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Hundreds of students rally in support of Sanders Speakers discussed loan debt, economy By Brendan deady and arthur doran Collegian Staff

Brennan Tierney, a sophomore legal studies major at the University of Massachusetts, stood atop a makeshift wooden platform in front of Machmer Hall and addressed a crowd of about 300 people Tuesday evening. “This is not just about politics or [Bernie] Sanders or [Hillary] Clinton, this is about building united progressive movement toward justice and equality,” Tierney said. Before the echo of his voice had trailed off across the concourse, the crowd responded with a chorus of cheers, supportive statements for presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and a series of criticisms directed toward his opponents. Tierney provided the introductory and closing remarks at a rally supporting Sanders’ presidential campaign, which was

organized by the unofficial student group “UMass for Bernie Sanders.” The gathering, which began at 5 p.m., featured professors and UMass students who highlighted Sanders’ policies and distinctions from his competitors that they say make him the ideal candidate for a country “wrought with i n e q u a l i t i e s. ” UMass economics professor Gerald Friedman took the microphone from Tierney as the rally’s third speaker and asked the attendees to consider the history of the University’s mascot, the Minuteman. “Massachusetts was where democracy was born. Common farmers fought for their freedom against the greatest empire in the world and brought it down,” Friedman said. “We are not descended from fearful men and women but revolutionaries and now it is time for us to do the same.” Friedman added that the average American faces a crisis just as grave as the see

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Students and faculty rally for Bernie Sanders Tuesday. Right, Ferd Wulkan speaks to the crowd. Photos by Shannon Broderick (top left), Jessica Picard (bottom left) and Sam Anderson (left).

A look into the price Mona Eltahawy speaks to of parking on campus revolution in Middle East UMass pricier than most local colleges

ate and graduate students with cars are allowed to park on the edges of campus in green, yellow and purple By anthony rentsch lots, as well as in the upper Collegian Staff garage. The cost of an annuA proposal to implement al permit for one of these nighttime and weekend lots varies; it’s $248 for the parking fee at the University of Massachusetts was put on hold earlier this year, but some students remain unhappy with how much it costs to park on campus. A recent column in the Daily Collegian bemoaned the price of student parking permits and the rates for metered or pay-station parking lots. In relation to comparable schools in the region, parking at UMass is slightly more expensive. However, in comparison to the other UMass campuses, the Amherst campus’ prices are closer to the middle. Currently, undergradu-

yellow lots, $305 for the purple lots, $340 for the green lots and $671 for the upper garage. Jonathan King, director of parking services, said the majority of students see

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Feminism key to journalist’s strategy By serena McMahon Collegian Staff

Mona Eltahawy, an award-winning EgyptianAmerican journalist, shared her vision for a sexual revolution in the Middle East through global feminism during a speech to students Monday in the Amherst Room of the Campus Center. Eltahawy, who was speaking as a part of the College of Social and Behavioral Science’s “Perspectives on Resistance” speaker series, recently published a book called “Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution.” She spoke to both students and faculty members, and then hosted

a question and answer session. In her book, she encouraged Arab and American women to tackle misogyny in public and private spheres, which was a central talking point Monday. She also highlighted that a sexual revolution must include Muslim women as leaders who tackle what she called the patriarchal trifecta of oppression in the Middle East. “The street and the home, together with the state, oppress specifically women, and that is what I call the trifecta of misogyny,” she said, referring to conditions in the Middle East. The first section of the trifecta is the state, which she said was “male dominated” and needs feminists to challenge sexist policies and practices conducted by the government. Eltahawy

said that resisting the government would benefit both men and women alike. The second part of dismantling the trifecta involves women claiming public space on the streets, because the “systematic sexual assaults of women in protests” happens regularly in response to Muslim women speaking out against sexual discrimination and violence. The third and hardest part to overcome is oppression within the home, where women must claim ownership over their bodies, she said. “The sexual revolution begins with the declaration ‘I own my body, not the state … not the church and the mosque, and not the home,” she said. By making this see

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UMACC kicks off fundraising year with charity fair Festive kickoff event was held Tuesday By devinne Zadravec Collegian Correspondent

The University of Massachusetts Amherst Community Campaign, a longstanding workplace program that allows faculty and staff to donate to any charitable organization of their choice, celebrated the start of another fundraising year with a kickoff charity fair Tuesday. Held in the Student Union ballroom, attendees of the kickoff event enjoyed free

food, live music and spoke personally with representatives from more than 30 of the non-profit organizations who benefit directly from UMACC donations. “This year is a building year for us, so we’re really trying to raise awareness of what the campaign is,” said Jennifer Page, manager of UMACC. Under new leadership as of this year, UMACC is once again preparing for an ambitious fundraising campaign, with a goal of $350,000 to be raised by the end of January 2016. Since the campaign’s kick-

off Oct. 20, UMACC has raised $102,522 to date. Members of the UMass community can view the campaign’s progress on the UMACC webpage, or by visiting one of the three progress-tracking signs located across campus. UMACC’s aim is to make giving charitable donations easy. The campaign attempts to streamline the donation process so faculty and staff can ideally donate to any charity of their choosing efficiently and with confidence, knowing that their donation will be directly impacting their chosen charitable organizations.

This year’s campaign chair is Dr. Willie Hill, Jr., director of the Fine Arts Center. While new to UMACC, Hill is no stranger to philanthropic endeavors, and heavily attributes his passion for giving to his own life experiences. Hill became involved with UMACC after a stint as cochair of the Faculty and Staff Campaign, and is looking forward to revitalizing and challenging the campaign to match and potentially surpass its former successes. “We’re positioning ourselves at this point to move that bar up, and to make it a very, very successful cam-

paign,” Hill said. Past campaigns have set a high bar; at its peak success in 2010, UMACC raised an impressive $466,000 in one year. “I think the support now is in place from the University administration,” Hill added. “There are a lot of individuals that are really engaged in this whole process of what we’re trying to accomplish, and I think we’re well positioned to move forward.” The campaign this year intends to set a new standard for fundraising, with events like the kickoff charity fair planned to not only spread the word and

involve the community, but to generate excitement about the work that UMACC supports. “We’re really trying to revup the campaign,” Hill said. “I think with new leadership, with Jennifer Page and with all the support mechanisms that are in place now, these are very realistic goals. Because people do give, they like to give, and it makes them feel really good to be involved.” The campaign has existed since the early 1990s, and has raised a grand total nearing $8 million dollars since its start. Devinne Zadravec can be reached at



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THE RU N D OW N ON THIS DAY... In 1636, Harvard College was founded in Massachusetts under its original name, Court of Massachusetts Bay Colony. It was the first school of higher education in America.


