Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Relocalization infringes on individual freedoms

By Eric Magazu

April 26, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion

Many of us are casually familiar with a key catchphrase of our day that is often referred to as globalization. Globalization is the idea that with improved communication and transportation, that the borders between towns, provinces...

Importance of Federalism

By Eric Magazu

April 16, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion

It’s conventional wisdom to link our notion of freedom in America with democracy. We seem to equate our democratic institutions with freedom, and this is indeed true, but it totally misses another major element in our freedom....

99 percent vs. 1 percent

By Eric Magazu

April 12, 2012

Filed under Columns

“What do I have in common with the 1 percent? The 1 percent exerts undue influence on American politics and exploits the 99 percent for their selfish ends.” This is a sentiment common among those on the political l...

Perception through the ages

By Eric Magazu

April 3, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

How do donkeys and blackbirds see the world? How do young children understand the activities going on around them? How do college students perceive reality? These questions, the first question in particular, are examined by the...

Ever progressing when it comes to psychology

By Eric Magazu

March 29, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

University of Massachusetts students go to a top-tier research university, and as a result, as students we are often faced with many stressful academic circumstances, including arduous papers and complicated exams. But when do symptom...

Climate change

By Eric Magazu

March 8, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion

As we begin our trek towards spring, our exceptionally warm winter renews questions about the impacts of global climate change. On its face the issue looks to be rooted in science, but in reality global climate change is a very...

Extraterrestrial mingling

By Eric Magazu

March 1, 2012

Filed under Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

In a 2010 Discovery Channel documentary, eminent scientist and acknowledged genius Stephen Hawking claimed that encountering extraterrestrial life could be a very risky move for human beings, but I challenge his assertion on the...

Redemption ‘elevates our nature’

By Eric Magazu

February 22, 2012

Filed under Columns

I once attended a presentation in the Campus Center, and, from what I recollect, it was being given by a business that produced quality products. The talk was given long enough ago that I can’t remember the name of the company....

Minding our manners

By Eric Magazu

February 9, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion

  It’s a topic not often addressed, but it’s an important one: the concept of manners. By this, I mean the common courtesies that have been set by established rules that originated in the past. Conventional think...

Sticking to the Constitution on foreign policy

By Eric Magazu

January 26, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

In the current Republican presidential primary season, there’s one candidate that goes off the normal track and often faces ridicule and insult for it: Ron Paul. Not only is he somewhat marginalized by the mainstream pres...

Fine culture is just steps away

By Eric Magazu

January 22, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion

In the Pioneer Valley, we have a much higher proportion of cultural venues that our population would traditionally value. The reason is fairly obvious, as we have five colleges in our area of the Valley, along with several other...

Human religion

By Eric Magazu

November 29, 2011

Filed under Columns, Opinion

People tend to follow all kinds of ideas about religion, and others reject it outright. Many rationalize the idea of religion as being superstitious or a holdover from the past. When new students arrive on college campuses each...