietly at her desk when Beebe entered and sat down next to her. “My name’s Meg, what’s your name?” Beebe said to Luskin. Beebe’s unexpected greeting delighted Luskin. She recalled how lonely she was feeling, and how Beebe’s friendliness had meant so much to her. “I was actually going through a rough time with my friends,” she said. Although Beebe was a stranger, she made Luskin feel like someone cared about her, and that’s something that Luskin will always remember. “I think of her when I feel alone,” Luskin said.

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Pre-St. Patrick’s Day celebration initiates chaos and arrests near the UMass campus and the surrounding area.

APD breaks up gatherings around Amherst, reports four injured officers By Patrick Hoff

vice and streets near the stretch between Puffton Village and the Fifty-five people were arrest- Townehouses in North Amherst. It ed Saturday during “Blarney took nearly an entire day to quell Blowout,” an annual St. Patrick’s the rowdy crowds –  which grew Day-themed series of drinking par- with thousands in attendance. APD officers arrested 55 people ties that left a number of people with at least 18 of those people held with minor injuries, including four on charges of failing to disperse police officers, police and univerand inciting a riot; at least three sity officials said. Officers from the Amherst others were held on assault and Police Department issued disper- battery with a dangerous weapon sal orders, increased police man- charges; and an individual was also power to the area, released pep- charged with breaking and enterper spray and shut down bus ser- ing. Other charges included disorCollegian Staff

derly conduct, alcohol violations and assault and battery on a police officer. Police also issued an additional 28 summons. All of the arrests occurred between 9 a.m. Saturday and 4 a.m. Sunday. Any University of Massachusetts students arrested in connection with the event will face a sanctions review from the University, whose officials, including Dean of Students Enku Gelaye, see

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Gender inclusive housing FBI to investigate missing looks to expand its options airplane from Malaysia UM offering more alternative dorms By MitcHell scuzzarella Collegian Correspondent

The University of Massachusetts Residential Life is looking for students interested in on campus gender inclusive housing for fall 2014. The gender inclusive housing option has existed on campus since 2009. Originally, this option was started to provide transgender students or those students who identify outside of the gender binary (male or female) with a welcoming environment to live on campus. While the focus of gender inclusive housing remains on providing this environment, it has opened up to any students who desire it. There are currently two locations on campus where this housing is available. Cashin Hall in the Sylvan

The Spectrum Floor in Baker Hall is an LGBT specific floor on campus that also caters to students looking for gender inclusive housing. However, ... according to Genny Beemyn, director of the UMass Amherst Stonewall Center, not all transidentified students necessarily want to be a part of the Spectrum Floor. residential area offers suite style living to students, while North Apartments right nearby offer co-ed living in an on campus apartment. The Spectrum Floor in Baker Hall is an LGBT specific floor on campus that also caters to students looking for gender inclusive housing. However, there is a demand for gender inclusive housing outside of this community. According to Genny Beemyn, director of the UMass Amherst Stonewall Center, not all trans-identified students necessar-

ily want to be a part of the Spectrum Floor. “(Gender inclusive housing) is not a community, but an accommodation,” said Beemyn. “It’s for anyone who wants to live with a different gender.” Gender inclusive housing already exists on many colleges across the country, including state schools such as the University of Oregon and private universities such as Cornell. The housing so far has been hugely popular according see

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By ricHard a. serrano Tribune Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON — The FBI is deploying agents and technical experts to assist in investigating the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines jet, based on the American citizenship of three of the passengers aboard the lost flight, a top federal law enforcement official in Washington said Saturday. He said that a fourth passenger, whom he described as an infant flying with the three Americans, also may be a U.S citizen. “This gives us entrée” to the case, the official said, speaking confidentially because the FBI investigation is just beginning. “But so far what happened is a mystery.” U.S. officials said they are looking at whether this could be terrorism, as they would with any plane crash until proved otherwise. Although two passengers apparently used stolen passports, “there is no indication this is a terrorist attack; stolen passports are certainly not indicative of

a terrorist attack,” a senior counterterrorism official said. The official said there was “no evidence” of terrorism thus far. Law enforcement officials were not authorized to speak publicly. The federal law enforcement official said FBI personnel will assist in reviewing video of the airport in Kuala Lumpur for images of passengers at the ticket counter, the security sections and the boarding area. He said images they find can be used with the bureau’s vast counterterrorism technology to look for matches with known members of al-Qaida or other terrorist organizations. But he emphasized that no known terrorist link has surfaced, and no organization has claimed responsibility for downing the plane, which was en route to Beijing with 239 people aboard when it disappeared from air traffic control monitoring. Vietnamese military aircraft participating in a searchand-rescue operation for the plane spotted two oil slicks off

the coast of southern Vietnam that were consistent with a plane crash, the Associated Press reported, but there has been no verification that they were associated with the missing jet. The U.S. law enforcement official said that the federal National Transportation Safety Board also will probably be brought into the investigation “because the jet was built by Boeing in this country.” An official at the Department of Homeland Security said it would be a first if the plane was brought down by two terrorists who boarded the jet carrying stolen passports. “We’ve never seen that,” he said. He noted that in the United States, passports and other travel documents are immediately run through a computer database that would have detected whether they had been stolen or lost. In Malaysia, however, the security arrangement is not as tight, see

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Mexico: Drug kingpin really dead this time MEXICO CITY — You only die twice – or so it seemed for Nazario Moreno Gonzalez, leader of Mexico’s notorious Knights Templar drug cartel. In December 2010, Mexican officials believed that they had killed Moreno, known alternately as “El Chayo,” and “El Mas Loco” (“The Craziest One”), in a shootout in the troubled state of Michoacan. His body was never recovered, however, and many locals doubted the story. Since then, western Mexico has been rife with rumors that the charismatic leader had been seen. He has earned a strange cultlike following for preaching a cracked version of evangelical Christianity to go along with his cartel’s extensive extortion and drug-running rackets. On Sunday, the federal government again announced that they had killed Moreno, this time in a Sunday morning shootout in Michoacan. And this time, officials said, they have a body, and the fingerprints, to prove it. In a press conference, Monte Alejandro Rubido, the executive secretary of Mexico’s National Public Security System, said the Mexican military had attempted to arrest Moreno in the municipality of Tumbiscatio, but were forced to fire upon him after they were attacked. Rubido said federal authorities had been receiving “constant reports” from locals that Moreno was, in fact, still alive. Afterward, Tomas Zeron, an official with the federal attorney general’s office, showed finger- and thumbprints from a body that was recovered, projecting them side-by-side with matching prints on file with the Mexican military. Zeron said the government had “100 percent” identified the body as Moreno’s. The killing of Moreno – if he is really dead this time – would be another high-profile victory in the drug war for the administration of President Enrique Pena Nieto, who took office in December 2012 promising to fight the cartels in a smarter and more efficient manner. On Feb. 22, Sinaloa cartel boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, one of the world’s most-wanted criminals, was apprehended in the Pacific resort city of Mazatlan in a joint Mexican-U.S. operation. Although the takedown of these crime bosses may deal a short-term operational blow to their respective criminal networks, it remains unclear if the Pena Nieto government has devised an effective long-term strategy to reduce the power of the cartels inside Mexican territory.

