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Fink: Recess great for young students

Fink: Recess great for young students

By: Rominda DeBarros Opening up the Brown Bag Lecture series for the 2015 spring semester, Education Professor Dale Fink presented on the topic of school recess in his talk last Friday titled “Elementary School Recess: Essential or Expendable? Insights from Local Teachers and Students.” Fink spoke in depth about the three month long study he conducted at three local schools […]

by · February 25, 2015 · News
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Professor Gillian Jones publishes her first book

By Juanita Doss Growing up she was a shy kid who wouldn’t say much to anyone. When she turned 10 years old her father gave her a camera, and from that moment on alumnus Gillian Jones, ’91 revolved her life around capturing the beauty in the Berkshires. As a child, Jones spent a lot of time with her aunt who […]

by · February 25, 2015 · Features
Women’s basketball falls to Westfield

Women’s basketball falls to Westfield

  By: Jake Mendel On Thursday the Suffolk Rams beat the Trailblazers 58-42, improving to 9-12 while the Blazers drop to 7-16 with two games left to play in the season. Turnovers lead to easy baskets as Suffolk shot 39 percent from the field, including 66 percent from behind the three point line. In the first half, the game was […]

by · February 19, 2015 · Sports
Social media poses danger for athletes on every tweet

Social media poses danger for athletes on every tweet

  By: Jesse Collings Social media has added a whole new dimension to not only sports, but to popular culture in general. Services like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram have brought celebrities, whether they are athletes, singers, movie stars or politicians, closer to the general public. It creates a medium that connects fans directly to the celebrity. Before, the fans main […]

by · February 19, 2015 · Sports
‘Fifty Shades of Grey': boring and horrifically oppressive

‘Fifty Shades of Grey': boring and horrifically oppressive

  By: Shirin Hijab “Fifty Shades of Grey” combines an ethically deplorable relationship with one of cinema’s great charms, sex, and results in complete boredom. The film corrects very little from the book, and still presents an outright oppressive relationship as something that should be sexually titillating and apparently, according to the theater I was in, funny. In The Hollywood Reporter, […]

by · February 19, 2015 · A&E
VP of Student Affairs search update

VP of Student Affairs search update

By: Nicholas Swanson The list of candidates for next Vice President of Student Affairs/Dean of Students (VP) has yet to be finalized with attention towards closing weeks of MCLA election for twelfth president. “The search was put on hold because we believe the new (MCLA) president should make an input on the decision for the new VP of Student Affairs,” […]

by · February 19, 2015 · News
Snow days leaves too many missed class days

Snow days leaves too many missed class days

  By: Gionna Nourse Another snow day?! Although these words excite many, it is safe to say the snow this semester has put a damper on class scheduling for professors and students alike. So far this semester, there have already been four snow days. Most have occurred on Mondays, with one on a Tuesday.  Even though professors usually build a […]

by · February 19, 2015 · News
Online surveys used to collect student feedback

Online surveys used to collect student feedback

    By: Idalis Foster The college has been seeking out student feedback in a variety of ways, including online surveys that students can access by looking up links. But recently there has been a large move to use SurveyMonkey by multiple departments on campus as well as bringing prospective professors into classes to get students’ perspectives. Most recently, the […]

by · February 19, 2015 · News
Sodium, sodium everywhere

Sodium, sodium everywhere

  By: Makayla-Courtney McGeeney Usually I see it happen more in the summer, but after a bad day or so of eating, I can tell immediately (especially after eating at the café last week…). My fingers and toes swell up and I feel like a balloon. I can thank salt for that. For people who don’t normally consume salt in their […]

by · February 19, 2015 · Opinion
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Relaxing indie game hides brilliance

By: Matt Hotaling “Tengami” is a game that seems very simple on paper. It’s a short indie puzzler with a unique aesthetic, but like “Tengami”’s puzzles there is more than meets the eye if you let the game unfold. “Tengami” was developed by the studio Nyamyam Games, a small team made up of only three members. “Tengami”’s visual aesthetic is perhaps […]

by · February 18, 2015 · A&E
Some thoughts on Polish films

Some thoughts on Polish films

By: Shirin Hijab   Recently I watched Małgorzata Szumowska’s “In the Name Of,” a film detailing the closeted psychology of a homosexual priest who’s trying to help troubled youth. Polish cinema has a history of very peculiar Catholic films, from last year’s “Ida” to “Mother Joan of the Angels,” where a priest falls in love with the woman he must […]

by · February 18, 2015 · Opinion
Rutha Harris delivers empowering songs

Rutha Harris delivers empowering songs

  By: Shirin Hijab The Freedom Singers are a musical group that, probably, not enough people know about. I didn’t know about them until I saw that Rutha Mae Harris was coming to MCLA, and then I was upset at myself for not knowing. The Freedom Singers consisted of Cordell Reagon, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Charles Neblett, and Rutha Mae Harris […]

by · February 18, 2015 · A&E
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Men’s Basketball stopped by Westfield

  By: Tyler Bacon Four of the five Westfield State seniors scored in double figures as Westfield rolled past MCLA, 83-58, on Westfield’s senior night. Westfield improved to 17-6 overall and 10-1 in the MASCAC. The Owls have a 1-game lead over Bridgewater in the loss column in the standings. Westfield will need to win on Saturday at Fitchburg State to […]

by · February 18, 2015 · Sports
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Kanye often conflates creativity, opinion, and ego.

Kanye, creative again

  By: Matt Aceto You can’t cage creativity. Having already established himself as one of the most celebrated artists of his time, one would imagine that Kanye West has fulfilled his potential as a musician. The numbers speak for themselves: with six platinum solo albums, 21 Grammy Awards, and 31 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, West has little left […]

by · February 18, 2015 · A&E
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V-Day Gala: success

By: Mitchell Chapman Couples and singles alike were greeted by two flavors of chocolate-covered strawberries and a large dance floor below pink paper lanterns and paper hearts during the Valentine’s Day Gala. The annual event, sponsored by the Berkshire Towers Advisory Board (A-Board), was a welcome distraction for many from the recent snowfall and sub-zero temperatures. “It was really fun,” […]

by · February 18, 2015 · A&E