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‘THIS IS WHO I AM’ Gordon first openly gay D-1 basketball player

Students and public supportive By Mark chiarelli Collegian Staff

By Patrick Strohecker Collegian Staff

On Sunday, March 30, Massachusetts men’s basketball coach Derek Kellogg received a phone call from sophomore shooting guard Derrick Gordon. On the other end was a trembling Gordon, who had a big secret to let out: he was gay. “He called me late Sunday night and said he had met with his parents,” Kellogg said. “And he sounded kind of nervous. He was stumbling on the phone some and I said, ‘listen, just tell me what’s going on. You can tell me anything, you don’t have to beat around the bush,’ and he came out and said ‘I’m gay, coach.’” Three days later, on April 2, Kellogg called a team meeting for Gordon to address the rest of the team. The result was Kellogg showing his support for Gordon by breaking the ice to his team. “I said, ‘I want to make an important announcement to you guys. Just want to let you know that I’m gay,’” Kellogg said. “(The team) knows me, they’ve been to my house, hung out with my wife and my son and thought it was kind of funny … he kind of broke the ice and (Gordon) said, ‘you know coach ain’t (gay), but I am.’” With the announcement, Gordon becomes the first openly gay athlete in men’s Division I basketball, coming out just two months after former Missouri football player Michael Sam came out as gay months before the NFL Draft. Gordon sat down with Outsports’ Cyd Zeigler and ESPN’s Kate Fagan to tell his story, which both became public on Wednesday morning. Gordon said he felt like he was hiding something and that “he didn’t want to hide it anymore,” in the interview with Fagan. With immense support from fellow gay athlete Jason Collins – who became the first openly gay athlete to play in the NBA when he signed with the Brooklyn Nets in February – and Wade Davis, Gordon finally worked up the

courage to tell his family. Gordon said his brother Darryl, who is currently serving four years in jail for shooting a man in the chest, took the news the hardest. The brothers have a very strong bond and Gordon, who’s always been open about doing everything in life for his brother, told him that it wasn’t his fault and it could’ve just as easily been him. “I had to have a good, long talk with him to let him know that it wasn’t his fault,” Gordon said. “This is who I am and I told him too, it’s not like I woke up one day and said ‘OK, I’m gay.’ You can’t do that. Just support me for who I am and he got it. It took him longer than my father did. “Well you tell people these types of things, you can’t just expect them to know right away and know right away.” Despite the fact that it took his family some time to understand the news that Gordon revealed to them, his teammates all supported him. In fact, they knew something was bothering him throughout the season because Gordon tended to go off on his own and, at times, didn’t seem part of the team. “This past year, he got a lot more isolated,” sophomore Tyler Bergantino said. “You could tell that there was something bothering him. Wasn’t really quite like himself like how I saw him the year before. You could tell there was like a fog about him.” But Gordon is in the right place to come out. Massachusetts is widely considered one of the most liberal and progressive states in the country, with UMass living up to that billing. There is a huge LGBT support system on campus, which can make it easier for a person like Gordon, who is constantly in the public eye, to come out and know that he has a strong support group. “In a lot of schools, even if it’s a really progressive school, sometimes the athletic department is not so progressive,” Pat Griffin said, who focuses on LGBT issues


Derrick Gordon talks with the media about the relief he felt after coming out as gay. in sports and is a UMass professor emeritus. “That’s the anomaly in the college campus. I don’t think that’s the case here, as evidenced by the great supportive response that he’s getting from the athletic department.” It’s been hard for Gordon to pick the exact time to come out as

gay. He was nearly outed last summer when a photo of him standing outside a gay bar with his thenboyfriend surfaced. Members of the Minutemen caught sight of it and began harassing him and questioning his sexuality. see

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Those that watched Massachusetts men’s basketball guard Derrick Gordon play basketball this season saw a highintensity player capable of playing ferocious defense. By season’s end, Gordon had crashed to the floor beneath the basket after finishing a layup too many times to count. He didn’t quit on plays, even taking it so far that he dove over a sideline media table and cascaded into media members covering UMass’ home opener against Louisiana State. On Wednesday, Gordon yet again crashed through a barrier, a barrier much more meaningful than wins or losses. Sporting a black T-shirt with the hashtag #BETRUE scrawled across the chest, Gordon publicly announced he’s gay, becoming the first male Division I basketball player to openly come out. “Nobody in this world should be living their life in shame being who they really are,” he said. Gordon said his announcement comes at a time where he’s comfortable and confident with himself, after wrestling with this internal emotion for the better part of the past four years. One of the biggest challenges he fretted over was delivering the news to his teammates. “I thought about it all the time like, ‘man I don’t know if I could tell my teammates this,” Gordon said. The team gathered last Wednesday with UMass coach Derek Kellogg leading the meeting while Gordon sat off to the side. Gordon’s initial plan was to deliver the news himself, but Kellogg instead eased the situation and announced to the team that he was gay. The team looked on, confused about the news delivered from a man with a wife and children like Kellogg. “(Gordon) was really nervous, more of how the guys were going to react or if there was going to be any blowback to a certain extent,” see

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Bone marrow drive this weekend Stockbridge program Organization to have preps future farmers tents outside dining halls By JoSh Darling Collegian Correspondent Close to 100 University of Massachusetts students will be volunteering in a bone marrow registration drive this Friday and Saturday from 9-5 p.m. that will take place in tents outside of each of the Dining Commons. The volunteers will be working with Delete Blood Cancer, an organization founded by Peter Harf in 1990. Originally based out of Germany, the organization began to spread campaigns throughout the U.S. starting in 2004, under the leadership of Peter’s daughter Katharina. The organization is tasked with building a comprehensive registry of potential bone marrow donors. Because the odds of finding an exact match can vary from 1 in 20,000 to 1 in millions, the need for

potential donors is ever-pressing. New potential donors will be administered a cotton swabbing of the inner cheek, in order to test for genetic matches. Delete Blood Cancer urges potential donors to think carefully about the decision to register. Due to the extreme difficulty of finding a match, it is extremely devastating to the patient if a potential donor backs out at the last second. “Since Delete Blood Cancer came to UMass four years ago, we’ve registered about 6,000 new potential donors, which is really great,” said Brendan Nolan, a senior who has been volunteering for this drive since his freshman year. “We’re the number one school in the country when it comes to registration numbers.” The donation process for giving bone marrow takes two forms: Peripheral Blood Stem Cell (PBSC) donation and traditional bone marrow donation. PBSC involves taking a small amount of blood from donors and

running it through a machine that isolates the blood stem cells. In order to increase the level of stem cells in the blood, donors are required to ingest a protein called filgrastim for four days leading up to the extraction. The second method, bone marrow donation, is an outpatient surgical procedure in which marrow is collected from the backside of the pelvic bone using a syringe. The donor is given general anesthesia prior to the operation, so no pain is felt during the procedure. Both forms of donation do involve some discomfort while recovering from the procedure, but as Nolan succinctly stated, it’s a “small price to pay for saving a life.” The Pike fraternity deserves special mention in regards to this event, as they have rallied around 60 volunteers who will run the registration progress at Berkshire Dining Commons. Josh Darling can be reached at jmdarling@

Special topics fair held to show student projects By katrina BorofSki Collegian Staff