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that, so that’s when they asked us,” Vitale said. “They believed (Perkins and Gjata) were doing something illegal.” The audit performed by Vitale was of the entire Orchard Hill government in general – the statement given by the senators was not specific and only said that the government was not using their funds properly. One allegation was that Perkins and Gjata were passing out items while asking for signatures for their presidential and vice presidential campaigns. When auditing a person or group, Vitale has to look at all of the purchase orders and receipts, and she asks the group for a description of all of the events that occurred with the money to make sure everything matches up and the money is being spent properly. Vitale said that after examining the receipts, everything matched up and no money was missing. “Basically what I was looking for was what the money was spent on when people go to purchase things,” she said. On a card filled out before purchases were made, the Orchard Hill government said that they were going to be buying school supplies to draw people into a beginning of the semester event. “The only thing was in those purchases when he said school supplies, they purchased other things such as headphones, which are not permitted as school supplies,” Vitale said. “They shouldn’t be approved.” She added, “Nothing (on their purchase form) said headphones or (the adviser) would not have signed off on it.” Using the three sworn statements from the senators with other interviews from witnesses, Vitale discovered that items were given to people who signed the nomination papers. “(The witnesses) didn’t exactly say they gave them the items and then said sign their form, but they did then come back around and say

he said, and purloined travel documents could have gotten two of the passengers through the security checkpoints. He cautioned that at this early stage, “we can’t say what it means yet.” But he said that the two stolen passports have given investigators an open door to look for security breaches. The Homeland Security source said that the passport stolen from an Italian was taken from his rental car when he returned the vehicle in August in Malaysia. The

The SGA election opened up on Sunday and will extend until Wednesday. The debate between the six tickets occurred on Thursday. Presidential, vice-presidential and student trustee candidates offered their platforms on a number of pressing student concerns and topics. The Daily Collegian news staff provided questions for the candidates, addressing major controversies like the cancellation of Electric Dance Music concerts, the tobacco ban and student involvement on campus. Issues discussed covered tuition fees, student businesses, registered student organizations, meal plans, student trustee voting rights and many other pressing issues. To read the full articles on the debates, go to DailyCollegian.com.

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Seth Perkins and Isilda Gjata participated in the SGA debate on Thursday. could you please sign this and support us in running for president and vice president,” she said. The Elections Co mmission was informed Thursday night that the audit of the OHAG had been completed, and it was “pretty clear” that Perkins and Gjata had used SGA funds to aid their campaign. This discovery prompted Friday morning’s vote. “It’s never an easy decision to come to,” Giordano said. He added, “It was something we felt was best for the integrity of the election.” After the Friday’s decision, the Elections Commission sent a letter to the remaining five tickets in the campaign informing them of Gjata’s and Perkins’s removal, as well as warning them to keep their focus on their own campaigns. “It would be both unfortunate and frankly disrespectful to both Seth and Isilda to form premature and misinformed judgments on their character based on their removal from the ballot,” the letter read. The commission also wrote that the SGA has yet to come to a final decision on their choice of action on the matter and that Perkins and Gjata are welcome to run their campaign as write-in candidates. SGA President Zac Broughton said that the Rules and Ethics subcommittee of the Administrative Affairs committee may be

looking into an impeachment against the current governor and lieutenant governor now that the audit is over but it is still early in the process. Under the authority of the secretary of finance position, Vitale is freezing the OHAG funds until further notice. The freezing of the Orchard Hill accounts, Broughton said, may put Orchard Hill’s annual Bowl Weekend at risk. “We’re not trying to prevent this event,” Broughton said. “We want to make sure that it happens and that the programming and engagement between OHAG and the Orchard Hill residents goes on.” Vitale added, “We know this is a big event. We just want to make sure that just because this is a big event that we’re not going to treat them any differently than any other group.” Broughton and Vitale said that they would be working with OHAG closely over the next couple of weeks. Vitale added that this is a rare occurrence but in the future auditors and the secretary of finance will work closely with treasurers of all on-campus groups and governments. Perkins could not be reached for comment on the matter. OHAG Treasurer Victor Paduchak declined to comment. Patrick Hoff can be reached at pphoff@umass.edu and followed on Twitter @Hoff_Patrick16.

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second passport was stolen from an Austrian man two years ago, he said. “Just because they were stolen doesn’t mean the travelers were terrorists,” the Homeland Security source cautioned. “They could have been nothing more than thieves. Or they could have simply bought the passports on the black market.” Another U.S. law enforcement official said Interpol keeps a registry of lost and stolen passports that major international airlines rou-

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tinely check before passengers board a flight. It would be unusual for a passenger on a major airline such as Malaysian Airways to be able to board using a stolen passport, he said. Passenger manifests of international flights are checked against intelligence databases if there is a leg that departs or lands in the United States. But the jetliner that disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing did not have a U.S. leg on its itinerary.

Distinguished lecturer speaks on income Dublin speaker talks living standards By Katherine GilliGan Collegian Correspondent

going without heat last year, keeping the house adequately warm, buying presents for family and friends once a year, or have a morning, afternoon, or evening out in the last fortnight.” “If you score two or more questions, your household is considered deprived,” Cantillon said. “While not all of these are necessary, they are all integral to social interaction.” A survey conducted in 2012 on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC) was a special module on intrahousehold sharing of resources. It took a record of both household and individual data including income, tax information, risk of deprivation, as well as others. There is a widely believed assumption that all income in a household is pooled together. This is only true for 52 percent of adults. Around 40 percent contribute only half of their income. “On average females contribute about 30 percent of their personal income,” Cantillon said, “But they contributes more as their income increases. Men contribute about 70 percent of the income. In households with children, both adults contribute more money from their personal incomes.” Cantillon then talked about household decision making. Borrowing, saving and furniture shopping were the top three responsibilities couples said they shared. Cantillon said, “64 percent of couples have agreed that they have shared responsibility in the household.” In poorer households, however, Cantillon said mothers have more decision making responsibility than men. Non-monetary living standards that had deprivation indicators were discussed in depth. The highest, at 14.4 percent of people surveyed, said that they couldn’t afford social activities, such as going out to dinner or for drinks. The lowest, at 1.3 percent of people surveyed would like, but could not afford, a mobile phone. Cantillon concluded his lecture by noting that in 72 percent of couples, neither one are deprived, in 16 percent of couples, both are deprived, in 7 percent, solely woman were deprived, and in 6 percent solely men were deprived.

Sarah Cantillon, the Director of the Equality Studies Graduate Program at University College Dublin School of Social Justice, spoke at the distinguished lecture series on incoming pooling last Thursday. Cantillon’s lecture was titled “Income Pooling, Decision Making and Living Standards.” Cantillon’s aim was to discuss living standards in households, and as a result, attempt to make a difference in these living standards. Drawing on data collected from the 2010 Irish Survey on Income and Living Conditions (SILC) module, Cantillon described in depth the living standards in households across Ireland. Typically, in order to assess living standards, the term household is used to describe a family. Each given household (or family) is assumed to have a classified standard of living. Either all members will be counted as poor or all will be counted as non-poor. This technique, however, assumes that all members of a household are equally poor or equally non-poor, which may not necessarily be the case, according to Cantillon. “This obscures the reality of all members of a household,” Cantillon said. “It also underestimates the poverty in some households.” Several approaches are used to describe a household as a unit of analysis, explained Cantillon. For example, the Pahl’s Taxonomy Household A l l o c a t ive S ys t e m describes a household in which a whole wage system is used. This means that one adult is responsible for routine purchases. In this case, it is the wife’s responsibility. In a reverse example, as with the Housekeeping Allowance System, the main income earner has control of all routine purchases. The main earner is usually the husband. The most common approach is the Independent Management System where both spouses equally contribute to routine purchases from both of their incomes, and together form a joint kitty. Cantillon discussed the indicators of non-monetary deprivation. The indicators “focused on exclusion from non-living standards.” The goal of this was to ask people what amenities they could not afford. Some of the topics of questions included not having the ability to “buy a warm waterproof coat, Katherine Gilligan can be reached at two pairs of strong shoes, ukgilligan@umass.edu.