UN expert: Iran open to human rights talks NEW YORK — Iran appears more willing to discuss human rights issues since signing the nuclear deal with world powers in July, though the country is on track to carry out a record number of executions this year, a U.N. human rights expert said Tuesday. Ahmed Shaheed, U.N. special rapporteur on human rights in Iran, said that Iran, previously unwilling to allow U.N. rights experts into the country, has stepped up collaboration with him since signing the nuclear agreement with the six world powers - the United States, Russia, Britain, China, France and Germany. “They are willing to have structured discussions with me outside the country on issues of mutual interest,” he said. dpa

Japan overturns move to block expansion of US base in Okinawa TOKYO — Japan invalidated a decision by Okinawa’s governor to stop landfill work for a controversial expansion of a U.S. base, in a move that is likely to reignite protests by islanders against the central government in Tokyo and the Obama administration. At the core of the dispute is the planned move of the city center-based Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to the less populated Henoko area in the north of the island. Governor Takeshi Onaga, who was elected last year on a platform of opposition to the relocation plan, earlier this month revoked approval -granted by his predecessor - for the reclamation work to build a new airstrip. The wrangling over the relocation has dragged on for nearly two decades, and is one of the few areas of tension between the governments in Tokyo and Washington. Successive Japanese administrations have struggled to fulfill alliance expectations while quelling local anger. The latest standoff - which could spur a protracted legal battle - comes amid a territorial dispute with China over islands in the East China Sea about 250 miles from the main island of Okinawa. Okinawa is a critical part of the U.S. military presence in Asia, playing host to about half the roughly 50,000 U.S. military personnel in Japan, the biggest deployment of American forces outside the home front. While U.S. forces may offer a welcome deterrent against China’s increasing muscle, many Okinawans complain of noise, crime, pollution and accidents connected with the bases. Los Angeles Times Distributed by MCT Information Services


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type of lot. For on-campus students at the University of Maine, a parking permit for the academic year costs $50. The University of Connecticut has the most similarly priced options to UMass. Prices of permits for UConn students range from roughly $175 for a spot on the edge of campus to roughly $510 for a spot in the garage. Additionally, metered spots at the flagship campuses of New England states are generally less expensive than or on par with UMass. Parking meters at Maine cost $0.25 per half hour and $0.50 per hour, while those at UVM

are $1 per hour. UNH provides metered and pay-station spots at a rate of $1.25 to $1.50 per hour. URI does not have metered parking spots. As was the case with permits, UConn’s metered parking prices rivaled those of UMass. Parking in either of UConn’s two garages costs students $2 for the first two hours and $1 for each subsequent hour up to nine hours. The overnight rate is $1 per hour. Some of the large universities in neighboring states also had academic standing requirements to obtain a permit. In order to receive a parking permit at UConn,

Ranking: UMass a top research school globally Annual list ranks 750 institutions By ShelBy AShline Collegian Staff

field has “some of the most cited researchers in the University.” Rafael Fissore, head of the veterinary and animal science department, is “very proud of the faculty and the undergraduate and graduate students” who are contributing to research. In addition to being classified under agricultural sciences, Fissore’s department is categorized within the plant and animal science field by the U.S. News & World Report. UMass’ plant and animal science field is ranked as 131st worldwide. Although graduate students do most of the veterinary and animal science department’s research – about 55 are conducting research this semester – roughly 35 undergraduate students also participate in any given semester, often through the honors program. Undergraduate students, Fissore said, are “intimately involved in research,” something that he said is evident through their contributions to different research papers. For example, one student wrote up her findings concerning a gene that, when eliminated from a person’s DNA, caused the individual to become sterile. Fissore said that research within the veterinary and animal science department has three large focuses: immunology and infectious diseases, reproductive and environmental biology and environmental toxicology. Because of the three different categories, the research that is conducted is quite diverse. Projects currently underway focus on the mechanisms that prevent disease, which embryotic cells form which organs, developing male contraceptives and causes of sterility, which are all factors that make an individual prone to breast cancer; and the effects of insecticide exposure. Fissore and Autio credit UMass’ rise as a top research university to the addition of new faculty and the construction of better facilities, such as the Integrated Sciences Building and the soon to come Physical Sciences building. “Young faculty are the engines that drive university research [and] there’s been a steady flow of change to bring in new faculty,” Autio said. “We could certainly attribute [our ranking] to some new spaces that are allowing people to be more productive.” Autio hopes that receiving such positive feedback will attract more students to the highly productive research departments on campus.