As the spring semester comes to a close, most classes begin to wind down and prepare for finals. For students enrolled in the Stockbridge School of Agriculture’s Farm Enterprise Practicum course, however, this is far from the case. With a 1 to 6 credit course in which students plan the farming process for a 6 acre organic farm located in South Deerfield, the students enrolled in Farm Enterprise Practicum are just beginning the implementation of their work. During the spring semester course, students partake in the planning process for the farm work that will take place over the summer. Following the summer, students

enroll in Stockbridge 498E, the second half of the Farm Enterprise Practicum. “About half of the class stays in the summer to work on the farm,” said Amanda Brown, the instructor of the Farm Enterprise Practicum. “Not only are students planning for the crops; they also each take on an area of interest and they create a research project about how they can implement this on the farm,” explained Jason Silverman, assistant manager of the University of Massachusetts Student Farm. Among the 12 students enrolled in the course, projects covered topics such as seed saving, record keeping and farm planning, organic disease management, animal rotation, flea beetle management and draft horse husbandry. Chris Raabe, a student enrolled see

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REACTIONS Kellogg said. “I think it was a good way to break the ice and I think when I said it, they knew why (Gordon) was there.” For Gordon, the reaction he received was surprising. “They all knew, all of them,” Gordon said. “Even the ones I thought didn’t have a clue. … I’m still trying to let that sink in because I don’t believe that, but they said they did.” Gordon noted his teammates first started to notice differences last summer, when only the players were on campus for summer workouts. The prospect of going through another summer filled with secrecy and deception would’ve been too difficult. “When you’re around your teammates and they’re always talking about girls and you don’t have any input, I had to deal with that all four years,” Gordon said. “I think that’s when (my teammates) finally started realizing because every time they talked about it, I didn’t say anything, I just sat there,” Gordan added. “Just finally being able to come out now and be who I want and my teammates accepting me for who I am … I couldn’t ask for better teammates.” One of Gordon’s closest friends on the team is center Tyler Bergantino. The two roomed together last year and have remained close friends. And while Bergantino was surprised by the announcement, he said the support was immediate. “Everybody had full support,” he said. “There was (initially) an uneasiness about everything, but what was the biggest emotion was support for (Gordon) because at the end of the day he’s a team-

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mate and a brother.” Ke l l o g g e ch o e d Bergantino’s sentiments. “To a man, they all took Derrick on as a family member a long time ago,” he said. “And we just reiterated that when he told them he was a gay man. Once Gordon crossed the initial barrier with his teammates, it was time to turn his attention publicly. As the news was announced around campus, many students and fans took to social media to express their support of the sophomore guard. “I was happy for him, especially because I watched the whole (announcement) video and he seemed happy,” Mike Stone, a senior, said. “He was telling how different it was from before when he was not sitting with his team and trying to hide himself and now he’s out and thrilled.” Added fellow senior Zack Hathaway: “It was really nice to see and it was nice to see UMass in that spotlight for a very good reason. It was very uplifting and a huge weight off his shoulders.” As Gordon openly chatted to reporters on Wednesday, one thing remained constant: his smile. He flashed it regularly and seemed comfortably at ease. “I’m happy right now,” Gordon said. “My teammates, they don’t care what my preference is,” he added. “They knew who I am and nothing is gonna change, I’m still gonna be the same DG from when I first got here. It’s going to make us much closer I think.” Mark Chiarelli can be reached at and followed on Twitter @Mark_Chiarelli.

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in the Farm Enterprise Practicum, completed his project on the use of biodiesel. After completing research on biodiesel use at Kansas State University, Raabe was inspired to complete further work on the topic at UMass. Raabe proposed an implementation plan that would convert cooking oil from the dining halls to biodiesel that could be used for tractors on the University farms and other resource-fueling needs across campus, such as the Physical Plant. “It’s a compelling project with a lot of hoops you have to jump through,” Raabe explained of his implementation plan. “I’m hoping to build a task force working with different departments in order to get this project going.” On Wednesday, students in the Farm Enterprise Practicum course showcased the projects they had completed and their plans for implementation at the Special Topics Fair, which took place in room 165 in the Campus Center basement. “This is great because it is sort of like a big kickoff and allows students to talk to the farmers,” Brown explained. In the fall, the students will work on marketing the crops that are being produced during the summer. In addition, students will share their research on their special topics and implementation in a student handbook that is published each year and given to the next semester’s students to serve as guidance. “They sort of write their own textbook,” Brown said. “This is our third year doing this.” Brown hopes to see a

large collection of these handbooks for students to use as resources in the future. The crops produced over the summer are sold through the Campus Supported Agriculture program, where students at the University can pay ahead and receive weekly shares of produce from the Student Farm. In addition to the farm located in South Deerfield, students will also be working at the Agricultural Learning Center in North Amherst this summer, located just off of the UMass campus. “Hopefully, this will increase visibility to other students,” said James Silverman, who graduated with a degree in Sustainable Food and Farming from the University and continues to work with the program today. Members of the UMass Student Farm recognize the benefits of working with this program. Most specifically, Brown noted the business experience and knowledge that students gain from taking these two courses and participating on the farm. “Each year’s success keeps it going,” Brown explained. “Half the money we make goes towards supplies and production, while half goes towards labor costs. It’s sort of like a nonprofit organization.” “Everything that we do is applicable to real life,” she said. “This really was the capstone of my education,” added Silverman, who hopes to see a larger awareness of student farming on campus. Katrina Borofski can be reached at



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Gordon denied those accusations at first, always saying that he was straight. But he was lying to himself. He was pretending to be something that he truly wasn’t. Still, Gordon went out and continued to play the sport he grew up loving and at an extremely high level. He was a major contributor to getting UMass back to the NCAA Tournament, all the while keeping this secret in the back of his mind. The idea for him to wait to reveal this news to his team until after the season ended “says a great deal about the young man,” according to UMass Athletic Director John McCutcheon. “That he didn’t just think about himself. He thought about his teammates. He thought about the coaches. He thought about the program in conjunction and really thought through the timing of when would be the right time to do this and knowing that he has to do what’s in his best interest, as well,” he said. With this announcement, Gordon will forever be linked to the likes of Collins and Sam. He’ll be a role model for not just gay athletes, but for the gay community as a whole, as someone who did what he knew was right. “It’s a scary situation,”

“He didn’t just think about himself. He thought about his teammates. He thought about the coaches. He thought about the program in conjunction and really thought through the timing of when would be the right time to do this and knowing that he has to do what’s in his best interest, as well.” John McCutcheon, UMass athletic director he said. “Just to have to tell your parents and everything and shaking. I’ve never shaken like that in my life and just to be shaking the way I did, I came to realize that it’s not an easy topic to discuss, so to be in the mix with (Collins and Sam), hopefully it’s not just us three. I’m sure there’s going to be a lot more people, it’s just a matter of time.” It is just a matter of time for the next gay athlete to come out and it’s also a matter of time until this type of announcement is seen as normal. “That’s going to take time,” Gordon said. “In certain places in our society, it’s just not acceptable. It shouldn’t matter at the end of the day.” The process hasn’t been easy for Gordon and there will only be more hurdles to jump over, not just for him, but for the entire UMass

team. Bergantino, who was Gordon’s roommate, is fearful for what’s going to be said by “keyboard warriors,” who will hide behind their computer screens and criticize him for being who he is. And then there are the road games next season that will surely bring out remarks about his sexuality. But for Gordon, he’s not worried about those moments. He’ll deal with them when they happen. As for right now, it feels like the weight of the world has been lifted off his shoulders. “I couldn’t be more happier in my 22 years of living,” he said. “Just hiding something that I’ve been hiding for the longest time, it’s like I’m taking my mask off.” Patrick Strohecker can be reached at and followed on Twitter @P_Strohecker.

