Stefan Herlitz advocates spending more on space programs and describes the economic benefits in doing so.
Benjamin Clabault argues that in order to effectively combat ISIS, the US must delve deeper into understanding their motives and mentality, and go beyond merely attributing their actions as pure evil.
Samuel Fountain argues that raising the federal minimum wage is necessary in order for fast food workers to sustain a basic living.
Kate Leddy discusses the difficulties of recovering from an eating disorder at a university known for its promotions of healthy living and fitness.
Karen Podorefsky describes the impact that her trip to Israel had on her cultural views and why all students should participate.
Will Keve opposes the view that the fast food strike represents laziness, and instead argues that they are right to fight for economic justice.
Emma Ayres writes a letter to Chancellor Subbaswamy imploring him to adequately fund UMass’ arts facilities.
Lucas Coughlin notes ride-sharing service Uber’s arrival in Amherst and how it disrupts unnaturally high cab prices.
Josh Odam explains why “reverse racism” cannot and does not exist in the United States.
Tom Wisnauckas implores UMass students to attend UMass football home games.
Ian Hagerty weighs in on a recent lawsuit by a former UMass student, accused of rape, claiming his rights were violated.
Columnist Steve Gillard explains why fast food workers’ demands for higher wages is symbolic of a breakdown of accountability amongst Americans
Johnny McCabe traces the origin on the #Gamergate and argues that game journalists need to stop amplifying the negative opinions of the gaming community’s minority.
Isaac Simon discusses how journalistic reports can be offensive and misleading.
Julian del Prado reviews the crises in the Middle East that escalated this summer and discusses the potential counterattacks being planned against threats such as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
UMass Dining employees are systematically disadvantaged through a loophole exploited by the administration, argues Ben Walton.
Zac Bears argues that the imbalance of wealth in the United States concentrates political power in the hands of the rich, and that it will only get worse the longer we allow it to continue.
Zac Bears lauds the positive socialism demonstrated by the Market Basket standoff and exemplified by CEO Arthur T. Demoulas.
‘You couldn’t walk for more than a couple of minutes without meeting someone new or sharing something, anything, with a completely, previously unknown, human being.”
Steven Gillard offers suggestions for how students new to UMass can have a successful and fun campus life.
Karen Podorefsky comments on the how the current generation’s use of technology is impacting the way people view relationships and the world around them.
Columnist Steven Gillard argues that while racism exists in police departments, ascribing racism to all law enforcement or Darren Wilson, shooter of Michael Brown in Ferguson, is premature and counterproductive.
Ian Hagerty debates whether it is necessary for police to have military equipment for situations such as that Ferguson.
The media and many white Americans help to protect institutions of racial oppression that cause unimaginable pain and kill unarmed teenagers in the street, argues columnist Zac Bears.
Josh Odam breaks down the problems that lie behind the phrase “Black-on-Black crime,” which has been in discussions regarding Ferguson.
Maral Margossian warns us of the bombardment of invasive, personalized advertisements that the average person deals with on a daily basis.
Columnist Steven Gillard argues that the U.S. and international allies must eliminate the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) to end a threat to global security.
Kate Leddy addresses the problem with many of the discussions about depression that have followed Robin Williams’ death.
A farewell from the Collegian Staff seniors leaving the newspaper at the end of April.
Søren Hough sums up his time at UMass and how working for The Collegian helped him realize how he wants to spend his life.
Gabe Scarbrough sums up college through infographics in his senior column.
In an open letter to Chancellor Subbaswamy, CHCRC Area Gov. Christopher Earls and Lt. Area Gov. Elena Drews request a freeze of the implementation of changes to meal plans until student leadership can review and improve the proposal.
Managing Editor Malea Ritz reflects on her time at UMass and the Collegian with a final farewell.
Maria Uminski talks about the end of her collegiate career and the end of her favorite TV shows.
Collegian Editor in Chief Stephen Hewitt reflects on his time at the paper and how he’s finally satisfied.
Justin Surgent explains why college is a “building block” for future professional and personal endeavors.
Tommy Verdone reflects on how college fosters friendships that feel more like family.
Op/Ed Editor Hannah Sparks reflects on the old cliché: Finding oneself at college.
Patrick Strohecker reflects on how his spontaneous decisions led him to memorable UMass experiences.
