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Clinton’s Impeachment Trials: In Hindsight

Here’s a paper that I wrote for my journalism course regarding the subject of Bill Clinton’s impeachment trials. The class was taught by U.S. Representative Richard Neal.

I (controversially) discuss how Clinton could have handled the progression of rape accusations against him by using Bush-era tactics to deflect any chance of a story developing in the first place. Give it a read, although this is by no means, my own personal viewpoint of rape and sexual misconduct. Politics can be quite dirty….

Click on the link below for the PDF:

(I’m sorry that there isn’t searchable text-I lost the original file during a data-dump.)

*Clinton’s Impeachment Trials: In Hindsight*


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Despite arrest, monitoring, and warning efforts, UMass students still leaving their electronic devices open to theft

As technology becomes a daily requirement in the classroom, college students put themselves at risk by taking their devices around campus

W.E.B. Dubois Library from Chancellor's Drive

W.E.B. Dubois Library from Chancellor’s Drive

By: Jordan Deschenes


For UMass Amherst, the W.E.B. Dubois library is the center of student life during mid term and final exam weeks every semester. For some, it’s a place to study for a test or get work done before heading back to the dorm. For nearly 30,000 student faces at UMass, the library is a resource available to use 24/7. For a select few unfortunate students, the library is place to have a laptop or other mobile device stolen.

Last spring semester, UMass Police Department made one arrest in connection with a series of laptop thefts in the Dubois library. Despite nearly over a decade of anti-theft propagation at annual new students’ orientations and recent campus-wide efforts like “Like it, Lock it, Keep it” to educate those further about the cost of having a device stolen or lost, UMass Police reminds students to be diligent.

    “We don’t have any specific numbers. I can say that once that arrest was made, we saw a decline, but the overall message is not about how many laptops were stolen; it’s about reducing those opportunities,” says UMPD Deputy Chief Ian Cyr. “These are absolute crimes of opportunity.”

Thefts during last school year’s Spring semester came as part of a trend – Officer Cyr and UMPD regularly note an increase in laptop theft during the final exam periods prior to the holiday season in December or in late April and early May. As the library gets more crowded during these short periods at the end of each semester, students are pressed to find a place to “set up shop” with their notes and electronic devices.

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For China, American education is a big deal

Like (most) American undergrads, Chinese students come to college for one reason – to learn.

By: Jordan Deschenes

I. “I have a younger sister and an older brother, Leo” – Seamus DiCaprio

Small-framed with black hair, he wears suede-tipped shoes and Wayfarer-style eyeglasses. He goes to the gym a total of four times a year, or “once per season”. Seamus DiCaprio occasionally rides his roommate’s old Bart Simpson-style “cruiser” skateboard back from class to their apartment in North Amherst, but it’s going to be winter soon.

In his home city of Shijiazhuang, China, Zhenxing (振兴) decided on a name to call himself when he went to the United States. He had a certain American actor in mind when he made his decision…

“Oh, have you met my brother?” DiCaprio often asks this rhetorical question to those he meets for the first time. He’s joking, referring to Leonardo DiCaprio – most are unapologetically intrigued by his name.

As an undergrad at UMass Amherst, Seamus DiCaprio represents a relatively small circle of Chinese students who have been exposed to Western culture in the city.

In the 2013 school year, 886,552 international students studied in the United States, or four percent of higher education students, according to the Institute of International Education’s Open Doors report. Massachusetts ranks fourth in the country in total number of international student enrollment, with around 51,000 statewide in the 2013/14 school year, a 10.2 percent increase over the previous year. Of this total, 30 percent are Chinese internationals.

Out of institutions with the highest number of international students in the Massachusetts, UMass Amherst comes in fifth with 2,343, behind Northeastern, BU, Harvard, and MIT. Data provided by the UMass Amherst Office of Institutional Research affirms that 609 of these students are undergrads – 240 of which are Chinese.

This number of undergraduate Chinese international students has roughly quadrupled between the 2012 and 2014 fall semesters. This sharp increase is part of a rather large retrospective trend – in 2006, there were only 9 undergraduate Chinese international students at UMass Amherst. In the fall 2014 semester, 240 were enrolled.

Gu Family

Zhenxing (Seamus) Gu (pictured center) with his mother, sister, and father

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