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Officially chartered as a Registered Student Organization just less than a year ago, the University of Massachusetts chapter of Autism Speaks U has grown tremendously. Autism Speaks U will be hosting its sixth annual Amherst Autism Speaks 5K Run and 3K Walk on Sunday. The event will take place in Kendrick Park, located in the center of Amherst, and will begin at 10:30 a.m. In addition to the race, Autism Speaks U is planning multiple other events to take place on Sunday, including facepainting, a moon bounce, food, a DJ and prize raffles, following the race. “The 5K is the main event, but we try to make it a full day for the community and students to come together for a great cause,” said Tamir Zinger, a senior finance major and treasurer of Autism Speaks U at the University. During its first year, the Autism Speaks 5K Run and 3K Walk was hosted by the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity and the Sigma Delta Tau sorority. With about 200 participants raising around $800, the event has grown substantially since then. The following year, the event was run by the club Autism Speaks U, and its venue moved to Kendrick Park. The number of participants doubled and the event raised around $15,000. Last year, the event once again expanded largely, raising around $30,000. Autism Speaks U’s event this year is estimated to be significantly larger than in years past, with over 1,000 pre-registered participants and just over $48,000 raised. Aside from the run/walk, Autism Speaks U hosts a number of other activities through-

Andrew Lasky, Aaron Lovine and Rob Deters, three seniors at the University of Massachusetts who have been interning at the Law Offices of Attorney Daniel M Sandell, have been appointed to revise the Code of Student Conduct by Sandell, a UMass alumnus from the Class of 2000. “We read through it and we found that there were serious detriments to student rights,” Lasky said. “If you apply to this University, you’re subject to any rules and sanctions held and applied by the Student Code of Conduct.” When accepted to UMass, every student is told to read and is required to sign the Code of Student Conduct. The preface of this document states, “The CSC describes principles for living and acting responsibly in a community setting, with respect for the rights of all members of that community, and for their property, common resources, and values. The purpose is to reinforce and encourage the development of good decision-making and personal integrity and to teach these skills where they are lacking. It is the University’s goal that as students make their way through any aspect of the conduct process, they will leave that process as better educated students, better members of the University community, and better global citizens.” “Until we started working on this project,” Lasky said, “I had never read the Code of Student Conduct, and speaking with other students recently as we’ve started to get this going, a lot of students have never read the Code of Student Conduct. We are trying to gain light that this is directly affecting your rights as a member of this university.” When a student is subject to a hearing, that student is allowed to bring a lawyer to the hearing at the Dean’s Office, but that lawyer

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Members of the CWC and Sigma Psi Zeta lead multiple discussions including the definition of consent and the impact of stereotypes.

Discussing stereotypes and making a change By rose GottlieB Collegian Staff

The Center for Women and Community (CWC) at the University of Massachusetts and the UMass chapter of Sigma Psi Zeta hosted a workshop called “Breaking Down Rape Culture” Wednesday night. The two hour workshop discussed what rape culture means, the impacts it has on victims, perpetrators and society as a whole and what steps average people can take to combat it. The workshop, which was led by members of the CWC, was an open discussion. All participants were invited to share their thoughts and join the conversation. The event began with a dialogue about what exactly rape culture was. To many participants, rape culture included victim-blaming, “slut-shaming” and telling women how to prevent rape rather than teaching men not to rape.

Many people said that rape victims are often asked what they were wearing, whether they were under the influence or whether they were alone when they were assaulted. For others, rape culture meant that as a society, we are permissive towards sexual violence and do little to prevent it. As part of the discussion on what constitutes sexual assault and rape culture, participants in the workshop were asked what they believed the definition of consent was, as well as what constituted sexual activities that required consent. Many of the participants at the workshop described the importance of giving permission – no meaning no – that consent can be withdrawn at any time and that being in a relationship does not automatically mean consent has been giving. According to many participants, a wide variety of activities required consent. Much of the workshop focused on stereotypes of female rape victims, male rape victims and rapists, as well as what these stereotypes mean for both survivors and perpetrators. According to

workshop participants, we as a society often stereotype female sexual assault victims as particularly promiscuous women or minorities, male sexual assault victims as prisoners, gay and trans men, or feminine men and rapists as pedophiles, drug addicts or alcoholics, or strangers jumping out of dark alleyways. As part of the discussion, workshop leaders and participants explained how these stereotypes only represent a small fraction of rape cases. In reality, sexual assault is more likely to be perpetrated by someone the victim knows personally and possibly even a family member, they said. The workshop explained the negative impacts that these stereotypes can have. Survivors who do not see themselves as a stereotypical rape victim may second guess whether or not what they experienced constituted sexual assault, or even deny what happened to them. They also may experience guilt and ask themselves questions about whether or not they “deserved” what hapsee

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Shooting at Fort Hood, TX Supporting the ecosystem Four left dead; 14 injuries reported By PhiliP JanKowsKi anD Ciara o’rourKe Austin American-Statesman

FORT HOOD, Texas — A shooting left four dead and 14 injured at this massive Army post Wednesday afternoon, according to U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, who told reporters that it is “way too early” to know the shooter’s motive. McCaul, R-Texas, said the suspected shooter used a .45-caliber pistol and died at the scene, and that he was wearing an Army uniform. He said it wasn’t clear if he was an active duty soldier or an “impostor.” He said the victims are presumed to be soldiers. The Associated Press reported that the gunman shot himself, citing a Justice Department report. Four patients are at Scott &

White Hospital in Temple, the highest level trauma center in the region, with conditions ranging from “stable to quite critical,” according to Dr. Glen Couchman, chief medical officer at Scott & White. He did not have details on their injuries. He indicated that two more patients are being flown in. All have gunshot wounds. At Fort Hood, the shooting sparked unwelcome memories of the Nov. 5, 2009, mass shooting at the post, in which thenMaj. Nidal Hasan opened fire on soldiers waiting for final medical checks, killing 13 and wounding more than 30. As in that case, Wednesday’s shooting took place at a medical building, McCaul said. President Barack Obama vowed Wednesday evening to “get to the bottom” of the shooting. “Obviously this reopened pain of what happened at Fort Hood five years ago,” he said. “Obviously our thoughts and

prayers are with the entire community and we are going to do everything we can to make the community of Fort Hood has what it needs to deal with a tough situation but also any potential aftermath.” Tayra Dehart, whose husband is a sergeant stationed here, said she heard of the shooting on the news and headed to the post. Her husband, who she would not name, last spoke to her around 5:30 p.m. Though he sounded nervous, he told her he was safe, she said. A girlfriend of a private first class stationed on post who did not want to be named said she has been unable to communicate with her boyfriend since she learned of the shooting. The post was locked down after the shooting and a Fort Hood soldier who answered the phone at a building near the shooting said, “We’re camping out. ... The only guidance we’ve been giving is to hunker down.”

