Massachusetts Daily Collegian

(UMass) Haikus from the heart

By Emily Felder

September 7, 2012


Filed under Opinion

The campus pond lures                                               Eight o'clock a.m. Smells of algae compel you                                        This may be your walk of shame Go, fly with the geese.                              ...

The fresh face of the Student Government Association

By Garrett Gowen

September 5, 2012


Filed under Opinion

A few weeks ago, when I walked into the Student Government Association office for the first time this year, I noticed just how many doors there are into our office. There’s one in the Student Union stairwell adjacent to us, and three more down the hallway, always locked. I also noticed the blinds on them, and ...

The Dangers of ‘Socialisme’

By Nikhil Rao

September 5, 2012


Filed under Opinion

This summer saw the ever-charismatic former French President Nicolas Sarkozy ousted from his position as ‘Monsieur le President.’ The ex-president of the ‘Union pour un Mouvement Populaire’ (UMP) was defeated by Francois Hollande, member of the French Socialist Party, Parti socialiste (PS) by a 52 t...

Jezebel.com: Home of hypocrisy

By Emily Merlino

September 5, 2012


Filed under Opinion

If one is to believe the hype, websites like “Slate” and “iVillage” have replaced ESPN and Barstool as the new bastions of high Internet traffic. Jezebel.com, a feminism-centered branch of gossip blog Gawker, is a major player in this so-called “estrogen revolution”. Jezebel.com proclaims its focus to be on “Celebrity, Sex and Fash...

Something Greek

By Karen Podorefsky

September 5, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

Looking back a few years, I did not think highly of fraternities and sororities. However, once I entered college, I realized that I was wrong to do so. Movies and pop culture put an unnecessarily negative aura around Greek life. Before entering the University of Massachusetts and hearing positive and...

Chick-fil-A not OK in Massachusetts

By Billy Rainsford

September 5, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Last month, the fast food restaurant Chick-fil-A, specializing in various chicken menu items including sandwiches, may have only been known to most UMass students via its popular advertising campaign, a group of cows urging the public to “eat mor chikin.” After all, the mostly-Southern based chain...

Plane rides and life lessons

By Samara Abramson

September 5, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I believe that nothing in life really matters unless you learn something from it – that’s why we spend the majority of our early years in school, isn’t it? So when going on a trip, isn’t there a debate about which aspect has more influence, the journey or the destination? It’s a question without...

UMass vs Amherst College: Why do we have more debt?

By Billy Rainsford

September 3, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

With the start of a new year, the University of Massachusetts welcomes another very large freshman class as well as a large number of transfer students, continuing to increase undergraduate enrollment. UMass has steadily increased in size over the past 10 to15 years, in large part because of two key...

Rich Kids of Instagram blog provides snapshot of class divide

By Emily Merlino

September 3, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Instagram, the popular app that can turn your ordinary photo of an apple into a Polaroid-esque snapshot from 1972, has gained some unfavorable attention recently for being the playground of the young 1 percent. “Rich Kids of Instagram,” a popular Tumblr page that allows viewers a peek at the opulent...

UK’s regulations fail to incentivize responsibility

By Nikhil Rao

September 3, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

On June 27, Barclays PLC was fined a monstrous £290 million ($451.14 million at the time) after its traders had submitted false data used to set the LIBOR (London Interbank Offered Rate) and the EURIBOR (Euro Interbank Offered Rate). These rates are used to set the values for derivatives and other financial...

Ryan rages and misgauges

By Emily Felder

September 3, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

According to that stalwart of the English language, the Oxford English Dictionary, the word "rage" is defined as "violent, uncontrollable anger." I became enraged on Aug. 11 for two reasons. The first reason is obvious: former Massachusetts governor and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney announced his selection of Rep. Paul Ryan,...

The politics of pure love

By Anna Soldner

September 3, 2012


Filed under Archives, Columns, Opinion

Despite what Catholic high schools’ administrations may wish you to believe, among the student body chastity isn’t always equated with coolness. But when notable Christian chastity apologist Jason Evert spoke to our class the spring of freshmen year, the hallmarks of coolness suddenly switched from teenage rebellion to purity pledges and a life of se...