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Save Syria from falling apart

By Claire Anderson

February 10, 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...

Broken Boot Straps: A Moral Tale

By Max Calloway

January 27, 2012

Filed under Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

A noted and often highlighted hallmark of the New Yorker is his or her ability to avoid the sticky mess that can often be human empathy or sympathy by keeping the eyes locked forward staring eye-level at some indeterminate middle...

Working our way upstream

By Rachael Roth

January 27, 2012

Filed under Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

I was in the Deep South when I heard a parable that changed my life. It was told by a woman who worked with high school students painting houses for people that were threatened with the prospect of losing their homes by insurance...

Transfer students lost in the housing shuffle

By Billy Rainsford

January 26, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

There’s a housing crunch at the University of Massachusetts. The dip in the economy combined with the growing prestige of the University has made UMass an increasingly attractive option for those seeking higher education. In...

Obesity as a ‘social problem’

By Nikhil Rao

January 26, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

A lot is being made of obesity, especially in the most obese country in the world: the United States. Obesity has been dubbed a ‘social problem’. Factors leading to obesity have been called harmful to the environment. It is said to impose a large cost on the taxpayer and people have said th...

Sticking to the Constitution on foreign policy

By Eric Magazu

January 26, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

In the current Republican presidential primary season, there’s one candidate that goes off the normal track and often faces ridicule and insult for it: Ron Paul. Not only is he somewhat marginalized by the mainstream pres...

Has Timeline crossed a line?

By Samara Abramson

January 26, 2012

Filed under Archives, Columns, Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

Social media has become one of the most prominent facets of our generation, and while Facebook reigns at the top of the spectrum, its constant changes have people all over the world asking: How much more change can we take? One...

PCP: The Right to Housing: Aspiration and Reality

By DailyCollegian.com Staff

October 14, 2011

Filed under Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

Housing is a right. I say this not as a claim to a natural state of humanity or as an observation of law. The right to housing is an aspirational demand, a strategy for political organizing and a rhetorical tool for combatting the mass evictions facing working and m...