with leatherback turtles Study of behaviors could save habitats

doctoral research, student Kara Dodge completed a satellite tagging study on New England leatherbacks. Molly Lutcavage, a By Katrina BorofsKi research professor specialCollegian Staff izing in environmental conRecent research done by servatism at the University, students and faculty at the supervised Dodge’s research. With the help of Ben University of Massachusetts exists far beyond walls of Galuardi of the LPRC and Tim Miller of the National this campus. The University’s Large Oceanic and Atmospheric Pelagics Research Center, Administration, the four located in Gloucester, con- researchers completed the ducts biological and ecologi- study in order to uncover cal research in the hopes how the leatherback turtles of developing a scientific behave in specific regions understanding that supports within the North Atlantic. effective ecosystem-based The study also paid attenmanagement strategies, tion to the diving habits of according to the LPRC web- the turtles and other specific information. site. In completing the study, The LPRC focuses on pelagic animals, including Dodge, Lutcavage, Galuardi tuna, sharks, billfish and and Miller collaborated sea turtles. As part of her with commercial fisher-

men, spotter pilots and the Massachusetts Sea Turtle Disentanglement Network in order to tag 20 leatherback turtles located off the coast of Cape Cod. “We started the satellite tagging work in 1994,” Lutcavage said in a news release “but had little understanding of their daily lives until recently, because we first wanted to develop ways to directly attach the tag without encumbering the turtle. “Once that was accomplished, we could collect accurate track locations via GPS along with dive data, and determine the leatherbacks’ residence time, highuse habitat and behavior on the Northeast U.S. shelf and beyond.” In order to better undersee

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THE RU N D OW N ON THIS DAY... In 1969, United States Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird announces that the United States will start to “Vietnamize” the war effort in the Vietnam War

AROUND THE WORLD Chilean President Michelle Bachelet toured northern Chile on Wednesday, finding that damage from a magnitude 8.2 earthquake the night before was far less severe than feared. Six people died — three by heart attack, two in collapsed buildings and one in a traffic accident — and 972,457 were temporarily evacuated as the quake triggered tsunamis that smashed boats and docks, according to Ricardo Toro, director of the National Emergency Office. Three highways in the north were shut down because of large fissures in the roadways. Los Angeles Times EGYPT—In the latest sign of Egypt’s growing volatility, a series of blasts went off outside Cairo University on Wednesday, killing a police brigadier general and injuring at least seven other people, officials and state media reported. The three explosions took place outside the university’s engineering faculty building, where students have been holding almost daily protests in support of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. The bombs apparently targeted riot police whose usual staging ground is an area close to the entrance. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Political violence in Egypt has surged in the nine months since Morsi’s ouster. Police have cracked down hard on Morsi’s backers, while hard-line Islamic groups have repeatedly attacked security forces and police and army installations. Los Angeles Times SYRIA— Businesses across Syria have been devastated by the destruction inflicted by the traumatic three-year civil war, and the economy could take 30 years to recover to its pre-conflict level, a United Nations survey published Wednesday warns. The fighting “saw the economy lose a total of $84.4 billion over the first two years of the conflict. … Even if the conflict ceased now and GDP (gross domestic product) grew at an average rate of 5 percent each year, it is estimated that it would take the Syrian economy 30 years to return to the economic level of 2010,” it said. McClatchy Foreign Staff AFGHAN — A Taliban suicide bomber managed to get past a security checkpoint Wednesday and set off his explosives at the entrance to the Afghan Interior Ministry, killing six police officers on the last day of campaigning in this country’s closely watched presidential election. The midafternoon bombing outside one of Kabul’s most heavily guarded government installations was the latest of several major attacks that have sown fear in the Afghan capital ahead of Saturday’s contest that will determine President Hamid Karzai’s successor. Los Angeles Times Distributed by MCT Information Services




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is not allowed to say anything. This is one of the biggest detriments to student rights, Sandell said. He argued that it doesn’t make sense to “not be able to have a lawyer when paying such a high tuition.” The CSC reform group has noted revisions, as well as the reasoning for their revisions, on the CSC itself. Under the “Investigation of Charges” section, the current CSC states, “If no charges are filed, but in the judgment of the Dean of Students or her or his designee grounds to exist to believe that the student would benefit from education on a topic related to the investigated behavior, the University may assign a student to an educational process or program to address the concern.” The revision made by the reformers states, “If no charges are filed then the Dean of Students may not impose any sanctions (education courses or otherwise) on the student. Formal procedure must be adhered to in order to compel a student to take part in anything usually attributed with disciplinary action.” Reasoning is provided underneath each revision. In this case, that reasoning states, “It is common

knowledge that an individual is innocent until proven guilty. Imposing sanctions on a student for non-violent offenses before their hearing or without a hearing is unfair. These education courses are often very costly and imposing them on a whim with no conviction could potentially hurt students.” Another change that Sandell, Lasky and his peers find to be necessary is in the “Hearing Board Procedures.” Currently, the jury or the hearing board is made up of staff selected and trained by the Dean of Students. The revision made by Sandell’s team is to have all undergraduate students living on campus be notified that they might have to participate in jury duty with disciplinary cases. “Appointments to the Conduct Hearing Board will consist of randomly selected students from the University in order to establish a fair and unbiased jury of peers,” reads the revision made by Sandell’s team. According to the team, the reputation of the University has a large part to do with why the CSC is as strict as it is. This reputation is being harmed by events like Blarney Blowout, but

Lasky believes that the way that the University has been handling the events causing its reputation to be harmed is an unfair and “totalitarian approach to student life.” “It’s hard to really implement any kind of policy change coming from inside the University,” Lasky said. “Members of SGA have found that they’ve been stonewalled by University officials.... They have not only stonewalled students from proceeding with this, but have actively told them not to pursue it.” Sandell expressed frustration with the lack of cooperation by University officials. “My interns have submitted their revisions, and they haven’t even looked at it. They are trying to run out the clock on these three seniors,” he said. The reason that the reform group is trying to get as much exposure as possible is so that returning students can go forward with these efforts. With outside exposure and pressure such as acknowledgment from ABC 40 or The Boston Globe, Lasky and his peers are confident that the change they want to make could really be possible. Daniel Maldonado may be reached at

