Massachusetts Daily Collegian

‘Bullying bill’ foolhardy attempt to stop student battles

By Alana Goodman

February 2, 2010

Filed under Columns, Opinion

Up until Jan. 14, Phoebe was a sweet, pretty freshman at South Hadley High School. That was the day she hung herself in her closet after being relentlessly bullied by her fellow students. Tragically, hers isn’t the only recent...

Photo finish for senate race

By Alana Goodman

January 19, 2010

Filed under Columns

Want to know how Attorney General Martha Coakley screwed up her lead in the Massachusetts Senate race? Look no further than the contrasting rallies she and her opponent State Sen. Scott Brown held in Boston on Friday. At the...

From emails, a renewed debate over man-caused global warming

By Alana Goodman

December 8, 2009

Filed under Columns

Unless you’ve spent the last few weeks trapped in a closet at the MSNBC newsroom with nothing to read but the New York Times, you’ve probably heard the news about “Climategate,” the scandal currently embroiling scientists...

How fair is fair trade?

By Alana Goodman

December 1, 2009

Filed under Columns

Today’s college students were raised in an era of simple solutions for complex problems. Our generation crams thousands of songs into credit-card-sized MP3 players, stuffs happiness into easy-to-swallow pills and compresses...

How much do professors care about speech?

By Alana Goodman

November 17, 2009

Filed under Columns

Freedom of speech gained the support of a surprising group of people last week – the University of Massachusetts faculty. I say surprising because in my three years at UMass, this is the first time I’ve seen our professors...

After a year, Obama’s presidency has fallen flat

By Alana Goodman

November 5, 2009

Filed under Columns

Like most Americans, I have little tolerance for films that drag on too long. Imagine Casablanca if it followed Captain Renault and Rick’s “beautiful friendship” for another three hours. Or Psycho, if audiences were forced...

Innocent, even when proven guilty?

By Alana Goodman

November 3, 2009

Filed under Columns

In the wake of wannabe-jihadist Tarek Mehanna’s arrest in Sudbury, Mass., last week on terrorism charges, controversy has begun brewing over the Amherst Select Board’s request to resettle Guantanamo Bay detainees right here...

Hate crimes and why funding their prevention is a waste of money

By Alana Goodman

October 20, 2009

Filed under Columns

Around midnight on Feb. 1, 2006, a chubby 18-year-old named Jacob Robida walked into Puzzles Lounge, a gay bar in New Bedford, Mass., and ordered a Captain Morgan on the rocks. Sipping his drink, he chatted briefly with the bartender...

Meghan McCain’s Republicanism

By Alana Goodman

October 7, 2009

Filed under Columns, Opinion

I was watching Fox News the other night when something suddenly hit me like a Marc Jacobs spike-heel stiletto: The conservative movement is dying. It’s old, it’s dull and worse, it’s tragically un-hip. As my eyes roved...

Institutionalized racism in student government

By Alana Goodman

September 22, 2009

Filed under Columns

Editor’s note: Due to a production error, some terms in this column were incorrectly modified in the editing process. The corrected version is below. We at The Daily Collegian apologize for the error and promise to our readers and...