Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Soulless jams

By Rachael Roth

April 2, 2012

Filed under Columns

I’m in a basement in London at six, then eight, in the morning. An ex-rocker couple is attached at the leash to a Great Dane with a spiked collar. They’re not happy to see so many kids in their house; kids with a firm grip...

Lost in sonic space

By Rachael Roth

March 16, 2012

Filed under Arts & Living, Music

Editor's note: This is part of the Daily Collegian's St. Patrick's Day special issue. In citing why I don’t like U2, I am not going to take a cheap shot at Bono and say that he does not know how to count (“one, two, three...

Celebrity school of thought

By Rachael Roth

February 26, 2012

Filed under Columns

When I search for something on Google, the yielded results have less to do with what’s got the most hits and more with what I would personally find relevant. For example, if I type “pizza” into Google, I get “Pizza House of Amherst” within the first five automated su...

Homeland Fury

By Rachael Roth

January 30, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion

In 2002, I took a plane to Amsterdam. This was my first time consciously going through customs. When we came back through John F. Kennedy International Airport, I was asked a series of questions; where did you stay? Who were you traveling with? What was the pur...

Working our way upstream

By Rachael Roth

January 27, 2012

Filed under Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

I was in the Deep South when I heard a parable that changed my life. It was told by a woman who worked with high school students painting houses for people that were threatened with the prospect of losing their homes by insurance...

How to be a Rap Genius

By Rachael Roth

November 20, 2011

Filed under Columns, Opinion

I have one rule in my car: the radio must be tuned to Hot 93.7. Connecticut’s No. 1 station for hip-hop and R&B is by definition my guilty pleasure.  The pleasure stems from my unabashed overconsumption of highly accessible...

Alternative Spring Break: And So Should You

By Rachael Roth

November 6, 2011

Filed under Columns, Opinion

“’Doesn’t it give you a crisis of faith?” The question is aimed at Kevin Higgs, pastor of the Church of the Reconciler in Birmingham, Alabama. Our Alternative Spring Break group, consisting of 20 students, files in around...

Blood Rights

By Rachael Roth

October 23, 2011

Filed under Columns, Opinion

An entire aisle in CVS is dedicated to color-coded pads and tampons. Adorned with pleasant words and phrases such as “pearl” and “carefree,” they are green, yellow and purple. Each box competes for my attention. Expensive...

Yoursoul.com

By Rachael Roth

September 25, 2011

Filed under Opinion

Every time I send a message into cyberspace, part of my soul dies a little. About a month ago, I posted this on Facebook, to which a friend responded, “Stamps and envelopes just aren’t that expensive.” I wrote three...

Atlantic City: For your consideration

By Rachael Roth

September 11, 2011

Filed under Opinion

At 4:00 a.m. I get on a Megabus parked outside of a mall in Hadley. A traveling carnival is folded up like 20 silver bullet trailers taking a nap. Inside, I rest my head on a greased glass window that rattles evenly with the stalling...