Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Say no to aliens

By Stephanie Ambroise

March 1, 2012

Filed under Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

The contacting of aliens seems like a topic that is very science fiction, but there are many scientific programs and machines readily made for this very contact. In fact, the promise or threat, of alien contact is so real to some...

The Oscars are a boy’s club

By Victoria Knobloch

February 23, 2012

Filed under Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

I cried when Kathryn Bigelow won best director for “The Hurt Locker” in 2008. At the time I was still an aspiring filmmaker, and as a woman I was feeling pretty beaten down by the misogynist film nerds I encountered left and right, especially in my fil...

Celebrating cinema

By Chris Shores

February 23, 2012

Filed under Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

There’s something special about award shows. I’m not talking about the designer dresses and the red carpet celebrity exchanges. Nor do I refer to the tipsy speeches that drag on for minutes on end as actors list anyone ...

The Exercise Enigma

By Merav Kaufman

February 21, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

A notable difference between a typical college student and elementary school child – aside from their height – is their differing personal relationships with physical activity. Exercise is seamlessly incorporated into the g...

No more mind games

By Lauren Vincent

February 16, 2012

Filed under Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

According to scientists at University of California at Berkley, mind-reading may not be just a plot point in a Mel Gibson chick flick, but an actual possibility. For those of you worried that the crazy sex fantasies you’re conjuring...

Could mind-reading be dangerous?

By Karen Podorefsky

February 16, 2012

Filed under Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

If you could have any super power, what would it be? I have always wanted to read minds, but I’m not so sure I like that idea anymore. Maybe it would be best to fly, teleport or have super strength. Those seem to have a lot less risk than being able to...

Only the Syrians can liberate Syria

By Mike Tudoreanu

February 9, 2012

Filed under Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

See the counter argument: Save Syria from falling apart About a year ago, the Arab Spring reached Bahrain – a tiny, oil-exporting kingdom in the Persian Gulf. On Feb. 14, 2011, protesters began to camp out in the center of the ca...

Save Syria from falling apart

By Claire Anderson

February 9, 2012

Filed under Archives, Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

See the counter argument: Only the Syrians can liberate Syria It’s 8:55 p.m. Monday night in Syria when a video is posted on YouTube.com of a student protest in Homs, Syria, but unlike the Southwest riot after the Sup...

Riot outside your window

By Kurt Coleman

February 3, 2012

Filed under Archives, Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

If you live in Southwest and are not aware of its notorious history of rioting, well, I don’t know why you are living in Southwest. The underclassmen Mecca has long been the campus capital for overindulgent college behavior....

Downriot Dangerous

By Emily Merlino

February 3, 2012

Filed under Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

It’s Sunday night, and 100 of you and your closest friends are watching the New England Patriots and the New York Giants battle for a Super Bowl ring. Suddenly, your team of choice enacts a play that wins the game. Beers are...

A Republican Frankenstein’s monster

By Nikhil Rao

February 2, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

As a politics wonk, I have been following the race for the Republican presidential nomination since May 2010. I’ve witnessed it all: from the rise of Michele Bachmann to the ignominious fall of Herman Cain. I’ve agreed with the pundits about each candi...

I’m not in love with the modern world

By Hannah Sparks

February 2, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

The Fine Arts Center is ugly, especially when it rains, and its layout is bizarre to say the least. Herter Hall is equally as ugly, and a creepy tunnel connects it to the unattractive Bartlett Hall. In fact, most of the bui...