Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Corporate backed dissent

By DailyCollegian.com Staff

October 6, 2011

Filed under Point-Counterpoint

When Egyptian protesters took to Tahrir Square in January, their goal was crystal clear: revolution. Then-President Hosni Mubarak tried to appease. He fired parliament and even appointed a vice president. Still the revolutionaries...

Occupy: the voice of a nation

By DailyCollegian.com Staff

October 6, 2011

Filed under Point-Counterpoint

As I write this, students gather in front of the campus library to march in solidarity with the growing movement stemming from Occupy Wall Street. Occupy Wall Street, along with its brother occupations around the country, is...

Picard’s going is boldest

By Christopher Dunay

September 29, 2011

Filed under Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

The Enterprise-D is a wild stallion with power and unbridled grandeur befitting a Federation starship. Thus, it is no surprise that she is reared by the greatest Starfleet officer who ever lived, Captain Jean-Luc Picard. While...

Beam Me Up

By Emily Felder

September 29, 2011

Filed under Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

Captain James Tiberius “Jim” Kirk is the original captain of the Enterprise and the only man worthy of the job. Let me put it this way: just because something is new, doesn’t mean it has improved. Take the new James Bond movies for example. Sure, there are better effects, modern plot lines a...

A step in the right legal direction

By Billy Rainsford

April 21, 2011

Filed under Point-Counterpoint

Extravaganja, of course, is the famed yearly festival where the town of Amherst plays host to marijuana reform activists from all over the Northeast United States. The event is certainly controversial, if for no other reason t...

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 ...