Massachusetts Daily Collegian

On health care, the GOP’s POV is BS

By Dan Rahrig

September 9, 2009

Filed under Columns

The American political system seems to operate under the assumption that there are two sides to every issue, and that each side has a legitimate position that should be heard, given weight to and respected. This is not an incorrect...

Potty training 101

By Matthew M. Robare

September 8, 2009

Filed under Columns

To be perfectly, honest, I never thought I would have to write this column. I thought all college students would be the responsible adults they’re expected to be instead of the incompetent stereotypes as seen on TV. But...

The two F’s of UMass

By Thomas Moore

September 8, 2009

Filed under Columns

In the words of my very own dirty door mat, welcome. Welcome for the first time, welcome for another time or welcome for the last time. In this early issue of The Massachusetts Daily Collegian, I hope to load first time freshmen...

For WBCN, it was time

By Nick Milano

September 8, 2009

Filed under Columns

What are those clichés? Don’t kick dirt on a grave, don’t beat a dead horse? But in the case of “The Rock of Boston,” WBCN, its death should have been celebrated with an orchestral symphony of celebration. Unlike the...

Memoirs of a parking attendant

By Chris Amorosi

September 8, 2009

Filed under Columns

Last year, I found summer employment in a large alligator mascot suit. Seeking further experience in the field of sweltering discomfort, this past summer I worked as a part-time parking lot attendant. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday,...

Generation Bacon

By Nick O'Malley

September 7, 2009

Filed under Columns

About a midlife crisis ago, many of our parents gave their generation an identity through music and drug culture to separate themselves as youths (we especially know now because they won’t shut up about Woodstock). This largely...

Springing the case for free college

By Hannah Nelson

September 7, 2009

Filed under Columns

I would have bet money on seeing pigs fly before ever hearing about a free college existing in the United States. Founded in 1917, Deep Springs College lies 28 miles into the California desert. Every student receives a full scholarship,...

Top 10 don’ts to observe this semester

By Lauren Rockoff

September 7, 2009

Filed under Columns

How do you achieve mental preparedness for a new semester? It is the eternal question. How do you get yourself excited about the long readings and lectures after less-than-adequate sleep that characterizes back-to-school? I couldn...

Ted Kennedy’s legacy reached beyond state and party lines

By Matt Kushi

September 7, 2009

Filed under Columns

On August 25, 2009, the United States of America lost a true icon. When the “Lion of the Senate,” Senator Edward Moore Kennedy, departed from this world at the age of 77 after heroically fighting brain cancer for more than...

Cultural Electricity

By Leigh Greaney

September 7, 2009

Filed under Columns

South Africa is an anomaly. To Americans, it’s this foreign land with lions, great white sharks, elephants and harsh segregation between the other beasts – humans – who are put in township shacks or guarded mansions....

Argentine culture through the people’s smile

By Mike Fox

September 7, 2009

Filed under Columns

La Rural is pretty much an Argentine national version of a state fair. We walk in, and we’re instantly thrown into a crowd (expectedly, considering today was the last day of it). On each side are faux-pampas (the plains wilderness...

My London Celebration

By Michael Phillis

September 7, 2009

Filed under Columns

Sometimes you just need to gloat a little. For me, time came this past summer when I was in London. I had wanted to go abroad, and for various reasons, I had to wait till this past summer to make it happen. I was looking for...