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Students participate in the candlelight vigil outside the Campus Center. Beebe’s outgoing personality was a common theme in the stories that friends and family shared during her memorial. Beebe’s roommate, Michelle Shabo, had a similar experience and remembered meeting Beebe at a party when she was feeling sad. Shabo was sitting on the couch when Beebe sat down next to her. “Hey I’m Meg. You’re gonna be my best friend tonight,” she said to Shabo, and the two became best friends and later, roommates. Beebe’s ex-boyfriend, Keith Sacenti, also recalled his first encounter with Beebe. He met her at a UMass freshman orientation session. He had just gotten knee surgery two weeks before, so he sat out from all the getting-toknow-you games. He was alone when Beebe sat down next to him. “Hi, I’m Meg,” she said to him. “You had ACL surgery. My mom had the same surgery.” “She was completely fearless,” Sacenti told the group. He admitted that he was attracted to her from the start. “I can imagine dating that girl. She’s awesome,” he thought to himself as she walked away. Sacenti told the group that he spent every day with Beebe for about three years. “She was a magnet. She just brought everyone together,” he said. George Swepson, a friend of Beebe’s family, remembered her creativity in the kitchen and called her “the Julia Child of cooking,” and said that her mother was the same way. “She would make people around her happy,” he said. “She’s smiling on us, and she’s not going to let us forget her.” Alyssa Lewandowski knew Beebe for about four months. She met her at a party where neither of them was drinking. They decided to start going to church together, and Lewandowski fondly

remembered picking her up before church every Sunday. They used to bake together too, and Beebe showed her the fantasy TV show “Merlin.” “She let me be my inner nerd,” Lewandowski said. One time, Lewandowski was feeling upset about a friend who had passed away in November, so she called up Beebe for support. Beebe invited her over to make paper snowflakes, and of course she had cookies to serve. “She would always drop everything she was doing to help you,” Lewandowski said. Shabo, Beebe’s roommate, remembered taking a difficult organic chemistry exam and arriving home late at night feeling like a failure. When she got in her room, she found an entire platter of cookies on her bed with a note that read, “Dearest roomie, I just want you to know I’m so proud of you.” Shabo was deeply touched by Beebe’s thoughtful gesture, and it’s something that she’ll never forget. Many others remembered Beebe for her compassionate behavior. She poured her energy into making others feel happy and loved, whether they were close friends or new acquaintances. Beebe’s legacy will live on through the Meghan Beebe Memorial Fund and a campership fund at YMCA Camp Mataucha, where she was a counselor last year. “She always put fears aside to help other people,” Sacenti said. “We’ll remember what Meg’s done for us.” Mary Reines can be reached at mreines@ umass.edu.

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warned early last week may result in their expulsion or suspension from the school. The University, which released a statement late Saturday night, said its officials condemn the “unruly behavior” at “Blarney Blowout.” Officers began responding to calls related to the parties at 10 a.m. At 8 p.m., police were continuing to break up fights, respond to noise complaints and communicate with intoxicated people, according to a statement by the APD. The UMass Police Department also arrested three people at the event Saturday, according to UMass spokesman Ed Blaguszewski, who added that because the parties were almost all held offcampus, UMPD officers were acting as more of a “supporting agency” to APD officers. State Police officers were also called in to support the APD in its attempts to break up the crowds. The first students were arrested on charges of violating public alcohol laws as they were leaving UMass’ campus. Amherst police broke up a party at the Puffton Village Apartments shortly after 11 a.m. when fights began breaking out, and people began throwing snowballs, cans and bottles into the crowd, the statement said. At 12:15 p.m., police cleared approximately 4,000 people from the Brandywine Apartments grounds, the statement said, adding that officers issuing dispersal orders were struck by glass bottles, full beer cans and snowballs by members of

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the crowd. APD officers broke up a “dangerous and out of control” party at the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house shortly after 1:30 p.m. and were hit with bottles, beer cans, rocks and snowballs, the statement said. Some of the items were thrown from the house’s roof, porch and windows. Four Amherst police officers received minor injuries from thrown objects and physical fights. Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy sent an email to the campus community on Sunday evening expressing his outrage and disappointment for Saturday’s activities. “I want to make it unequivocally clear that the University of Massachusetts Amherst condemns the outrageous behavior of those students who acted out without any regard for public safety and the community in which they live,” Subbaswamy wrote. “They have brought shame on our fine university and run the risk of devaluing the college degree that all of our students work so hard to achieve.” The chancellor added that he and his administration will take the necessary steps to address the incident and they will “redouble … efforts” to avoid future incidents from occurring. Blaguszewski said that the University is trying to identify whether visitors to UMass and Amherst played a part in instigating “Blarney Blowout.” Earlier in the week, the University sent an email to undergraduate students and their parents about the con-

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to Beemyn. Concerns have arisen; however, very few of the schools have had a problem with couples moving in to the housing, though it may not always be recommended. “Sharing a 10-by-10 room is not the best way to start a relationship,” said Beemyn. Beemyn listed a few of the possible roommate combinations that might seek this housing out, including brother and sister pairs, two good friends of any gender or trans-identified students. Residential Life on campus has been supportive of the initiative, but many students on campus are unaware that gender inclusive options are offered. Dawn Bond, Director of Residential Life Student Services, said that while there has traditionally been low demand, this year has seen a greater number of interested stu-

dents. According to Bond, if this demand continues to increase, residential life will expand the accommodation. Students who are interested in taking advantage of UMass’s gender inclusive housing should contact residential life as soon as possible to make arrangements. Incoming freshman and transfer students can access the option by rank ordering Sylvan in their student preference applications on SPIRE and indicating “gender inclusive housing” as one of their special housing options. Current students who are interested must email HousingAccom@ sacl.umass.edu to make a request to residential life services, which will follow up with the request. Mitchell Scuzzarella can be reached at mscuzzar@umass.edu.

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APD was assisted by UMPD and state officials in breaking up crowds. sequences of “bad behavior.” “While the vast majority of UMass Amherst students act responsibly every day – both on campus and in the surrounding communities – for those students who violate the University Code of Student Conduct or the Town of Amherst By-Laws, the consequences will be significant and they may be lasting,” wrote Enku Gelaye, interim vice chancellor for student affairs and campus life in the email. As part of its preparations for “Blarney Blowout,”

the University also sent letters of warning to students who had been disciplined for alcohol-related misconduct within the past year and to students living offcampus who had been cited for noise or nuisance house complaints. Blaguszewski said that it is “difficult to tell” whether the messaging campaign worked on controlling the crowds, but “we needed to do that.” Patrick Hoff can be reached at pphoff@umass.edu.


