Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Rosenberg leads drive to modify ballot initiative process

By Shane Cronin

February 24, 2011

Filed under Politics

State Sen. Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst) and four state representatives have recently filed legislation to amend the ballot initiative process in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. If enacted, Rosenberg’s bill would req...

Internet “Kill Switch” in USA?

By Shane Cronin

January 31, 2011

Filed under Columns

The silence is deafening. You probably haven’t heard or read much about it. This is because the people that are trying to spread the word about the Internet “Kill Switch” are largely niche bloggers who would be dire...

Colin Firth top notch in “The King’s Speech”

By Shane Cronin

January 20, 2011

Filed under Movies

With a second world war on the verge of breaking out in Europe and the proliferation of radio in the early 20th century, Great Britain’s royal family can’t avoid the public airwaves. After the elderly King George V (Michael Gambon) passes and his oldest son – the dashing King Edward VII...

Talk a lot, say nothing

By Shane Cronin

January 19, 2011

Filed under Columns

Politicians today are paralyzed with the fear of fragmenting the electorate: the feelings of minorities, the Tea Party, liberals and any other group above which an umbrella can be suspended are carefully calculated into every...

Sarah Palin’s got tricks up her sleeve

By Shane Cronin

December 6, 2010

Filed under Columns

Sarah Palin is the only potential GOP candidate with a personality. Sorry Mitt, but you’re as stale as your haircut. How he still has a fan club is a mystery to me. Palin may have abdicated her governorship early, but Romney...

Reforming social security

By Shane Cronin

November 15, 2010

Filed under Columns

According to a recent Gallup poll, more than three-quarters of Americans age 18-34 believe they will not benefit from Social Security when they retire. Among the two wars in the Middle East, the retiring baby boomers, and the...

What the midterm elections mean for Scott Brown

By Shane Cronin

November 8, 2010

Filed under Columns

While Tea Party candidates and the Republican Party flooded the nation in an anti-incumbent tsunami last week, Massachusetts “weathered” the storm. In the state’s congressional delegation, Democrat incumbent after Democrat...

PCP: Four Loko is only the face of the issue

By Shane Cronin

November 4, 2010

Filed under Columns, Point-Counterpoint

Click here to view the other side of the Point-Counterpoint: “I'm gonna have my loko and drink it too.”    In September, shortly after I turned 21, I made my first lawful alcohol purchase. My order was nothing out of t...

Vote ‘Yes’ on Question 3 Amherst

By Shane Cronin

October 27, 2010

Filed under Columns

Citizens of Amherst, the Ministry of Propaganda is up to its old tricks. They’re operating under the guise of The Massachusetts Coalition for Our Communities and similar groups. They’re hoping to scare you into voting “No”...

The biggest scam ever

By Shane Cronin

October 18, 2010

Filed under Columns

Professors routinely lecture on the imminent threat of global warming/climate change, and take for granted that every student sitting before them is drinking their liberal Koolade. I, for one, am sick of it. The “general consensus”...

‘A Star is Born’

By Shane Cronin

September 28, 2010

Filed under Columns

Fifty-six years ago today, what was then one of the most expensive movies ever made (at a cost of approximately $5 million), “A Star Is Born” premiered at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood, Calif. The spectacular event, comparable in scale to the Academy Awards, was al...

UMass hackerama proliferates with new hire

By Shane Cronin

September 13, 2010

Filed under Columns

The bureaucrats at the University of Massachusetts are at it again. Administrators love to trumpet the precarious financial situation in which UMass finds itself, and yet they’ve managed to induct a new hack. That’s right....