The U.S. News and World Report recently released its annual ranking of best global universities, placing the University of Massachusetts as 106th on a list of 750 institutions. Notably, UMass was recognized as a model research university, ranking 102nd globally and 53rd regionally, with agricultural sciences, arts and humanities, environmental science, chemistry and space science all ranking within the top 100 in their fields. Wesley Autio, director of the Stockbridge school of agriculture, said that he finds the rankings “spectacular” and appreciates that his department is being recognized for its research. The agricultural sciences field at UMass – which includes food science and veterinary and animal science – was ranked as 10th worldwide. “In Massachusetts, particularly, we’re overshadowed by a couple of the most important research schools in the world: Harvard and MIT,” Autio said. “But there are students throughout the University that are doing fantastic work.” The research being done within Stockbridge is quite varied due to the variety of agricultural activities, Autio said. Projects include examining the development of antibiotic resistance, understanding food systems within the ethnic populations of cities, developing plants that are able to consume soil contaminants and understanding how plants respond to stresses that result from climate change. Currently, Autio said that about 35 graduate students and 100 undergraduate students are conducting research both on campus and at off-campus student farms in North Amherst and Deerfield. Over the years, Autio said that Stockbridge has not necessarily made large breakthroughs in research, but its research has had major impacts if you consider the influence over multiple years. “We furthered a lot of understanding,” he said. “We’ve changed recommendations for farmers and golf course managers, for landscape managers and all sorts of different people who are in agricultural industries.” It is important to note, however, Autio said, that the food science and veterinary and animal science departments contributed Shelby Ashline can be reached at to the ranking. Together, and followed the agricultural science on Twitter @shelby_ashline.

students must also have completed at least 54 credits. At UNH and UVM, freshmen are not allowed to obtain a permit. Websites for the other schools did not indicate whether there were credit requirements to obtain a parking permit. UMass does not have any parking restrictions based on academic standing. Compared with the price of permits on other UMass campuses, the Amherst campus is right in the middle of the pack. Fullyear permits cost $195 at Dartmouth, $450 at Lowell and roughly $650 at Boston. UMass Medical School in Worcester offers garage parking at a rate of $8 per

week, for a minimum of four weeks.

Where the money goes According to King, there are currently 5,858 student parking permits registered at UMass, including 4,245 for undergraduates. He said that total revenue for the department was $4.37 million, with $2.6 million of that coming from parking permits. The other portion comes from temporary permits ($198,000), charges to departments ($404,000), meter and paystation revenue ($441,000) and garage revenue ($735,000). In terms of expenses,

King said that $1.6 million of the $3.8 million of total expenses is spent on payroll. The other $1.9 million goes to snow removal, the campus shuttle, as well as meter, pay-station and garage costs, among others. King also noted that the department faces roughly $10.5 million in deferred lot maintenance, as well as roughly $4.5 million to repair the nearly 50-yearold garage. Money collected from parking citations, he said, is deposited with the Financial Aid office. Anthony Rentsch can be reached at and followed on Twitter @Anthony_Rentsch.


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New RSO’s first debate tackles Israeli-Palestinian conflict Event drew large audience Tuesday By Danny CorDova Collegian Staff

A new registered student organization drew a large crowd Tuesday evening to consider the conflict between Israel and Palestine. University Union, a group inspired by the Oxford Union of University of Oxford, held its first debate on Tuesday. The debate, titled “Opposing Views on Israel and Palestine,” featured speakers who represented both sides’ points of view. U n iv e r s i t y of Massachusetts professor Joseph Levine and UMass alumnus and executive director of the U.S. Campaign to End Israeli Occupation Yousef Munayyer represented the Palestinian perspec-


tive. UMass professor Jay Berkovitz and Smith College professor Justin Cammy also joined the debate, speaking from the Israeli perspective. Daniel Gordon, faculty adviser of University Union, introduced the debaters to the audience. He addressed the controversial nature of the Israel and Palestine subject, as well as the need to have discussions. Owen Wiggins, president of University Union, served as moderator of the debate. Both sides began with an opening statement and spent some time responding to the other side’s argument. There was also an opportunity for the speakers to answer questions relating to the IsraeliPalestinian conflict. Levine, representing the Palestinian perspective, was first to give an opening statement. Levine recalled a question a student had asked

him: “What gives Israel the right to rule over Palestine?” Levine had heard religious justification that entitled the Jewish people to Israel. He had also heard secular justification in favor of the Jewish people that the Balfour Declaration guarantees the establishment of a national state for the Jewish people in Palestine. Levine argued that by asking what gave the Israel state the right to reside on land that was inhibited by the indigenous people of Palestine. He also argued that sovereignty over a land belongs to the people on that land, referring to the Palestinian people. “The Zionist enterprise is a reincarnation of European imperialism. And it is similar to the treatment of Native Americans by the American colonists,” Levine said. Berkovitz referenced

historical evidence of the ancient Romans expelling Jewish people. He also argued that the Jewish people are simply returning to their homeland, which the League of Nations had recognized. Munayyer, representing the Palestinian perspective, claimed that indigenous Palestinians occupied the region of Palestine before the Zionists arrived. He also compared the Zionist movement to a colonist movement. The treatment of Palestinians by Israel is comparable to the apartheid era in South Africa, he argued. “Jewish people have a connection to Palestine, but that does not justify occupation and oppression,” Munayyer said. Cammy argued that the Jewish people have the right of self-determination.

“I still don’t see how this could be a debatable issue. The wealthy have no problem paying for their healthcare but what they do have a problem with is paying the tax dollars for public system,” Friedman said. He added that a Sanders led administration would institute sweeping healthcare reforms, tackle affordable health care education and stand up to the wealthy interests whose money he has refused to accept. “We could be a more productive country with better healthcare and infrastructure but we have to demand it. The people on Wall Street and the hacks in Washington won’t give us a thing until we demand it,” Friedman said. He suggested the best recourse for the average American to stand and

fight is to elect Sanders as their next president. “We’re going to burn it down and stand and fight just like those Minutemen did on that bridge. We will stand and fight and bring the empire down.” Friedman raised his hands in the air as the crowd before him erupted and chanted. He handed the microphone off to Tierney, who introduced Olivia Murphy as the next speaker. Murphy, a women, gender, sexuality major, said that at first it might appear counterintuitive for women to vote for Sanders when his biggest opponent is a female candidate. “The truth is despite Hillary Clinton’s gender, she is not the best option for women,” Murphy said. Murphy argued that Sanders has the best platform in mind to benefit women’s healthcare and economic standing and is also particularly mindful to minority populations such as single mothers of color. “Even if some of his policies are not solely directed to oppressed women, many of his general policies still help women. His promise to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour would be a huge assistance to many single mothers,” Murphy said. Murphy said Sanders’ promise to increase funding for Planned Parenthood, introduce a policy that would require employers to provide a mandatory 12 weeks of paid maternity leave and increase funding to the Woman, Infants and Children program proves he has the interest of women at the center of his campaign

the operation of a private health care system that still fails to provide health care coverage to millions of Americans. Friedman, a vocal supporter of Sanders who recently wrote on the topic for the Huffington Post, also framed the issue in terms of economic efficiency. “It has been proven time and time again as an economic theory that singlepayer national healthcare insurance funded by the feds is the most efficient way to provide healthcare that also saves millions of lives,” Friedman said. Friedman expressed exasperation that the wealthiest country in the world could rank 43rd in life expectancy, according to the CIA, and worse in infant mortality rate than some third world countries.