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The hollow chant of ‘Boston Strong’ Stunned, saddened and angered all barely describe how everyone, especially Massachusetts residents and Bostonians, felt after the ter-

Michael Ball rorist attack last year at the Boston Marathon. I have grown up on the marathon route by Heartbreak Hill and have attended most marathons as a spectator since I was three years old. Additionally, having had a good friend whom I served with in Afghanistan within feet of the second blast as he was completing the race, I was just as upset and angry as anyone else. It is important, however, in any time of tragedy to not overreact. Cries of patriotism lead us into a decade long war in Iraq and a war that continues 13 years later in Afghanistan. We live with a level of surveillance unprecedented in our history that crosses party lines and shows little sign of relenting. I fear the cries of “Boston Strong” are hollow as we watch yet another example of terrorists beating us exactly as they planned. The words “Boston Strong” are meant to convey that we will not allow fear to overcome, that we will not allow the cold and calculating actions of a couple of crazed individuals who convinced themselves to hate our way of life to control our lives. The manhunt which immediately followed the bombing was the first in a series of overreactions, with fleets of armored vehicles deployed in suburban neighborhoods and SWAT officers pointing rifles at families through the windows of their own homes. Actions needed to be taken to apprehend the individuals who were obviously very dangerous, but Americans should never accept having guns pointed at their family members for looking out the window. We should not be ok with being treated as a foreign enemy when in our own homes, no matter the circumstances. In the end the surviving suspect was apprehended and we can hope that the immediate police reaction we saw to the bombings was an anxiety-fueled anomaly and

not the new norm to dealing with amateur terrorists in the United States. So now we must ask, what does “Boston Strong” mean going forward? We expected to see an uptick in security, but it would appear with this year’s regulations relating to the Marathon, “Boston Strong” means giving the Tsarnaev brothers exactly what they wanted. They hate freedom; we now have less. A reasonable reaction, and to a degree had already been in place, would be an increase in the presence of bomb dogs and police officers, as well as better training to look for warning signs of potential terrorist activities. There also needs to be a recognition that in a free society complete security does not exist. The immediate reaction to the bombings medically and on the Marathon route was excellent due to prior

tions so over the top that they effectively change the event. Runners will no longer be allowed in a bulky costume or one that covers their face. Costumed runners are a traditional part of every Boston Marathon I have attended in the last 20 years. It gets worse, as no signs or flags more than 11 by 17 inches will be permitted, for safety, of course. The most remarkable decision they have made, however, is saved for last. Military units, such as the University of Massachusetts ROTC, as well as the Boston Marathon Tough Ruck which raises money for families of fallen soldiers, will not be permitted to participate. The idea that active duty military members and veterans, and future officers in America’s armed forces cannot be trusted to hike 26 miles with 50-plus pounds of gear to honor dead soldiers, primarily who were victims of the war on terror, is insulting. I doubt anyone predicted it as fallout from the bombing, but has become a truth in the aftermath. All of this is the epitome of giving in to terrorism. Shouting “Boston Strong” means nothing if Bostonians are willing to rollover and allow marathon organizers to give terrorists exactly what in the name of fake security. None of these restrictions will prevent any terrorist attack, but what they will do is damage the tradition of freedom and pride that comes with the Boston Marathon. As a friend and classmate said so wisely, “We as Americans are giving up so many things that could have never been taken from us by force.” This is exactly what Tsarnaev brothers wanted, and those hollowly shouting “Boston Strong” appear to be giving in to them without a fight. I hope to see hikers ignoring this ridiculous decree, and people running proudly with the American flag as they always have. Until I see it, however, I unfortunately remain very skeptical as to how “Boston Strong” we really are. If you have pride in your city or nation, this should make you furious.

I fear the cries of ‘Boston Strong’ are hollow as we watch yet another example of terrorists beating us exactly as they planned.

proper planning. However, Boston now resembles a city that bows down to terrorists and compromises the way it runs traditional events. It does so to such an extent that there is no question in my mind that “Boston Strong” means nothing beyond a chant. The Boston Athletic Association has posted new rules for this marathon which range from inconvenient to downright submission. The worst part is, none of these rules make anybody safer, but they do pull tradition and patriotism from the event. During the other 364 days a year nothing stops a bomber from getting on a crowded train, and even at the Marathon a suicide vest remains easily concealable under a light fitting sweatshirt. Regardless, we have limits on carrying of bags, and wearing various types of clothes by the start and finish lines. While inconvenient, these restrictions don’t necessarily infringe on the tradition of the Michael Ball is a Collegian contributor marathon. It doesn’t end there and can be reached at mjball@umass. as there are more restric- edu.

Uighur separatism head, Tibet has been able to expose Chinese neocolonialism to the world, which has rallied behind their cause and condemned China at Julian del Prado every turn on its abuses. This has aided in creating a China, and killed 29 peo- cultural rift between China ple and wounded 130. The and the United States, and attackers perpetrated a placed fear into China’s terrorist attack of unprec- neighbors about that counedented scale in China, and try’s increasing military the Chinese authorities are ambitions. saying that these men were part of a violent Uighur separatist movement. Uighurs, a Turkic minority in China’s northwestern Xinjiang province, have been increasingly at odds with the Han majority there, and skirmishes between the two groups in Xinjiang are not unheard of. However, this attack took place in Yunnan province in the southwest, which makes this the first significant outbreak of the Xinjiang conflict. In light of China’s reputation for disseminating false information when With the Uighurs, China it aids their government, has a clean slate. Xinjiang one has to wonder whether province is not a commonthis is an escalation of eth- place topic in the internanic tensions in Xinjiang or tional community, and the if the Chinese government Uighur separatist moveis hiding the true nature of ment is completely unheard the attack for the sake of of to the vast majority of citjustifying repression else- izens in the western world. where. Similar suspicions By portraying the Uighurs arose when three people, a as terrorists, the Chinese Uighur man with his wife government can continue to and mother, drove through pursue colonial practices in Tiananmen Square and the region with the implicit killed two tourists before (or even open) consent of their car burst into flames. governments around the The Chinese government world. After all, terrorism is claimed to have found radi- something which most govcal paraphernalia in the car, ernments would rather not but received heavy skepti- take a risk on. Actual skircism about finding such mishes in Xinjiang between items in a burned out auto- Han Chinese and Uighurs mobile. have not received adequate It’s easy to see why China reporting, and it is unclear would want to portray the whether Uighur organiUighurs as bloodthirsty ter- zations have been staging rorists in light of its past attacks on government human rights abuses. With institutions or not. Uighur the Dalai Lama as its figure- groups claim that security On March 1, 10 men, wearing all black and armed with knives, stormed a train station in Kunming,

By portraying the Uighurs as terrorists, the Chinese government can continue to pursue colonial practices in the region with the implicit (or even open) consent of governments around the world.

forces fire on unarmed citizens without provocations, which could open China up to further accusations of human rights abuse. Regardless of which scenario is true, it is still in the Chinese government’s best interest to portray the Uighurs as terrorists if it wants to continue its colonial practices. A further look into what these practices are makes it apparent that the Uighurs are facing serious infringements upon their autonomy. Chinese methods of control are ancient and effective at eradicating, or at the least assimilating, various ethnic and cultural groups. By making them minorities in their own homes, the Chinese government can sap the legitimacy of these groups through dilution. After all, these groups are exempt from the one child policy and can surely keep up with the rising tide of Han. Unfortunately, the truth is that the sheer volume of Han Chinese sent with natural-resource companies and military firms is more than enough to drown out native peoples. In the last year, 100 people have died in clashes in Xinjiang. The Uighur separatist movement very well may have escalated to strike at what it sees as the Han heartland, leading to this horrific attack in Kunming. As a result of the Chinese government’s lack of transparency, there is no clear evidence as to whether a violent terrorist organization is gaining traction and organization in China, placing countless lives in danger in the name of the Chinese government’s interests in Xinjiang. Julian del Prado is a Collegian columnist and can be reached at jdelprad@umass.edu.

