Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Hints of big government

By Ben Rudnick

November 24, 2009


Filed under Columns

Two recent articles have reminded me of the perils of government: not just democratic, parliamentary, socialist or communist government, but all government. Any government constituted by people is vulnerable to all the foibles of our imperfect species, and one of our most pernicious faults is our inexhaustible...

Subversive pinko turkeys

By Chris Amorosi

November 23, 2009


Filed under Columns

My loyal readers, or reader, may remember my column from a year ago concerning the holiday of pre-Thanksgiving. In that column, I reflected on the wholesome and American origins of the holiday. For instance, pre-Thanksgiving begins five days before Thanksgiving to commemorate the deportation and marginalization...

Children or e-children?

By Thomas Moore

November 23, 2009


Filed under Columns

As a junior at the University of Massachusetts, I find that my breakfast conversations have moved from noon closer to 8:00 a.m. over time. They have switched locations from the crowded Hampshire Dining Commons to a desolate apartment. But the most staggering development over the past couple of years...

Giving thanks where thanks is due

By Eric Magazu

November 23, 2009


Filed under Columns

This Thursday, if not earlier, many of us will be heading home to visit with family and friends for a hearty Thanksgiving dinner. This is the tradition that most of us share as Americans. The day after Thanksgiving is known as the kick-off shopping day for the holiday season. It is not uncommon at...

The moral imperative for health care

By Matt Kushi

November 23, 2009


Filed under Columns

Moral purity has been the catalyst of change throughout the history of the United States of America. This path has not always been on the conscious level of our nation’s leaders, but it’s defined what the United States represents within the rest of the world. The land of the free and the home...

From down under with love

By Solmaaz Yazdiha

November 22, 2009


Filed under Columns

In less than three weeks, I will be back in the United States. For the last 13, I have been living, working and studying in Australia. With this “back to reality” feeling looming, it’s hard not to think about what reality means for me. As someone lucky enough to have this opportunity abroad, I’ll...

Through the desert to wisdom

By Mike Fox

November 22, 2009


Filed under Columns

The trip started as a pipe dream. A coastal Chilean city where a James Bond movie was filmed, the world’s largest salt flats and the center of the exploration of the northern Argentine desert were all about 300 miles from each other. So I figured that with a week and a half I could have a sojourn through...

$1 million per job

By Alex Perry

November 22, 2009


Filed under Columns

The $787 billion stimulus package Democrats forced on us in February has been a failure and, based on recent news of fraud, borders on disaster.             For most Americans, it’s hard to notice that the government took $787 billion to “stimulate” the economy at the beginning of the...

Hampshire is better

By Alex Perry

November 19, 2009


Filed under Columns

Hampshire Dining Commons is undoubtedly the best DC on campus, although it certainly doesn’t have that reputation. Particularly during lunch, the food at Hampshire is not at all comparable to Berkshire. The burritos made at Hampshire might be the best item made anywhere on campus. The sandwich line,...

Berkshire is better

By Thomas Moore

November 19, 2009


Filed under Columns

The typical college student, during their four-ish years here at the University of Massachusetts, will experience quite a bit out of life. Grueling all-night study sessions, Saturday afternoon football games, long hikes up to the Townhouse of Amherst Apartments for weekend parties and watching Quidditch...

Should we kill that turkey?

By Matthew M. Robare

November 19, 2009


Filed under Columns

Survivor’s Guilt. Committing a crime just by being who you are. A massive genocide committed twice a year every year in a supposedly free country. This is the sad, terrifying way of life for millions in America. Every year at Thanksgiving and Christmas, millions of turkeys are slaughtered without mercy. Except...

How bad is cheating?

By Ben Moriarty

November 19, 2009


Filed under Columns

This week, Thierry Henry introduced France’s own “Hand of God” goal to the soccer world. It (possibly) gave them their entrance into the World Cup this coming year. And to the dismay of the Irish, it is because of pure cheating. The original “Hand of God” goal, if you didn’t know, was...