Massachusetts Daily Collegian

PCP: Lack of USDA enforcement discredits organic labels

By Alexa Jones

September 14, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

You know those lovely super food stores that stamp that ridiculous, pastoral green sticker on your apples? They’re taunting you. They are screaming, “Uninformed citizen, please give us money so we can screw you over!” Don’t...

A behavioral perspective of why video games are unhealthy

By Alexa Jones

April 17, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion

There’s a reason that gaming rehabilitation centers are moving from Korea to the United States – we are painfully addicted to video games. And by we, I mostly mean males. It’s kind of old news; in movies, you see the 40-year-old in his mom’s basement playing League of Legends, screaming “I...

Hydraulic Fracturing: If it’s so beneficial, why are we covering up so much?

By Alexa Jones

April 10, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion

Hydraulic fracturing, which is the extraction of natural gas by horizontally drilling into shale rock formations, is great in theory. It marks the profound shift in the United States’ energy policy from dirty coal po...

From Grass to Food to White House

By Alexa Jones

March 12, 2012

Filed under Columns

I probably voted about a hundred times for UMass Permaculture to go to the White House. And they deserve to go; from the few chances I got to volunteer at the garden, I noticed all of the people on the committee were extremely...

Eating outside the box

By Alexa Jones

January 31, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion

Every time I take my annual trip to the doctor’s, I am reintroduced to the food pyramid, or – as it’s known nowadays – the food plate. This got me thinking: is weight management really compatible with such a system?...

Alternative alternative fuels

By Alexa Jones

November 7, 2011

Filed under Columns, Opinion

As our attention shifts to the Iowa caucus and Alabama farmland’s employment void after new immigration laws, it is only fitting that the subject of corn should come up.  However I am not here to lament on our apathy towards bloating cows’ rumens or to scream “down with capitalism!” at ...

Is intellectual ability our downfall?

By Alexa Jones

September 26, 2011

Filed under Columns

It is a tried and true subject: education. But what about it is so darn enigmatic? Well, information is so readily available in our country, yet we ourselves, as a nation, are still helplessly holding onto blueprints on how ...

Gleek out for the return of the Fox hit

By Alexa Jones

September 20, 2011

Filed under Arts & Living Blogs, Blogs, Entertainment, Movies and Television

Flaming purple pianos.  Spaghetti-strewn cheerleaders.  The unanswerable question as to why toast is made when it is already baked.  All a normal episode of Glee.  But the starter episode for season 3 was all but lacking. I miss the old days when Ryan Murphy was wri...