Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Hybrid classes are all good

By Nick O'Malley

October 15, 2009

Filed under Columns

On the first day of classes, I showed up to my last class of the day, expecting to take the first step in a year-long commitment. I had it penciled into my schedule – Tuesday-Thursday at 1 p.m., it was on. But then, about...

PCP: Students deserve the real deal

By Michael Phillis

October 15, 2009

Filed under Columns, Point-Counterpoint

Online classes are beginning to take a different form at UMass. A hybrid model – a course that takes place mainly online but meets one or twice a month – has started popping up in classes on campus. This movement to the...

Obama’s Nobel Prize an investment in things to come

By Evan Haddad

October 15, 2009

Filed under Columns

Giving awards is one thing which always incites criticism. In the western world, who is worthy of what and why is a question for which everyone and their grandma has concern. The big award of the year, the Nobel Prize, has...

Holub’s recruitment plan hurts in-state students

By Nick Milano

October 14, 2009

Filed under Columns

With the decline in state funds, the University of Massachusetts administration announced a new policy, reported in Sunday’s Boston Globe, to “aggressively court out-of-state students.” The reasoning behind this decision...

Watch your hands, not your back

By Alyssa Creamer

October 14, 2009

Filed under Columns

Your alarm rings. You’re alone as you wake up in your dorm. It was a wild night, but today is a new, normal day. You update your status on Facebook, like every morning, before chomping on Frosted Flakes and drinking fruit punch...

Looking out for the ‘frenemy’

October 13, 2009

Filed under Columns

Please be forewarned: this column doesn’t address an issue of great significance, such as the failing economy or the persistent presence of swine flu. Rather, it deals with a more mundane, trivial, yet irritating part of your...

Expanding the House of Representatives

By Ben Rudnick

October 13, 2009

Filed under Columns

Ideally, many aspects of our society would keep up with the rapid change that it is undergoing. Yet one of the pillars of our republic – the laws that define our relationships with our government and one another – do not seem...

Islam: a discussion of prayer and rights

By Subhan Tariq

October 13, 2009

Filed under Columns

The last time I wrote a column I decided to change the way that I wrote. I will write more substantive, informative pieces where you, the reader would actually be able to learn something. I decided to dedicate my columns for the...

Why you should be absurdily ambitious

By Dave Coffey

October 13, 2009

Filed under Columns

A couple weeks ago, I read an article on Reuters about a man named Dalton Chisholm.  Aside from his fairly awesome namesake, he doesn’t really have much of a reason to be a newsworthy figure, except for one particular datum:...

End of the college loan shark

October 12, 2009

Filed under Columns

College is not only about learning information. It’s not only about learning job skills, finding a prospective career or helping you get a better job. Well, it is about all those things, but more importantly, it’s about learning...

The case for genocide prevention

By Eric Magazu

October 12, 2009

Filed under Columns

It is familiar to most of us that many student organizations, both on campus and throughout our high school years, have actively sought to inform us about the occurrence of genocide. Many classes we have taken have made reference...

Frozen heads and euthanasia at Alcor

By Matt Kushi

October 12, 2009

Filed under Columns

What is death? It is a question that seems so simple yet so complex. It is a question that we tend to think that we know. Once a person stops breathing and their brain stops functioning, they are dead. Apparently, the Alcor Life...