Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Too late, my time has come, sends shivers down my spine

By Matthew M. Robare

May 2, 2011

Filed under Senior Columns

This is it. These are the last words I will ever write for The Massachusetts Daily Collegian, after God knows how many thousands. I’ve had a good run, but it’s over. Finished. Ended. Done. Fin. There will be no more after this. Now all there is left for me at the University of Massa...

Have your taco and eat it, too

By Matthew M. Robare

April 24, 2011

Filed under Columns

At the beginning of this month, Wall Street Journal senior economics writer for the editorial page Stephen Moore wrote an opinion piece called “We’ve become a nation of takers, not makers,” in which he argued that many of the problems the United States currently faces stem from how mo...

50 UM students lobby Mass. House for increased funding

By Matthew M. Robare

April 21, 2011

Filed under Campus News

Under gray skies, around 50 University of Massachusetts students traveled to the Massachusetts state house in Boston Wednesday to lobby the House of Representatives for more funding for UMass. The effectiveness of Lobby Day won’t be...

Radioactivity inactive in cell phones

By Matthew M. Robare

April 14, 2011

Filed under Columns, Opinion

Ever since movie studios first realized that you could film something very small and make it look very large on the screen, they have cranked out sci-fi B-movies in the hundreds. This entailed putting an over-the-hill Boris Karloff ...

UMass Faculty Senate to vote today on whether to ban smoking on campus

By Matthew M. Robare

April 7, 2011

Filed under Campus News

A University of Massachusetts Faculty Senate proposal that would ban the use of tobacco products on campus will be voted on this afternoon, but several students say that their ardent feelings on cigarettes won’t be quenched...

Hunting for feral jobs

By Matthew M. Robare

March 30, 2011

Filed under Columns

I remember that there used to be such a thing as “senioritis.” It was a malady affecting graduating seniors in high schools and colleges across the country, leading them to barely be able to complete their work. Like many diseases of the world, I have never caught senioritis. I did have bronchi...

Bans aren’t ‘Blasts’

By Matthew M. Robare

March 29, 2011

Filed under Columns

If the politicians had their way, no one in this country would ever advance past a mental age of six. It does not seem to me that they are able to comprehend the fact that people who are not politicians can make their own dec...

Massie throws his hat in the race for a Senate seat

By Matthew M. Robare

March 27, 2011

Filed under Politics

The last time Bob Massie ran for office, many current seniors at the University of Massachusetts were 5-years-old. Massie was the Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor in 1994, on the ticket with Mark Roosevelt. They lost...

It’s déjà vu all over again

By Matthew M. Robare

March 27, 2011

Filed under Columns

I’ve been reading a lot of Dave Barry lately. I always look for his books at used bookstores and library sales. Not only are they funny, they’re informative. Right now I’m reading “Bad Habits,” a collection of his c...

Rev. Sorrentino and Rev. Jones to share reading of book

By Matthew M. Robare

March 22, 2011

Filed under Local News, News

Amherst College’s Director of Religious Life, Rev. Paul Sorrentino has edited a new book called “A Transforming Vision: Multiethnic Fellowship in College and in the Church,” and the Frost Library will host a reading an...

Town of Amherst continues to progress on Gateway Development Project

By Matthew M. Robare

March 20, 2011

Filed under Local News

The Gateway Development Project – which aims to build a mixed-use development on a now vacant lot on Amherst’s North Pleasant Street, where the University of Massachusetts’ fraternity row once stood,  inched closer to becoming...

Busting campus myths

By Matthew M. Robare

March 10, 2011

Filed under Columns

I’ve always been into mythology. As a child one of my favorite books was a thick volume called something like “Gods and Heroes of Ancient Greece” by some guy with a Germanic name and Edith Hamilton’s classic “Mythology.”...