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  • By Adam Larson   Ed McCormick comes through the back door at The Parlor Café, casually greeting the owner, Jason Morin, behind the bar. He moves to a small table, setting down his bag and a stack of books, joking under his breath about how this place is like his...

    Veteran student finds relief in English classes

    By Adam Larson   Ed McCormick comes through the back door at The Parlor Café, casually greeting the owner, Jason Morin, behind the bar. He moves to a small table, setting down his bag and a stack of books, joking under his breath about how this place is like his…

  • By Nicole L’Etoile   Sitting behind her desk in the Berkshire Towers residence director’s office, Chelsea Stokes looks over at her SUNY New Paltz bachelor’s degree. She has come a long way in a very short time, having only begun her job this fall. Stokes took over the position from Heather...

    Berkshire Towers residence director settles in

    By Nicole L’Etoile   Sitting behind her desk in the Berkshire Towers residence director’s office, Chelsea Stokes looks over at her SUNY New Paltz bachelor’s degree. She has come a long way in a very short time, having only begun her job this fall. Stokes took over the position from Heather…

  • By Jesse Collings   Senior Rebecca Pike is looking forward to graduating from MCLA this spring; however, she isn’t looking forward to paying back her student loans. “I have approximately in $75,000 in student debt,” Pike said. “I will end up paying for 100 percent of this, although my parents...

    Student loan debt climbs

    By Jesse Collings   Senior Rebecca Pike is looking forward to graduating from MCLA this spring; however, she isn’t looking forward to paying back her student loans. “I have approximately in $75,000 in student debt,” Pike said. “I will end up paying for 100 percent of this, although my parents…

  • By Rachel Fitterman   Tired of hearing your parents tell you about their tuition costing less than $1000 “back in the day?” When MCLA was still North Adams State College in the 1980s, its tuition and fees were only $776. Ten years ago in 2003, tuition and fees rose to...

    College costs rising far beyond inflation

    By Rachel Fitterman   Tired of hearing your parents tell you about their tuition costing less than $1000 “back in the day?” When MCLA was still North Adams State College in the 1980s, its tuition and fees were only $776. Ten years ago in 2003, tuition and fees rose to…

  • By Candice Crow   As the semester comes to a close so does my time here in Disney. When I left Massachusetts in August, I thought that December was so far away, but the time has flown by. Yesterday I attended my College Program graduation, which was held down the...

    Dispatch from Disney: Graduation day!

    By Candice Crow   As the semester comes to a close so does my time here in Disney. When I left Massachusetts in August, I thought that December was so far away, but the time has flown by. Yesterday I attended my College Program graduation, which was held down the…

  • By Raanan Sarid-Segal   The 2013 Student/Alumni Show included an interesting mix of art forms and styles. Though it did not always seem to gel together as a whole, the pieces it offered made attending the show a good use of time. All of the artists, whether graduates or undergraduate students,...

    Students and alumni offer diversity through art

    By Raanan Sarid-Segal   The 2013 Student/Alumni Show included an interesting mix of art forms and styles. Though it did not always seem to gel together as a whole, the pieces it offered made attending the show a good use of time. All of the artists, whether graduates or undergraduate students,…

  • MCLA Presents! is rolling in its annual Holiday Concert to send students off at the close of the semester. Tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Church Street Center, The Sweetback Sisters will headline “A Honky Tonk Holiday Sing Along.” We had the pleasure of presenting them [a couple of] years...

    The Sweetback Sisters return for holiday fun

    MCLA Presents! is rolling in its annual Holiday Concert to send students off at the close of the semester. Tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Church Street Center, The Sweetback Sisters will headline “A Honky Tonk Holiday Sing Along.” We had the pleasure of presenting them [a couple of] years…

  • The crowd was roaring as Dance Company’s annual fall performance took off in Venable Theater Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. Though this year’s show was significantly shorter than in the past, there was most certainly not a lack of variety. Choreographers diligently prepared for last weekend with an extensive rehearsal...

