Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Benjamin Lithgow on “Minding Your Own Business”

By Benjamin Lithgow

September 20, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

For a long time now I’ve been uneasy about the rebuke to ‘mind one’s own business.’ Of course, if someone asks us for some personal information and we have misgivings about what it will be used for, then we might be justified in telling them that we’d rather not say. The salient question raised...

Not redistributing the wealth, redistributing the growth

By Zac Bears

September 18, 2012


Filed under Archives, Columns, Opinion

Common political parlance refers to many government programs as being redistributive. Think of the United States economy as a single, large pie of income, GDP. Redistributive government takes a slice of that pie from one person and gives it to someone else. The Republican caricature of a Democrat is an i...

Self-medication through exercise

By Karen Podorefsky

September 18, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Sometimes, rolling out of bed and splashing some cold water on your face just isn’t enough in the morning. Some would say that that’s what coffee is for, but I beg to differ. After working out, I feel awake. Not to say that it can’t be a struggle to get out of bed to exercise, but once I do, the...

An easy choice

By Tim Drugan-Eppich

September 17, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

With most students voting for the first time in a presidential election, it is essential that they be informed or at least have some idea of how important this election is before walking, or stumbling, into a voting booth. With the economy not yet out of the woods, people still in needs of job...

The Italian Job

By Claire Anderson

September 17, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Everyone is aware that Europe is in a financial sink hole. The rug was pulled out from under them by the American economy, playing the little evil child who leaves banana peels on the floor hoping someone will trip and fall on their face. Except now some of us Americans are in time out. Not the millionaire brokers or...

Editorial Cartoon: Can’t afford to get cut

By Dan Nott

September 17, 2012


Filed under Editorial Cartoons, Opinion

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Why ‘Obamacare’ isn’t for us

By Christopher McKnight

September 16, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Health care reform has been a very prevalent topic in our media, especially now that November is right around the corner, and the presidential election within reach. President Barack Obama passed a bill calling for universal health care, which many are referring to as “Obamacare.” The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act...

And so begin the Jewish High Holidays

By Merav Kaufman

September 16, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

The start of the new semester at the University of Massachusetts is a time of optimism and renewal. This year especially brings several exciting changes to campus life: the renovated Campus Center has a newfound glow, Late Night at the dining commons is an indulgence now available seven days a wee and...

Tornados, Hurricanes and Global Warming, Oh My

By Claire Anderson

September 16, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I’m from New York City, home to over 8.2 million people, the Super Bowl-winning New York Giants and the best pizza ever. On Saturday, Sept. 8, during a 50-foot wide tornado with wind speeds of around 70 miles per hour, tourists visited neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens. After making their way acros...

Capitalism Failed Our Generation

By Mike Tudoreanu

September 14, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Are you one of the many new first year students at the University of Massachusetts, or another college in the Pioneer Valley? If so, welcome! There is something I need to tell you, something college presidents do not want you to read: When they say that college is a fast track to success, and that...

PCP: Yes, Organic Food is Worth the Expense

By Melissa Mahoney

September 14, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

In a recent study, researchers from Stanford University discovered that organic food is not significantly more nutritious than conventionally raised food, raising questions about the benefits of buying expensive organic products. Although organic foods may not be nutritionally better, they do provide other health benefits such a...

PCP: Lack of USDA enforcement discredits organic labels

By Alexa Jones

September 14, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

You know those lovely super food stores that stamp that ridiculous, pastoral green sticker on your apples? They’re taunting you. They are screaming, “Uninformed citizen, please give us money so we can screw you over!” Don’t get me wrong, I completely endorse the organic lifestyle. I enjoy...