Massachusetts Daily Collegian

PCP: UMass an eco-impersonator

By Ashley Lesperance

October 1, 2009

Filed under Columns, Point-Counterpoint

“UMass is now a green campus!” You must have seen it, the picture of our shiny new and environmentally friendly central heating plant on the main University of Massachusetts webpage with that text over it. It was there...

The elephant in the top bunk

By Ben Moriarty

October 1, 2009

Filed under Columns

While I have lived off-campus for two years now, the first two years, while on campus, my roommate had a lot to deal with. And by that, I meant he had to be present and pretend-sleeping in his top bunk while I knocked boots on...

Amherst’s capitalist legacy

By Evan Haddad

October 1, 2009

Filed under Columns

There is no finer, more profitable monopoly in a college town than the one on mistakes. Each morning reminds me of this as my car crawls along in traffic past the illustrious Route 9 residence, the College Inn. It’s an "economical"...

What is the true cost of Gen Eds?

By Nick Milano

September 30, 2009

Filed under Columns

For almost four years now, my search to find an interesting and easy – preferably easy – physical science (PS) general education class has been a dismal failure. I tried Astronomy 101, but it was inexplicably boring and much...

Setting the record straight on Islam

By Subhan Tariq

September 30, 2009

Filed under Columns

What’s the first thing you think of when you think of Muslims? Perhaps more importantly what do you picture? Anyone picture someone from the desert wearing a turban, speaking Arabic and probably condemning the United States? I...

Recreation center makes UMass less of a concrete jungle

By Michael Phillis

September 29, 2009

Filed under Columns

After a few delays – some of them at the last minute – the University of Massachusetts is set to open its newest “new dirt” building. The UMass Recreation Center sits where battered old barns once stood across the street...

Summer vacation is holding back American education

By Dave Coffey

September 29, 2009

Filed under Columns

While it has perhaps been overshadowed by the debates concerning the economy and healthcare, President Barack Obama’s position on education plans to bring some changes to the table for our country’s school system. The Obama...

Obama’s missile defense plan has holes, but makes sense

By Ben Rudnick

September 29, 2009

Filed under Columns

President Barack Obama’s cancellation of U.S. plans to place anti-missile installations in Poland and the Czech Republic has brought the issue of ballistic missile defense back to the forefront of our consciousness. Complex...

Balancing alcohol with responsibility

By Matt Kushi

September 28, 2009

Filed under Columns

As I look back at the local news headlines from a week ago, I can only stand and shake my head. There were over 40 University of Massachusetts area 911 calls in one weekend for alcohol related issues. Even for a campus that has...

Homelessness in the valley

By Eric Magazu

September 28, 2009

Filed under Columns

Last Tuesday MassPIRG held its semester kickoff meeting in the basement of the Campus Center. After some brief introductory remarks by leaders, the group divided up into four smaller sections. One of the sections was dedicated...

Massachusetts Senate Bill 2028 is kosher

By Chris Amorosi

September 28, 2009

Filed under Columns

It would be easier if those who wish to die from swine flu would simply infect themselves now and save me the trouble of having to read through their hysterical ravings over Massachusetts Senate Bill 2028. Ironically, I imagine...

Crossing the divide between “us” and “them”

By Thomas Moore

September 28, 2009

Filed under Columns

Two and a half months ago, I stepped out of the blazing sun and into a cramped dark shelter that was constructed out of mud and rusted sheet metal. My eyes adjusted to the windowless room and I followed directions to sit on a...