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Drive-By Truckers release solid new album ‘English Oceans’

The band’s 10th LP hits hard Jackson Maxwell Collegian Staff

Drive-By Truckers are a band of subtle nuances. They are a band that owes a large debt to classic ‘70s southern rock and are not afraid to show it. But at the same time, they manage to avoid many of the more unfortunate trappings that genre tends to bring with it. They are always proud when it comes to discussing their southern heritage and roots. But, the relationship they have with their region of origin is also a complicated one, one that cannot be easily simplified or made into a punch line. On one of the band’s trademark songs, “The Southern Thing,” Patterson Hood discusses “the duality of the southern thing.” He sings of his hatred of the south’s inescapable stigma. Hood had a greatgreat-grandfather who was shot at Shiloh, a tale he still loves to speak about and share. And it is not at all because he believes that the cause of slavery was one worth fighting for, it is because the south really is its own kind of place. The love Drive-By Truckers shows for the south is not a clichéd, ste-

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years, an unusually long break for the band. On it, co-singer/songwriter/guitarist Mike Cooley once again becomes equal foil to Patterson Hood, something that has not happened on a Drive-By Truckers album in years. Their songs are always distinct with Cooley’s songs having more of a sarcastic type of narration, while Hood’s are more refined in a way. On “English Oceans,” most of the lyrical highlights belong to Cooley, while Hood comes up first in the riff depart-

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ment, the musicality of his contributions making up for their occasional lyrical shortcomings. The end result is a typically long album, with a few tracks that aim high and come up short, but just as many tracks that hit the nail brilliantly on the head. Cooley makes up for the musical simplicity of opener “Sh*t Shots Count” with line after line of lyrical gold. “Put your cigarette out and get your hat back on/don’t mix up which is which. They don’t pay you enough to work/well

they don’t pay me enough to bit*h” are sung as the album’s opening lines. It’s a typical, up-tempo barband jam, one that would not be special at all if it did not contain other lines like “trophy-tail wives taking boner pill rides for the price of a Happy Meal.” And so it goes for the album’s opening half. Cooley’s lyrics are always sharp, but musically his tracks leave a bit to be desired. Hood on the other hand, is not always at his best lyrically, but the heavy riffing on “When He’s Gone” and the lengthy “Pauline Hawkins” keep things going. “The Part of Him,” Hood’s biting indictment of a typical Southern politician, is irresistible. Any lyrical faults are more than made up for by the song’s wonderfully catchy and subtle melody. The middlethird of the album is where “English Oceans’” length begins to catch up to it just slightly. “Hearing Jimmy Loud,” “Hanging On,” and “Natural Light” all drag, and go on slightly past their expiration dates. But the dark, pianodriven “When Walter Went Crazy” picks the album up again. This is the sort of messed-up, trouble-inparadise tale the band has always done so well. It is mournful, injected with a subtle touch of black humor and musically gorgeous.

“First Air of Autumn” is the album’s best acoustic track. Upbeat and evocative, it has a lively quality the album’s other acoustic songs do not share. But, “Grand Canyon,” the eightminute track that wraps up “English Oceans,” ends up making this album all worthwhile. A loving tribute to the band’s recently departed roadie and close friend; it has a musical scope that befits its title. It is heartfelt, huge and touching; a gorgeous closer. Sometimes, it’s hard to believe that this band is 10 albums into their career; they one of rock’s best secret weapons. They combine the hearty southern rock they grew up on with the attitude and disposition of well-weathered punks, forming a musical stew that is entirely their own. They are a band that never disappoints, one from which the listener can always expect a high degree of quality. Singing of their own unique and refreshing vision of the south, Drive-By Truckers have always been a band to rely on for some whimsical but meaningful musical tales. “English Oceans” does nothing to change this. Jackson Maxwell can be reached at jlmaxwell@umass.edu.

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Coldplay preview new Pharrell makes his own mark album ‘Ghost Stories’ in pop with second solo album New album set for May 19 release nathan Frontiero Collegian Staff

They are finally back. In the early hours of the morning after the Oscars, Coldplay quietly announced that their new album, “Ghost Stories,” is set for a May 19 release. This reveal follows the band’s surprise release of a new track, “Midnight,” just a week prior. The new material is the first heard from the band since last November, when they contributed the song “Atlas” to “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” official soundtrack. Fans speculated over whether “Atlas” was indicative of the band returning to their earlier sound, since the simpler, piano-based track would not have sounded out of place on their 2002 release, “A Rush of Blood to the Head.” It is clear now, however, that these four earnest chaps from London have again pushed themselves into an entirely new direction. Coldplay is not a band known for staying sonically in place. Their first three albums, which they’ve deemed a “trilogy” of sorts, nonetheless progress slightly from one to the next. The aforementioned “Rush of Blood to the Head” added some more piano rock to the mellow, acoustic foundation of their debut, “Parachutes,” while 2005’s “X & Y” introduced more keyboards into their melodies. The band broke their mold with their fourth album, 2008’s “Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends,” by blending their emerging arena rock with a lively world music vibe. Coldplay could

very easily have released another album exactly like “Viva La Vida” and sold millions of copies without much difficulty, but instead they gave the world “Mylo Xyloto.” The (admittedly) nonsensically titled album, the band’s fifth, unabashedly delved into a heavily pop-influenced sound—one track featured a duet with Rihanna—and proved, despite some backlash from critics and fans alike, that the band is committed to constantly evolving their sound. So here we find ourselves in 2014, with new experiences, new potentially-ignored resolutions and now, a new sound from Coldplay. “Midnight” dropped without any notice beyond a cryptic tweet from the band’s manager, Phil Harvey, in the form of a trippy, otherworldly music video that fit in well with the band’s bizarre new sound. Produced by frequent collaborator Jon Hopkins, “Midnight” is a slow burning, ethereal track. Synthesizers shimmer delicately with Chris Martin’s vocals, which are both soulful and almost incomprehensible underneath several layers of vocoder. The song builds through its unconventional structure and sparse lyrics to a skittering synthesizer interlude that wouldn’t be out of place on an EDM track, before disappearing into its own haunting aural mist. “Magic,” the new album’s official lead single, is closer to the Coldplay that fans have come to know and love, but it too lives within the world of this new sound. Starting with a pulsating electronic drumbeat and bass, it shifts into an R&B style groove with ambient keyboard accents before building to an acoustic-elec-

tric guitar crescendo. Chris Martin’s simple, romantic lyrics are completely clear here, and the singer sounds laidback. He delivers lines like “Call it magic / when I’m with you” with an ease that flows well with the track. The production is rich and nuanced, with reverb shimmering over the building guitars and slight echoes jumping off of Martin’s piano inflections. About two–thirds of the way through the track the singer shifts into his falsetto, and the listener is suddenly reminded of that signature sound that has come to unify Coldplay’s music throughout every stage of their career. What else can be expected from “Ghost Stories” this May? The track listing also includes song titles like “Always In My Head,” “Ink,” and “Another’s Arms,” so listeners may likely find more romantic themes running throughout the new album. There are only nine tracks, inviting speculation about the song length. The two songs dropped are both right around the five-minute mark, but Coldplay have also proven more than capable of releasing shorter, radio-friendly songs. Time will tell whether “Ghost Stories” consists of mainly longer, introspective tracks, or if it’s a varied collection in length and structure. “Midnight” and “Magic” are very different tracks both in form and theme, but they each offer an exciting preview at the band’s new sound. Fans will be waiting eagerly to hear the musical stories that Coldplay has left to tell this year. Nathan Frontiero can be reached at nfrontiero@umass.edu.

