Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Building up the male body image

By Billy Rainsford

November 26, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion

The release of “Skyfall” marks the return to the silver screen of the iconic James Bond, the suave spy who is often described as the “ideal man.” He’s got the smooth moves, the exciting lifestyle, and, of course, ...

Uncertainty surrounding David Petraeus scandal

By Billy Rainsford

November 16, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion

When former United States Army General David Petraeus resigned last week as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, he became the next in a long line of American politicians who have seen a sex scandal lead to their demise. ...

A call to end rape culture

By Billy Rainsford

October 23, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion

There’s an old dirt path that runs behind Orchard Hill, connecting it to the Sylvan Residential Area. It goes through a wooded area behind the hill, with parts that are unlit and dark at night. This path is known to the University...

The debate on student debt

By Billy Rainsford

October 10, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion

President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney squared off in their first debate on Oct. 3, and one of the hot-button issues they argued over was that of education in the United States. During their op...

University to educators: resist the TPA and you’ll pay

By Billy Rainsford

September 25, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion

When students in the University of Massachusetts’ teacher training program in the School of Education learned last spring they would be required to undergo a new assessment of teaching skills to gain their licenses, they weren’t...

Chicago teachers strike to better children’s education

By Billy Rainsford

September 11, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion

Yesterday, as students across the country settled into home room and first period classes for the start of another week of school, students in the Chicago public school system were instead sent to temporary school sites, churches,...

Paul Ryan’s roadmap to losing youth support

By Billy Rainsford

September 7, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

On Aug. 12, Rep. Paul Ryan was announced as Mitt Romney’s running mate for the 2012 United States presidential election. Known as a staunch fiscal conservative, he has become well-known for his budget plan, the “Roadmap for America,” which he released last year. Ryan...

Chick-fil-A not OK in Massachusetts

By Billy Rainsford

September 5, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion

Last month, the fast food restaurant Chick-fil-A, specializing in various chicken menu items including sandwiches, may have only been known to most UMass students via its popular advertising campaign, a group of cows urging the...

UMass vs Amherst College: Why do we have more debt?

By Billy Rainsford

September 3, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion

With the start of a new year, the University of Massachusetts welcomes another very large freshman class as well as a large number of transfer students, continuing to increase undergraduate enrollment. UMass has steadily increased...

Let us be forgiven

By Billy Rainsford

April 26, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion

A few weeks ago, Representative Virginia Foxx of North Carolina made her thoughts on the student debt crisis clear in a radio interview. “I have very little tolerance for people who tell me that they graduate with $200,000...

PCP: Hold your fire

By Billy Rainsford

April 5, 2012

Filed under Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

On the night of Saturday, April 3, 2010, the University of Massachusetts Police Department broke up a fight outside Pierpont dormitory in Southwest, which included the arrest of one Lamont Thomas, a 20-year-old non-student from Springfield. A fight bre...

Reproductive rights on campus

By Billy Rainsford

March 29, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

This past February, the state government of Oklahoma passed its Personhood Act, stating that life begins at the moment of conception, and as a result, potentially restricting access to birth control and abortions. The state of Ohi...