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Department reflects on highly influential group Conference events will discuss history By Josh Darling Collegian Staff

The University of Massachusetts Social Thought and Political Economy department will be hosting a conference from April 11 to April 13 discussing the history and impact of the defunct Science for the People organization. Science for the People was a radical coalition of scientists, activists, mathematicians and members of other facets of academia that was in action from 1969 to 1989. Started as a result of the anti-war response to the Vietnam War, the organization used Marxist analysis of power structures to combat the adverse use of science for the sole benefit of those in power. Some issues that Science for the People tackled include the “militarization of scientific research, the corporate control of research agendas, the political implications of sociobiology and other scientific theories, the environmental consequences of energy policy, inequalities in health care, and many other issues,” according to the conference website. The organization advocated for the reallocation of scientific resources for causes that would benefit the world as a whole. One instance of the organization’s radical activism is

their disruption of a 1971 meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, “the world’s largest general scientific society.” Members of Science for the People occupied the meeting and threw paper airplanes at former Vice President Hubert Humphrey in protest of the Vietnam War. By the end of the meeting, Humphrey signed a pledge to pull out of Vietnam. “There are a number of key issues that need to be addressed with the kind of radical approach that Science for the People demonstrated,” STPEC Director Sigrid Schmalzer said. “We hope for this conference to be a learning experience, but also a kick-off point for people to organize in a way that best addresses these issues, using Science for the People as inspiration.” There are currently over 150 people preregistered for attendance, and over 60 presenters scheduled to speak at the conference. The first night of the conference will include a reception and dinner, followed by a two-hour segment during which UMass students will interview six former members of Science for the People about their experiences with the organization and beyond. Saturday will start with several speakers presenting on the history and impact of Science for the People, followed by panels throughout the day discussing the teaching of social justice

in science, agricultural science and food justice, injustice involving laborers working with toxic chemicals and other topics. The day’s lectures will be concluded with a keynote lecture by John Vandermeer, an ASA Gray Distinguished University Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology of University of Michigan and founding member of Science for the People. He is one of the foremost authorities on matters of agricultural sustainability. Following the keynote lecture will be dinner and subsequent entertainment. The entertainment will include music by Sara Colb and the Sagamore James Band, spoken word by Walnut da Lyrical Geni, Papel Machete and “puppetry with a message,” a project of AgitArte. The final day of the conference will include presentations on climate change, energy technology and policy, women in science and “pro- and anti-people” healthcare models. The last presentation of the conference will be a “forum where all concerned scientists – and especially students and younger members of the profession – may explore the questions, Why are we scientists? For whose benefit do we work? What is the full measure of our moral and social responsibility?” Josh Darling can be reached at



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Knife attack at Pennsylvania high school wounds 21 students By Jonathan Silver Pittsburgh Post-Gazette MURRYSVILLE, Pa. — They prepared for guns but faced knives instead. In the era of Newtown and Virginia Tech and Columbine, danger and bloodshed came Wednesday to Franklin Regional Senior High School not at the end of a barrel but rather at the points of two flashing blades. Just after dawn, police said, sophomore Alex Hribal rampaged through a wing of the Murrysville school in a scene straight from a horror movie, slashing and stabbing 21 students and a security guard with two 8-inch steel knives in a swift and apparently random attack that ended only when an administrator tackled him. Two students were treated for other issues. Within five minutes, a high school hallway was transformed into a bloody crime scene; sleepy students waiting for first period suddenly became victims of violence; and a slender, dark-haired 16-year-old described as quiet and studious, and looking younger than his years, emerged as the latest face of the national epidemic of school violence. “When I saw a kid bleeding on the ground is when I realized this was really serious,” student Hope Demont said. “It was absolutely mind-blowing.” Four of her peers remained in critical condition Wednesday evening, and Westmoreland County District Attorney John Peck said the incident could yet turn fatal. “There is a question about whether that person will survive,” Peck said during the suspect’s evening arraignment before District Judge Charles Conway. The teen, clad in a blue ho spital gown after being treated for minor hand wounds, was charged as an adult with four counts of attempted homicide, 21 counts of aggravated assault and one count of possessing a prohibited weapon on school property. He was denied bail. Peck told the court that the suspect made some statements after school officials tackled him that indicated he wanted to die. Defense attorney Patrick Thomassey described his client as a good student with no prior criminal record and no history of addiction to drugs or alcohol. He said his client is not a loner and interacts well with other students. Thomassey described the

incident as “bizarre” and asked for a mental evaluation to determine whether his client will be competent for an April 30 preliminary hearing. “My prayers go out to everyone who was injured today and I hope they recover as quickly as possible,” the suspect’s father, Harold Hribal, told WTAE-TV outside the family’s home. Despite several hours of interviewing the suspect, Murrysville Police Chief Thomas Seefeld said investigators had not uncovered a motive. “We don’t know what led up to this,” Chief Seefeld said. “We’re praying and hoping the best for all the victims,” he said. Demont said she heard rumors that the suspect called an upperclassman earlier this week from a restricted number saying, “I’m going to (expletive) you up.” Asked about that phone call at the press briefing, Seefeld said: “We’re checking it out.” Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, appearing at an afternoon news conference after clearing his schedule and driving to Murrysville from the Capitol, asked the question on everyone’s minds: “What made him decide to get up today and do this?” News of the attack attracted national attention and lit up social media as condolences flooded through cyberspace and at least two stabbing victims posted on Twitter pictures of themselves at trauma centers sporting bandages and wearing hospital gowns. The incident also drew in federal law enforcement. The FBI was at the suspect’s two-story sidingand-brick house on a cul de sac, executing search warrants, seizing computers and interviewing witnesses. And U.S. Attorney David Hickton appeared at a news conference and pledged his help. He noted one thing that was not seized: the suspect’s cellphone; he said the teen did not have one. Wednesday began in typical fashion as the high school’s 1,222 students entered the building just after sunrise. But by 7:13 a.m., when police were first alerted to the chaos churning inside the school, terrified students would be fleeing for their lives. It was one of the most vulnerable possible times for chaos. “Once the students are in the building and in classes we can go into lockdown,” school director Roberta Cook said. “But before

school starts it’s hard to completely secure the building.” Gracey Evans, a junior from Murrysville, said she arrived around 6:50 a.m. About 20 minutes later, as she stood in a hallway while her best friend stopped at his locker, she heard someone say something about blood. “I saw this kid in all black running down the hallway, stabbing,” said Evans. “He was just stabbing everybody that was in his way.” Her friend was wounded in the back, she said, and a nearby student was stabbed in the stomach. The incident began in a classroom in the school’s science wing when the suspect pulled out two knives and started slashing and stabbing fellow students, said Mark Drear, vice president of Capital Asset Protection, which provides security guards for the school. Many students were still at their lockers. The students, some of them wounded, ran from the room with the suspect chasing them a few hundred feet down a hallway. He attacked other students along the way, Drear said. One student who realized what was happening pulled a fire alarm to try to evacuate the school. That caused students who were in other classrooms to crowd into the hallway. According to a police affidavit, Murrysville Police Officer William “Buzz” Yakshe, a specially trained school resource officer assigned to the district, was working in his office when he heard a commotion. He and his office mate, private security Sgt. John Resetar, went to check. The two separated, with Yakshe heading toward the cafeteria and the sergeant going down the hallway against the flow of stampeding students, according to Drear. At first, Drear said, Resetar thought the flow of bodies was because of the fire alarm. But then he saw the blood on the students. “He knew something was wrong,” Drear said. “He saw the gentleman holding knives. When the gentleman saw him he lunged at him ... He was stabbed and still holding the suspect, trying to get the weapons out of his hands.” When Yakshe returned, the affidavit said, the sergeant was “leaning against a wall and ... bleeding from his stomach.” At that point Assistant Principal Sam King appeared and tackled the suspect, authorities said. King told police that he