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out the year and serves as a highly active group on campus. “We host meetings several times a month,” Zinger said. “In addition to that we try to get as much involvement with different organizations relating to learning possibilities.” Autism Speaks U also co-hosts a number of events with the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity. Most recently, it co-hosted a fundraiser event at Froyo World. Members of Alpha Epsilon Pi will be attending the event this Sunday, in addition to the rest of the Greek community at the University, according to Zinger. Autism Speaks U works

closely with the University and community not only to raise awareness about autism, but also to interact with those who have learning disabilities. “We sponsor a field trip for kids from a high school in Springfield for people with learning disabilities,” Zinger said. “We show the kids around, it’s huge for them. They really enjoy it—it’s one of the biggest events of the year for them. “We just started some projects here for kids with disabilities. We’re just hanging out with them or having lunch with them,” Zinger added in regards to the club’s interactions with students with learning dis-

abilities on campus. The Autism Speaks 5K/3K is part of Autism Speaks U’s event planning for Autism Awareness Week. The club has already hosted a few events for the cause earlier this week and has plans for more events leading up to the race. Autism Speaks U made blue smoothies, which were served at Late Night in Berkshire Dining Commons in honor of Autism Awareness week, on Wednesday night. In addition, the club is hosting Autism Awareness Trivia at the UPub on Thursday night from 5-8 p.m.

pened to them. People who perpetrated a sexual assault but do not fit the stereotypical definition of a rapist may question whether or not their actions constitute assault, and may continue to act inappropriately due to the assumption that they cannot be a rapist, said the workshop leaders. When organizations meant to help survivors, as well as friends, family and peers of survivors buy into these stereotypes, survivors may not get the help they deserve, may face victim-blaming or shame and may feel that their stories won’t be believed. This can lead to rape and sexual assault never being reported. Part of the workshop was dedicated to a discussion about why victimblaming is so prevalent in our society. According to workshop leaders and participants, by stereotyping and blaming victims of sexual assault, we give ourselves the illusion that we are safe from it and that it can’t happen to us. We also are then able to deny that our friends and family, and possibly even ourselves, may be perpetrators of sexual violence. The workshop ended by discussing what steps people can take to reduce rape culture and change our own thinking as well as the actions of others. Participants were asked to remember the “3 Ds”Direct, Delegate, and Distract. Direct means taking direct action when we see potential for sexual assault

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or hear someone make a comment that perpetuates rape culture. We can confront the perpetrator and explain why his or her actions are wrong. Delegate involves reporting inappropriate actions to authorities such as police officers or Residential Staff on campus, allowing them to take control of the situation. Distract means to diffuse the situation by redirecting the attention of the people involved. This can be as simple as changing the topic when someone makes an inappropriate comment. The workshop leaders hoped that participants would educate themselves about what rape culture is and be given the tools they need to recognize and take action in situations that perpetuate this way of thinking. Junior Victoria Lee, fundraising chair of the Sigma Psi Zeta sorority, said that, “a lot of people aren’t aware” of rape culture, what it means and how they can help combat it. She explained that understanding what rape culture is and how it is perpetuated can even have an impact in actions we take in our day to day life, such as using derogatory words like “slut” in day-to-day conversation. Lee stressed the importance of educating people about these issues, saying that education “goes a long way.” Rose Gottlieb can be reached at


Prof. traveling to Himalayas to design agriculture systems Award presented for reserach efforts By AishwAryA VishwAnAth Collegian Correspondent

Carey Clouse, an Assistant Professor of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at University of Massachusetts, has been awarded a Fulbright Flex Award to conduct research and prepare sustainable high-altitude agricultural systems for farming communities secluded in the Himalayan mountains. This award is presented by the Fulbright Scholar Program from the U.S. Department of State to researchers who will be conducting projects in foreign countries while also sharing their knowledge of their field with that country’s students. Clouse will be working in the rain-deprived regions of Zanskar and Ladakh, which are currently experiencing the consequences of climate change. According to the Centre for Science and Environment in India, these regions, which are home to various Himalayan glaciers, are experiencing a water shortage because the glaciers are shrinking at an alarming rate. Zanskar and Ladakh are located in the northern Indian states of Jammu and Kashmir and do not get the annual Indian monsoon rains because the regions are shielded by the Himalayan Mountains. Extreme weather is now commonplace in Ladakh, which often not only has cases of drought, but also flash floods and winter snowfall.

The regional agricultural office in Zanskar is currently exploring various solutions for improving the agricultural situation in the extreme environment. The 14,000 residents of Zanskar experience an annual rainfall of only 100 mm and a normal winter temperature of -40 degrees Celcius. Only since the 1970s has the region become more self-sustaining in terms of agriculture. Before then, all goods had to be ordered in from outside sources. According to a UMass news release, Clouse will be making the journey to Zanskar and Ladakh this year in order to study ways communities can change their farming methods so as to adapt to the changing weather patterns and the mountainous terrain. The local farmers have identified problem areas and have potential changes in mind. Clouse plans on assisting them in these endeavors to help institute a sustainable solution. Clouse will work not only with other American professionals, but also with a team of people including a host of local officials and organizations, as well as various members of the local communities of Kumik and Leh According to the release, Clouse hopes to establish a good relationship with the local communities and says she understands that they know the area and the issues at hand the best. Furthering the sustainable nature of the project, the team involves people of a variety of back-

grounds and ages. The regional agricultural office in Zanskar is currently exploring various solutions for improving the agricultural situation in the extreme environment. The initiative is being started in the regions of Zanskar and Ladakh, but it could someday be expanded to other Himalayan communities in similar situations. Clouse said in the release, “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work on this research in India. The collaborative framework and the design-build approach necessitates on-site work in this remote location. I hope this research will offer new insights into high-altitude growing and opportunistic design strategies that might make that agriculture more productive.” Collaborative framework and the design-build approach necessitates on-site work in this remote location. I hope this research will offer new insights into high-altitudes, but also at Tulane University and the Yestermorrow Design Build School. Clouse is also a copartner at a New Orleansbased architecture firm called Crooked Works. At UMass, Clouse focuses her teaching on courses concerning architecture and design with connections to environmentalism and social justice. Aishwarya Vishwanath can be reached at


