Massachusetts Daily Collegian

‘R’ word degrades people

By Matt Kushi

February 9, 2010


Filed under Columns

Many of us read the news every day.  If you read the news this past week, you likely saw many stories. How many left an impression on you? I know that I saw two stories that caught my eye. These two stories were different, yet similar. One is a national story, and the other a local story. The first...

Cheers to the Super Bowl from Ireland

By Nick O'Malley

February 9, 2010


Filed under Columns

For three and a half hours Sunday night, everybody was an (American) football fan. Even if they had no idea what was going on. At Captain America’s, a crowded comic book hero-themed restaurant in downtown Cork, Ireland, though, knowledge of the game made little difference. That night, Munster...

Concrete but charming campus

By Andrew Sheridan

February 8, 2010


Filed under Columns

The University of Massachusetts Amherst campus has a reputation for being ugly. Detractors complain of too much concrete and not enough class. The college ranking site College Prowler describes it quite negatively, saying that, “with some exceptions, the buildings on campus are not very architecturally...

Go back to the chalkboard

By R.P. Hitt

February 8, 2010


Filed under Columns, Opinion

My first semester at the University of Massachusetts introduced me to the Interwrite Personal Response System, or PRS, for Chemistry 111. The PRS system has been adopted by 32 other courses. In these classes, students are required to buy the individual remote, which costs $39 used and $52 new from the...

Time to rock the sexism and racism boat

By Dave Coffey

February 8, 2010


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I will admit right away that I am by no means a fashionable person.  Everyday, I sport a plaid jacket that brings to mind the outfit Kurt Cobain was probably buried in. I wear wrinkled shirts bearing the likenesses of iconic figures ranging from the Incredible Hulk to Neil Diamond. So like I said, I’m...

“Golden tickets” not such a golden way to handle group exercise at rec center sign-ups

By Amanda Joinson

February 8, 2010


Filed under Columns, Opinion

After a long day of classes one can imagine the last thing students would want to do is spend another hour fighting for leg room in a classroom that’s way too hot and filled with sweat-soaked bodies.   But everyone seems to be doing just that at the University of Masschusetts’ recreation center.   The...

No jeans at the gym

By Eli Gottlieb

February 7, 2010


Filed under Columns

Normally when I get told off for wearing the wrong clothes, I look around and wonder how the hell I found myself in a costume party. So it came as a bit of a surprise when one of the new Recreation Center’s 200 student workers interrupted my tricep pushdowns to tell me about the dress code. I’d been...

The Party of No

By Alex Perry

February 7, 2010


Filed under Columns

We are constantly told by our elected officials in Washington there are two reasons why Obama’s first year in office has not gone as smoothly as many had hoped it would. The first reason is the classic go-to for Democrats: George W. Bush left too big a mess to clean up in one year. That excuse dropped...

To be “Frank,” being left handed does not make you a persecuted minority

By Dmitriy Shapiro

February 7, 2010


Filed under Columns

I have to admit that I can finally pity myself for being classified as a discriminated minority. In full disclosure, I am left handed, Jewish and a Republican on the University of Massachusetts campus, though I’m not homosexual or a 31-year veteran of the U.S. House of Representatives. As Rep. Barney...

New UMass law school is for fools

By Ben Moriarty

February 5, 2010


Filed under Columns

The moon, although it looks very small in the sky, is actually quite large and has a gravitational effect on the Earth. Along with the Earth’s rotation, the gravitational pull from the moon has a continual effect on the water on our Earth, causing things like low tides and high tides. And sometimes,...

Liberal lions don’t die

By Charlie Felder

February 5, 2010


Filed under Columns

“The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dream shall never die.” Ted Kennedy spoke those words upon conceding the 1980 Democratic Presidential nomination to then-President Jimmy Carter. That speech was a barn-burner if ever there was one, and years later, those words rank...

Entering political apathy

By Matthew M. Robare

February 5, 2010


Filed under Columns

Massachusetts ain’t what it used to be. Senator Ted Kennedy, because of his name and his long service, was probably one of the most influential people in Congress for nearly thirty years. But he wasn’t the only famous and influential person from Massachusetts. After World War II, three Representatives...