Cameron McDonough remembers what it was like to cover the UMass hockey team for the past two seasons
Collegian Staff Nathan Frontiero argues that the SGA Judiciary must overturn the Elections Commission decision to invalidate the DMC ticket.
If it weren’t for transferring here to start his sophomore year, Jake Reed wouldn’t be living as openly and authentically as he is now.
I owe so much to that ugly office. Much more that can be fit into a single column.
Taylor Snow reflects on his time at the University.
In defining a college experience, the stuff between the words is what really matters, says Merav Kaufman, graduating Collegian columnist.
Maral Margossian discusses the horrors of the Armenian genocide, and explains why it is vital to remember the atrocity.
Jason Roche delves into the ongoing history of the controversial war on terror and explains how it will continue in the shadows for years to come.
Ian Hagerty emphasizes the importance of upholding freedom of speech in a university.
Lynn Goldfarb responds to the April 17 article “There is nothing to debate about global warming.”
Karen Podorefsky evaluates the effectiveness of the Obama administration’s discipline guidelines to reduce discrimination in the way punishment is issued in schools.
Mike Tudoreanu denounces the materialistic and consumerist aspects of holidays and urges people to focus on the true meaning of Easter Sunday.
Brett Hausler, Fellow for the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America at UMass Amherst, provides background on the importance of solidarity among minority groups in Israel.
Jillian Correira discusses the disturbing attitudes boys and girls have toward sexual violence and its “normalization,” and suggests a way to change it.
Diabrina Kozichuk talks about why it’s important to get yourself tested for sexually transmitted diseases and infections.
Isaac Simon refutes climate change deniers.
Isaac Simon explains why we need to change what the media deems newsworthy after the speculative coverage of the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370.
Elise Martorano argues why general education courses should not be required.
Katie McKenna describes her experience on the day of the Boston Marathon bombings and why the Marathon, and Boston’s pride, makes the city so unique.
Steven Gillard outlines the number of important lessons learned from the tragic events of the Boston Marathon bombings.
Samara Abramson reflects on her hometown pride and Boston’s enduring strength in the one year after the Boston Marathon bombings.
Timothy Sutton warns Collegian readers of the University’s strategic planning process.
Julian del Prado investigates the state of the Grand Old Party.
Jason Roche takes a closer, critical look at the phenomenon of taxation
Patrick Dunbar explores the ongoing controversy of the post-9/11 security state.
Becky Lockwood responds to the Letter to the Editor from March 31 concerning sexual violence
Ian Hagerty addresses the potentially dangerous consequences holding events like Extravaganja can have on the enforcement of law.
Karen Podorefsky explains the importance of taking classes that interest us and of learning course material rather than memorizing facts.
Johnny McCabe explains why NASA’s decision to cut ties with Russia’s Roscosmos is counterproductive for furthering scientific exploration as well as smoothing out international relations.
Alyssa DiSabito explains why the absence of focus on same-sex intercourse in the Health Sciences major prevents students from learning information integral to their studies.
Hannah Sparks explains how the conservative attack on women’s reproductive rights stems from a fundamental lack of understanding on the subject.
Bill Niedzwiedz ’69, professor at UW-Green Bay, sent a research tip to “his department.” The response? Silence.
Jillian Correira explains the true motivation behind the Republican Party’s opposition to the Affordable Care Act.
Steven Gillard reminds us to acknowledge the everyday bravery of firefighters, police and military service members.
Brandon Sides argues why gender-neutral restrooms should be required and illustrates the grim reality for trans people forced to choose which restroom to use.
Katie McKenna nostalgically recounts her past four years at UMass but understands the importance of embracing change.
Stefan Herlitz argues that deeming college athletes employees of their school undermines their responsibilities to academics.
Anthony Maddaleni argues that the UMass administration should reconsider holding blood drives on campus, as FDA and Red Cross policies discriminate against gay and bisexual men.
Lynn and Claire Barclay argue that UMass should endorse a sexual assault policy that places blame on rapists rather than on would-be victims and bystanders.
In June 2013, the Supreme Court overturned Section 4(b) of the Voting Rights Act. Congress has yet to rewrite it, which columnist Zac Bears argues is damaging to democracy and policymaking.
David Blake offers a solution to America’s poor relationship with food.