Casey Pease speaks at the UMass for Bernie Sanders rally, held opposite the Student Union on Tuesday.

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self-declaration, a sexual and social revolution can begin in the Middle East, she added. Eltahawy explained that there are different trifectas of misogyny, and the United States is not spared from the patriarchy. “In America, the trifecta is race, class, gender,” she said. The intersections of race, class and gender operate to continually oppress marginalized peoples in the U.S., she added. Additionally, she warned audience members to “pay attention to sexual violence” happening in the U.S., referencing a survey that found “one in four women on campuses across the United States are sexually assaulted.” Activism through

actively on changing political policies and minds. Cammy addressed the question by advocating discussion in both sides of the debate. He referenced the fact that the debate’s sponsors – Student for Justice in Palestine and the Student Alliance for Israel – had joined together to present the discussion. In his introduction, Gordon noted that the debate was the first event that both organizations co-sponsored together. “These are two student organizations with completely different perspectives, I assume, putting their differences aside to have this debate,” Cammy said. University Union hopes to hosted several more debates during the year. Danny Cordova can be reached at

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revolutionaries, only the opponents are not a government but a concentrated group of billionaires who have commandeered America’s political system. “We are faced by a group of people who are constantly trying to elevate their wealth and status by making us their economic servants,” Friedman said. Friedman described how the egregious control over politicians by the corporations and their lobbyists is leading to the degradation of American democracy. He then turned his focus to the need for a national health care system and suggested that a Sanders presidency was the way to establish such a program in the United States. According to Friedman, the U.S. wastes trillions of dollars each year through


“Levine leaves out history. The right of the Jewish (to have a homeland) is not a right given by others for pity, but a natural right,” Cammy said. “A Jew in Israel is speaking the same language and living in the same place as his great ancestors did,” Berkovitz said. “If the Jewish people came to Palestine with no people in it, then there would be no debate about it,” Levine responded. The debate concluded with one audience-submitted question that was posed to both sides. The question asked both sides what they believe the younger generation should do to handle the conflict. Levine said Americans play a crucial role in influencing the conflict. Munayyer followed up by encouraging people to work

social media has worked well for Eltahawy, especially through her Twitter account, which boasts roughly 223,000 followers. Eltahawy believes social media is an important outlet for marginalized voices to be amplified, and gives women visibility and a platform they might not have otherwise. As a result of Eltahawy’s work since the Arab Spring in 2011, UMass journalism professor Shaheen Pasha views global feminism similarly to Eltahawy. Pasha explained that women in the Middle East are highly educated, but need to continue pushing for an equal society. “A sexual revolution is … about a gender revolution,” Pasha said. “It’s about allowing women who are already doing

these amazing things to be able to do it on a wider scale and much more visible scale without having to be worried about criticism or backlash.” Eltahawy’s book exemplified the need for a sexual revolution, and she strongly believes in the movement. “Muslim and non-Muslims alike have reduced Muslim women to what’s on our heads and what’s in between our legs,” she said, which continually fuels her fight for the equality of Muslim women. She advocated for the continuation of global feminism, while also saying that Arab women would “complete the revolution.” Serena McMahon can be reached at

“Carry these conversations with you to your dorm rooms, to counters when you’re buying coffee. Think critically and stay involved” Brennan Tierney, sophomore legal studies major She added that he is also mindful of the LGBTQ community. “Sanders has been there since the 1980s and is pushing legislation that would protect discrimination in the workplace, housing and home for our most marginalized populations,” Murphy said. Earlier in the evening, the event featured several other speakers. Casey Pease, a freshman majoring in political science, was the event’s first speaker. Pease discussed student debt, an issue of great importance to the Sanders campaign. Citing the $1.2 trillion of student debt owed to the U.S., Pease asserted that the current system is “not sustainable and not acceptable.” “It’s a system that has us set up to fail, and it’s time for us to raise our voice,” he said. Pease elaborated on four policies that Sanders plans to implement in order to address student debt: making all public universities tuition-free, stopping the federal government from profiting off of student loans, cutting the interest rate of loans and providing needbased aid and work-study programs so that students may graduate debt-free. Pease called for action on the part of citizens, proclaiming, “These are not radical ideas. They’re necessary. The only way things will change in

this country is if we get involved, raise our voice, register to vote. Then, we can make positive change in this country.” Ferd Wulkan, organizing director of the Public Higher Education Network of Massachusetts, also spoke. He focused on climate change and income inequality, discussing Sanders’ consistent record on issues of sustainability. Mansur Gidfar, director of communications for, what he has called a “non-partisan anti-corruption organization,” spoke after Murphy and explained the dangers of big money in politics, citing the statistically nonexistent effect that the average American’s preferences have on public policy. For closing remarks Tierney discussed the “crisis of mass incarceration of minority populations” and the need for America to be the leading force in the transition to renewable energy. He concluded by urging attendees to not let the discussion end with the rally. “Carry these conversations with you to your dorm rooms, to counters when you’re buying coffee. Think critically and stay involved,” Tierney said. Brendan Deady can be reached at and followed on Twitter @bdeady26. Arthur Doran can be reached at arthurdoran@umass. edu.


