Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Liberal education is dead

By Harrison Searles

April 27, 2012

Filed under Opinion, Senior Columns

It is impossible to go through four years of undergraduate education without pondering what the ends of education are. It would be foolish to put down four years of one’s life without realizing the end one is striving after...

Theological implications of Easter

By Harrison Searles

April 10, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

Celebrated this previous Sunday and throughout the week in the Catholic calendar, Easter is the celebration of Jesus Christ’s victory and the fulfillment of the promised voiced by the prophets of the Old Testament. After passing th...

PCP: Campus ban of weapons misguided

By Harrison Searles

April 6, 2012

Filed under Archives, Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

Like many campuses across the country, the University of Massachusetts campus has rules that prohibit the carrying of anything deemed a “dangerous weapon.”  This is done without a set of criteria that clearly demarcates a...

UHS does not need a pharmacy

By Harrison Searles

March 30, 2012

Filed under Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

As of the end of 2011’s fiscal year, University of Massachusetts’ University Health Services was running a $500,000 deficit as well as having $5 million in deferred maintenance to aging facilities. One decision that the University...

The perversity of “rights”

By Harrison Searles

March 6, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion

The language used in the student walkout protesting the “right to education” last Thursday is a pitiful display of just how language can be perverted to no longer be a channel of discourse. For them, language is a tool ...

The economic foibles of mandating contraception

By Harrison Searles

February 22, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion

The recent brouhaha regarding the Catholic Church and its related missions being forced to provide contraception as part of the health insurance that it must provide, a change against which its magisterium has taken a vocal op...

Malthus’ dire warning rings hollow

By Harrison Searles

February 8, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion

In 1798, a tract by the name of “An Essay on the Principles of Population,” written by the Anglican cleric Thomas Malthus, was first published in London. The ideas that flowed from Malthus’ pen have captured the imaginations...

Constitution protects universal rights

By Harrison Searles

December 1, 2011

Filed under Columns, Opinion

On Tuesday, Congress soundly rejected an amendment to the 2012 Defense Authorization Bill 61 to 37 that would have repealed a controversial provision that mandated the military to detain suspected terrorists indefinitely. Although supporters of the bill note that this...

Protest for equality or wishes for Santa?

By Harrison Searles

October 20, 2011

Filed under Columns, Opinion

Occupy Wall Street has been the latest political movement in America. Hundreds of thousands of Americans have joined under the banner of 'the 99 percent' to work toward a more equitable America. It is not a movement from which any definite set of doctrines have arisen,...

Equality is in fact the enemy

By Harrison Searles

October 6, 2011

Filed under Columns

Visions of human equality have inspired and motivated activists, philosophers, politicians and artists throughout history. Before the last couple of centuries, the primary type of equality desired was equality before the law or...

Gambling with healthcare is betting one’s life

By Harrison Searles

September 21, 2011

Filed under Columns, Opinion

During the Tea Party Republican debate last week on CNN, Ron Paul made a stir with an answer he gave to Wolf Blitzer about a man without insurance who needed medical treatment that he would not be able to afford. After bei...

Time to end American empire, lower defense spending

By Harrison Searles

April 14, 2011

Filed under Columns

As debate over domestic policy in the United States focuses on austerity and reducing the federal deficit, there have been two 1,000-pound gorillas in the room. One of which is so-called mandatory entitlement spending and the unsustainable commitment that the federal government has given...