“G I R L” is a breakthrough elena lopez Collegian Staff

For this past year, R&B singer Pharrell was completely inescapable. He popped up on two of the year’s biggest hits with Daft Punk and Robin Thicke. His second solo album, “G I R L,” was released on March 3, and proves that he has found a comfortable niche in mainstream music. A producer for many years as a member of the duo The Neptunes, he has also worked on songs for the likes of Beyoncé, Frank Ocean, Miley Cyrus, Mac Miller, Waka Flocka Flame, Shakira and many others. On “G I R L,” Pharrell returns with his own set of pop hits. Pharrell’s clear influences throughout the album are the vocal styling’s of Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye.

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Pharrell performs with N.E.R.D at the South By Southwest Festival in 2008. sounds like the Jackson 5, with light guitar riffs that mesh easily with the duo’s soft vocal style. On Pharrell’s track with Alicia Keys, “Know Who You Are,” the lyrics focus on the empowerment of women, including a beautifully sung pledge by Keys to love herself, just as everyone should.

“For an artist who previously struggled to receive deserved credit for his solo work, Pharrell has found his own place right in the middle of mainstream pop.” With his soft falsetto, Pharrell displays an endlessly charming tone on tracks like “Marilyn Monroe” and “Hunter.” On both tracks, his voice and a collection of funky beats transport the listener back to the 1970s. Up-tempo and catchy, the layered beats complement his mature lyrics, showing his growth since his early days. Flowing almost directly from “Hunter” is “Gush.” More smooth lyrics about women and their beauty put Pharrell’s romantic charm on prime display. His duets, with the likes of Justin Timberlake and Alicia Keys, are impeccable. On “Brand New” with Timberlake, the pair draws inspiration from older

There is more of a reggae vibe on this track, highlighted by its muted hand drums, similar to that of the percussion on “Lost Queen.” “G I R L” does not feature hardhitting beats. Instead, very light and airy tracks that put a smile on the listeners face are what dominate the album. “Come and Get it Bae,” which features Miley Cyrus, falls into this spectrum with its clapping and electronic beats. Lyrically witty, Pharrell plays with the layered R&B beats and makes the song sound like a sunny day. In this same vein is the hit single from the album, “Happy,” from the equally successful animated film “Despicable

Me 2.” A truly uplifting track, it is impossible not to clap and dance to the song’s simple drums and upbeat tempo. Easy to listen to and extremely popular, it demonstrates Pharrell’s hit making ability. Pharrell’s genius appears yet again on a unique track, “Gust of Wind,” later on in the album. Combining string-driven undertones with guitar highlights that bring to mind his appearances on Daft Punk tracks, Pharrell swoons the listener with lines like “you remind me of the air.” He maintains his theme of the pure, light, honeymoon stage of love that any listener can appreciate. “It Girl” is a fantastic closing track that maintains the album’s omnipresent ‘60s and ‘70s era style while demonstrating his excellent range. Pharrell’s old school sound rings true throughout “G I R L,” making it an easy album to love. For an artist who previously struggled to receive deserved credit for his solo work, Pharrell has found his own place right in the middle of mainstream pop. Elena Lopez can be reached at aelopez@ umass.edu.


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MEN’S BASKETBALL

Minutemen let game slip away UMass seniors leave UM misses several opportunities in loss By Mark Chiarelli Collegian Staff

Sunday’s matchup between the Massachusetts men’s basketball team and Saint Louis offered a dizzying array of emotions. Of course, there’s the disappointment. There was anger too. But the ultimate feeling following Saint Louis’ 64-62 victory was that the Minutemen had their chances and simply missed. The potential narrative – UMass guard Chaz Williams brilliantly guiding his team past a heralded Billikens opponent in front of a sold out Mullins Center crowd on Senior Day – played out perfectly for roughly 38 minutes. The Minutemen thwarted off Saint Louis throughout most of the second half and came tantalizingly close to knocking off the conference’s leader. But the shots stopped falling and the lead wilted away. Saint Louis guard Jordair Jett did not, eluding UMass guard Derrick Gordon’s defense in with 3.4 seconds remaining to play the ultimate role of spoiler with his game-winning layup. “I was actually a little angry to a certain extent,” Minutemen coach Derek Kellogg said. “It was one of those games I felt like (Saint Louis) took from us. We had control of it, we had the plays we normally make, and we didn’t do that. So I was a little frustrated and deflated to a certain extent.”

Most of UMass’ season has centered around finally getting over the program’s final challenge. The Minutemen have won close games on the road, pulled out comebacks in front of their own crowd and are finally posed to make the NCAA Tournament. Which is why – playing in a tremendous basketball atmosphere on a day dedicated to three pillars of Kellogg’s program in Williams, Sampson Carter and Raphiael Putney – it felt like UMass would continue the trend. But Carter missed an open 3-pointer from the corner with just a minute, 33 seconds remaining. Williams fouled Jett on the ensuing possession and Jett tied the game at 60-60 with two free throws. Williams and Jett subsequently traded layups, but Minutemen guard Trey Davis missed a floater in the lane with 44 seconds remaining and a chance to break a 62-62 tie. Gordon grabbed the offensive rebound and found Cady Lalanne, who was blocked on his layup attempt. That would be UMass’ final opportunity to take the lead. Jett handled the rest. “We just didn’t make the right plays down the stretch,” Kellogg said. “I thought (Saint Louis) executed a little bit better than us on both ends of the floor.” What compounded the issue was that the Minutemen appeared to be in control. They pushed the lead to as much as seven points with 5:48 remaining and succeeded at playing at the Billikens slower, more plodding pace. But UMass couldn’t hang on completely. “Everybody in the locker room is sad,” Williams said.