heard the commotion, ran into the hallway and saw Resetar being stabbed. Both King and Resetar grappled with the suspect, Drear said. A third private security guard, Officer Ken Wedge, rushed in from outside and saw the pileup. “He got into it, got the assailant into a choke hold and got him to eventually drop the weapons. They were having a hard time getting them out of his hands,” Drear said. Resetar was treated for a stab wound above the rib cage that did not hit any vital organs, Drear said. He was released from the hospital. “That Sam King, thank goodness he was there,” Drear said. “It could have been a lot worse.” Cook and fellow school director George Harding said the district had done extensive training on how to respond to a critical incident. But most of the training focused on an active shooter, Cook said, not someone with a knife. Regardless, the directors said, the practiced response protocol appeared to work effectively as school officials and security subdued the suspect, evacuated the school and quickly sought emergency help for the wounded. “This is our worst nightmare but these kind of scenarios we have discussed them and trained for them extensively with our staff and emergency responders,” Cook said. The fact that a student pulled the fire alarm. she added, meant that he followed training recommendations to do so in any emergency so that students and staff would know to evacuate the building.


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PATRIOT Act still controversial With the recent revela- brought up at the dinner tions regarding a contro- table or on a talk show. How often do you walk to versial NSA spy program, class thinking that the NSA Patrick Dunbar or some other extension of the government is currentthe topic of national secu- ly combing through your rity and the legality behind recent library rentals or cell some of these programs, has phone calls? The answer to never been more relevant. that question for me is zero. Since the terrorist attacks The fact is: If you’re not placon Sept. 11, the U.S. govern- ing long distance calls to Iraq ment has taken drastic steps or Somalia, there’s a good to increase the national secu- chance Big Brother has no rity infrastructure, in hopes interest in you whatsoever. I understand that the of foiling future attacks. These measures have issue is more about the included programs like principle behind legislaOperation TIPS, the Domestic tion like the PATRIOT Act; Security Enhancement Act government intrusion on and the widely disputed one’s private life is nothing PATRIOT Act. Programs to take lightly. If you allow like the PATRIOT Act were the government to take part passed under the eye of in such activities now, how politicians such as Attorney much power are we going General to George W. Bush, to give them in the future? Personally, I don’t have an John Ashcroft. Looking back on the answer for that, and your implementation of these ACLU-member roommate programs, Americans find probably can’t answer that themselves asking whether question either. For me, it all comes down or not the sacrifice of prito the faith I have in the U.S. vacy in favor of security has government and our sysbeen worth it. Policies such as the PATRIOT Act have tem of checks and balances. never aimed to invade the Although all three branchprivacy of everyday U.S. citi- es of the government have zens. The act gives numerous their own flaws and always

Although all three branches of the government have their own flaws and always will, I like to believe that one branch will trump the other when it comes to creating some kind of “Fahrenheit 451” dystopian law. powers to law enforcement agencies to follow and investigate those that are believed to be involved in some kind of terrorist activity. One of the most debated parts of the act was a part of the law known as the sneakand-peek provision. This provision gave investigators the ability search someone’s home or business or tap their phone without first gaining the blessing of a judge and obviously without the individual’s consent. I can’t count the number of times I’ve discussed the PATRIOT Act with peers on campus, and on most occasions these individuals talk as though they are characters in an Orwellian tale. While the act is constitutionally questionable, and both sides can deliver multiple arguments for or against it, I feel as though it’s something that not everyone thinks or worries about until it’s

will, I like to believe that one branch will trump the other when it comes to creating some kind of “Fahrenheit 451” dystopian law. When it comes down to it, I’m willing to trade some of my privacy for greater security. That’s just a sacrifice I am willing to make. Maybe that will change in ten years, or maybe the need for security will increase. Who knows? On April 16,, the UMass Republican Club will bring former Attorney General John Ashcroft, who had a major role in the development of the post-9/11 security state, to speak at the University of Massachusetts campus. Maybe it will be here, at this event, that some of your questions about the PATRIOT Act and this need for increased security will be answered once and for all. Patrick Dunbar is a member of the UMass Republican Club. He can be reached at


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To the Editor, in response to the Letter to the Editor on March 31:

are ever reported to the authorities. The Center for Women & Community at the University of Massachusetts employs a Civilian Advocate who works to reduce the barriers survivors face in filing complaints of sexual assault. The advocate can support survivors through the challenging criminal process, which can take up to two years. Unfortunately, the conviction rate for sexual violence is 50 percent or less, depending on the jurisdiction. Legislation and law enforcement alone cannot stop sexual violence.

We appreciate the thoughtful letter of March 31 and agree that preventing and responding to campus sexual violence is a priority. Sexual violence is a complex problem. Research shows that effectively addressing sexual violence requires a comprehensive strategy that deals with individual behavior, community standards and a compassionate response to victims/survivors, and that holds perpetrators accountable.

sive of all members of the student body, which is con sistent with the recommendations made by RAINN. The campaign communicates that recognizing and stopping sexual violence is everyone’s responsibility. The bystander campaign is not the first effort on campus to address sexual violence. The Center for Women & Community has been facilitating sexual assault prevention education for more than 30 years.

Everyone in our community has an important role to play in preventing and responding to sexual violence. For more information about volunteer opportunities visit the CWC website:

The University has also implemented a variety of other approaches, including a coordinated response to survivors, training for first responders and a revised Student Code of Conduct and process that allows for expulsion of a student found guilty of sexual assault. The

The bystander campaign at UMass is another component of the multiple efforts implemented to prevent and respond to sexual violence. The campus training on “delegate, distract and direct” is specifically inclu-

Sexual violence continues to be the most under-reported violent crime in the world. According to the National Research Council, less than 20 percent of sexual assaults

University has demonstrated its commitment to a comprehensive strategy that includes teaching prevention, effecting policy change, supporting survivors and using both the campus conduct and the criminal justice process to hold perpetrators accountable.

