Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Give Mom and Pop a chance

By Jeff Bagdigian

April 24, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

It’s no secret that people hate sales tax – and for good reason. If you buy a $500 TV in Massachusetts, you’ll end up forking over another 30 bucks due to the 6.25 percent sales tax. The pricier the product, the more sales tax you’ll end up paying. Due to the variety available and the fact th...

Time to end sexual violence

By Roy Ribitzky

April 24, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Editor’s note: This is the first in a three-part series about violence and sexism on the University of Massachusetts campus. It was early spring semester my sophomore year when the Boston Globe published the article “No Crackdown on Assaults at Colleges.” After conducting an investigation, the Glob...

A Tale of Two Colleges

By Artur Wysoczanski

April 24, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I’ve said on many occasions that the University of Massachusetts is an excellent place to live and study. After a year of living here I think that statement is correct. One of the things I probably missed out on saying, though, is that it’s also an interesting place to be in its own right. Well,...

Gay jokes not so funny

By Julia Ozog

April 24, 2012


Filed under Opinion

In a recent sketch on Saturday Night Live, a cashier compliments Andy Samberg and Jason Sudeikis playing a cute pair of gentlemen out antiquing together. This sends them into an annoyed search for a way to inform people that they are NOT gay, and are in fact two single, handsome and eligible men looking...

Current economics is flawed

By Mason Woolley

April 23, 2012


Filed under Opinion

What is the current state of economics today? Contemporary economics appears to rest in a state of polarization between two opposing philosophies: capitalism and neo-Marxism. My opinion is they are both wrong. According to the heterodoxy economics program at the University of Massachusetts, capitalism...

A Movement within a movement: America’s role in the Arab Spring Revolutions

By Timothy Haggerty

April 23, 2012


Filed under Opinion

The fledgling democracies of the Arab Spring movement fought through autocratic governments and violent oppression to gain freer political processes, yet they are still not free from meddling organizations, funded by United States taxpayers, that “promote democracy” in foreign countries; a process both contradictory to democratic values...

‘Uncler,’ the Social Network for uncles

By Brian Ahearn

April 23, 2012


Filed under Opinion

Editor’s Note: This piece is satirical in nature.  The company referenced is fictional. Social networking is dominating the world.  As of February, there were over 845 million accounts registered to Facebook, and the numbers are growing every day.  But of course this is not the only form of ...

Eco“mom”ics

By Jon Carvalho

April 19, 2012


Filed under Opinion

With all the problems currently raging across the globe – from a North Korean missile launch to the trial of a mass killer in Norway – here in the States the media is of course focused attention on the most important news item of the day: whether or not Ann Romney’s status as a stay-at-home mother...

Fifty Shades of Fan Fiction: Writers and friends

By Victoria Knobloch

April 19, 2012


Filed under Opinion

“Fifty Shades of Grey” by E.L. James has been number one on the New York Times bestseller list for four weeks. People are talking – partly because it’s a pornographic work, partly because there are heavy bondage and sadism themes, and partly because it was originally published as a “Twiligh...

Sophomoric musings

By Merav Kaufman

April 19, 2012


Filed under Opinion

While a tear-jerking, self-reflective column on the University of Massachusetts experience is usually reserved for graduating seniors, I have decided to attempt a similar feat for my last column of the year despite my lowly sophomore status. It feels like just last week that I was standing in a circle on the Northeast Quad playing “Where the Wind Blows.”  New S...

Bureaucrats: Overpaid or Underpaid?

By Edan Samson

April 19, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

The question of how to deal with our country’s ever-expanding bureaucracy has been a part of the national dialogue for some time. It has been amplified in recent years by the emergence of the Tea Party movement, along with various other organizations. Republicans and conservatives bemoan the largesse of our governmen...

Morals of punishment

By Hannah Sparks

April 19, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

Questions of morality have plagued human beings since the beginning of their existence, and still it seems that we can’t come to an agreement on what is right and what is wrong. We all have a fuzzy idea of what these words mean, but their interpretation varies culture to culture, and can even chan...