MASTALERZ net, bringing the 2,823 fans at Gutterson Fieldhouse from gasps of anxiety into relentless euphoria. As the puck crossed the goal line, Mastalerz fell to his knees, held his blocker across his body with two hands and stared in disbelief. “I don’t remember what happened,” Mastalerz said. “I look back and I see the puck trickle over the goal line. It was just something quick that happened. I don’t know. I lost track of it. “I think after it sunk in a little more. I still don’t think it has,” Mastalerz later added. “That’s Hockey East. It’s that close every single night. It sucks the way it had to end.” UMass had the play wellcovered defensively, putting pressure on the Catamount forwards in the defensive zone, but going from one post to another made it difficult on Mastalerz (24 saves). UMass coach John Micheletto couldn’t fault his goaltender after the game. “Any goal that ends your season is going to wind up being a heartbreaker,” Micheletto said. “The difficult thing is we got pretty good coverage on both goals. … The disappointing

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Chaz Williams lets UMass’ 64-62 loss to Saint Louis on Sunday sink in. “Obviously, they wanted the seniors to go out on a good note.” Of course, there’s a silver lining in the loss. While it’s the final game at the Mullins Center this season, there’s still postseason basketball left. There’s still time to finetune the mistakes, to learn and make-well on the heartbreak. There’s also the opportunity UMass could face Saint Louis again. There’s opportunity for the Minutemen to deliver more to the program than any team has in the past 15 years. “We’re just trying to win,” Williams said. “It’s been a while since UMass had a conference title and that’s something we want to go out with. Just making the (NCAA) tournament or just being in

the Barclays (Center) isn’t good enough for us. We’re really trying to make something out of it and do something with it.” It’s a group of players with enough experience to deal with adversity. The Minutemen can rebound, and rebound quickly. But on Sunday, they came up painstakingly short. “Fortunately for us, we’ve been in a lot of tight games and we have a senior-laden group of guys with some resiliency,” Kellogg said. “That’s why I’m somewhat frustrated because we’ve won our fair share of those and today was a game, with the plays that we had, normally we win those games.” Mark Chiarelli can be reached at mchiarel@umass.edu and followed on Twitter @Mark_Chiarelli.

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thing is you’d like to see it be a huge defensive breakdown and something you could say, ‘We should’ve been better there.’ “That’s the game of inches that happens at this time of year.” Despite the late goal, the Minutemen still had over a minute with the extraattacker to try to tie the game and nearly did so when Michael Pereira led a 2-on-1 with Frank Vatrano, but his pass to the redshirt freshman with an open net in front hit a UVM stick. UMass was outshot 26-19 for the game and 8-4 in the third period. “We couldn’t get anything going in the third period,” Sheary said. “I thought they took the third period from us.” The Minutemen’s best chance of the game came shorthanded on a 2-on-1 break led by Sheary, who fed Adam Phillips in front, but his shot was robbed by Brody Hoffman, who moved quickly from right to left and made a highlight reel save with his glove. After a scoreless first period, Power put UMass ahead with an even strength goal 2:40 into the second period off a rebound goal in front. Steven Iacobellis won

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Conor Sheary fights back tears after UMass’ season ending loss to UVM. a face-off in the offensive zone, possessed the puck and brought around the goal. Iacobellis fired a backhanded shot that Hoffman (18 saves) stopped with the pad. The sophomore goalie then stopped a rebound attempt by Sheary before Power finished with the second effort to put the Minutemen up 1-0. UMass dominated a majority of the second period, led by four shots from Sheary and a pair of chances from Vatrano, including one off a turnover. But Vermont tied the game when Mike Paliotta ripped a point shot past

Mastalerz at 17:18. The Minutemen won the offensive-zone draw, but UVM’s Jake Fallon forced the turnover in the defensive zone and led the rush. Fallon fed Paliotta at the point and the junior fired a rocket into the back of the net to make it 1-1 after two periods. UMass couldn’t put through the ever-important second goal in a physical third period and went home with another disappointing end to a season. The Minutemen haven’t won a playoff game since 2009. Nick Canelas can be reached at ncanelas@umass.edu and followed on Twitter @NickCanelas.

he impact that the three seniors— Chaz Williams, Sampson Carter and Raphiael Putney—had on the Massachusetts men’s basketball team isn’t reflected by the 64-62 loss to Saint Louis on Sunday. It isn’t reflected in the sixth place finish in the Atlantic 10 that the team fell to because of the loss either. No, the Patrick Strohecker impact that these three players had on the men’s basketball program was reflected by gazing around Mullins Center on Sunday afternoon. It was listening and watching 9,493 fans scream and wave their white towels feverishly as each player escorted their family members out of the tunnel on Senior Day, brining them to tears at the support. It was the knowledge of each player realizing that the impact that they had on this program had come full circle. They went from playing in front of dismal crowds to sellouts, each of whom contributed to the rise of the program’s success in distinct fashion. When Carter arrived on campus in 2009 and played his first game at Mullins Center, only 3,482 fans witnessed it. The next year, Putney made his home debut in front of only 3,784. Finally, when Williams put his talents on display for the first time the year after Putney, only 2,664 were in attendance to see the debut of one of the best players to ever don the Maroon and White. Put those three attendance figures together and you total 9,930 fans, or 437 more fans than what packed Mullins Center on Sunday. Individually, they all impacted UMass in a variety of ways, but together, they changed the atmosphere inside Mullins Center. They turned the arena from just another place for teams to play, into one of the toughest venues for visiting teams to play at in the A-10, going 11-2 at home this season. Whether it was Putney’s high-flying dunks, Carter’s late-game

heroics against Harvard, or Williams’ unbelievable drives that resulted in him contorting his body in improbable ways, they never failed to bring the “Mullins Maniacs” to their feet. They were key contributors in the Minutemen’s return back to national prominence, including a reemergence in the national rankings, snapping a 15-year drought. Along the way, they created a bond. No, scratch that, they created a brotherhood. After Sunday’s loss to Saint Louis, Williams was asked to reflect on his time playing at Mullins Center and his relationship with Carter and Putney. “It’s great that we came here and did this together,” he said. “It wasn’t a path or a journey that I had to take on my own. Being that my family is so far away, this was the instant family that I had… It always felt like family here.” And while this may seem like a piece that’s bidding them farewell, despite the fact that UMass still has at least two games remaining, in a way, a chapter of their careers at UMass has come to an end. From now on, the only time that these three play in Mullins Center, the seats will be empty. The only people screaming their names will be the coaching staff and other players. It was a special moment for those three on Sunday as the sellout crowd brought them to tears. And while the result wasn’t the perfect ending to the script, it was fitting to see that the attendance number recognized all that they’ve accomplished in their time at UMass. So, with an A-10 title well in reach and a berth in the NCAA Tournament almost certain, one thing for sure is that there will be no more games at Mullins Center for those three. As the team prepares to leave for Brooklyn, N.Y. in a few days, they’ll at least have the reassurance of knowing that there will be of a lot more fans sending them off, than when they were welcomed in. Patrick Strohecker can be reached at pstrohec@umass.edu and followed on Twitter @P_Strohecker.

BASKETBALL The loss drops UMass from fourth to sixth in the final standings, with its first game in the A-10 Tournament taking place Thursday night at 9 p.m. against Rhode Island. The Minutemen spotted Saint Louis an early 9-2 lead, forcing UMass coach Derek Kellogg to call a quick timeout. UMass answered with a 12-2 run to open up a threepoint lead. Neither team opened up a lead much larger than three or four points from that point forward. The Minutemen took a 35-33 lead into halftime, but as both teams came out to start the second half, poor shooting took center stage. Through the first seven minutes of the half, the Billikens and UMass combined for 11 points before the Minutemen went on a mini-run to open up their largest lead of the game with five minutes, 50 seconds remaining.

