Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Realization of the beauty of UMass

By Isaac Himmelman

February 28, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion

The summer before my freshman year at UMass I was at some family function, a dinner or a funeral or something, and I was talking to a cousin about my plans to attend UMass Amherst in the fall. At first, this cousin, whose actual ...

The depressing realities of an average collegiate experience

By Isaac Himmelman

February 1, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion

You’re hung over. Your home smells like a dive bar bathroom stall. You’re on your hands and knees wiping up glass and blood off a living room floor. If say, at 32 years old, you find yourself in this position, it may be...

No personal lives for presidential candidates

By Isaac Himmelman

December 6, 2011

Filed under Columns, Opinion

When allegations first surfaced that one-time Republican front-runner Herman Cain had had a 13-year affair with Ginger White, Cain’s lawyer was quick to make a statement reminding voters that private matters such as what happens...

Mixed feelings on manner of Gaddafi’s death

By Isaac Himmelman

November 8, 2011

Filed under Columns, Opinion

In an age where the plot of a major movie sequel revolves around human beings being sewn together in a graphic orgy of torture porn, one might think that society has grown desensitized to the point where we can now calmly and...

Mormonism should not affect candidacy

By Isaac Himmelman

October 25, 2011

Filed under Columns, Opinion

Still far from having secured the 2012 Republican nomination, Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith is already in the national spotlight. Dallas pastor (and Rick Perry supporter) Robert Jeffress created quite the stir when he describ...

The nostalgic impacts of an icon

By Isaac Himmelman

October 6, 2011

Filed under Columns

In 1997, I was 6 years old. Bill Clinton was president, we had a budget surplus and all I wanted was a Buzz Lightyear doll complete with working buttons and foldable wings. There was nothing in the world that would have made me...

New Year’s Day in a new way

By Isaac Himmelman

September 28, 2011

Filed under Columns, Opinion

I remember last New Year’s Eve pretty well. I was home for break and was invited to a party at my friend’s off campus apartment. At around 10:30 p.m. a hoard of people swarmed in, and the party got surprisingly wild. I was...

“Tha Carter IV” an instant classic

By Isaac Himmelman

September 19, 2011

Filed under Arts & Living, Music

Before the majority of Video Music Award acts were hip-hop stars and the President cited the Fugees as one of his favorite music groups, rap music was weird. In the early ’90s, while gaining popularity, rap music still sat...

Big food cooks up big publicity

By Isaac Himmelman

September 13, 2011

Filed under Archives, Columns, Opinion

Last year at the University of Massachusetts, 300 volunteers used 650 seaweed sheets, 200 pounds of rice, 200 pounds of imitation crab, 100 pounds of avocado, 100 pounds of cucumber, two pounds of sesame seeds, five gallons of...

Huckleberry Finn modified

By Isaac Himmelman

February 21, 2011

Filed under Columns

“The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” turns 126 years old this month. The book has become about as quintessentially American as foreclosed homes and promoting democracy. Every year American high school students from sea to shining sea spend two hours on the night before their final ...

Make bike paths, not rail systems

By Isaac Himmelman

February 10, 2011

Filed under Point-Counterpoint

Alright, now before everyone goes squawking away about all the benefits of the Obama high-speed dream rail system allow me to anticipate the arguments in favor of the proposed rail and proceed to slam each one to the dirt with my obnoxious witticisms. Proponents say, it’ll pour money into the economy. I...

Remember when Eminem was cool?

By Isaac Himmelman

February 8, 2011

Filed under Columns, Opinion

One week in March my sixth grade class took a field trip to the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. Two important things happened on this trip. First, my classmate Eddy G. fell head-first into the stingray pond and thus head-first into the nebula of middle school social exile into which he would descend deep...