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As part of her doctoral research, student Kara Dodge completed a satellite tagging study on New England leatherbacks. stand leatherback habitat preferences, the researchers also reviewed environmental features, such as bathymetry and depth information as well as temperature and ocean productivity data. In addition to the four main researchers on the team, the study also benefitted from the help of Capt. Mark Leach, a Cape Cod fisherman, and George Purmont, a spotter pilot. “Most scientists don’t work with fishermen, but we feel it’s important to tell this side of a fisherman’s role in science, particularly when it comes to protected species,” Lutcavage said

in the release. “This is a really important and unique aspect of our LPRC research projects, and we salute them as partners in this work.” The results of the study identified ecoregion, topography and sea surface temperature as the best explanations for leatherbacks’ patterns when searching for prey. The research completed in this study and others are particularly important to the leatherback species because “coastal ecosystems are under intense pressure worldwide, with some of the highest predicted cumulative impact in the North

American eastern seaboard and the eastern Caribbean,” as the authors explained. They continued, “Parts of those regions constitute high-use habitat for leatherbacks in our study, putting turtles at heightened risk from both land and oceanbased human activity.” The findings of the study were published in the current issue of PLOS ONE. The authors said that, ideally, the findings will be useful to agencies like the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, which is responsible for protecting leatherbacks under international treaties and national laws. Katrina Borofski can be reached at


““A word after a word after a word is power.” - Margaret Atwood

Thursday, April 3, 2014


Why the Republicans really hate Obamacare

Remember the everyday heroism of first responders On Wednesday, March decried the actions of the 26, a nine-alarm fire raged police, claiming they conon Beacon Street in Boston. stituted excessive force and police brutality. Steven Gillard While some of the tactics used by individual officers Forty-five mile-per-hour during the Blarney Blowout winds fueled the flames and may be questionable, the over 150 firefighters respond- outrage expressed by the ed to the blaze. Thirteen students, especially when firefighters were injured in viewed in the context of the the fire and 18 patients were recent Beacon Street fire, transported to local hospi- seems misplaced. tals. College culture promotes Two members of the distrust of authority: The Boston Fire Department, Lt. police are drunk on power Edward J. Walsh (43) and and are only there to ruin Michael R. Kennedy (33) lost students’ fun, and the govtheir lives. Walsh was a mar- ernment is corrupt and has ried father of three and a its own agenda, as shown veteran of nearly 10 years. by the wars in Afghanistan

This heroism is easy to laud in the face of tragedy … but it is not so easy to acknowledge in everyday life, when we are not brought together by catastrophe. Kennedy was a veteran of the Marine Corps and a 6 1/2 year member of the BFD. The selfless actions of Walsh and Kennedy, along with the rest of the BFD, are undoubtedly commendable. While most people go off to work each day knowing that they will return to their home later that night, Lt. Walsh, for almost a decade, left his family knowing that there was always a chance it could be for the last time. It was a risk he took willingly. Kennedy served his country in Iraq, and although military service is more than enough to ask of any man, he went above and beyond his duty in joining the Boston Fire Department when his military career ended. Kennedy was also a first responder to last year’s Boston Marathon Bombings and planned to run in the marathon this year with other men from his firehouse. The notorious Blarney Blowout, an annual St. Patrick’s Day bash held by students at the University of Massachusetts, has drawn much attention in the media over the past few weeks due to its polarizing outcome. While administrators, parents and UMass Police condemned the drunken debauchery that ended in 55 arrests, students

We have fire departments, and every day, firefighters rush into burning buildings to save those trapped inside, without any regard for their own safety. Like members of both the armed forces and law enforcement, they risk their own lives on a daily basis to protect civilians whom they do not even know. With the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombings less than two weeks away, it is important for Americans to remember that, in spite of the many problems that affect our country, we are still extremely fortunate to be citizens of the United States. When two extremists carried out an attack on the iconic marathon, police officers, firefighters and military responded courageously and heroically, in an act of admirable dedication to their fellow countrymen. This heroism is easy to laud in the face of tragedy, when two firefighters lose their lives battling a furious blaze or a police officer or service member dies in the line of duty, but it is not so easy to acknowledge in everyday life, when we are not brought together by catastrophe. Every day, Americans that you do not know and will never know sacrifice their own lives so that you can live freely and safely, so that you can pursue your dreams. There are 1,369,532 active members of the United States military. There are more than 1.1 million firefighters and approximately 120,000 law enforcement officers in the United States. Each is prepared to do their duty. Each is prepared to die for you. Lt. Edward Walsh and Michael Kennedy died for you. Sean Collier died for you. Capt. Davis S. Connolly, Lance Cpl. Jeffrey Burgess, Staff Sgt. Alicia A. Birchett and thousands of others died for you. For that, we should be infinitely grateful.

and Iraq in which nothing was accomplished. Although neither of these sentiments are by any means true, the sentiment is one commonly expressed amongst college students. Still, American citizens have it good, and we need to remember that. We have police departments in which officers serve to protect the people. The ability to pick up a phone, dial a number and have a police officer dispatched to your location to assist you in times of danger is a privilege taken for granted by many Americans. Even the officer who unreasonably pulls you over for speeding or makes you pour out your beer is simply taking precautionary measures to ensure your own safety. We have a powerful military, in which men and women are prepared to defend the United States from the countless threats it faces every day. Yet their service is another privilege commonly taken for granted by the American people. We complain about the policies that govern the military forces and all too often overlook the sacrifice of American service members, how they willingly Steven Gillard is a Collegian columnist risk their lives to defend their and can be reached at sgillard@umass. people and their way of life. edu.