Sincerely, Becky Lockwood Associate Director of Counseling and Rape Crisis Services Center for Women & Community

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Here comes the taxman For those students who bother many people, because work, tax time often means a it is widely agreed upon that taxes are necessary and Jason Roche beneficial, although there is much bickering about the spending spree fueled by tax specifics. refunds. After a year of lookIf you were to consider a ing at paychecks whittled single dollar that you paid down by taxes, it feels good in taxes, here is how the govto get a check for a few hun- ernment would allocate it: dred dollars. Too often, rou- 42.2 cents would go toward tine actions – such as paying the military, 22.1 cents to taxes – become so embed- Social Security, 10.2 cents to ded in daily functioning that interest, 8.7 cents to safetythey go without question. So ned programs, 4.4 cents to let us consider the concept education, 3.9 cents to govof taxes. ernment and law enforceThe merit of taxes is ment, 3.3 cents to housing widely accepted: After all, the government has to pay for schools, roads and bombs ... lots of bombs. Since most people accept the principle behind taxes, they are compliant in paying them. Of course, if you refuse to pay your taxes, the Internal Revenue Service may seize development and less than all of your property and, three cents each to science if you blatantly cheat or programs, commerce/transdefraud the government, portation and international affairs. even throw you in jail. Gallup polls have shown Benjamin Franklin once wrote, “(In) this world that Americans believe the nothing can be said to be federal government wastes certain, except death and over half of every tax dollar. taxes.” Taxes are a univer- While this is probably a bit sal trend and there are very of an exaggeration, a signififew places you can go with- cant amount of tax revenue out being subjected to one is wasted every year or is tax or another. In the United spent on seemingly frivoStates, income taxes are lous enterprises. Each year, deducted directly from pay, the government spends over sales and excise taxes are $100 billion on payments that charged when making pur- never should be made. While this money is chases, and property taxes are levied on the items that wasted outright, billions you already own. If you were more are spent on governto buy a car, taxes would ment programs that are as first be taken from your pay- close to useless as can be check, you would then have imagined. Some examples to pay a tax when purchasing provided by Doug Bandow the vehicle (and also when in Forbes magazine include buying insurance and gaso- $30 million that was spent line), then every year you to increase mango producwould be charged a tax for tion and sales in Pakistan owning the car. This does not (which failed abysmally) and

$765,828 that was devoted to bringing an International House of Pancakes franchise to Washington, D.C. Perhaps you are somebody who does not support wasteful spending or who does not want to fund military weaponry that will be used to kill people on the other side of the world. You want all of your tax dollars to go toward education and healthcare for those in need. Well, there is a theory called conscientious objection, which argues that people should not be forced to

We should be more vigilant of how our tax dollars are spent and demand changes when investments are being tilted away from our preferences.

agents might come to your house, arrest you and strip you of everything you own. However, this comparison casts the government in an unfair light; taxes are, of course, incorruptibly benevolent. There are some individuals that can get around paying taxes. These are mostly corporations. As highlighted in an article in USA Today, there are many large companies that manage to reach a zero tax rate. These companies manage to avoid taxes by taking advantage of loopholes in laws. This is a benefit that comes to corporations that spend millions of dollars every year lobbying legislators so that these loopholes remain open. Average Americans who cannot afford their own congressional representative will have to continue paying taxes, and some of that tax money will go to subsidize the very corporations that are buying out their representatives. Taxes are not inherently bad; they are needed for public ventures such as education, transportation and national defense. However, taxes are not optional and the money is often wasted or spent on undertakings that may be objected to by the taxpayer. As a citizenry, we should be more vigilant of how our tax dollars are spent and demand changes when investments are being tilted away from our preferences. Just because taxes are a routine part of life does not mean that we should allow corruption and waste to become routine as well.

pay military taxation, and some people follow this by simply refusing to pay taxes. However, conscientious objection is not officially recognized and most tax resisters are able to avoid paying taxes only by living below the required income level to be taxed or by going completely off the grid. When the average person refuses to pay taxes, they receive a visit from the IRS, who may deem it necessary to place a lien on their property. The government collecting taxes could almost be compared to the mafia collecting protection money. The mafia may approach a shop owner and ask that they pay a fee for protection; if the shop owner refuses to pay, the mafia might come back and damage the shop. With taxes, the government demands that you Jason Roche is a Collegian columnist pay an array of fees; if you and can be reached jwroche@umass. refuse for long enough, edu.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

“Solace? That’s why God made fermented beverages and the blues.” - Tom Robbins


Port Brewing Co. heats up with ‘Hot Rocks’ German-style beer brewed in Calif. By Emily A. BrightmAn Collegian Staff

Generally speaking, I am not a big fan of lagers. My taste palate tends to lean more toward the bitter side of the brewing divide, and I find that most lagers fall too far on the bland side for my personal enjoyment. I certainly won’t say no to a lager every now and then, but typically it is not my first choice of brewing style by any means. However, being the selfindulgent drinker that I am, sometimes I’m willing to forgo my usual regimen of IPAs and imperial stouts in favor of experimentation. Even if I end up repulsed by whatever strange brew I delve into, at the end of it all beer is still beer and there are little complaints to be made. The subject of this week’s column, Port Brewing Company’s Hot Rocks Lager, is not a beer I personally chose to write about. Instead, it was gifted to me by one of my housemates as a means of repaying me for a recent beer run for the communal fridge. Rather than repay me with the token Rolling Rock that functions much like currency in our house, he decided to surprise me with a bomber of craft beer (or, what he later informed me, he merely guessed was craft beer since he is admittedly not as well versed as yours truly). Not being one to look a gift horse in the mouth (or more appropriately, a beer horse), I gladly accepted. Given that I was a little stuck for what to write about this week,

the circumstances perfectly aligned. Much to my delight, Hot Rocks Lager has more going for it than just a catchy name. Port Brewing is a subsidiary of the Lost Abbey Brewing Company, which specializes in Belgian-style brewing as well as barrelaged beers. A few of their popular selections include the Agave Maria Ale aged in Anejo tequila barrels and the Red Barn Farmhouse Ale. Port Brewing Company is co-located with Lost Abbey in San Marcos, Calif. in the former brewhouse of Stone Brewing Company. Co-founder and Director of Brewery Operations Tomme Arthur was once head brewer at the Pizza Port Brewpub, owned by siblings Gina and Vince Marsaglia, both of whom are also cofounders of Port Brewing. According to the Lost Abbey website, although Port Brewing grew from the enterprises of Pizza Port’s brewing endeavors, it is “a completely separate company with its own brewers, employees and direction.” Port Brewing has carved a niche in the beach-themed beer market with their tropical-themed packaging and summer-y titles like Wipeout West Coast IPA and Shark Attack Double Red Ale. Even Hot Rocks Lager comes equipped with a caricature of a Hawaiian luau complete with dancing Tiki idols and the menacing shadow of a volcano in the background. Though “Hot Rocks” does sound marginally suggestive, the name derives from an antiquated brewing practice that is, actually, quite literal. Hot Rocks is brewed in the tradition of German

“steinbier,” translated literally as “stone beer.” The name is rooted in the practice of dropping heated stones into a brewing kettle to force a boil of the wort (the mixture of malt sugars to be fermented by brewing yeast to produce alcohol). The addition of hot rocks causes the sugar to caramelize and assume a smokier flavor that is difficult to achieve with a normal boiling process. Though Port Brewing surely has access to more modern brewing equipment than was available in ancient Germany, their adherence to tradition exemplifies a dedication to brewing that honors both the contemporary and the ancestral. After some research, I was fully on board with Hot Rocks, despite its lager status. However, according to BeerAdvocate, Hot Rocks is billed as a European Dark Lager, a style that relies more heavily on the sweeter flavors of malt than the bitterness of hops. Though I am a sucker for some hefty bitterness, I was willing to reconcile my taste proclivities for the sake of inquiry. Hot Rocks pours out a deep amber-brown with distinct cloudiness and traces of sediment that settle toward the bottom of the glass. The head, a creamy half-inch of sand-colored foam, settles slowly to thinner ropes of lacing as it releases the pungent aroma of caramel. Waves of toffee and smoky malt weave their way into the nostrils with hints of bready sweetness reminiscent of some lighter Belgian-style fare. Surprisingly enough, this beer has a distinctly hearty mouth-feel, fleshed out no doubt by the lack of car-