Maral Margossian gives us five reasons why Putin wouldn’t dare start World War III in Crimea.
Stephanie Chan suggests that universities start using open-source textbooks to cut student costs.
Jason Roche says we should use the Internet as a vehicle for change, not just entertainment.
Ian Hagerty admonishes non-tippers and low-tippers and explains why it is important to decently tip those who serve us.
Karen Podorefsky discusses why we need to find an employment process that eliminates aesthetic discrimination.
Brett Hausler explains that providing background information in articles about the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine prevents misleading information.
Steven Gillard argues that support for gay marriage comes down to support for human rights, regardless of moral opinion or religious doctrine.
Elise Martorano explains why the common distasteful Helen Keller jokes undermine the historic figure’s accomplishments as a political activist and human being.
Alyssa DiSabito argues in favor of high schools providing contraceptives to students in an effort to reduce teen pregnancy and promote safer sex.
Hannah Sparks analyzes gun violence in America as a public safety issue, advocating for change.
The Collegian’s view: A small group of violent students are culpable for the events of Blarney Blowout, but police violence and administrative inaction contributed to the ‘Sad and Difficult Day.’
The incidents that took place at Saturday’s “Blarney Blowout” raised a number of issues over how students should have acted, how police should have responded, and how the university should have responded. Here, Collegian readers and staff members weigh in with their reactions to the events.
Longjie Dai says that expanding student housing around Amherst and providing alternative options to UMass “holidays” would help prevent future “Blarney” disasters.
Readers give their opinions on the events of “Blarney Blowout”
The Blarney Blowup: Students need to take responsibility for their actions, as they lead to police reactions
Justin Surgent says “Blarney” participants should take responsibility for their actions.
UMass senior and RA Sarah Dingman faults the administration, students and police in the Blarney aftermath debacle.
Austin Snyder says that UMass is more than its reputation as the “Zoo.”
Adam Terry explains why this year’s Blarney Blowout surpassed the extremes of previous years and offers a final warning to the entire community.
Jason Roche describes the root of the growing tensions between the U.S. and Russia.
The police reaction at Blarney Blowout rivals the response to the Occupy movement argues a UMass student in a letter to the editor.
Elise Martorano explains how honoring abusers at award shows gives off the dangerous notion that talent is a justification for ignoring violent behavior.
Michaela Hughes tells us why both UMass students and administration are responsible for their actions surrounding Blarney Blowout and similar events.
Michael Ball argues, “Shouting “Boston Strong” means nothing if Bostonians are willing to rollover and allow marathon organizers to give terrorists exactly what they want in the name of fake security.”
Julian del Prado comments on a recent terrorist attack in southwest China.
For International Women’s Day on March 8, the Daily Collegian‘s Op/Ed Staff organized a special issue to discuss women’s rights, feminism and women’s place in global society today. You can pick up a copy of the print edition at on and off-campus locations, and you can check out all of the columns by clicking the links below.
Jillian Correira argues that recognizing and legitimizing unpaid labor, much of which is done by women, will help not only women, but also society at large.
According to the dictionary, feminism is the belief in human equality, regardless of gender. Columnist Zac Bears argues that stating “I am not a feminist” really indicates a belief in the superiority of men over women, and that America won’t see gender equity until we change that cultural norm.
Mike Tudoreanu traces the radical history of International Women’s Day, exploring its role in workers’ movements and the Russian Revolution.
Maral Margossian argues that the women’s rights movement still has work to do in accomplishing its goals worldwide.
Julian del Prado argues that one way that men can help feminists is by refusing to consume sexist media, and using the power of consumer demand to affect change.
Karen Podorefsky recounts the history of St. Patrick’s Day and encourages students to celebrate safely during Blarney Blowout.
Ian Hagerty explains how the high prices of the Honors College perpetuate class divides.
Johnny McCabe explains how the digital revolution has given outsiders a first-hand look into the conflict in Ukraine through social media sites like Reddit and Twitter.
Preston Davis argues for the implementation of higher education affirmative action and condemns the use of ‘reverse racism’ as a justification for repeal.
Alyssa DiSabito highlights the ways in which Millennials are utilizing the Internet to benefit society as a whole.
Hannah Sparks details the racist implications of laws like ‘Stand Your Ground’ in light of a recent court finding in a case invoking it.
