Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Something Greek

By Karen Podorefsky

September 5, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

Looking back a few years, I did not think highly of fraternities and sororities. However, once I entered college, I realized that I was wrong to do so. Movies and pop culture put an unnecessarily negative aura around Greek life....

Bureaucrats: Overpaid or Underpaid?

By Edan Samson

April 19, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

The question of how to deal with our country’s ever-expanding bureaucracy has been a part of the national dialogue for some time. It has been amplified in recent years by the emergence of the Tea Party movement, along wit...

Morals of punishment

By Hannah Sparks

April 19, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

Questions of morality have plagued human beings since the beginning of their existence, and still it seems that we can’t come to an agreement on what is right and what is wrong. We all have a fuzzy idea of what these words mean, but their interpretation varies culture to culture, and can ev...

Theological implications of Easter

By Harrison Searles

April 10, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

Celebrated this previous Sunday and throughout the week in the Catholic calendar, Easter is the celebration of Jesus Christ’s victory and the fulfillment of the promised voiced by the prophets of the Old Testament. After passing th...

The Egyptian Revolution is failing..

By Alaa El-Shafei

April 9, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

Over a year after his downfall, the deposed Egyptian president has yet to be convicted of any crimes. Sadly, it is clear today that celebrations of Hosni Mubarak’s downfall were premature. The revolution’s hard-won freedoms...

Jordan: A Revolution Averted

By Daniel Stratford

April 9, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

“The very idea of the fabrication of a new government is enough to fill us with disgust and horror. We wished at the period of the Revolution, and now do wish, to derive all we possess as an inheritance from our forefathers.” With these im...

The Apocalyptic Mindset

By Max Calloway

April 9, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

By this point, the iconic mushroom cloud of a hydrogen bomb burst has become a well-worn cliché, in terms of “end times” imagery. Hell, why not? In dropping “Fat Man” and then, only a short while later, “Little Boy,”...

PCP: Campus ban of weapons misguided

By Harrison Searles

April 5, 2012

Filed under Archives, Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

Like many campuses across the country, the University of Massachusetts campus has rules that prohibit the carrying of anything deemed a “dangerous weapon.”  This is done without a set of criteria that clearly demarcates a...

PCP: Hold your fire

By Billy Rainsford

April 5, 2012

Filed under Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

On the night of Saturday, April 3, 2010, the University of Massachusetts Police Department broke up a fight outside Pierpont dormitory in Southwest, which included the arrest of one Lamont Thomas, a 20-year-old non-student from Springfield. A fight bre...

Reclaiming feminism

By Hannah Sparks

April 5, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

Feminism – simply say the word and some people run for the door, others get ready for a fight and others will nod politely but never engage. Some people might get involved in civil conversation, and a few brave souls might even...

The poverty of ideological dichotomy

By Nikhil Rao

April 5, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

It is a regrettable tendency amongst people to believe that there are many on their side. In my experience, I have observed that people tend to think that most of their views  are also professed by the majority of people. The...

Mind your manners

By Katie McKenna

April 5, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

One Saturday night at the University of Massachusetts, I left a party and said, “Thank you for having us!” to the homeowners. My friends and the hosts laughed at my comment – but I was actually completely serious. It seems...