Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Holub’s recruitment plan hurts in-state students

By Nick Milano

October 14, 2009


Filed under Columns

With the decline in state funds, the University of Massachusetts administration announced a new policy, reported in Sunday’s Boston Globe, to “aggressively court out-of-state students.” The reasoning behind this decision may have something to do with the fact that students from states other...

Watch your hands, not your back

By Alyssa Creamer

October 14, 2009


Filed under Columns

Your alarm rings. You’re alone as you wake up in your dorm. It was a wild night, but today is a new, normal day. You update your status on Facebook, like every morning, before chomping on Frosted Flakes and drinking fruit punch out of the container. You know no one can see you as you press your nose...

Letters to the editor: October 15, 2009

October 14, 2009


Filed under Letters to the Editor

RE: “The UMass administration is not your mother;” Brian Benson, October 8  Dear Editor, In reference to Brian Benson's editorial last Friday, there are a number of very important corrections to make: 1. The Student Government Association (SGA), not the Center for Student Development, approves...

Looking out for the ‘frenemy’

October 13, 2009


Filed under Columns

Please be forewarned: this column doesn’t address an issue of great significance, such as the failing economy or the persistent presence of swine flu. Rather, it deals with a more mundane, trivial, yet irritating part of your life. I’m talking about that friend who’s also your enemy, otherwise...

Expanding the House of Representatives

By Ben Rudnick

October 13, 2009


Filed under Columns

Ideally, many aspects of our society would keep up with the rapid change that it is undergoing. Yet one of the pillars of our republic – the laws that define our relationships with our government and one another – do not seem to keep up with our ever-shifting reality. Expanding the size of the House - Part II Many old laws are no longer enforced and remain on the books merely a...

Islam: a discussion of prayer and rights

By Subhan Tariq

October 13, 2009


Filed under Columns

The last time I wrote a column I decided to change the way that I wrote. I will write more substantive, informative pieces where you, the reader would actually be able to learn something. I decided to dedicate my columns for the rest of the semester to addressing misconceptions about Islam and give a...

Why you should be absurdily ambitious

By Dave Coffey

October 13, 2009


Filed under Columns

A couple weeks ago, I read an article on Reuters about a man named Dalton Chisholm.  Aside from his fairly awesome namesake, he doesn’t really have much of a reason to be a newsworthy figure, except for one particular datum: Chisholm is suing Bank of America for $1,784 billion trillion, or, in more...

End of the college loan shark

October 12, 2009


Filed under Columns

College is not only about learning information. It’s not only about learning job skills, finding a prospective career or helping you get a better job. Well, it is about all those things, but more importantly, it’s about learning how to live life. We have never met anyone who said they didn’t...

The case for genocide prevention

By Eric Magazu

October 12, 2009


Filed under Columns

It is familiar to most of us that many student organizations, both on campus and throughout our high school years, have actively sought to inform us about the occurrence of genocide. Many classes we have taken have made reference to historical moments of genocide, the most recent and significant being...

Frozen heads and euthanasia at Alcor

By Matt Kushi

October 12, 2009


Filed under Columns

What is death? It is a question that seems so simple yet so complex. It is a question that we tend to think that we know. Once a person stops breathing and their brain stops functioning, they are dead. Apparently, the Alcor Life Extension Foundation, Inc., a cryonics laboratory founded in 1972 in Scottsdale,...

Crazy Christians not just an Amherst product

By Thomas Moore

October 12, 2009


Filed under Columns

I’m starting to notice that there is a fairly large amount of crazy Christians at the University of Massachusetts. Some sacrifice their free time to sit behind tables in the Campus Center, providing information and opportunities for interested individuals wanting to learn more. Others are bold enough...

The UMass administration is not your mother

By Brian Benson

October 8, 2009


Filed under Columns

A glance at history will show that as social systems become more complex, the entities that govern them become more restrictive and less popular. We have seen two primary solutions to this problem. Either their component parts become autonomous or their governments attempt to fix the system with rules....