Massachusetts Daily Collegian

My Student Body: Failure of Health Education

By Kristin LaFratta

September 24, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Alcohol. Drugs. Sex. Push play and repeat. The United States educational system has been fighting an ambitious war against these “evils” for years, hoping to warn the youth of our country of their devastating effects. The University of Massachusetts, along with other major colleges such as Wake Forest and Louisiana State, uses the website,...

Prioritizing the Issues That Matter

By David Kaufman

September 24, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I would like to formally introduce myself to my readers and where my opinions come from as the president of the University of Massachusetts Republican Club and a Political Science major. Growing up in Rochester, N.Y., I was raised in a stable suburban community with few worries. I was raised in a...

Fiction Friday: Sam the Minuteman and the EEE scare

By Matt Brown

September 21, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Editor’s note: This story is a fictitious account. There are not, nor have there ever been, zombies occupying the Campus Center. Introducing, ‘Fiction Friday.’ Sam’s hand trembled as his finger rested on the trigger of his musket. His eyes darted quickly back and forth. He scanned the University of Massachus...

21st Century University is worth temporary inconvenience

By Zac Bears

September 21, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

The University of Massachusetts’ Facilities Planning department defines five current major construction projects: The Commonwealth Honors College Residential Complex (CHCRC), New Academic Classroom Building (NACB), Life Science Laboratories (LSL), Old Power Plant Demolition and Southwest Concourse Renovation. T...

The Cons of the Constant Construction

By Josh Steinberg

September 21, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

The crisp bite of the autumn air nips delicately at my face as I stroll through campus. A deep inhalation fills my lungs with cool, refreshing air. Tinges of orange paint the tips of trees and prepare for their annual takeover. Shorts are still in style and the unmistaken sound of flip-flops smacking...

Estrogen pollution making ripples

By Luke Dery

September 20, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Just when you thought that pollution couldn’t get any worse, it gets stranger. Girls are experiencing puberty at unnatural ages, women are having trouble bearing children and research has shown an increase in the percentage of females among newborn children. Scientists are saying that these things...

On the LA Times’ photo of the slain ambassador

By Molly Boushell

September 20, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Many readers of The Los Angeles Times were likely surprised to find a graphic photo of the late United States Ambassador Christopher Stevens on the front page of its morning paper on Sept. 13. Editors initially defended their decision to use the photo of the injured ambassador on the grounds that the...

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 19, 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 19, 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 18, 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 18, 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...