Justin Surgent relates the snow day to the process of reaching adulthood.
Jillian Correira implores us to do our part to end human trafficking, a horrific but lucrative practice still happening in the United States and abroad.
Steven Gillard debates the constitutionality of the recent court finding in favor of the taxpayer-funded sex change of Michelle, formerly Robert, Kosilek.
Collegian Editor in Chief Stephen Hewitt explains the decision behind the full-page advertisement on the front cover of Wednesday’s edition.
Zac Bears argues that the defense budget proposed by Chuck Hagel and the Obama administration on Monday is fiscally responsible and sets the U.S. on a path towards diplomacy and global solidarity in the 21st Century.
With application submission rates down, now is the best time to crack down on the books, take some time off to pursue your passions and consider whether law is right for you in the first place.
Stefan Herlitz explains what it means to be American and what makes it exceptional.
Katie McKenna wonders why she’s rooting for her country’s athletes at Sochi.
Julian del Prado ties in lessons from international relations to the Olympic stage.
Maral Margossian condemns the NSA’s recent adoption of the octopus, a historic symbol of institutional overreach, as its logo.
Jason Roche details the negative effects of surveillance on human psychology: It increases conformity to norms and leads to self-censorship and behavior monitoring.
Ian Hagerty stresses the importance of being a cautious pedestrian and describes extra steps we can take to reduce the chance of accidents occurring.
Karen Podorefsky describes the effect that exposure to light just before we sleep has on our circadian rhythm.
Johnny McCabe details the downsides of the imminent Comcast and Time Warner Cable merger.
News Editor Patrick Hoff runs down the five things you need to know about President’s Day.
Jillian Correira explains why a universal basic income may be an effective strategy in the ongoing war on poverty.
Steve Gillard argues for the death penalty for alleged Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Jake Reed defends Macklemore’s song “Same Love” as an attempt to draw support and attention to the LGBT cause and admonishes the gay community for rejecting a supporter because of his straight status.
Katie McKenna proposes a new perspective of viewing Valentine’s Day and explains why opponents of the holiday should stop hating it.
Elise Martorano deconstructs the outdated reasons behind societal discrimination of people with body modifications.
Julian del Prado outlines why it’s vital for the United States to pay attention to the economic growth of the BRIC countries.
Stefan Herlitz argues that an expanded Bottle Bill would mean more recycling and less trash for Mass. residents
To many, Apple is the quintessential American corporation, a modern GM or GE. But Apple only employs 43,000 U.S. workers and exploits lax labor regulations to maximize offshore profits. Zac Bears argues that Apple-style business practices will not solve structural issues with the U.S. economy.
Reily Connaughton likes Obamacare and states his reasons that you should do the same.
Jason Roche discusses the rise of Bitcoin, a digital currency, and what it may mean for the future of monetary transactions.
Maral Margossian explores the harmful nature of online “thinspiration” communities and websites, and advocates for their regulation.
Karen Podorefsky describes the value of engaging in service learning and the positive impact it has on communities and participants.
A letter lifting up a UMass journalism professor who reached a student when he seemingly couldn’t be.
Ian Hagerty proposes a simple solution of installing thermostats to solve the problem of wasted energy in UMass.
Marleigh Felsenstein explores how her high school memories helped her to appreciate the opportunities college allows.
Merav Kaufman debunks some common myths among the student body about the Student Government Association and pushes for more student involvement.
“Using women’s bodies as political battlegrounds is something Texas has gotten [too] good at,” says Hannah Sparks who discusses the latest development in the poor state of women’s reproductive rights in Texas.
Johnny McCabe analyzes Google’s relationship with technology giant Motorola.
Podcast: A look back at the top stories in the Collegian this week, January 27-30, with News Editor Pat Hoff and Sports Editor Nick Canelas.
Jillian Correira explains why the latest GOP “solution” to poverty is flawed.
Steven Gillard advises us to look beyond “the caricatures of the media” and form our own well-informed judgments of celebrity scandals.
Katie McKenna reminisces about her job working with preschoolers and reflects over the lessons they taught her.
Alumna Susan Ashline (Class of 1988) takes on the issue of stalking among college students and offers advice for those struggling with stalkers in this letter to the editor.