Hayes starts off by asking March 31 was the official deadline to sign up for health her a simple question: Why should people care about the Jillian Correira ACA deadline extension? In an attempt to answer, Stefano insurance coverage for 2014 to gets angry and loud, spoutavoid being fined under the ing off all the necessary buzzAffordable Care Act. If you words that will fulfill her role started the process a minute as an Obamacare-opponent. before midnight, experienced Her argument was uninwebsite difficulties, received formed and underprepared, misinformation from an ACA representative or fall under any of the other exceptions categories, you still have time to sign up without being fined, even though the official deadline has passed. Essentially, this means the deadline has been extended and an end date will be announced once the but the takeaway was her supObama administration has posed concern that not enough gauged how many people have uninsured people were signsigned up for exemptions. ing up for health care. When the extension was That’s where it gets interannounced, Republicans were esting. As Hayes points out, furious. “What the hell is this? the Medicaid expansion porA joke?” House Speaker John tion of Obamacare is how Boehner asked, whose face most of the uninsured will was probably red with anger become insured. Why then, underneath his everlast- he asks, are most Republican ing orange tan. The deadline governors opposed to raising extension, he went on to say, the Medicaid eligibility from is just another way the admin- 100 percent of the poverty line istration is “manipulating the to 133 percent so “some worklaws for its own convenience.” ing poor can get some health Boehner’s opinion on insurance?” Obamacare is largely the opinStefano answers by not ion of the entire Republican answering at all. She makes Party. Having voted 50 times the absolutely false claim that to change Obamacare under Medicaid expansion would Boehner’s speakership, cover people making up to Republicans have had no trou$94,000 a year, yells about how ble voicing their disapproval she definitely cares about poor of the law. people, then ends the interMany of them claim it’ll view by telling Hayes how sad destroy the economy by killit was that he undermined her ing jobs – not true. Some say opinion as a woman. it’s going to destroy America Stefano was the perfect – extreme and also (probably) rightwing mouthpiece. She not true. Others say it’s illegal – well, not according to the said things like “taking choices away” and “the President lied Supreme Court. So if none of these reasons to us,” phrases that are easy hold up quite as well as they’d for people to believe regardlike, why do Republicans less of how accurate they are. actually hate Obamacare and She talked past Hayes, deflectwhy are they really so angry ing all of his questions and about the deadline extension? using the airtime to exemplify Simple: They care more about the behavior of the majority destroying an Obama admin- of conservative Republicans istration policy than giving concerning Obamacare. There poor, uninsured people health was no way she could come care coverage, and they should right out and say they don’t just say so instead of insulting support Medicaid expansion because they genuinely don’t us by claiming otherwise. To illustrate this point, we care enough about it, but realneed simply to turn to Jennifer ly, she didn’t have to. So, the Republicans are Stefano, Pennsylvania director for the Koch-funded angry: About the deadline Americans for Prosperity, extension, about Medicaid and her most recent appear- expansion and about the ACA ance on MSNBC’s “All In with in general. Their oppositional Chris Hayes.” arguments – its “lawlessness,”

the havoc it will wreak on small businesses, the inevitable destruction of America – are all just talking points. What they really care about is repealing Obamacare, and they care about it more than they care about giving people affordable health insurance. This is evident in the polls that show a higher rate

They care more about destroying an Obama administration policy than ... health care coverage, and they should just say so instead of insulting us by claiming otherwise. of Republican support for Obamacare provisions only when labeled “The Affordable Care Act.” It is evident in the lack of viable alternative health care options proposed by Republicans. It is evident in the majority of Republican governors who don’t want to expand Medicaid, effectively denying the working poor a chance at affordable health care. The truth of the matter is, though they may claim to like the idea of giving people affordable health insurance, they don’t quite like it (or anything, for that matter) as much as destroying Obamacare and winning their own manufactured battle. There is good news, however. As of April 1, over 7 million people have enrolled for private health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act and the number will continue to grow because of the deadline extension. It would be naive to think that there aren’t millions more who haven’t yet signed up that could benefit from it as well. The Republicans’ hate campaign against Obamacare solely seeks to repeal at all costs, with no regard for those, including those 7 million people, who are obviously in need of affordable healthcare. The most important thing to remember, whether you agree with all aspects of the ACA or not, is that granting people access to low-cost health coverage is simply the right thing to do. Republican efforts to take it away are a shameful display of selfishness and spite. Jillian Correira is a Collegian columnist and can be reached at jcorreir@umass. edu.

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

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Cambridge Brewing Company gets cheeky Audacity IPA is both sweet and tart By Emily A. BrightmAn Collegian Staff

Anyone who reads this column with any regularity is apt to be aware of my infatuation with India Pale Ales, as the style receives frequent mention and has been featured multiple times throughout the course of my ever-evolving beer reviews. I have certain standards of bitterness that I require in most, if not all, of my preferred fermented beverages, and despite the grammatical incorrectness of it, I have been known to use such cheap colloquialisms as “the bitter, the better.” The unofficial term for a beer geek of my ilk is “hop head,” which is really far less pejorative than it sounds. As a thoroughbred brew nerd, I wear the label with pride (pun intended). Some might call my fervent hop obsession “audacious,” which as it turns out is a perfect segue into the subject of this week’s column: Cambridge Brewing Company’s Audacity of Hops Belgian-Style Double IPA. Being something of a self-described smart ass, naturally I was drawn to a beer that promised to be just as cheeky. Founded in the Kendall Square section of Cambridge in 1989, the Cambridge Brewing Company has crafted a reputation for brewing “...classic, unique and experimental beers.” Originally founded as a draft-only brewery (meaning their beers were only available on tap at the brewery’s in-house restaurant), CBC officially began bottling their beers for sale in 2011. The CBC Bottling Project, according to the brewery’s website, is “run quite like

the brew schedule at the brewpub,” which means that only small, single batches of rotating CBC brews are routinely bottled for public sale. The Audacity of Hops IPA and Tripel Threat Ale are available throughout the year with occasional appearances from beers such as Flower Child IPA, Heather Ale and others on a rotating monthly basis. CBC brewers currently share facilities with Ipswich Ale Brewery, which allows them to bottle at higher volume as well as be actively involved in every facet of the brewing process. CBC’s website also includes a list of their beers currently available on tap as well as a locator for bars serving their product. While many of the on tap locations are centered in Cambridge and Somerville, there is a small variety of 22 oz. bottles from CBC available at Spirit Haus in Amherst, including the subject of this week’s column. The name “Audacity of Hops” is presumably a proverbial tip of the hat to the book of the same name by Tom Acitelli about the explosion of craft beer brewing in America. Pictured on the beer’s label is what can only be described as a tribute to Atlas of Greek mythology. Featuring an oversized lime green hop bearing the beer’s name supported by the lifting arms of a small cartoon man, the caricature is a clever visual interpretation of the breadth (or audacity, as it were) of the beer’s flavor. Audacity of Hops is billed as a Belgian-style Double IPA, which immediately delineates some key flavor characteristics. Double IPA means almost literally what it suggests: Utilization of double the amount of hops involved in brewing an IPA. According to its label, Audacity is “Liberally


