Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Relocalization infringes on individual freedoms

By Eric Magazu

April 26, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion

Many of us are casually familiar with a key catchphrase of our day that is often referred to as globalization. Globalization is the idea that with improved communication and transportation, that the borders between towns, provinces...

Time to Break the Iceberg

By Roy Ribitzky

April 26, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion

Violence takes many forms, not just physical. There is the emotional, financial, psychological and verbal abuse that forms what violence prevention educators call the “Iceberg of Violence.” We only highlight and see the darkest aspects of ...

Secrets for staying sane during spring

By Josh Steinberg

April 26, 2012

Filed under Archives, Columns, Opinion

With the end of the spring semester looming over like clouds in the New England sky, the temptation to slack off is stronger than ever. The weather is starting to warm, trees are beginning to show signs of life and you have more...

Raising taxes on the rich won’t really tax them

By Nikhil Rao

April 24, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion

The Federal Government was permitted to collect an income tax as a source of revenue by the 16th Amendment to the United States Constitution. Some argue that this violates one of the basic tenets of the Constitution’s protection of property rights. Agree or disagree with this critique, you would ...

Give Mom and Pop a chance

By Jeff Bagdigian

April 24, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion

It’s no secret that people hate sales tax – and for good reason. If you buy a $500 TV in Massachusetts, you’ll end up forking over another 30 bucks due to the 6.25 percent sales tax. The pricier the product, the more sales tax you’ll end up paying. Due to the variety available and the fact th...

Time to end sexual violence

By Roy Ribitzky

April 24, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion

Editor’s note: This is the first in a three-part series about violence and sexism on the University of Massachusetts campus. It was early spring semester my sophomore year when the Boston Globe published the article “No Cr...

A Tale of Two Colleges

By Artur Wysoczanski

April 24, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion

I’ve said on many occasions that the University of Massachusetts is an excellent place to live and study. After a year of living here I think that statement is correct. One of the things I probably missed out on saying, though,...

Bureaucrats: Overpaid or Underpaid?

By Edan Samson

April 19, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

The question of how to deal with our country’s ever-expanding bureaucracy has been a part of the national dialogue for some time. It has been amplified in recent years by the emergence of the Tea Party movement, along wit...

Morals of punishment

By Hannah Sparks

April 19, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

Questions of morality have plagued human beings since the beginning of their existence, and still it seems that we can’t come to an agreement on what is right and what is wrong. We all have a fuzzy idea of what these words mean, but their interpretation varies culture to culture, and can ev...

What Marathon Monday can teach us

By Katie McKenna

April 17, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion

Patriots’ Day is a holiday celebrating the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the first battles of the Revolutionary War – but how many University of Massachusetts students would tell us what the day actually means? The school’s mascot is the Minuteman, yet most of us take t...

A behavioral perspective of why video games are unhealthy

By Alexa Jones

April 17, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion

There’s a reason that gaming rehabilitation centers are moving from Korea to the United States – we are painfully addicted to video games. And by we, I mostly mean males. It’s kind of old news; in movies, you see the 40-year-old in his mom’s basement playing League of Legends, screaming “I...

Economic mysticism

By Gavin Beeker

April 17, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion

Albert Einstein famously said, “Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex ... It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.” He was speaking from his experience in theoretical physics, but he could have easily been talking about what passes f...