Wednesday, October 28, 2015


“I can’t write five words but that I change seven.”-Dorothy Parker

John Kasich emerges as the adult in a childish GOP field America recently tuned in to watch the first Democratic

Robert Malinn presidential debate, and it saw five contenders sharing similar platforms in a conversational manner. Granted, at times conversation became contentious, but the night felt much more like a roundtable discussion from “Meet the Press” than it did a political debate. On the right side of the isle, GOP contenders continue to brutally hack away at each other, employing a divideand-conquer strategy by using bluntly placed wedge issues and personal attacks. Their “debate” – which was overcrowded and filled with lively dramatic performances and cutthroat verbal jousts – has been nothing more than a political bloodbath. The nightmarish process has implored many of us watching to ask whether civility has gone the way of the typewriter, landline phones or reasonably-priced political campaigns. The Democrats hold the advantage of appearing unified and civil, at least for now. A centrist skeptic, I went about reviewing the policy backgrounds of many of the candidates from both sides of the isle. I watched a variety of speeches, both stump and on stage, as well as a mishmash of interviews. Through this process, I kept finding myself coming back to Ohio Governor John Kasich and reviewing his various stances. Having always assumed he was an establishment Republican, I was shocked to find his ideology to be filled with hidden pockets of progressivism, and his career defined by com-

promise. With no scandals, a lifetime of public and private sector experience, as well as a tendency to unify his party and break up on-stage fights, the candidate who many pundits are calling “too nice” to become president is someone to watch in the GOP playing field in the coming months. A deeply religious man, it came as a shock to

viduals in his home state while serving his first term as governor, indirectly supporting Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare bill in doing so. Although Ohio is a swing state, such a move was a risk for a first-term executive in the Midwest. Clearly, he didn’t have politics in mind. “When I get to the Pearly Gates, I’m

that’s the end of it. I don’t want to dwell on it.” While he remains a staunch supporter of charter schools, he stands with Obama on Common Core. He went so far as to passionately call out members of his own party for not supporting the improved standards of public education throughout the country, suggesting that his GOP collea gues are more driven by politics than substance. His political weight and bipartisan presence on such an issue will unquestionably help to close many of the ideological gaps surrounding education. The salt of the earth bipartisan, who often pulls the plug on the teleprompter, has been polling middle of the pack in Iowa but has made noticeable strides to the top tier in New Hampshire. Kasich, who often serves as the unofficial moderator during debates will undoubtedly shine brighter when his policy record kicks blind showmanship off the stage. So often Americans ignore the healthier option when it comes to voting. Yes, people like Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders draw large crowds and garner hope for their respective followers. Certainly. Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush remain household names, and of course Carly Fiorina and Ben Carson look good as outsiders. However, its time to focus on the moderate, the candidate who puts honesty over pending polls, integrity over belligerence, and one who knows the president leads a nation, not a party.

“Having always assumed he was an establishment Republican, I was shocked to find [Kasich’s] ideology to be filled with hidden pockets of progressivism his career defined by compromise.” many that he stands as perhaps the most tolerant candidate on stage regarding the Supreme Court’s decision surrounding gay marriage. During the first Republican debate, moderator Meghan Kelly posed the question of how the Ohio Governor would react if one of his daughters came out as gay. Kasich, in one of the more human moments of this entire election season, responded, “I just went to the wedding of a friend of mine who happens to be gay. Because somebody doesn’t think the way I do doesn’t mean that I can’t care about them or I can’t love them. So, if one of my daughters happened to be that, of course I would love them, and I would accept them.” It was an unscripted determination which ended with Kasich becoming emotional with the words. “God gives me unconditional love,” he said. “I’m going to give it to my family and my friends and the people around me.” The crowd broke into thunderous applauds. Though a longtime congressman, he has avoided bending to the will of his party. He expanded Medicaid for low-income indi-

going to have an answer for what I’ve done for the poor,” said Kasich in a fiery tone in response to a critical reporter. This move has created a lot of contention between him and the GOP establishment. The Ohio governor also takes a lenient stance on immigration, stating; “I would prefer for them to be legalized once we find out who they are because they can – I think they contribute a lot to America,” which is a pragmatic and sincere way to wedge himself from the far right. An understanding comfort after Trump’s hateful “rapists” and “criminals” commentary surrounding America’s undocumented newcomers, Kasich instead describes those making a new life for themselves in another light. “They’re hard workers, they’re Godfearing, they’re family-oriented,” he said in an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash. His tone often suggests a lack of patience for those spewing bigotry and a commitment toward putting an end to the constitutional cherry picking surrounding the matter; “Let these peo- Robert Malinn is a Collegian ple who are born columnist and can be reached here be citizens and at

Scooting to a bad time I have been a student here at the pus. Usually once a day I witness someone University of Massachusetts for almost start with a longboard at the top of the two months now, and I can say with a high hill outside of Whitmore and rumble all the way through to Southwest, picking up John Zawawi speed with the ferocity of a Japanese bullet train and a take-no-prisoners mentality degree of certainty that the most terrify- not unlike that of a 13-year-old boy playing ing thing about college life isn’t midterms, Call of Duty. So clearly, the only way to put lectures with the capacity size of a pas- an end to the chaos here is to ban anything senger jet, or even Sam the Minuteman’s with wheels from touching asphalt. We beady Golem eyes. Rather, the one thing must stop the terrorization of pedestrians that I fear on a consistent basis is the varion campus by any means necessary. ous cyclists scooting around campus. Clearly, I make this proposal in jest. There If you’ve never walked through the middle really is no point in banning cyclists from of UMass, you might think this fear is the streets of campus, and besides, I’ve misplaced. Surely, there must be no reaincreased my parkour skills by jumping son to fear innocent cyclists just trying to away from get to class various and save speedsters. the enviBut maybe ronment? it might be But my felworth it to low pedesconsider trians can painting attest that bike lanes there is just on the roads cause for in campus. this appreDesignated hension. lanes that Maybe it’s separate the fact that those on bicycles and other wheel-based they sneak up behind you, silently, until it is their righteous time to pass, when apparatuses would make for a more conthey suddenly make a full metamorphosis venient experience for both cyclists and into Lance Armstrong on the 21st stage pedestrians alike, and would also greatly of the Tour de France, and no mortal reduce the probability of the Haigis Mall man will stand in their way of a yellow looking like the streets of Pamplona durjacket. Every time I think I’ve seen every ing the Running of the Bulls. Bike lanes possible maneuver from bicyclists, some- are a low cost solution to this problem. one surprises me with a new method, Honestly, even a couple cones with arrows whether it be the commuter who decided would probably do the trick. Whether or to use passersby as slalom obstacles, or not people would actually stay within the the BMX aficionado who thought that the confines of the lane is another question in perfect place to master the elusive handle itself, but the important is that we should bar spin was underneath the bridge in have a protocol in place to allow for stuSouthwest Residential Area during peak dent traffic to flow smoothly and without dinner hours. fear. I haven’t even begun to discuss my neardeath experiences with the longboarders, John Zawawiis a Collegian columnist and can be reached at pennyboarders and hoverboarders of cam-

