Massachusetts Daily Collegian

A Disorganized Festival

By Jaron Lewin Berlin

April 21, 2011

Filed under Point-Counterpoint

According to the Cannabis Reform Coalition, Extravaganja is intended to “increase active support for marijuana legislation.” On two days this past weekend, law enforcement allowed people to gather in the commons of Amherst and sm...

The ‘Higher Power’ doesn’t have to be God

By Victoria Knobloch

April 7, 2011

Filed under Point-Counterpoint

The discussion of whether religion belongs in spaces like Alcoholics Anonymous has many larger moral arguments tied into it. Can something be spiritual without religious aspects? Can the power of ritual and prayer have positive effect even without personal belief in a higher power? Such questions are...

Salvation’s not always religious

By Max Calloway

April 7, 2011

Filed under Point-Counterpoint

“So what did they give you?” “Well, I had morphine every four hours when I was in the hospital and they sent me home with two weeks worth of Percocet,” I said to my neighbor as we drove into town. “And man, that stuff makes you feel . . .” “The best you’ve ever felt. I know m...

Send the space-bureaucrats to Mars

By Harrison Searles

March 24, 2011

Filed under Point-Counterpoint

As the space shuttle Discovery is decommissioned and retired from service, it is time that the government of the United States rethink the role that government has to play in the future of space exploration. The reason for this i...

Why we need NASA

By Mike Tudoreanu

March 24, 2011

Filed under Point-Counterpoint

Humanity dreams of space. Our popular culture is filled with it: “Star Trek,” “Star Wars,” “Stargate,” “Battlestar Galactica” and enough spin-offs and merchandise to fill a large lunar crater. We know we want to go...

Nuking the energy problem

By Yaroslav Mikhaylov

March 3, 2011

Filed under Point-Counterpoint

It is the slowly building horror story of our generation: One day, our fossil fuels are going to run out if we don’t manage to turn our planet into a pressure cooker through the global warming that results from burning fossil fuels. Much debate has been given to what sort of energy-producing sy...

Bask in the sunlight

By Matthew M. Robare

March 3, 2011

Filed under Point-Counterpoint

Frankly, oil sucks and coal and natural gas aren’t much better; all three involving burning hydrocarbons, releasing pollutants into the air and water and, in the case of coal, ripping off the tops of mountains in West Virginia and ...

AI makes our lives better

By Curtis Bloomfield

February 17, 2011

Filed under Point-Counterpoint

It’s all about the ratings, baby. “Jeopardy” has always been a good, intense and challenging show. This show gets the audience, the viewers and the participants’ minds racing for the answer. “Jeopardy” is a game of speed, wisdom and good old fashion memory where the best person wins. Rec...

Big Blue bringer of death

By Eddie Hand

February 17, 2011

Filed under Point-Counterpoint

IBM doesn’t watch enough movies. If they did, they’d know building a humorless, robotic trivia genius/murder-machine has doomed humanity. That’s right, Watson has doomed us all. Good going, Alex Trebek. Your avarice and desire for a more entertaining form of competition pitting man against machin...

Trains are the way of the future

By Victoria Knobloch

February 10, 2011

Filed under Point-Counterpoint

There are many reasons behind my support for high-speed government subsidized nationwide trains. But first and foremost, it’s because trains are cool. After boats, trains are the hippest form of transportation. Trains have hobos and Agatha Christie murder mysteries, Alfred Hitchcock sexual innuendo ...

Make bike paths, not rail systems

By Isaac Himmelman

February 10, 2011

Filed under Point-Counterpoint

Alright, now before everyone goes squawking away about all the benefits of the Obama high-speed dream rail system allow me to anticipate the arguments in favor of the proposed rail and proceed to slam each one to the dirt with my obnoxious witticisms. Proponents say, it’ll pour money into the economy. I...

Taking aim for the future

By Chelsea Whitton

January 27, 2011

Filed under Point-Counterpoint

I think it may be fair to say the nation now has a general sentiment that “together,” as Obama said often during the speech, is the only way we will move forward economically, socially, environmentally and technologically....