bonation that makes for a thicker drinking sensation. Beneath some initial wateriness come notes of dark fruits and spice mellowed out with a honey-like sweetness from the caramelized malt. There is almost no discernible hop presence in this beer, but the complexity of flavor in the malt more than makes up for it. A certain tartness accompanies the dry finish of this beer, relegating an aftertaste of earthy fruit and lingering bread that causes visions of sweeter barleywines and fruit lambics to spring to mind. The impressiveness of this beer lies in the melding of sweet and subtle, accessing a multitude of flavors without sacrificing the simplicity of the beer’s style. As someone who goes ga-ga for bitterness, this beer was surprisingly enjoyable even given its low rank on the bitter spectrum. All in all, Hot Rocks is by no means my new favorite, but it is certainly the best lager I have sampled in recent memory. Given the nature of its origin, I recommend Hot Rocks as an excellent accompaniment to pizza, as the sweetness in the malt lends itself well to the inherent sweetness of tomato sauce. This nifty little lager would surely pair well with items from the grill as well. Since the weather is (almost) perfect for barbecuing weather, the food pairing is contextually appropriate. And since this beer is relatively light in terms of alcohol (6.5 percent), there is no shame in enjoying some Hot Rocks of its own accord, preferably from the comfort of a lawn chair on a warm afternoon. Cliches aside, if you want to expand your crafty horizons


Located in San Marcos, Calif., the Port Brewing Company has carved a niche in the beer market with their cache of beach-themed and European-inspired beers. but you shy away from the intensity of hops, Hot Rocks is a perfect excursion into craft brewing that is neither too contextually bizarre nor intimidating in terms of flavor. And if you suffer from an inherent sweet tooth, this is definitely the beer for you. So for you lager-drinkers who’ve grown weary of the parade of similar-looking American lagers and pil-

sners swarming the shelves, reach for some Hot Rocks and start your spring drinking season with much-needed sweetness. Even if you don’t particularly care for the beer, in light of upcoming dates this month, it is certainly a good segue into “getting stoned” jokes. Emily A. Brightman can be reached at


Campus coffee rundown: best and worst UMass java offerings ranked by taste, service, atmosphere

DuBois library, the sub-par taste of the coffee almost makes it worth it to walk to a different cafe. The regular dark roast was almost undrinkable because it was so burnt. It’s true that a good, strong cup of coffee can be bitBy AdriA KElly-SullEngEr ter sometimes, but Procrastination Station’s Collegian Staff dark roast went overboard in this regard. I Whether it’s an essential part of your daily don’t know if they are just using water that’s grind or just an extra boost for late night too hot for the beans or if there’s something cramming, coffee might simultaneously be wrong with their machine, but either way the best and worst thing that’s happened to the coffee was so scorched I almost asked most students in college. The caffeine is awe- for a refund. On top of less-than-desirable some because you can use it to wake up for coffee, the service was brusque and slow. early morning classes or stay up late to finish Procrastination Station is definitely conveprocrastinated homework, but the downside nient, but taste-wise, your money is likely is trying to find a cup that tastes as delicious better spent elsewhere. as you want it to, especially on campus. ISB Cafe With so many options for where to grab a cup of joe on campus, the decision can be The next stop was the ISB Cafe, which overwhelming. I set out to find the best and serves Starbucks beans to an eager crowd worst that UMass has to offer, and I was sur- with a customer line that often winds around prised to find that there are 15 cafes easily the room. The service here was much more accessible to the students here. Since there pleasant than in the library, and the staff are so many, I’ve chosen just a few to focus worked through the line as quickly as poson, which will hopefully aid you in future sible. Despite the improvement in customer service, this coffee was a disappointment as coffee-seeking quests. well. It wasn’t as burnt, or as bitter, but it was Procrastination Station oddly sour. I don’t know what other people Out of all the coffee I tried, the roast at the look for in a good cup of joe, but for me, sour Procrastination Station was the bottom of is definitely not something I want. I attemptthe list. While it’s conveniently located in the ed to mask the taste with cream and sugar

with no luck. So it ended up being another disappointing stop, and with the quest for good coffee in mind, I headed to Southwest.

Hampshire Cafe I went to the other cafe that served Starbucks on campus, Hampshire Cafe, underneath Hampshire Dining Commons. Both the service and the coffee at this location were far superior to the others, to my pleasant surprise. The coffee was pleasingly not burnt and the service was great – a nice break from my previous two experiences with campus coffee. However, despite the good coffee and amiable service, Hampshire was still lacking some key element of my coffee experience, so I continued on.

French Meadow Cafe

People’s Market The best coffee I found on campus handsdown goes to People’s Market. It’s a wonderful, fun atmosphere where they have great music pumping all day. They have a welcoming staff and an array of interesting foods to try with your java. The service was fast and, best of all, the coffee was delicious. It was smooth but strong, with no lingering or bitter aftertaste. There was much more available then just sugar and cream to add to the cup, like honey, agave nectar, cinnamon and other flavorings. I give People’s Market a 10 out of 10, and it’s the same price as (if not cheaper than) other places on campus. I would highly suggest it to any coffee lover at UMass; I know I will be going back soon. The extensive selection of coffee servers on campus can be overwhelming, even to the less-obsessed coffee drinker, but this brief rundown of my personal favorites ought to give you a good road map to start with. My preferred cup of java may not be everyone’s, but that’s all the more reason to explore the UMass coffee options for yourself. If nothing else, at least your caffeine level will be at maximum in time for finals.

French Meadow cafe in the Campus Center ends up in second place. They had wonderful service and an interesting selection of roasts, a needed break from the monotony of other campus coffee servers. The service was fast and friendly and I happily drank the whole cup, glad to finally have a buttery and smooth coffee in hand. There was also an array of food and drink choices for those not interested in just a cup of coffee, although the roasts available here were com- Adria Kelly-Sullenger can be reached at akellysu@umass. mendable on their own. edu.



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Grant shuts down Northeastern in win BC defeats UMass UM headed to softball in extras Beanpot final By Matthew zackMan Collegian Staff

By Ross Gienieczko Collegian Staff

After the Massachusetts baseball team stole, sacrificed, and hit-and-ran their way to a victory Wednesday afternoon, there was a sense of satisfaction postgame that had deserted the Minutemen during their trying first half of the season. “It’s about time,” said UMass coach Mike Stone. “It was that kind of afternoon.” The Minutemen (5-19) finally got back to their trademark “small ball” style, benefiting from seven sharp innings from Andrew Grant on their way to beating Northeastern 5-3 in the Beanpot semifinal. The win puts the Minutemen into the Beanpot Championship game on April 21 at Northeastern for the third consecutive year. Grant allowed three runs and picked up his first win of the season. He struck out nine batters, with most coming courtesy of a devastating breaking ball that baffled hitters all afternoon. After walking the first two batters of the game, Grant settled in. Along with his breaking ball, Grant mixed in an effective fastball and a deceptive changeup to change hitters’ eye levels, and keep the Huskies off balance throughout the game. “He’s got great stuff, 89-93 (miles per hour), and when you throw that, plus a changeup, and command your breaking ball, it’s going to give you a chance to win,” said Stone. While Grant provided


