Massachusetts Daily Collegian

The UMass Files

By Matt Brown

October 5, 2012


Filed under Opinion

Lily took a few steps forward on the black, foreboding path before her. Yes, she had heard the grossly exaggerated names for this trail from her friends – well, mostly acquaintances – but she wasn’t the “social butterfly” type. It was all ridiculous, hyped-up slop designed to make the campus seem more ...

Senator Brown: No more “Mr. Nice Guy”

By Patrick Kenney

October 3, 2012


Filed under Archives, Columns, Opinion

On the streets of Dorchester two men were spotted making tomahawk chops and war whoops on Sept. 23. Who were these individuals? Were they sports fans? No. How about street performers? No. So who else could these unknown men making racially insensitive gestures be? These mystery men were not just supporters, b...

Don’t stop the buzzing

By Luke Dery

October 3, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Next time you hear something buzzing in your ear, think twice. Such bug-squashing reactions are contributing to the destruction of a very important supporter of the human race – honeybees. These friendly creatures are dying off in large numbers due to a horrible phenomenon called the Colony Collapse...

The despicable state of the Warren-Brown race

By Zac Bears

October 2, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

The Massachusetts Senate election for the seat held by Senator Scott Brown is becoming more vitriolic and contested every week. The debate held on September 20 between Senator Brown and challenger Elizabeth Warren involved core issues of the campaign, including the environment, bipartisanship, and the economy...

A racy Senate campaign

By Kristin LaFratta

October 2, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Cherokee Liz. Two words alone that a year ago may have meant nothing, now spark rather opposing reactions: laughter, or heated defense. Digging up the old, receded, most likely irrelevant dirt on one’s political opponent is the norm. Since May of the past year, incumbent Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown an...

Is LinkedIn the missing link?

By Merav Kaufman

October 2, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I first created my LinkedIn account for a school assignment early in my freshman year. It was long before I had any sense of the professional world or knew how to properly accentuate "résumé." At the time, I was skeptical and resistant to the idea of creating yet another online profile that, along with my Face...

Your family’s conspiracy to be involved in your college life

By Jason Brooks

October 2, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I’m in good standing with my grandfather. I’ve blocked any and all possible means of communication with him. I filter his emails into the spam box. I changed my cellphone number so instead of calling me, he calls a payphone in a diner located somewhere in New Mexico along Route 66. I’ve also...

In a world ruled by technology…

By Tim Drugan-Eppich

October 2, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Humans have always been a social species.  A species that works together to build great things, explores beyond natural borders and creates civilizations. But, could that cooperative attitude be changing?  In a technology-dominated world, the current college generation, which has grown up plugged into...

Letter to the Editor

October 1, 2012


Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinion

Dear Editor: The morning of July 7, 2005, was a day I will never forget; it was the day my grandmother passed away from pancreatic cancer. The pain she endured during those last few months due to her terminal illness was excruciating and unnecessary. On Nov. 6, 2012, registered voters in Massachusetts...

Bloomberg’s Blooper

By Christopher McKnight

September 30, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

“Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness” are some of the most famous words from the Declaration of Independence. These are the three basic rights given to the American people and what the citizens of our country have been chasing ever since. If your definition of happiness is 16 ounces ...

Ceci n’est pas une universite

By Jan Dichter

September 30, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

The crisis of meaning which engaged so much of the late 20th century’s attention seems to have disappeared from sight behind the social crises of the past decade, but without ceasing to underlie them: for example, the rapid rise and collapse of speculative financial bubbles around mortgages or Internet IPOs reflect the growing gulf between meanings and functions (a...

Letters to the editor

September 30, 2012


Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinion

To the editor, The Cannabis Reform Coalition office fiasco should be troubling to anyone concerned about student rights. The bumping of the CRC from the new cubicle in Room 409 – vital as it is for the ongoing functioning of the group – is secondary to the original loss of Room 322. The...