Cambridge Brewing Company’s Audacity of Hops Double IPA combines the most flavorful elements of Belgian ale and American IPA brewing styles. hopped to an audacious degree,” which adequately describes both the style and name of the beer. Belgian influenced beers are typically characterized by a larger or sweeter yeast complex versus the more bitter American styles, as well as a noticeably dry finish fleshed out in the body by a medium mouth feel. According to BeerAdvocate, the style is still being developed but is gaining popularity with American brewers at the crux of Belgian yeast and

American hops. As can be expected with beers of this caliber, Audacity’s most notable characteristic is a massively earthy hop aroma. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter glass, the distinct scent of grassy, tart hops melded with sweet Belgian yeast floods the nostrils above a lighter scent of malt, creating a nose that is equal parts sweet and sour. With medium-light carbonation and a foamy eggshell head that remains consistent

above a cloudy golden body, Audacity of Hops conveys the physical characteristics of the dueling nature of its brewing style: Haziness of yeast in the body reflective of Belgian influence and the foamy head and moderate carbonation of an IPA. Audacity seems to carve out a niche of its own in terms of defining characteristics. The first sip heralds the expected wave of hoppy bitterness rounded out by a divergent sweetness with a full-bodied mouth feel indicated by the beer’s hazy body. Definite notes of champagne and bread make up the Belgian tasting element, whereas the floral sensation of a largely hopped beer makes itself known beneath the superficial syrupiness of sweet yeast. The finish, while dry and lingering, is far more reminiscent of drier ales and American pale ales than that is of its Belgian counterpart, but with definite influences of yeast-heavy brewing. The subtleties of caramel and malt sugar are distinguished in the lighter facets of the beer’s sweetness but not so much to the extent that the bitterness is forgotten. Overall the sensation is of drinking a hefty IPA but with definitive elements distinguishing to Belgian yeast-heavy beers. While it is certainly not the most hop-intensive IPA I have ever come across, Audacity of Hops is worthy of mention solely on the basis of the complexity of its flavor. Combining domestic elements of American craft brewing tradition with the ancient roots of Belgian beer, Audacity of Hops is the kind of beer that satisfies both the indulgent IPA lover and the fan of lighter, sweeter ales, as this beer almost mystically manages to combine both tasting elements in one bottle. Though its repertoire

may be in short supply, CBC’s Audacity of Hops and Heather Ale are both currently available at Spirit Haus in Amherst for the ridiculously reasonable price of $6, a refreshing reprieve from the cache of expensive beers that tend to populate my personal beer stash. Due to its local origins, I recommend Audacity on the sole basis of its guaranteed freshness, but there is also something to be said for the pluck involved in brewing a beer that melds two essentially separated brewing practices: Belgian and American. While IPAs are hardly fully Americanized, the style has been burgeoning in popularity among craft beer circles for the last few decades and has certainly made its presence known among brew geeks nationwide and internationally. CBC certainly perpetuates their legacy of uniqueness with this impressively complex beer that spans the chasm of American versus European brewing, and does so in a way that is both palatable and intricate. The much-anticipated onset of spring indicates that summer, and thus the peak season of IPAs, is just around the corner, and Cambridge Brewing Company has prepared the perfect prototype for long nights of beer swilling with their simultaneously sweet and tart Audacity of Hops IPA. Equipped with a minimalist label that belies the density of its composition, Audacity of Hops is, in fact, nothing if not daring. If worse comes to worst, your beer-swilling friends might at least be impressed with the fact that you’re drinking a beer whose name extends beyond that of the monosyllabic. Emily A. Brightman can be reached at


The Dirty Heads: from West Coast to Best Coast Rock/reggae fusion band sure to delight By John lACroix ii Collegian Correspondent Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years and haven’t heard one of the greatest hits of the decade, “Lay Me Down” – holder of the no. 1 Billboard slot for a commendable period of time – then you know the musical ecstasy that The Dirty Heads are capable of creating. Although sunny Huntington Beach, where the Dirty Heads hail from, is far from the icy shores of New England, there is some good news: The sandy heads of California are bringing the beach to our own Northampton. They may be playing far from home, but east coast fans of the band are far from strangers. With Dirty J (Jared Watson) and Duddy B (Dustin Bushnell) as the frontmen of the Southern California rock/reggae/hip-hop

band bringing some of the West Coast’s energy to the East Coast, you can be sure that the place is going to be packed with people craving the band’s beachy melodies and bongo drum beats. Jared Watson and Dustin Bushnell started their rock/ hip-hop duo in Orange County, Ca-lif., at a party during their freshman year of high school. The two collaborated and the legacy grew into The Dirty Heads. Their first release, “Any Port in a Storm,” was well received chiefly because of their hit “Lay Me Down.” Even without a college education, these two artists created a project that has achieved above and beyond even their own expectations. Although Watson and Bushnell conceived The Dirty Heads, percussionist Jon Olazabal, drummer Matt Ochoa and bass-player David Foral are key cogs in the musical machine known as The Dirty Heads, and these three musicians help create the dynamic, rich sounds that the band is known for.

To the ill-privileged soul who has never heard of the Heads, you must hear some of their material from the 2012 album, “Cabin By The Sea.” Hits such as “Smoke Rings,” “Mongo Push” and “Your Love” all respectively feature talented artists such as Del The Funky Homosapien, Rome (from Sublime with Rome) and Kymani Marley. The band’s fusion of hip-hop and reggae is difficult to compare to any other act out there. If you like Sublime, Slightly Stoopid and Rebelution, then you will surely love the guys in Dirty Heads. I’ve seen them in Boston in a big venue twice and I can guarantee that these dudes do not disappoint. Put all that SoCal energy in a small venue and pure musical chaos will ensue. The Dirty Heads have toured extensively with acts such as Matisyahu, The Expendables, Sublime with Rome, 311 and Pepper. Opening acts for the show in Northampton consist of The Burning of Rome, Danny Pease and The Regulators. I have


Transcending genres of popular music, The Dirty Heads boast a unique, eclectic sound.

never heard of these artists but I but there is usually a five dollar am sure they will deliver. service fee for online purchasing. The show is being held at Pearl Street Ballroom on April 6 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 at the John LaCroix II can be reached at jlacroix@ door or available for $20 online,



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matchup with an average of more than 15 turnovers per game. “Turnovers and draw controls are the (areas) you want to win every game,” she said. “We just have to be smart and not turn it over ourselves.” Ferris said that patience will be important in limiting these giveaways, especially following UMass’ loss to the Wildcats. “We are going to be antsy because of the loss we just had,” she said. “We’re going to be ready to go out there, but we just have to keep our heads on and be patient.” As for creating turnovers on defense, McMahon said that by gaining possession and quickly getting the ball to the attack-

“We just have to play smart and not turn it over ourselves.” Katie Ferris, UMass attacker ers, it will allow for easier scoring opportunities for the Minutewomen. “Having a high shooting percentage and executing on any opportunities we have when we are able to get to the goal are going to be our biggest team goals going forward,” she said. Friday’s game is set to begin at 4 p.m. Anthony Chiusano can be reached at and can be followed on Twitter @a_chiusano24.