Brandon Sides suggests that the next Republican candidate should model President Obama’s award-winning campaigns.
Stefan Herlitz advises us to tune out the negative media and look on the bright side of American life.
Elise Martorano urges college students to focus on their true passions in an effort to create happier lives.
Karen Podorefsky details the importance of making weekly rest days part of your lifestyle.
Stocks in the U.S. rose 30 percent in 2013, and many pundits think that indicates strong long-run growth. Zac Bears finds that stock returns indicate just one thing: short-term profit.
Julian del Prado defends the time-tested and widespread use of fossil fuels.
Maral Margossian stresses the importance of allowing introverts the opportunity to flourish in a world where it seems extroverts dominate.
Steven Gillard recounts unpleasant experiences with customers while at work and urges them to be happier.
In a letter to the editor, concerned student, Kelsey Barowich, argues that Gender, Women, Sexuality Studies is an unappreciated major that always gets swept under the rug, especially in the new construction plan.
Jillian Correira discusses the great discontent Americans have toward the war in Afghanistan and illustrates the cost of the ongoing war.
Today marks exactly 41 years since Roe v. Wade made legal abortion the law of the land.
Julian del Prado comments on rising tensions in East Asian waters.
Hannah Sparks criticizes disproportionate school disciplinary policies that range from excessively harsh to terrifyingly lax.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has a veto on all federal policy and, before November, could stop nominations too. He says that’s how the founders designed Congress. In reality, the founding fathers feared the filibuster’s implications for minority rule, and, according to Zac Bears, our politicians have no idea.
Jillian Correira explains why climate change is still a looming threat to the future of the planet despite recent claims that climate change does not exist.
Maral Margossian compares messages from a Beat poet icon to today’s version of our country.
Brandon Sides argues that the misrepresentation of the LGBT community in film is far from being history.
A letter concerning the behavior of UMass fans at home basketball games and explaining their actions to young children.
Steve Gillard explains the benefits of a shorter winter break for college students.
Stefan Herlitz urges politicians on both sides of the aisle to put aside their rigid beliefs in order to fix the U.S. healthcare debacle.
With the Senate likely to pass the House budget extension, a pre-midterm election September 2014 budget showdown may be in the cards.
Alex Major, a Governor of the Undergraduate Economics Club, argues that the lack of student input and democratic access on the use of YCMP swipes is yet another opaque UMass Dining policy.
Steven Gillard praises the humble life Paul Walker led, unlike many Hollywood celebrities today.
Jason Roche breaks down the true cost of campus meal plans and argues that UMass should offer more affordable options for students.
Columnist Karen Podorefsky explains why cooperative learning can be beneficial across all levels of education—and some of the problems it faces when executed poorly.
Columnist Zac Bears tells us why blaming Obama is misguided with regard to problems ranging from the rollout of healthcare.gov to the lack of bills passed in Congress.
Steven Gillard contests that the Commonwealth Honors College residential area provides beneficial amenities for students but is not without faults.
Johnny McCabe describes both the necessity for Bartlett Hall’s demolition as well as the character it provides to the campus.
Zac Bears discusses the need for more student-body solidarity to achieve greater student representation in campus policies.
Elise Martorano argues that the new honors college residential area creates the dangerous illusion of student hierarchy on campus.
Collegian columnists discuss on-campus issues in this set of Collegian conversations.
Maral Margossian illustrates our “lives of quiet desperation” and our resulting need for a calmer schedule.
Makai McClintock examines microfinancing as it operates under a new principle.
Johnny McCabe describes the professional video game movement in relation to professional sports.
Dennis Topakov looks at the blurring line between effective coaching and player abuse in college sports.
Pratiksha Yalakkishettar and Samuel King, members of the UMass Divestment Campaign, explore the beneficial impacts of divesting fossil fuels on climate change.
Katie McKenna disproves the idea that her experience at UMass has simply been an extension of high school.
Stefan Herlitz describes an era that appears to have lost its ability to protest with meaning.
Jason Roche examines the value of UMass meal plans and why UMass should offer more meal plan options.
Tyler O’Day writes in support of House Bill H.1088, which would give all five UMass campus student trustees voting power on the Board of Trustees.
Steven Gillard explains how unlucky events in one’s past can lead to interesting stories to tell.