“Designated lanes that separate those on bicycles and other wheel-based apparatuses would make for a more convenient experience for both cyclists and pedestrians alike, and would also greatly reduce the probability of the Haigis Mall looking like the streets of Pamplona during the Running of the Bulls.”

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The most calming, helpful film scores for schoolwork Scores that will help ro focus and study By Jessica chaiken Collegian Correspondent It’s 11 p.m., and you just realized that you have a six page paper due tomorrow. What do you do? Well of course, you have to write the paper if you want to pass the class in question, but you also need to focus. So you might put on your favorite playlist, open a blank document, and hope for the best. Music can either hinder or help a student’s ability to do work, depending on the person. But while music can be a useful tactic, music with lyrics may complicate things. Research from the University of Dayton found that, in general, students performed better on a test if Mozart was playing in the background than if there was no background music at all. So music can be either a positive or a negative influence in a student’s working process. But music without lyrics could be even more beneficial than music with them. But then there are the students who do not want to listen to composers such as Beethoven or Mozart, so once again the question arises: what music should one listen to when they do their homework? Besides the classics, there are many very talented composers from this century who have produced some amazingly profound pieces of art. Many of these composers have showcased their talents primarily through film scores.


Hans Zimmer’s score to the 2010 thriller ‘Inception’ is an intense work, but can inspire and motivate in times of stress. As most people who need instrumental tones to do work listen to classical music, many forget about film scores. In almost all movies, there is a film score of some sort to accompany the storyline. Depending on the genre and composer, each film score presents its own unique tone and style. So with all of the films that have been made to date, there are an incalculable amount of different scores to choose from. Though this may not always be the case, but some of the most well-regarded

and well-reviewed films of recent times yield some of the best musical scores. But depending on your mood, your taste and your level of focus, certain film scores may be more suitable than others. One of the more wellknown film composers of our time is Hans Zimmer, who has composed music for all genres of film. He is well known for his work on “The Lion King,” the “Pirates of the Caribbean,” series and “The Dark Knight” Batman trilogy, among many others. Zimmer’s scores, though

they vary, are typically more dramatic, intense and bellicose. A great score of Zimmer’s to study or do homework to is his work for the 2010 Christopher Nolan movie, “Inception.” If you are really looking to buckle down and focus on your work, this album is an incredibly powerful tool to help you do so. The song “Time” – a centerpiece of the film – in particular is one that may compel the listener to think harder, work faster and get the job done. The rest of the “Inception” score is equally

showcases its talent as a well-rounded group. The one unfortunate detail about the “Her” film score is that it has never been officially released, so it is unavailable for purchase or streaming. But, lo and behold, the album can be streamed from YouTube. The tracks “Photograph” and “Song On the Beach” are two of the calmest songs from the score. Their soft, piano-driven melodies are relaxing and are helpful in remaining focused. Another less intense, but more whimsical film score to listen to is from the 2009 Pixar movie “Up.” Composed by Michael Giacchino, the score to “Up” yields cheery and harmonious pieces through its orchestra-led sound. Giacchino has composed the music for dozens of films, a few of which are other Pixar films such as “The Incredibles” and “Ratatouille.” One piece on the “Up” score in particular that is both artfully produced and apt for maintaining concentration is “Married Life.” This particular piece merges more orchestral music with a few well-placed piano solos. In the scheme of things, whatever you choose to listen to while doing homework – as long as you like it and it is not too distracting – will likely help you focus. But film scores should not be forgotten in this musicselection process. So give a couple of them a listen. You never know, Hans Zimmer could inspire you to write your own masterpiece.

inspiring, although a few of the songs can shift to more forceful sounds, so those who are looking for a quieter listening experience may want to steer clear. A more subdued and nuanced film score can be found from the 2013 Spike Jonze movie, “Her.” This score – composed mostly by Canadian indie rock band Arcade Fire – is much less intense and lighter, made up of light piano melodies and the occasional orchestra. The fact that Arcade Fire was able to compose such Jessica Chaiken can be reached at calming and melodic tunes


Neon Indian’s third record is a wild, fully immersive blast Alan Palomo is at his most extroverted By Jackson Maxwell Collegian Staff

Though I have heard many records that change character quite a bit depending on the circumstances under which one which listens to them, I don’t know if I’ve ever quite heard such an extreme example of that trait as this record. There is a very good reason, other than paying tribute to his other project – the more dance-infused Vega – that Alan Palomo chose to name his third Neon Indian record “VEGA INTL. Night School.” This is an album that completely comes to life at night; its disco rhythms, wild synthesizer flashes and playful lyrical winks blurring into a senses-numbing, delightful whole. During the day though, the album’s messy, occasionally counter-productive production, lack of overt pop hooks and length are without their disguises. But Neon Indian’s music has never been without its glitches, and like it did on 2009’s chill-wave masterpiece “Psychic Chasms” and 2011’s seriously underrated “Era Extaña,” these weaker points

are often as charming as they are distracting. One thing about “VEGA INTL. Night School,” released Oct. 16, that cannot be denied is that it is Palomo’s most extroverted record to date. Buried in mesmerizing, but often obscuring, reverb on his first two Neon Indian records, Palomo’s voice bursts out from under the covers on this record. He can go from the ringleader to the proverbial, angel or devil-on-your-shoulder seamlessly, and sometimes within the space of a single song. On the beguiling lead single, “Annie,” Palomo blurs the line between the song’s elusive namesake and his own frustrations in pursuing her through a giant, nameless city. Though he’s singing “answering machine” repeatedly in the chorus, the listener can practically hear Palomo forming the name “Annie” on his lips, before talking instead about his inability to reach her, or find peace until he can. Through the warped, angular funk of “Street Level,” Palomo cuts a straight path, exclaiming “we’re just trying to survive the night.” It’s almost as if he is reacting to the gleeful instrumental