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inning on a throwing error. “We took advantage of a couple of (Boston College) pitchers who were struggling with command,” Stone said. However, the four-run lead was short lived. Minutemen starter Tim Cassidy lasted four innings in his first start of the season and picked up the loss. He allowed six runs (five earned) while striking out four and walking three. Cassidy missed all of 2013 with a hip injury and appeared in four games before Wednesday. “He ran into some trouble at the end of his appearance,” Stone said. “He walked a few batters and hit a batter and got into some trouble.” Boston College tied the game in the fifth inning. Trailing 6-4, Chris Shaw singled through the right side of

the infield which plated first baseman John Hennessey and advanced second baseman Blake Butera to third base. Butera would later score the tying run on a sacrifice fly by center fielder Tom Bourdon. UMass returns home on Friday to face Dayton in a three-game series. Weather permitting, it will be the Minutemen’s first opportunity to play at home this season and a chance to reverse direction on a disappointing start. To date, Stone acknowledged he had “absolutely not” seen enough improvement so far this season. Stone noted the team is finding ways to beat itself and is having trouble finishing games. Mark Chiarelli can be reached at and followed on Twitter @Mark_Chiarelli.

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foundation was created with the goal of helping at risk children and teenagers make the right decisions in life and to pursue an education. Light and his team travel around the country talking to various organizations that extend from the New England region all the way out to the Midwest. Every summer, the Light Foundation hosts a summer camp in Ohio to teach children on how to make right decisions.

New England Patriots Light spoke briefly about his time with the New England Patriots and life as an NFL player. When asked about what it was like dealing with contract negotiations in

the organization, he said he fully supported the Kraft family and understands that in the end they are trying to run a business. He also spoke highly of Patriots coach Bill Belichick and how down to earth he was outside of football. “Bill is 100 percent goal oriented and when you look at it at the end of the day his accomplishments speak for themselves,” he said. “But one-on-one, Bill’s actually a really funny guy.” Matt Light spent all 11 seasons in the NFL with the Patriots and won three Super Bowls during that time. Andrew Cyr can be reached at, and can be followed on Twitter @Andrew_Cyr.


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UMass motivated after loss Minutewomen start A-10 play By Jesse Mayfield-sheehan Collegian Staff

A loss can affect a team in a lot of different ways. This is especially the case when a team is not used to losing like the No. 11 Massachusetts women’s lacrosse team, which suffered its first loss of the season to Northwestern last Tuesday. However, when a team plays well against a very tough opponent, as was the case for the Minutewomen in their 10-6 loss to the No. 7 Wildcats, it can take some positives out of the disappointment as well. “I think it’s definitely been positive,” senior defender Kelsey McGovern said. “Yes, it was our first loss, but we’re using it as something to give us momentum and push forward off of into our conference play.” However, at the end of the day, a loss is still a loss. “I just think it’s been upsetting because we had our hopes up,” senior attacker Katie Ferris said. “We were really excited for that game. It didn’t turn out in our favor, but we missed an opportunity that we could have really taken with

that game.” According to UMass coach Angela McMahon, the team is feeling a mix of positive and negative reactions following the loss. “It’s unfortunate that we sort of let an opportunity pass us by, but we also do recognize and celebrate the things that we did do well in that game and hopefully look to do a lot more of it, but also rebound from the areas that we really didn’t play that great in,” she said. With the Minutewomen set to have their first Atlantic 10 game of the season against La Salle on Friday, McGovern said the team has been using the loss as a means of improving. “It definitely has translated into more of a motivation to get better and more of a motivation to make sure that we’re firing on all cylinders in each and every game that’s coming up,” she said. In the past three seasons, since McMahon, Ferris and McGovern came to UMass, the Minutewomen have not lost a single A-10 game, going a collective 21-0 in regular season

conference play and winning the conference championship all three years. Ferris said there is a certain amount of pressure that comes with being the team to beat in the conference. “It certainly puts a huge target on our back,” she said. “Every team we play, you can tell that we’re the team they want to beat so bad, so they come out times 10 with all their energy. “We don’t want to be the senior class that gives up that first A-10 loss. I want to go all four years and not lose an A-10 game.” However, McGovern said she’s not particularly worried about the pressure of past success. “At this point, every season’s a new season, and what was in the past was in the past, and that’s something that doesn’t define what team we are today in 2014,” she said. “We’re just looking forward to taking it one game at a time and hopefully see how that goes and make it to the tournament.” Jesse Mayfield-Sheehan can be reached at and can be followed on Twitter @jgms88.

By anthony Chiusano Collegian Staff

Ever since Angela McMahon arrived in Amherst to coach the Massachusetts women’s lacrosse team three years ago, the Minutewomen have gone undefeated in Atlantic 10 play and have won three straight A-10 Tournament titles. As the No. 11 Minutewomen (9-1) welcome La Salle (6-3) to McGuirk Stadium on Friday for their first A-10 game of the season, senior attacker Katie Ferris said she hopes the team’s recent dominance continues and leads to a sixth straight A-10 title this year. “We don’t want to be the senior class that gives up that first A-10 loss,” she said. “I want to go all four years and not lose an A-10 game.” UMass enters Friday’s game fresh off its first loss of the season to No. 7 Northwestern last Tuesday, while the Explorers enter on a three-game winning streak. “They have a great team and they’ve had some recent


success in some of their non-conference games,” McMahon said. “We can’t take any breaks and there can’t be any lulls in the game.” McMahon said the loss to the Wildcats was largely due to a 4-0 Northwestern run toward the end of the first half that carried over into the beginning of the second half. She said that against La Salle and other future A-10 opponents, the team will have to play at a “high intensity for a full game, every game” in order to avoid similar runs. Ferris said that she agreed that the team must maintain a full 60 minutes of focus entering the conference schedule. “We don’t have room to just relax,” she said. “We’re looking for a good seeding in the NCAA’s so we just need to capitalize on all these opportunities and really put (our opponents) away.” McMahon stressed that effective team defense will be key in Friday’s matchup, as the Explorers have four players who have reached

double-figures in scoring so far. “They’re one of those teams that have a good balance,” McMahon said. “There’s not really one person who runs the show for them.” To combat this balanced offensive attack, McMahon said that UMass must continue applying increased pressure on La Salle’s attackers to force them to make quicker decisions. As a result, McMahon said that these hurried judgments would lead to more “low angle shots.” Senior defender Kelsey McGovern added that communication will be crucial to the Minutewomen’s defensive success. “A good level of communication will help us through dealing with (La Salle’s offense),” she said. “If we’re all on the same page, working together and moving together, we’ll be OK.” In addition, Ferris said that the turnover battle will be a major factor on Friday. Both teams head into their see

