Rebooted after a five-year hiatus, the club faces a challenge to attract more funding, members
AMHERST — Despite having only seven members and having played only one season since its revival in 2013, the University of Massachusetts Paintball Team has been under high scrutiny, at least in the eyes of the SGA and the newly formed Club Sports Council.
“People were asking questions when it was formed, such as where they would practice,” said Brian Arnold, the Paintball Team advisor and Assistant Director for Leadership training at the Center for Student Development. “There were not only concerns over safety, but also the guidelines set by the university in order to receive funding,” said Arnold.
Aside from entrance fees, every member of the paintball team pays out-of-pocket for his own equipment and personal expenses – totaling around $250-$300 according to team organizer David Patlut. Expenses include a mask, gun, and paintballs – not to mention lodging and food during trips. According to Arnold, SGA guidelines prohibit funding for any equipment or expenses labeled for “individual” rather than “team” use.
“The Sports Council won’t even pay for jerseys with our names on the back, only numbers,” said Patlut, a junior. “We represent UMass Amherst. We aren’t only numbers.” Continue reading
Voices from the UMass Amherst “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot!” rally
by: Jordan Deschenes
Not trying to serve any agenda with this one – I hope that I can provide a chance for all voices to be heard.
When it came to names, I really didn’t take the time to ask everyone who they were. Sorry for the inconvenience, bad reporting on my part. If you see yourself here, send me your name and I’ll add you in!
At 1 pm, around 15 minutes before 12 o’clock classes came to an end, UMass students began gathering outside the Student Union. They were awaiting the start of a protest in response to a court decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of 18-year-old Ferguson resident Michael Brown.
The “Hands Up, Walk Out” rally was organized on Facebook with the help of on-campus groups dedicated to advancing opportunities for students of color in the Amherst area, including the Black Student Union and Student Bridges. Continue reading
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
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.