Massachusetts Daily Collegian

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....

Meghan McCain the new GOP spokesperson

By Ben Moriarty

October 8, 2009


Filed under Columns

“Is there anyone in this room that actually thinks fear politics is good for America?” A question posed by Meghan McCain during her visit to the University of Massachusetts campus on Wednesday night. I don’t know, no one responded. But I imagine some would. Meghan (first name basis, in my...

An exciting time to exercise the right to vote in Massachusetts

By Nick Milano

October 8, 2009


Filed under Columns

What we have here is a political nut’s dream come to fruition. A thoroughly entertaining Boston mayoral and City Council election has captivated the city. Senator Ted Kennedy’s unfortunate passing has kick started an incredible Democratic primary with four legitimate candidates hammering away at...

This won’t complicate anything, now will it?

By S.K. Murphy

October 8, 2009


Filed under Arts & Living, Columns

He says it’s nice, and I have to say the feeling is mutual. He nestles up beside me - spent as Danielle Steel might describe, from the vigor of these recent activities - and I jealously observe that his physique is much better maintained than my own. By then I’ve vowed to keep my curves surreptitious...

U.S. needs to play its hand right in Afghanistan

By Rachel Dougherty

October 7, 2009


Filed under Columns

It’s Wednesday night at the White House, and all the major players in U.S. foreign policy are sitting around a table with the president. They’re considering their positions, working out their strategies, and wondering what hand is going to be dealt next. Its decision time for Barack Obama’s administration,...

Fight for your right to sleep

By Matthew M. Robare

October 7, 2009


Filed under Columns

I have an important and radical proposal for you all, so listen up. This semester has generally been difficult for me so far because I have two classes which start before 10 a.m. And between my various responsibilities, I am in bed between midnight and 1:00 a.m. This just can't go on. I need my sleep...