‘VEGA INTL. Night School’ overcomes its inconsistent production through its deliriously fun atmosphere. debauchery taking place all around him, with squelching beats and unpredictable melodic outbursts constantly battling for center stage. “The Glitzy Hive” exists in another time, merging the cocky genius of Prince’s earliest mega-hits with the hedonism of late ‘70s to early ‘80s disco. It’s a song that’s fun, optimistic and smart enough to see through its own mag-

netism, but at the same time is not quite ready to acknowledge that there might be consequences to its actions. On “Slumlord,” its immediate sequel “Slumlord’s Re-Lease” and the bass-heavy “Techno Clique,” the night/ day difference in the experience of “VEGA INTL. Night School” is at its most profound. During the day, this trio of songs sounds sluggish,

are more dazzling at night than they are a bit repetitive, as they can feel during sunlight hours. But, Palomo saves the album’s most unifying moment for last. “News from the Sun (live bootleg),” is triumphant regardless of the time of day. Taking the Prince vibes that dot “VEGA INTL.” to a scarcely fathomable extreme, Palomo unleashes a beauty of grandiose pop worthy of Prince’s mid ‘80s heyday. The cheering crowd of thousands the listener hears toward the end of the song doesn’t seem real, given Neon Indian’s level (or lack thereof,) of major commercial success to date. But as Palomo leads the song, and the album, around for one last victory lap with these real or imagined thousands at his back, it doesn’t really matter. The atmosphere of “VEGA INTL. Night School” may often be superficial, but the skill in its construction is anything but. If you’re not pre-occupied with scrutinizing its lessflattering details, you will have a difficult time finding an album that’s more liberating than this one.

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pressure is on UConn. If we win, we look like heroes.” The Minutewomen benefit from having a former member of the Huskies on their coaching staff. Assistant coach Sarah Mansfield graduated from UConn in 2014 and according to Tagliente has assisted the Minutewomen with insight on how the Huskies play. But because UMass frequently plays UConn, the Minutewomen have already had a lot of exposure to Wednesday’s opponents. “I don’t think they changed a lot since Sarah has left the program … Sarah really kind of justifies what we are already thinking since we are quite familiar with them,”

Tagliente said. Tagliente recognizes that the victory would do a lot for the confidence of the team, but considers Friday’s contest against Davidson as the one that really matters. “Davidson is more important, we are not playing to not play people per say, but UConn is not that important of a game that we press our team to the max. We need to think longer term and what’s in our best interest,” Tagliente said. “We usually sub liberally, we’ll continue to sub pretty deep in to our bench on Wednesday.” Matthew Zackman can be reached at


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“(Megan) does so much for our team that no one player is going to replace all of her production on defense and offense.” Ed Matz, UMass coach Although the Minutewomen have seen success lately with the play of its offense ever since Bruno came back, it proves that the unit needs to be at full strength in order to excel. Matz doesn’t think just one player on the roster could fill in the void of its top scorer. Instead, he’s depending on the entire team to work together in order to keep an offensive rhythm to win the next couple of games. “(Megan) does so much for our team that no one player is going to replace all

of her production on defense and on offense,” he said. “I look at two or three players on our bench that will get increased playing time, and [we’ll] maybe run a little longer with our starters.” “It’s just a matter of doing things as we’ve done all year long, doing things as a team,” he added. “It’s a matter of all us stepping up in these last two games, and getting a little better. That’s what we’re hoping for.” Tom Mulherin can be reached at

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Minutewomen to face Connecticut

The glue guy

UConn ranked No. 2 in country By Matthew zackMan Collegian Staff


Ryan Badger skates up the ice in UMass’ 4-0 scrimmage victory against Dalhousie Oct. 3. Badger has appeared in all four games this season.

Badger adds depth to UM front Freshman forward offers intangibles By Ross Gienieczko Collegian Staff

There’s a long list of players and coaches who deserve recognition for the Massachusetts hockey team’s hot start to the 2015 season. High-flying scorers like Dennis Kravchenko and Austin Plevy are certainly near the top of that list. Freshmen defensemen Ivan Chukarov and William Lagesson have also made an immediate impact, while coach John Micheletto and his staff have put together winning combinations so far. But two or three players alone can’t win games. On good teams, the entire roster makes contributions every night, and third and fourth line “glue” guys are crucial for any winning team to have. In the first four games of the season, freshman forward Ryan Badger has been just that – a bottomsix forward that’s done the dirty work and brought energy to the team on a nightly basis. “He’s been one of those

constants on and off the ice, coming into practice and working his bag off, and he plays the same way in the games,” sophomore forward and linemate Keith Burchett said. “He’s a 100 percent max effort guy all the time.” At 21 years old, Badger is older than the typical freshman, even by college hockey standards. He played a few years of junior hockey after high school, as most players do, but his road to UMass has been a long and winding one. “I went through the junior process. I was actually committed to Maine at first,” Badger said after practice on Monday. “I ended up de-committing and talking to a few schools in the area, and when I finally talked to coach (Ryan) Miller, coach Micheletto and coach (Joey) Gasparini, they had a lot of positive feedback, and said I could earn an opportunity here and that’s what I’m all about. I really liked what they had to say.” Micheletto explained the recruiting process from his point of view. “I certainly knew about Ryan during his ascension as a young player…

