Massachusetts Daily Collegian

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...

Congratulations, Martha

By Charlie Felder

January 21, 2010

Filed under Columns

Congratulations, Martha! I awoke only a few moments ago, but the morning news cycles are all abuzz and atwitter with the joyous trumpeting of your resounding victory over the spineless, dead-vote-gathering Republicans that have...

This truck will be parked here for a while

By Dmitriy Shapiro

January 21, 2010

Filed under Columns

We may never see an election more important than the special one to replace the late Ted Kennedy; it has captured the attention of every political scientist, pundit and blow hard in the country for almost a month. Even the most...

Unfair stigmas surround Valley’s homeless

By Chris Russell

January 19, 2010

Filed under Columns, Opinion

I met Steve Cuoco last May as he sat on the sidewalk outside Thorne’s Marketplace, eating out of a Chef Boyardee can. A sign that read “homeless vet” leaned against a coffee cup full of coins, imploring people to part with...

The 5 things you thought you did not know about Ireland

By Nick O'Malley

January 19, 2010

Filed under Columns, Opinion

When moving to a new place, it’s usually best not to cave into stereotypes. As most out-of-state students discovered, people from Massachusetts aren’t crazy liberal, angry-driving, WASPs running around yelling “chowdah.”...

Journalists not dying, just changing

By Sara Cody

January 19, 2010

Filed under Columns, Opinion

As a journalism major in my final semester, I often find myself confronted with a lot of pessimism regarding my career choice. According to statistics published in the New York Times from the Audit Bureau of Circulations on Oct....

Merit over melanin

By Leigh Greaney

January 19, 2010

Filed under Columns

The federal government wants University of Massachusetts students to slap a label on their identity via SPIRE. They’ve updated their system and now allow for students to choose more than one race/ethnicity to identify with....

Photo finish for senate race

By Alana Goodman

January 19, 2010

Filed under Columns

Want to know how Attorney General Martha Coakley screwed up her lead in the Massachusetts Senate race? Look no further than the contrasting rallies she and her opponent State Sen. Scott Brown held in Boston on Friday. At the...

Plans to finance new UMass law school ‘seem too good to be true’

By Evan Haddad

January 19, 2010

Filed under Columns

Last month, the University of Massachusetts’ Board of Trustees edged Massachusetts an inch closer to the creation of its first public law school in a decisive 14-4 vote. If the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education ratifies...

Harass the university; demand lower textbook prices

By Dan Rahrig

January 19, 2010

Filed under Columns

Every semester starts out the same way. During the first week of classes, thousands of students flock to the Textbook Annex to shell out hundreds and hundreds of dollars for overpriced books that they may or may not end up needing...

Haiti and community service connected

By Ben Moriarty

January 19, 2010

Filed under Columns

The New York Times recently analyzed community service learning programs and even used the one operated by the University of Massachusetts as an example. They wanted to know if the system works and how to make it better.          Even...