Massachusetts Daily Collegian

No Such Thing as “Free”

By Ben Rudnick

September 10, 2009

Filed under Columns

I spent the bulk of this summer participating in the University of Massachusetts Oxford Summer Seminar. Studying at Trinity College is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, especially if one takes advantage of the transportation system...

Obama in danger of failing

By Alex Perry

September 10, 2009

Filed under Columns

Grading a president is hard to do because they are responsible for so many different things. When it comes to grading Barack Obama at this point, it’s only fair to grade him on what he has done with the economy up until this...

Obama meets expectations

By Ted Rogers

September 10, 2009

Filed under Columns

This being a collegiate setting, we’ve heard the rumor that, if your roommate dies, you get straight A’s for the semester. So, what kind of grade do you get when you’ve inherited a country with a dying economy, two wars,...

Bumming it UMass style

By Nick O'Malley

September 9, 2009

Filed under Columns

It’s 5:21 a.m. and I’m sitting at the top of the ramp outside Whitmore wondering to myself: “Why am I not asleep?” I got here roughly an hour ago with my now ex-roommate Jake. Believe it or not, there was one guy, Greg,...

Getting past that new college smell

By H.C. Wang

September 9, 2009

Filed under Columns

It’s that time of the year again, folks. The last sultry days of summer are winding down. The smell of the bouquets of freshly sharpened pencils and previously unopened notebooks hang in the air as we begin the new academic...

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,...