    Dance Company offers variety in annual fall show

    The crowd was roaring as Dance Company’s annual fall performance took off in Venable Theater Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. Though this year’s show was significantly shorter than in the past, there was most certainly not a lack of variety. Choreographers diligently prepared for last weekend with an extensive rehearsal…

  • “The Wandering Veil,” an exhibit of artwork by Israeli-born artist Izahr Patkin, offers insight to his influential career and features a recent project “Veiled Threats,” shown in its entirety for the first time in the United States. Entering the gallery, the first visible structure is Patkin’s 1987 statue “Don Quijote...

    Israeli artist makes American debut at MoCA

    “The Wandering Veil,” an exhibit of artwork by Israeli-born artist Izahr Patkin, offers insight to his influential career and features a recent project “Veiled Threats,” shown in its entirety for the first time in the United States. Entering the gallery, the first visible structure is Patkin’s 1987 statue “Don Quijote…

  • Finally, after two excrutiatingly long years, BBC’s “Sherlock” is making a return. On Jan. 19 at 10 p.m., following an episode of “Downton Abbey,” the third series premier will be aired on PBS. I cannot contain my excitement. This critically acclaimed series has caught the eye of mystery lovers and...

    “Sherlock” premiers on PBS in January

    Finally, after two excrutiatingly long years, BBC’s “Sherlock” is making a return. On Jan. 19 at 10 p.m., following an episode of “Downton Abbey,” the third series premier will be aired on PBS. I cannot contain my excitement. This critically acclaimed series has caught the eye of mystery lovers and…

  • The Women’s Basketball team came up short last week losing to University of St. Joseph 64-61 and Utica College 68-49. The Trailblazers were led by senior captain Kaitlyn Chenevert with a team-high 13 points and nine rebounds. Sophomore Mariah Brown added 10 points of her own. The University of St....

    Women drop two

    The Women’s Basketball team came up short last week losing to University of St. Joseph 64-61 and Utica College 68-49. The Trailblazers were led by senior captain Kaitlyn Chenevert with a team-high 13 points and nine rebounds. Sophomore Mariah Brown added 10 points of her own. The University of St….

  • Rumors about the Boston Celtics aiming for a higher draft pick by losing have been floating around fans and the media since pre-season. These assumptions just don’t make any sense. For one, it is illegal in the NBA to throw games for any reason. The NBA would already be investigating...

    Celtics for draft pick… you’re wrong.

    Rumors about the Boston Celtics aiming for a higher draft pick by losing have been floating around fans and the media since pre-season. These assumptions just don’t make any sense. For one, it is illegal in the NBA to throw games for any reason. The NBA would already be investigating…

  • By Jesse Collings   The Trailblazers capped off a disappointing home stand with a heartbreaking 83-81 loss Tuesday to Castleton State. “We are not executing on defense, which is a big problem,” Coach Jamie Morrison said. “We can’t go on runs because we can’t get stops on defense.” MCLA trailed...

    Close… but no cigar

    By Jesse Collings   The Trailblazers capped off a disappointing home stand with a heartbreaking 83-81 loss Tuesday to Castleton State. “We are not executing on defense, which is a big problem,” Coach Jamie Morrison said. “We can’t go on runs because we can’t get stops on defense.” MCLA trailed…

  • By Jesse Collings   In the growing crisis that American education is becoming, a simple and reasonable solution is right within arms-reach of most citizens; increased parental involvement. While most parents are readily willing to say that they are very interested in their child’s education, there is a large chunk...

    More parental involvement needed

    By Jesse Collings   In the growing crisis that American education is becoming, a simple and reasonable solution is right within arms-reach of most citizens; increased parental involvement. While most parents are readily willing to say that they are very interested in their child’s education, there is a large chunk…

  • By Gabriel Kogel   In October, journalist Isaac Avilucea’s employment with the North Adams Transcript was terminated after a sports feature he wrote about Cheyanne Alcombright, a 15-year-old soccer player, came under intense criticism from parents and school officials. What landed Avilucea in hot water was his focus on the...

    Shoot the messenger: How not to report news

    By Gabriel Kogel   In October, journalist Isaac Avilucea’s employment with the North Adams Transcript was terminated after a sports feature he wrote about Cheyanne Alcombright, a 15-year-old soccer player, came under intense criticism from parents and school officials. What landed Avilucea in hot water was his focus on the…

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