Building a Better Tomorrow…By Deferring $2 Billion in Repairs?

$2 billion is quite a lot of money. A lot. Like, enough to pay for one full year’s worth of education at UMass for 90, 399.5 students. Or approximately 27, 777, 777. 8 24-can cases of Monster Energy Drinks for these diligent 90,000 students. Sufficient to say, it’s a lot of money. Problem is, that’s how much money the school has delayed spending to repair, renovate, or revitalize the aging UMass campus. Continue reading

Building a Better Tomorrow…But Who Brought All This Red Tape?

For students both new and old, construction is nothing surprising or unexpected at UMass. We’ve had the new science building under construction for a good two semesters, we’ve had a pathway added near Bartlett, a walkway in front of the Integrated Science Building, repairs done to the sensitive derriere of the Fine Arts Center, and there are plenty more fences erected and topsoil upturned then it’s worth mentioning.

Many of the projects were brought about through contracts with bidding construction companies, and the largest projects are supposed to be along the guidelines of the university’s “master plan.”

The strangely sinister-sounding “Master Plan,” is basically a 10 year plan of the campus’ construction projects, budget surplus/deficits (mainly deficits these days), concerns about problems with previous master plans, and generally, what needs to be done to create a better campus. Talks for the newest Master Plan began about a year ago, with some low-key meetings with the public to begin shaping what should be done with the university for the next 10 years. Continue reading

Building a Blog, One Gladstone at a Time.

I must admit that there was never a point in my time at college where I would have considered the possibility of making a part of my career by writing informative satire. But whether it be for good or naught, my countless time browsing Cracked.com seems to say that there indeed is a popular niche in the internet for such a calling. Any repeat reader of the site should know at least a couple of names of columnists by heart, whether it’s because the reader directly likes their work, or if their work just happens to coincide with the reader’s interest.

For me, my go-to columnists are typically Michael Swaim and Wayne Gladstone. I particularly like Gladstone because his articles have never failed to interest me, and his “Hate By Numbers” video series has been a favorite of mine for years, so his work will be the primary topic of this post. Continue reading