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UM falls to Eagles By MarK Chiarelli Collegian Staff


The Massachusetts baseball team seemingly swung its way into control on Wednesday, churning out six runs through just three innings against Boston College. For a team familiar with offensive struggles this season – UMass averaged 3.7 runs per game entering Wednesday – taking a 6-2 lead against an Eagles team dealing with similar offensive woes offered the Minutemen a promising chance to break their fourgame losing streak. But that promising chance faded away. UMass (3-17) failed to score over the final six innings of play and allowed Boston College to methodically chip away at the lead, eventually falling 7-6 in Chestnut Hill. The Eagles plated at least one run in innings three through six and grabbed ahold of the lead in the sixth, taking advantage of a crucial Minutemen mistake.

With runners on first and second, Boston College (9-18) dropped down a bunt. UMass pitcher D.J. Jauss overthrew third base while fielding the bunt, allowing Eagles outfielder Michael Strem to score the seventh run. UMass was aggressive to start, taking a commanding lead with a five-run third inning. Right fielder Adam Picard highlighted the inning with a three-run home run, his second of the season. Picard, who hit .300 a season ago, entered the game batting just .183. “He’s struggling a little bit at the plate,” Stone said. “He’s not unlike a number of (hitters) who are struggling right now.” Dylan Begin initiated the scoring in the inning, driving Kyle Adie in with an RBI double which tied the game at 2-2. Adie led off the third inning with his own double. Designated hitter Mike Geannelis also scored in the see

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Pitcher Tara Klee winds up during UMass’ 6-1 will over Yale in the second game of a doubleheader against Yale on Wednesday.


Klee, Raymond lead softball to sweep Light visits Amherst By Jason Kates Collegian Staff

For the first time this season, the Massachusetts softball team played at home, and it proved to be a successful return for the Minutewomen. UMass swept Yale in a doubleheader 6-1 and 3-1 in their return to Sortino Field on Wednesday. Pitcher Tara Klee led the Minutewomen (5-14) to the 6-1 victory in the second game with a strong five-inning outing, allowing only one run on four hits. UMass coach Kristi Stefanoni said that she was waiting for this kind of performance from Klee. “This was the Tara that we’ve been waiting to show up,” she said. “This is what we usually see in her workouts, and we told her that it’s gonna take a couple of games for her to gain some confidence. Her changeup was on today, and when her changeup is on, there’s no stopping her.”

The offensive trio of Quianna Diaz-Patterson, Taylor Carbone and Lindsey Webster gave the offense a well-needed spark, registering a combined nine hits in 11 at-bats, including four doubles and a run-batted-in. After having their past four games canceled, Stefanoni believes these two wins will provide momentum for her team. “We’ve been sitting on our rears not being able to play, so this is a great momentum and confidence builder for us,” Stefanoni said. “For us to have 13 hits in this game and 10 hits in the first one and totally surpass what we’ve done in the past offensively is great.” It was a day where emotions were running high for UMass as this was the first home opener in 34 years without Elaine Sortino in the dugout, Diaz-Patterson said it really sunk in right before the game started.

`“I know when we did the moment of silence it hit me and some of the other players,” she said. “We’re playing for Coach and although she’s not physically here, I can hear her in heaven and she’s very happy about these two wins.” Before the game, Stefanoni told her team that this was for their former leader and knows that everything her team does is for Sortino. “On top of the jitters that come with the home opener when everyone is trying to show what they can do, these players want to do well for Elaine and honor her in the best way possible,” she said. “Emotions were high, especially for me and (former player and current assistant coach) Danielle (Henderson).”

Bulldogs 3-1 behind a complete game from pitcher Caroline Raymond. After allowing a first inning solo home run to Yale (3-19) shortstop Brittany Labbadia, Raymond (3-7) settled in and was dominant on the hill, surrendering only one run on four hits while recording five strikeouts. Despite trailing 1-0, UMass tied it up in the bottom half of the inning on an RBI triple by Webster. She later added the game-winning RBI in the fifth inning when she knocked in Cote Clark on a single. The Minutewomen scored an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth inning when Clark singled in Mikayla Panko to give her team the 3-1 lead. Eight of the nine Minutewomen top Yale starters registered a hit, with Clark and Webster getting two in game one hits apiece.   In the first game of the dou-   bleheader, the Minutewomen Jason Kates can be reached came out victorious over the at

By andrew Cyr Collegian Staff

Former New England Patriots left tackle Matt Light spoke at the Hanger Pub & Grill to locals and college students on Wednesday to promote his new drink, KEEL Vodka. KEEL Vodka is a new, low calorie vodka that is spreading rapidly throughout both Rhode Island and Massachusetts, with the goal of spreading the drink to western Massachusetts. Light spent the majority of his time answering question from the audience about KEEL, his life outside of football and his charity, the Light Foundation. “They say do what you love, and I love vodka,” he said. “So once I was done with football I got started with this and that was that.” He later went on to say that because KEEL doesn’t

have the funding that some of the other high name vodka companies do, so they are focusing primarily on sales in the New England area. “One of the main strategies I use is that I tell people drink our vodka or I’ll punch you in the face,” he said with a chuckle. “As of right now that seems to be working out pretty well.” The founders of KEEL – Bill Dessel and Tom McGowan – grew up on the water in Rhode Island with the mindset of creating a vodka drink.

Light Foundation Throughout the question and answer session, Light briefly mentioned his charity, the Light Foundation. The Light Foundation was formed in 2001 when he was drafted by the Patriots. The see

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