Massachusetts Daily Collegian

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...

Debunking Assumptions about the SGA

By Garrett Gowen

September 13, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I’m an ‘SGA lifer.’ That’s what I called myself when I was asked when I joined the University of Massachusetts Student Government Association during a New Students Orientation presentation I gave about the SGA. The term ‘lifer’ is an interesting one. It probably more aptly describes a prison inmat...

Is Romney/Ryan the Golden Ticket?

By Josh Steinberg

September 13, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Point-Counterpoint

There are a lot of half-witted assumptions being tossed around as this election draws closer. There appears to be a lot of people who are ‘die-hard Democrats’ with no clue as to why, other than that’s what their mother told them to do. Here are a few things to consider over the next month and a half before...

Precarious Pragmatism

By Nikhil Rao

September 13, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

In most countries, media outlets are incredibly biased in terms of ideology, beliefs and even the tone of news reporting. Leftist news hubs tend to disdainfully view private enterprise and calls for competition while their counterparts aim to disabuse people of the notion that governments are fair, just...

Chicago teachers strike to better children’s education

By Billy Rainsford

September 12, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Yesterday, as students across the country settled into home room and first period classes for the start of another week of school, students in the Chicago public school system were instead sent to temporary school sites, churches, daycares or home. The Chicago Teachers Union, after 10 months of negotiating...

History demolished by architectural Brutalism

By Jan Dichter

September 12, 2012


Filed under Archives, Columns, Opinion

The supposedly accidental demolition of the historic trolley stop over the summer would not appear so suspicious, not only if it hadn’t so conveniently happened when no one was around to see it, but if it weren’t so in line with the long string of architectural disasters already perpetrated on campus....

Let haters be your motivators

By Hannah Sparks

September 11, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

When I think about the emotion of anger, I am faced with two diametrically opposite mental images. One is fire. Everything is hot to the touch. Anger flares up in your blood and races through you at a hundred miles an hour, igniting every inch of you until it finds an outlet. Otherwise you’d combust. The other i...

Homelessness and mental illness

By Katie Landeck

September 11, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Just after the October snowstorm, I went to Craig’s Doors, the local homeless shelter, to do a story on the homeless in Amherst and how the storm affected them. Of the 29 guests that were there, the person I remember most clearly from that visit is Mary, a regular at the shelter for the last three “seasons....

America’s Iranian issue

By David Kaufman

September 10, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

The issue of Iran obtaining nuclear weapon capabilities has swamped media outlets for almost a year now, but many have not talked about how American national security and foreign interests would be jeopardized if Iran were to obtain nuclear weapon capabilities. The fallout that would ensue from a nuclear...

Wake Up and Go to Sleep

By Emily Felder

September 10, 2012


Filed under Opinion

I recently had a nightmare. Usually my dreams are very surreal, and I cannot tell what place or land I am in, nor do I recognize the faces of the strangers who pass me by. I dream fantastic realities, filled with vibrant colors, and curious, intricate designs and landscapes. I am able to lucid dream,...