Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Oscar worthy, schmoscar worthy

By Katie McKenna

February 28, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion

While watching the Oscars, a friend of mine pointed something out to me: “Have you ever noticed how often movies are nominated that have horses in them?” This was in response to a clip from the Oscar nominated “War Horse” on the screen. Take a moment to think of all the movies yo...

Intellectual illumination

By Gavin Beeker

February 28, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion

There will always be, and necessarily so, a tension between formal requirement and spontaneity in education. Formal requirement forces us, against the inertia of comfort and habit, to give a certain investment of time and a...

Value of student strength

By Joseph Needleman

February 28, 2012

Filed under Archives, Columns, Opinion

Two to one. That was the outcome for the vote which removed us from the board room and put us back into the role of a powerless observer. On Friday, Feb. 24, around 8 a.m., resident assistants, peer mentors, dorm residents and studen...

College students should fight back

By Mike Tudoreanu

February 28, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion

A few days ago, I was talking to a friend about the reduction in hours at University Health Services, and at one point she said, “Well, we really shouldn’t complain, we’re still the lucky ones. Because we got to go to college,...

Scott Brown: Rooting for the Underdog

By Matthew Lowe

February 28, 2012

Filed under Archives, Columns, Opinion

In 2009, following the departure of the illustrious Ted Kennedy, the “people’s seat” opened up. Because of the generally democratic nature of Massachusetts, it’s not surprising that the last Republican senator to hold...

Not a bad time to be at UMass

By Ryan Walsh

February 26, 2012

Filed under Columns

Did you know this is quite possibly the best time ever to be a University of Massachusetts student? It might be hard to recognize because of how close we are to many institutional developments, but UMass is indeed breaking records left and right. Viewed with a lit...

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...

Wake up and read this

By Karen Podorefsky

February 26, 2012

Filed under Columns

Are you even awake right now? Did you get less sleep on nights this weekend than during the week because you stayed up late partying or hanging out with friends? If you hardly get enough sleep during the school week because of staying up late doing homework and studying, week...

The Oscars are a boy’s club

By Victoria Knobloch

February 23, 2012

Filed under Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

I cried when Kathryn Bigelow won best director for “The Hurt Locker” in 2008. At the time I was still an aspiring filmmaker, and as a woman I was feeling pretty beaten down by the misogynist film nerds I encountered left and right, especially in my fil...

Celebrating cinema

By Chris Shores

February 23, 2012

Filed under Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

There’s something special about award shows. I’m not talking about the designer dresses and the red carpet celebrity exchanges. Nor do I refer to the tipsy speeches that drag on for minutes on end as actors list anyone ...

The History of Riots

By Timothy Haggerty

February 23, 2012

Filed under Archives, Columns, Opinion

With the advent of our fast-paced globalized society, it seems we have lost the capacity to stop and reflect on the past. The cost of increased efficiency seems to be a loss of historical perspective. A perfect microcosm of thi...

Reckless living on campus

By Emily Merlino

February 23, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion

“I know myself, but that is all.”   Amory Blaine, the ambitious protagonist of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s semi-autobiographical literary debut “This Side of Paradise”, a Princeton graduate and survivor of tw...