Andrew Grant limited Northeastern to three runs in seven innings on Wednesday. one half of the UMass victory, it was timely hitting and execution on offense that did the rest. After falling behind 1-0 in the first inning, the Minutemen answered in the second after Dylan Begin doubled, Brandon Walsh advanced him to third on a groundout, and John Jennings tied the game with a sacrifice fly. In the third inning, UMass used small ball to take the lead after Kyle Adie (2-3, two runs, stolen base) singled and advanced to third base on a successful hit and run by Nick Sanford. On the next pitch, Sanford took off for second, drawing a throw by the catcher which allowed Adie to sprint home. After missing all of last year and starting this season slow, Adie has started to heat up according to Stone. “He’s having good at bats

and seeing more pitches,” Stone said. “He runs, too. That brings a dimension to us that we don’t get with some other guys.” In the sixth inning, it was still more small ball for the Minutemen as they scored three times with runs coming off an error, fielder’s choice, and sacrifice fly. “We executed the way we should,” Stone said. “When you do that, you get a chance to score runs and a much better chance to win the game.” Northeastern (13-17) was haunted by a squandered opportunity in the first moments of the game. After the two straight walks to start the day, the Huskies seemed ready to strike. A groundout advanced the runners to second and third with only one out, and after Nick Fanneron flared a single into left field,

Northeastern seemed poised to take a 2-0 lead. But Kellen Pagel’s throw from left field hit his relay man, Nik Campero on the letters, and he fired home to cut down what would have been the second run for the Huskies. It was the first of two outs that Northeastern made at the plate on the day, which represented the difference in the game. After falling behind 5-1, the Huskies rallied for two runs in the seventh, but Tommy McDonald pitched two scoreless innings to pick up the save for UMass. The Minutemen return to action this weekend when they host Saint Louis for a three-game series starting Friday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. Ross Gienieczko can be reached at and followed on Twitter @RossGien.

After 10 innings of play, the Massachusetts softball team fell to Boston College, 4-3, in Chestnut Hill on Wednesday. Trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the tenth inning, Eagles freshman Jordan Weed connected on a single through the middle of the infield with the bases loaded to score two runs to end the game. Despite ending their five game winning streak, the Minutewomen (8-15, 2-2 A10) played well in the eyes of Coach Kristi Stefanoni. “We had bright spots in the game that we picked out … the bulk of our lineup did its job today,” said Stefanoni. In particular, Stefanoni said she was proud of how pitcher Caroline Raymond was able to limit the Eagles (19-16, 4-8 ACC) to only three hits in 9.2 innings. “Caroline came out with a really strong performance today on the mound for us,” Stefanoni said. “It stinks to think that the last hit at the end of the game was the game-winner, but just because she gave up the last hit, I don’t think she had a bad game.” Despite only recording one strikeout, Raymond was able to battle with each batter making it difficult for them to get on base, according to Stefanoni. “When Caroline was behind in the count, she was able to work her way back in it,” Stefanoni said. “If I had to pick a bright Matthew Zackman can be reached at spot in that game, I would


No. 10 Minutewomen hit road against GW By Jesse Mayfield-sheehan Collegian Staff

Going out on the road can be a hassle for teams. But it can also be a really fun experience too. Angela McMahon, coach of the No. 10 Massachusetts women’s lacrosse team, said the team is looking forward to its first away game in almost a month, when it travels to the nation’s capital on Friday to take on George Washington at 4 p.m. “It’s actually really exciting and the girls have a great time on the road,” she said. “To just be able to sort of relax, hang out in the hotel, spend time together, not that they don’t spend time together as it is, but without a lot of distractions and just being with a really solely focus on the game for a solid day and a half or so.” After facing the Colonials (5-6, 1-1 Atlantic 10), the Minutewomen (11-1, 2-0 A-10) will return home on Sunday to host George Mason (7-4,

1-1 A-10) at 1 p.m. “It’s going to be a long weekend because of the traveling, and then coming right back for a home game Sunday, but I think we’ll be fine,” senior attacker Katie Ferris said. George Washington comes into Friday’s matchup having snapped a three-game losing streak with an 18-10 victory over St. Bonaventure last Sunday. The team ranks third in the conference in goals scored per game (12.36) and is led by Jamie Bumgardner, who leads the conference and ranks 10th in the nation in points per game (4.73). McMahon said Bumgardner is someone UMass is going to have to watch out for. “She’s really had a good season and has stepped up huge for them,” she said. “So, we’re going to have to really try to limit her a bit.” The Patriots enter the weekend coming off a tough 21-13 loss

to Duquesne last Sunday. They will face Richmond on Friday before traveling to Amherst to take on the Minutewomen. George Mason is led offensively by Rachel Obregon who is fourth in the conference in goals per game (2.55). While UMass has played the Colonials every year in conference play since 2002, the Patriots are a new face in the A-10 who bring an element of the unknown to the matchup. “Facing an opponent that you’ve never played before, you go in not knowing anything,” Ferris said. “So, you can’t go in and assume you’re going to win and you can’t go in and assume you’re going to lose because you really don’t know what’s going to be thrown at you, so you have to be ready for anything.” Sunday’s game will also be the Minutewomen’s Senior Day game. The team will honor its seven seniors

Massachusetts men’s lacrosse coach Greg Cannella can be sure of one thing when he looks ahead to Saturday’s matchup with Drexel – a fast game. Cannella expects a fast-paced duel between the Dragons (7-4, 2-1 Colonial Athletic Association) and his own speedy team. UMass (7-3, 1-1 CAA) is looking to pick up the pace after a 6-5 home loss to Towson, who successfully slowed down the game to suit its style of play on Saturday at 4 p.m. at Drexel. Drexel (11.6 goals per game) won last year’s series meeting with the Minutemen, 15-14, in a game reminiscent of a shootout. Midfielder Ben McIntosh and attack Nick Trizano, both seniors with 42 and 35 points respectively, return to give the Dragons’ offense teeth. “They’re loaded with talent,”

Cannella said. “The group on offense in general plays really well together. They’re all unselfish, they share (the ball) and they shoot it well.” Cannella called McIntosh, the CAA Co-Player of the Week, one of the best players in the country and a likely candidate for the conference player of the year. The hype surrounding McIntosh is something that Ryan Izzo, a midfielder for the Minutemen, welcomes. McIntosh and other midfielders are the redshirt junior’s upcoming assignment. “This week, I personally want to own my matchup,” Izzo said. He noted his teammates’ disappointment after a close loss to Towson and said they are hungry to convert desire into results. He added that playing on the road doesn’t affect the game plan. Senior Connor Mooney also talked up the importance of treating

opponents equally, but said the game would be a valuable conference win. The attack/midfielder had a hat trick and an assist last year against Drexel. He said capitalizing on space in the zone led to a lot of quality outside chances last year. Mooney also cited feeds from recent graduate Will Manny as helpful in that win. “Both teams were able to put the ball in the goal and it really came down to the last possession,” Mooney said. “We were trading goals and they beat us out in the end.” He feels fortunes could be different this time for UMass if goaltender Zach Oliveri and the defense carry over their success from last week and the offense finds a rhythm. Oliveri made 13 saves, including unlikely athletic stops that kept the game in reach on at least four separate occasions. Grant Whiteway, a junior attack, pointed out that his team was 0-for-14

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in the fourth quarter of the Towson game. He said that missed opportunities like that would lead to a loss against Drexel. Whiteway had five goals against the Dragons last year and set a career-high this season with a seven-goal performance on March 11. Finishing the ball is his main focus for the upcoming game after scoring once on three attempts against the Tigers. But it’s something he said has to be constant through the rest of the schedule, particularly with the looming CAA Tournament. “I think everyone knows that there’s still a lot of lacrosse to be played,” Whiteway said. “We’re a scrappy league and all the games are always close. That’s why it’s fun to play in this conference; it’s competitive and every game matters.” Peter Cappiello can be reached at and followed on Twitter @ petecapps.

