Massachusetts Daily Collegian

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....

State of the Union, uninspiring at best

By Harrison Searles

January 27, 2011

Filed under Point-Counterpoint

President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address this past Tuesday was uninspiring at best and can be more accurately described as an yet another act of Obama, with his eyes set on 2012, trying to secure himself as a part...

Politics: Nasty, brutish and short

By Matthew M. Robare

January 20, 2011

Filed under Point-Counterpoint

Point-counterpoint: Little the better for anything else In the wake of Tucson, there’s been a lot of talk about violent rhetoric in politics. Trust me: Divorcing politics and violence is impossible – politics is violence. ...

Little the better for anything else

By Mike Fox

January 20, 2011

Filed under Point-Counterpoint

Point-counterpoint: Politics: nasty, brutish and short The tragedy in Tucson was committed by a mentally disturbed individual whose true motivations might never be known. His motive might not even be coherent. However, in light...

Worst Building on Campus – Morrill: Lost in the science jungle

By Zachary Weishar

December 9, 2010

Filed under Columns, Point-Counterpoint

Click here to view the other side of the Point-Counterpoint: “Nothing to write home about.” Click here to view the rest of the Worst Buildings on Campus. Geologic science, Biology and Microbiology are dis...

Worst Buildings on Campus – Bartlett: Nothing to write home about

By Matthew M. Robare

December 9, 2010

Filed under Columns, Point-Counterpoint

Click here to view the other side of the Point-Counterpoint: “Lost in the science jungle.” Click here to view the rest of the Worst Buildings on Campus. Yesterday I had a test in Bartlett. If you have somehow managed to be blessed ...

Let’s get instant runoff running

By R.P. Hitt

November 11, 2010

Filed under Columns, Point-Counterpoint

Click here to read the other side of this week's Point-Counterpoint: "IRV, a voting spoiler alert" Have you ever looked at the Democratic and Republican candidates and thought, ‘Wow I really don’t want to vote for either ...

IRV, a voting spoiler alert

By Eli Gottlie

November 11, 2010

Filed under Columns, Point-Counterpoint

Nowadays it turns out that a lot of people want to switch the American voting system to something called instant runoff voting. Under this new system, you would fill out your ballot by ranking the candidates from those you mos...