Massachusetts Daily Collegian

The “Big” Freeze

By Sara Crossman

January 26, 2010

Filed under Columns, Opinion

Tonight, at 9 p.m., President Obama will be proposing a spending freeze on many domestic programs and departments in his first State of the Union address. Obama will also discuss his budget proposal for the fiscal year 2011, which...

Redistribute opportunity, not wealth

By Chris Russell

January 26, 2010

Filed under Columns, Opinion

While in high school, I would watch Patriots games at my friend’s house. His dad would watch the games with us, and when a black player ran with the ball, he would often yell “He’s running like he just stole a TV!” When...

Kick a Jew Day needs to be kicked

By Charlie Felder

January 25, 2010

Filed under Columns

Twenty-one percent. You can stop me when this begins to sound familiar. Imagine that it's mid-afternoon and you're only now just several steps away from your front door. Classes ended a little while ago and, normally, you'd...

Low income doesn’t mean low priority

By Scott Harris

January 25, 2010

Filed under Columns

The media rarely shines a camera light on low-income children, yet many have been affected the worst by the deep recession our nation is in. Fourteen million American children live below the poverty line, 6.2 million of which...

Rain, rain, classes away

By Matthew M. Robare

January 25, 2010

Filed under Columns

Judging by the amount of rain we had yesterday, I wouldn’t be surprised if some of us began to seriously consider getting in the business of ark building. Especially if you happened to walk by the Visitor’s Center and saw...

Nine years in and still no goals

By Matt Kushi

January 24, 2010

Filed under Columns

Almost nine years since the terror attacks of Sept. 11 and we still don’t know if the “War on Terror” is winnable. It is the most basic question we can ask when we consider military action, and we have no answer. This “War on...

Team Conan

By Dave Coffey

January 24, 2010

Filed under Columns

As I watched Conan O’Brien host his final episode of “The Tonight Show” on Friday, I instantly recognized the broadcast as a spectacle I will regale my children with someday when they ask me the oddly specific question of...

Democrats need to regain the initiative

By Nick Milano

January 24, 2010

Filed under Columns

On Wednesday night, President Obama will face the nation in delivering his second State of the Union address. With his domestic political agenda in a state of disarray, he must pivot off of the results of Massachusetts’ special...

Print media destroyed by one man

By Matthew M. Robare

January 21, 2010

Filed under Columns

The old print-based news media are dying. We all know that. Some of us who are not journalism majors might even be concerned. However, if you’re not concerned when the possibility of the government funding our newspapers is...

Ware have all the students gone?

By Evan Haddad

January 21, 2010

Filed under Columns

Ware students stand shivering in the morning twilight at 5:45 a.m., waiting for a bus to take them to schools in the Quabbin Regional School District, 12 miles away in Barre, Mass. A lack of funding in the Ware public schools...

The new SPIRE racial identity survey is racist

By Eli Gottlieb

January 21, 2010

Filed under Columns

I noticed recently that we have a new racial identity survey on SPIRE. It supposedly will improve students’ ability "to identify [our] backgrounds with greater accuracy". I think it's racist. After all, its modern, multi-faceted...

A bad change in schedule

By Nick Milano

January 21, 2010

Filed under Columns

Something just does not seem quite right. For those of us who have been at UMass for almost four years now, and even for juniors and sophomores who have been introduced to the normally long UMass winter break, it feels strange...