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Minutemen hope to increase tempo vs. Drexel Collegian Staff

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with a ceremony after the game. Coach McMahon, who came to UMass three years ago, said this ceremony is particularly special, as this group was the first class that she got to see grow from young and immature freshmen into seniors ready to go out into the world. “It’s really exciting, honestly, because I’ve had the opportunity to see them grow and mature, not only as players, but as people.” As one of the team’s seniors, Ferris said she is looking forward to being honored on Sunday. “I can’t believe four years has gone by this quick. You know, it feels like I just played my first game yesterday,” she said. “But we’re all definitely looking forward to it, I know I am. It’s been an awesome four years here.”


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have picked the better demeanor in her presence in how she carried herself on the mound today.” O f f e n s i v e l y , Massachusetts tallied seven hits, highlighted by a Bridget Lemire home run in the 6th inning, which put the Minutewomen up 2-0. “Her homerun proved to be the way that we went into extra innings,” said Stefanoni. Freshman Jena Cozza also led UMass’s offense, going 2-3. Lindsey Webster also added two hits and drove in two runs as well. However, errors plagued Massachusetts throughout the game as the Eagles were able to force extra innings due to an error in the bottom of the 6th inning. Stefanoni was not pleased about the four errors that her team committed for the day and said that she was surprised that the mistakes took place. She emphasized that over the last five games, the team only committed one error. “Our defense got pretty bad around the 5th and 6th inning, right when we needed things to go well for us,” Stefanoni said. “I would have liked that to be a little bit stronger. I know that we are a lot better than that defensively.” The Minutewomen will next take on St. Bonaventure on Friday in New York.



activities,” Bergantino said. “He kind of liked to stay in his room and play Call of Duty. He was really known for staying in his room and doing him.” The team noticed when Gordon seemed down and like all family members do, they tried to pick him up. It can say a lot about a team when it’s faced with a scenario that is new to it. The timing of the announce-


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ment came at the perfect time for UMass, as it has an entire offseason to deal with the rush of media attention surrounding Gordon’s decision before even dealing with games. But it’s also a situation that can bring this team closer and in the long run, better. “It’s going to make us much closer and I think we’re going to have a much better season than last year,”

Gordon said. Gordon’s decision to come out as gay was easily the hardest thing he’s had to endure in his entire 22-year life. He knew the reactions that he would get from the public. The last thing he wanted was for his teammates to turn against him. But in a true sign of brotherhood, his teammates showed him the support that he so desperately needed. They responded like a real family should. Patrick Strohecker can be reached at and followed on Twitter @P_Strohecker.

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Derrick Gordon is the first openly gay Division I men’s college basketball player after publicly coming out on Wednesday.

Gordon embracing chance to be a role model By Mark Chiarelli Collegian Staff

Shortly after Massachusetts men’s basketball player Derrick Gordon publicly shared he’s gay, teammate, former roommate and close friend Tyler Bergantino received a text message from a friend from high school. The friend – who played high school basketball with Bergantino – reacted in immediate support of Gordon, who became the first male Division I college basketball player to openly announce he’s gay. “Actually, I got a text from one of my high school teammates saying ‘woah, he’s gay? That kind of makes me want to pull for him even more now,’” Bergantino said. Gordon’s announcement was met with a significant wave of support via social media outlets such as Twitter and Facebook. The announcement, which initially broke on and, was a courageous move in a college sport yet to have a player openly come out. Bergantino noted that Gordon had entered “uncharted waters.” But according to Bergantino, if

“I just thought, ‘there’s no way I could be gay, there’s no possible way.’ As time went on, you just have to come to grips with it. That’s just who you are.” Derrick Gordon, UMass guard someone was prepared to for this, it was Gordon. “He’s a confident guy, a very confident guy,” Bergantino said. “I don’t think this will phase him at all … I think he’s confident enough and he’s comfortable with himself enough to know that there’s nothing wrong with being himself. I think he’s the one guy that can pull this off flawlessly.” There was a time for Gordon where that confidence wasn’t on full display. For almost four years, Gordon kept his sexuality a complete secret. At UMass, he strayed from his teammates and spent a lot of time alone. There were nights he cried himself to sleep and as he continued to struggle, he continued to isolate. But Gordon returned to his room after the Minutemen returned from the NCAA Tournament and pondered his future. He didn’t want to go through another sum-

mer or another year with this much on his mind. “I did some thinking,” he said. “I’m about to go through another summer. At that point last summer, that’s when my teammates kind of found out. I didn’t want to have to go through that hiding and sneaking around all of that.” For Gordon, there was a sense that the time was now. “I tried to deny (my sexuality) a lot just because of my family background and where I grew up,” he said. “I just thought, ‘there’s no way I could be gay, there’s no possible way.’ As time went on, you just have to come to grips with it. That’s just who you are.” Despite being the first male Division I college basketball player to come out, Gordon isn’t the first notable athlete to come out as gay. Professional basketball player Jason Collins came out as gay over a year ago. Current

WNBA star Brittney Griner also publicly announced she’s a lesbian. Just a few months ago, former Missouri defensive end and National Football League hopeful Michael Sam also announced he was gay in anticipation of the NFL Draft. Gordon spoke to both Collins and Sam recently and both conveyed that there’s a shared sense of responsibility to be a role model moving forward. “Both of them said, ‘listen, it comes with a lot of responsibility. Just like us, you’re about to be a big gay icon for a lot of people,’” Gordon said. “It’s a lot of responsibility which I’m able to deal with.” The opportunity to offer inspiration to children or other athletes in similar situations resonates with Gordon. There was a time before the 2013-14 season when Gordon contemplated quitting basketball altogether. He’s aware of the torment of keeping his emotions within and hopes he can help others in the future. “I do feel sorry for the kids that are going through this,” see

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oming out as gay isn’t an easy thing for the average person to do. Now imagine being one of the standout players on a college basketball team, playing in a sport that is dominated by heterosexual males who are constantly trying to strut their tough guy persona and then coming out as gay. It’s not an easy task, but it’s one that Massachusetts men’s basketball sophomore Derrick Gordon recently went through, Patrick revealing to his Strohecker teammates that he is gay. It would’ve been easy for some of the members to laugh it off as a joke, or to uneasily shift in their chairs at the thought of a gay player being on their team. After all, these guys spend most of their lives in intimate settings during the season. They could’ve turned their backs on one of their own teammates because that’s how society taught us to handle these types of situations. But this team didn’t. Instead, they embraced Gordon – and his lifestyle – supporting him for opening up to them. Gordon showed a level of trust in his teammates to handle the news positively and they didn’t let him down. All season long, UMass went by the mantra of “brotherhood,” that the team was one big family. A major reason why this team was so successful this past season on the court was because it shared such a strong bond off of it. You could see the “brotherhood” in full effect sporadically throughout the season when sophomore center Tyler Bergantino made videos that showed that even while enjoying great success, or enduring tough times, this team knew how to have fun and get along. But something was off about Gordon and his personality. Sure, he would put a mask on and act like he was having the time of his life in the videos, but deep down he had a bigger secret that was forcing him to lie to himself and his teammates. As a gay athlete, he was in the wrong environment. He couldn’t talk about relationships with girls because he didn’t have the same experience as the other players. Most of the time, he would just retreat to his room and keep to himself. “He wasn’t one to go out and do see


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