Massachusetts Daily Collegian

The unheard Commencement speech

By Melissa Mahoney

April 29, 2013

Filed under Columns, Opinion, Senior Columns

About a month ago I decided I wanted to be the student speaker at Commencement. I sat down at my desk, read through other students’ speeches on Google, looked up the proper form for a speech and attempted to be a little witty. More than anything I labored over how ...

The Old Chapel: An Empty Symbol

By Melissa Mahoney

December 5, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion

Editor’s Note: Since the writing of this column, the Class of 2013 has announced the Old Chapel Fund as its class gift. The fund will support the renovation and re-opening of the Old Chapel. “The new Chapel is too l...

PCP: Yes, Organic Food is Worth the Expense

By Melissa Mahoney

September 14, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

In a recent study, researchers from Stanford University discovered that organic food is not significantly more nutritious than conventionally raised food, raising questions about the benefits of buying expensive organic products. Although...

Small price for a lifetime of learning

By Melissa Mahoney

January 22, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion

In the town of Shutesbury, Mass., a proposed $3.5 million library has finally passed through three rounds at the polls by a single highly contested vote – an uncomfortable 523-522 that will likely be petitioned for a re...

Twelfth Night shines

By Melissa Mahoney

April 24, 2011

Filed under Fine Arts

When the elements of trickery, androgyny, mistaken identity, cross-dressing and true love come together under William Shakespeare’s hand, they can create only one thing – a damn good play. The University of Massachusetts The...

The long-term price to pay

By Melissa Mahoney

April 20, 2011

Filed under Columns

As graduating seniors prepare to walk this May, many of them step toward an uncertain future. With the Bureau of Labor Statistics pinning the unemployment rate at 8.8 percent as of March, the job market can be a daunting place....

A non-smoker student against the tobacco ban

By Melissa Mahoney

April 6, 2011

Filed under Columns

Walking through campus on a daily basis, one can see smokers (and their abandoned cigarette butts) throughout campus. While not as prevalent as it was in our parents’ generation, smoking is still popular among college-aged individuals....

A break to help society

By Melissa Mahoney

March 23, 2011

Filed under Columns

My spring break began with a seemingly small, yet somewhat daunting venture: how to fit 16 people and nearly twice as much luggage into a passenger van and a car-like SUV. We squashed duffel bags and suitcases until the hatch closed, stuffed sleeping bags into crevasses, flattened bac...

Ancestry of the Academy Awards

By Melissa Mahoney

February 24, 2011

Filed under Movies

This Sunday, the most sought-after man at the 83rd Academy Awards will not be Colin Firth or Jeff Bridges, but rather a short, bald, and unabashedly nude gentleman named Oscar. He never speaks – natural for a man of met...

A Story of Human Kindness

By Melissa Mahoney

February 13, 2011

Filed under Columns

You would think that after three and a half years of driving I would have known what a flat tire felt like. I should have recognized the suspicious, gyrating rattle from behind me was not my radio antenna struggling to assert...

A Story of Human Kindness

By Melissa Mahoney

February 9, 2011

Filed under Columns

You would think that after three and a half years of driving, I would have known what a flat tire felt like. I should have known that the suspicious, gyrating rattle from behind me was not my radio antenna struggling to ass...