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Williams led all scorers with 20 points and nine assists, with his first helper making him the alltime leader in assists in Minutemen history. Jett led the way offensively for SLU, finishing with 17 points, including the final six points for the Billikens. Following the game, despite a somber mood from Williams and Carter, the determination to bounce back and look ahead to the A-10 Tournament was the main thing on UMass’ mind. “It’s been a while since UMass had a conference title,” Williams said. “And that’s something we want to go out with. Just making the tournament or being in the Barclays (Center) isn’t good enough for us.” Patrick Strohecker can be reached at pstrohec@umass.edu and followed on Twitter @P_Strohecker.


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MEN’S BASKETBALL

UM stunned by Saint Louis on final possesion Sunday Billikens spoil Senior Day B y Patrick Strohecker Collegian Staff

“Me, as myself, and plus some players in the locker room feel like we missed an opportunity.” Sampson Carter, UMass forward

with 3.4 seconds left, lifting As Chaz Williams drib- the Billikens to the victory, bled the ball up the court, stunning the sellout crowd he had one final heave to of 9,493 at Mullins Center. end Senior Day on a high As Jett gathered the ball note. outside the 3-point arc, It came up just short. he made a move around Trailing by two with Williams and as 3.4 seconds left, he approached Williams sprinted the basket, the SLU 64 up the court and lane seeminglet a 40-footer opened up, go, only to see it UMass 62 ly allowing him to rebound off the finish an unconfront of the rim tested layup and fall to the ground, that proved to be the differresulting in a 64-62 loss for the Massachusetts men’s ence in the game. “I thought our guys combasketball team to No. 17 peted and played well for 38 Saint Louis. “Me, as myself, and plus minutes, 37 and a half minsome players in the locker utes,” UMass coach Derek room feel like we missed Kellogg said. “We just an opportunity,” senior didn’t make the right plays down the stretch. I thought Sampson Carter said. Jordair Jett was the hero they executed a little better in Sunday’s game, hitting than we did on both ends of the game-winning layup the floor.”

It was nip and tuck throughout much of the second half, with neither team really pulling away. The Minutemen (23-7, 10-6 Atlantic 10) opened up the largest lead of the second half when they went up 56-49 with just under six minutes remaining. But Saint Louis (26-5, 13-3 A-10) responded late in the game. The Billikens ended the game on a 15-6 run, snapping a three-game losing streak and winning the conference regular season title outright. “I was actually a little angry, to a certain extent,” Kellogg said. “It’s one of those games that they kind of took from us, that we had control of it, we had plays that we normally make, but we didn’t do that.” see

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HOCKEY

UMass’ season ends in devastating fashion UVM pulls ahead with 1:07 left

UConn Hockey Classic on Dec. 29, the disappointment against lowly American International despite a 59-18 shot advantage on Jan. 14 By Nick caNelaS and, of course, Joe Houk’s Collegian Staff game-winner with less than BURLINGTON, Vt. a second left in regulation to — All season long, the lift UMass Lowell over the Minutemen on Feb. 8. Massachusetts hockey team On Friday night, UMass found the worst saved its most possible ways to Vermont 2 g u t - w r e n c h i n g lose. defeat for last. First, there Connor UMass 1 was Connor Brickley scored Leen’s overa goal with one time winner in minute, seven seconds left Orono, Maine, to bury the in regulation on a shot that the Minutemen on Oct. 25. went under the pad of goalThen, there was offsides tender Steve Mastalerz and gate on Nov. 14, when Troy trickled into the back of the Power’s game-tying goal net, to lead No. 15 Vermont against Boston College to a dramatic 2-1 win in a in the third period was single-elimination, openingdisallowed after his goal round game in the Hockey was overturned follow- East Tournament. ing a review that legally The loss ended UMass’ should’ve never happened. 2013-14 season and the Then there was the careers of its nine seniors, shootout loss to Quinnipiac who ended their tenures in the semifinal of the without a playoff win.

“Goals like that put you down,” a tear-filled Conor Sheary said. “Even though it was that late in the game, we still had a minute left. But a goal that goes in barely and you think you’re playing all right – it’s a confidence booster for them and it puts us down a little bit.” Anthony DeCenzo played the puck down the left side and came behind the goal line. As he went around the net, Mastalerz moved to his right to play the potential wraparound bid. DeCenzo instead fed Brickley coming down the left wing with Colin Shea coming down defensively. Brickley quickly threw the puck on net, forcing Mastalerz to go from one end to the other. But Mastalerz couldn’t get there fast enough as the puck went under his pad and slowly found the back of the see MASTALERZ on page 7

M E N ’ S L AC RO S S E

Albany routs Minutemen in loss on Saturday UM downed by Thompson family

the Thompson family at Garber Field. Albany’s Thompson trio – consisting of brothers Lyle and Miles, and cousin By aNdrew cyr Ty – combined for 15 of the Collegian Staff Great Danes’ 25 total goals. “(The Thompson’s) have The Massachusetts men’s lacrosse team entered been successful against a lot of teams, Saturday’s game and today was with an undefeatAlbany 25 no different,” ed record and its UMass coach team firing on all UMass 10 Greg Cannella cylinders. said. “Albany Saturday’s game, came ready to however, was a completely play, they took advantage different story. of opportunities early in The No.9 Minutemen fell to No. 18 Albany 25-10 the game and took it to us.” Miles Thompson led all on Saturday due to an scorers with six goals and offensive explosion from one assist, Ty Thompson

added five goals and Lyle Thompson contributed with four goals and an assist. The majority of the Thompson’s goals were highlight reel, behind-theback and over-the-shoulder shots that goalkeeper Zach Oliveri had no chance of stopping. “I don’t really have much to say,” Oliveri said. “Albany played great today, they did what they had to and we didn’t do what we needed to win.” The Great Danes (2-2) recorded 45 total shots as a team and Oliveri only stopped seven that came his way. The Minutemen

outshot Albany 53-45 on the game, but Albany controlled the first half with a 32-21 edge. The Minutemen (4-1) got down in a hole early on as they trailed 7-2 at the end of the first quarter and 16-4 at halftime. Although it was the offense that stole the show for Albany on Saturday, not to be overlooked was goalkeeper Blaze Riorden’s performance. Riorden had 18 saves and allowed just eight goals in 49 minutes played. UMass tried all game to attack the goalkeeper low, only to have Riorden make numerous saves with his body.

“When you get down 12-2 it’s hard to get in a flow because everyone wants to score right away,” Cannella said. “You get down early and guys start to press a little bit and guys don’t share the ball as much as.” Matt Whippen led all UMass scorers with two goals and an assist. Standout Nick Mariano was held to just one goal and one assist and was the focal point of the Great Dane’s defensive schemes. Joe Ramano and Paul Spinney each scored a goal, the first of their careers. Face-off specialist Joe Calvello went 22-for-34 in

face-offs. However, many of his wins were short-lived as the Minutemen committed 14 turnovers. Calvello became the first UMass player to win 20 face-offs in a game since 2006. Despite the lackluster performance, UMass has to move on to its 3 p.m. matchup with Providence Tuesday at Garber Field. “We’re going to wipe this thing away,” Cannella said. “We have a game on Tuesday so we’ll focus on our next opponent, who is Providence.” Andrew Cyr can be reached at arcyr@ umass.edu and followed on Twitter @ Andrew_Cyr.

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