Massachusetts Daily Collegian

1 Student loan bill matters too

By Sara Crossman

March 22, 2010

The news everyone has been talking about is the healthcare bill that finally passed over the weekend, but there is another important piece of legislation riding the healthcare bill’s coattails: a student loan bill.  For many students, the effects of this bill will be significantly more immediate than...

The Giant’s Causeway story

By Nick O'Malley

March 22, 2010

There are a lot of reasons that people study abroad, the most often cited one being “for the experience.” Or, to be honest, “doing awesome stuff in another country so you can tell stories about awesome stuff you did in other countries.” I’m at the point in my Celtic adventure where I can...

Federal sales tax solves all federal woes

By Shane Cronin

March 22, 2010

The number one reason conservatives are opposed to illegal immigration – other than the obvious fact it is against the law – is money. Illegal or undocumented immigrants do not pay taxes other than state sales taxes. This accounts for only a fraction of tax revenue, however, and ranges from being...

Bad romance

By Alex Perry

March 21, 2010

I am tired of most things in our “progressive” culture today – and I’m not just talking about the “Let’s have government solve all of our problems” warpath our expert NCAA basketball bracket-picking president is on. Specifically, one of the biggest problems keeping me tossing and turning...

The eyes of the world are open

By Ben Moriarty

March 21, 2010

Over two years ago, I realized when I sat in the back of lecture halls not paying attention, I couldn’t read the PowerPoint slides or the board. Over one year ago, I went to an optometrist and got a prescription for glasses so that if I ever decided to pay attention in class, I would be able to...

The joke isn’t funny

By Roy Ribitzky

March 11, 2010

Got money? That’s the inside joke going on over at Whitmore as UMass tries to figure out ways to bring in revenue at our expense. When administrators come to campus to work they don’t see students, they see dollar signs. UMass is planning on increasing its student size while laying off professors...

Break is for a week, contemplation a lifetime

By Harrison Searles

March 11, 2010

Finally, it is the last Friday before the beginning of Spring Break and I am sure that the campus of our beloved university is already a ghost town, as a good fraction of students are already off to whichever destination they chose for their vacations. The fortunate among us will be journeying to sunny,...

Stephen Colbert is our answer

By Matthew M. Robare

March 10, 2010

Normally when I get an e-mail from the University administration that’s not informing me that I have a check waiting for me at the Bursar’s Office, I have to gulp down an extra cup of coffee just to remain comatose. Last week, however, I got an e-mail that opened up epic possibilities for my imagination...

My declaration

By Charlie Felder

March 10, 2010

When in the course of academic events it becomes necessary for one student body to strengthen the political bands which have connected them with each other and to reassume the power of the Wellman Document, the equal station to which the Laws of the University of Massachusetts and the UMass Administration...

A supporters disappointment with Obama

By Nick Milano

March 10, 2010

As a Barack Obama supporter from the day I saw him light up a town hall in New Hampshire, his presidency has been hard to take. At times, he has shown glimpses of the promise that helped sweep him into office, but more often than not, his policies have been incredibly disappointing, especially for the...

Citizens should act as ‘human resources department’ for Republican and Democrat parties

By Shane Cronin

March 10, 2010

What comes to mind when we here, in the People’s Republic of Amherst, think of the Democratic Party? The working class, the champions of immigrants, gay rights, minorities, the freedom to have an abortion and universal healthcare: the dream of Massachusetts’ late and beloved “Liberal Lion,” Ted...

SGA accomplishment met with apathy

By Ben Moriarty

March 10, 2010

            It has been said that the Student Government Association doesn’t care the slightest about the students, but instead, only about its resumes. This has been said, likely and by most accounts, since the inception of “Student Government Associations,” whatever those are, really.            ...