“He’s been one of those constants on and off the ice, coming into practice and working his bag off.” Keith Burchett, UMass forward but once he committed to Maine, you kind of lose track of those guys,” he said. “When he became available, it was a guy we were interested in right away … we were fortunate that it worked out both from our part as well as his that he wound up here.” Micheletto also praised his work ethic and called Badger a “student of the game.” Most expected Badger to be a depth player for the Minutemen, but he’s seen playing time right away, appearing in all four games and scoring one goal. Monday, he was asked if he expected to find himself in the lineup so early and often. “No,” Badger said, “but I’m glad that I am and really happy that it’s happened. I just have to keep working hard.” According to both Badger and Micheletto, the opportunity to earn playing time right away was a major factor in bring-

ing the Hainesport, New Jersey native to Amherst. This weekend, Badger will travel back to New Jersey as the Minutemen will play in the Capital City Classic in Trenton, which is only 30 to 40 minutes away from Badger’s hometown. His parents will be in attendance, and he said he’s been flooded with text messages from friends in the area looking for tickets. “Playing close to home will be an incredible feeling,” Badger said. “Playing in front of friends and family is always a good thing, and hopefully I can just play a normal game and play strong.” UMass will open the tournament with a Friday afternoon matchup against Maine at 4:30 p.m., and will face either Yale or Princeton on Saturday. Ross Gienieczko can be reached at and followed on Twitter @RossGien.

The Massachusetts field hockey team has nothing to lose and everything to gain Wednesday as it faces off against No. 2 Connecticut on the road. UConn (17-0, 4-0 Big East) has not lost a game this season – only three of those games were decided by one-goal – and provides UMass with a challenge that will benefit its postseason aspirations. The Huskies have played several of the same teams that the Minutewomen (8-8, 4-3 Atlantic 10 Conference) competed against in their non-conference schedule, including New Hampshire, Northeastern, Boston College, Boston University and Stanford. UConn has beaten all of these teams, while UMass had victories against the Terriers and the Huskies, both of which ended in a 2-1 win. UConn has an explosive offensive unit, which over the last nine games has averaged 6.33 goals per game, just a tad higher than its 6.12 goals-pergame total this season. Forward Charlotte Veitner is the Huskies biggest challenge for the UMass defense as she leads the Big East in points (77), goals (30) and assists (17). To put those statistics into context, the next highest scorer in the Big East is teammate Roisin Upton with 34 points. UMass coach Carla Tagliente recognizes the pressure that Veitner, along with Upton, Anna Middendorf and Casey Umstead, will put upon

the Minutewomen defense and has changed her defensive strategy to contain UConn’s offensive stars. “We are changing a few things, making a few adjustments, but I think the biggest thing with them is that they just are able to execute well in the circle. They have scored a lot of goals and have talented players that can finish,” Tagliente said. UMass goalkeeper Sam Carlino has not received much action in goal over the past few games as she has only allowed four goals in the last four games. Tagliente believes that Carlino is ready for the task of slowing down UConn and recognizes that penalty corners will make or break the game. “Sam obviously needs to step up big and make some savable saves. She’s usually good to step up in big games like this … the biggest thing we need to do is limit penalty corners because they are very good at those,” Tagliente said. Playing against one of the top undefeated teams in the nation can induce numerous emotions, but for Tagliente and the Minutewomen, they have said they are not intimidated or worried about the contest. Instead, they are more focused on how their fate in the conference turns out. “The team is pretty excited to play them, not to overlook them, but they are pretty focused on what they need to do in conference play. This is a bonus, a non-conference game, where there is no pressure,” Tagliente said. Tagliente added: “All the see

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Izzie Delario (9) battles for the ball in UMass’ 6-0 over VCU Oct. 16.


UMass fears Megan Burke out for year with knee injury Junior tied for team lead in points, goals By toM MulheRin Collegian Staff

The chances of the Massachusetts women’s soccer team making the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament took a massive hit over the past several days, as the ailing squad failed to register more than one point in the standings in its last two conference matchups. The Minutewomen (6-6-4, 3-3-2 A-10) sit on the outside of the playoff picture, as they are currently ninth place, while only the top eight teams make

the postseason. If the season were to end before Thursday’s upcoming game against Saint Joseph’s, UMass would fall short of extending its season. With only two more games left on the schedule, UMass is stuck in a spot where it needs not only to win at least one of those games, but is also depending on some other teams ahead of them to lose. To make matters worse for coach Ed Matz’s group, the weekend also saw one of the Minutewomen’s key starters suffer an injury. Within the first six minutes of a 1-0 loss to Duquesne last Thursday, UMass forward Megan Burke left the game with a serious knee injury.

While the exact details of the ailment are still unclear, Matz isn’t confident that she will return by the end of the season, and has already ruled her out for the final two games of the regular schedule. “She went down awkwardly on her knee and her knee buckled,” he said. “We don’t know the results yet because she hasn’t gotten an MRI, but it’s a significant knee injury.” Burke had started all 15 games leading up to her injury against Duquesne, which includes four contests where she played the entirety of the match. Her three goals and two assists on the year make her the team’s leading scorer, and she is one of the

Minutewomen’s most valuable pieces on offense. Needless to say, a player of her caliber will be missed while UMass battles for a spot in the A-10 Tournament. “It’s never great when you lose a player like her,” Matz said. “Not only is she our leading goal-scorer, but she does so much else for us. It’s a tough thing that we’re going to have to try to find a way to overcome.” With the potential for Burke to miss the rest of JUDITH GIBSON-OKUNIEFF/COLLEGIAN her junior campaign, the Minutewomen are now in a Megan Burke advances the ball in a 4-2 win over URI Oct. 18. situation where they will need to make up for the loss of a key one, as UMass went through senior forward Jackie Bruno. offensive figure. History says a similar predicament earlier that the task won’t be an easy in the year with the loss of see BURKE on page 7

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