Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Letters to the editor: October 8, 2009

October 7, 2009


Filed under Columns

UMass dining is no impersonator RE: “UMass an eco-impersonator;” Ashley Lesperance, Oct. 2 Dear Editor,   I would like to clarify the misleading statements made by Ashley Lesperance in her recent column on Friday, October 2, titled “Eco-Impersonator”. Since joining the Monterey Ba...

Meghan McCain’s Republicanism

By Alana Goodman

October 7, 2009


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I was watching Fox News the other night when something suddenly hit me like a Marc Jacobs spike-heel stiletto: The conservative movement is dying. It’s old, it’s dull and worse, it’s tragically un-hip. As my eyes roved across Fox’s news contributors — Dick Morris (old!), Krauthammer (handicapped!),...

Collegian and campus collaboration

By Collegian News Staff

October 6, 2009


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

This week is National Newspaper Week. Think that’s silly? So does The Massachusetts Daily Collegian. But quick search on Google News will show readers that newspapers – unsure about their future in the thick of an economic crisis and a digital revolution – are putting out some pretty self-congratulatory...

Are you off limits? Then don’t flirt

By H.C. Wang

October 6, 2009


Filed under Opinion

The scene: You’re at some get-together with a bunch of people. You meet some hot guy or cute girl and get to talking. The two of you seem to really hit it off and it’s looking like there’s potential. By the end of the event, you end up getting the number of the hottie you’ve been flirting incessantly...

Amherst to tackle climate change

By Eric Magazu

October 5, 2009


Filed under Columns

During this past weekend, Massachusetts Power Shift (MAPS), a coalition of students, professionals and concerned citizens, held a regional climate leadership training at Amherst College. Along with MAPS, Amherst 350, a local subsidiary organization, is seeking to band together Amherst citizens in preparation...

Political ignorance brings no bliss

By Matt Kushi

October 5, 2009


Filed under Columns

We here in America have a listening problem. No, not the old “Eh, what did you say, sonny?” hearing problem. It is the one that can be summed up in the old saying that “ignorance is bliss.” We already know that the latter statement is false more times than not. Over this past year, as America...

Where’s the respect for our president?

By Dan Rahrig

October 5, 2009


Filed under Columns

When I was very young, I remember my mother telling me to always be respectful of others, and to treat people with the same kind of basic decency with which  you expect to be treated. This isn’t a strange concept. Most people have heard this message from a young age, either from their parents,...

140 years later, Gandhi’s legacy remains

By Syed Akhtar

October 5, 2009


Filed under Columns

On Oct. 2, India celebrated its 140th birthday of the “Father of the Nation”, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. In most parts of the world, Gandhi is known for his non-violent method of fight against the British during India’s fight for freedom and for starting Satyaghrah, a philosophy and practice...

Should spill-over rooms be a part of UMass?

By Lauren Rockoff

October 5, 2009


Filed under Columns, Opinion

There are those classes at this university which hundreds of students struggle to get into because of the outstanding professors that teach them, the intriguing subject matter, or to fill pre-requisites for applying to graduate school. One such class is organic chemistry. Even social science majors of...

Failed publicity of the SGA

By Alex Perry

October 5, 2009


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Where should one start fixing the SGA? What is the SGA again? Can you name a single thing the Student Government Association is responsible for doing in the past year? I have been at the University of Massachusetts for nearly four years now. I lived in Southwest for two years and have lived off...

Propaganda surrounding Obama’s ‘czars’

By Meghan Boesch

October 4, 2009


Filed under Columns

Two weeks ago, I drove to my hometown of Chicopee to spend Friday night at the Big E with a couple of my good friends. As I approached the intersection of Route 116 and Route 202, I saw groups of people assembled along the sidewalks holding signs decrying over-the-top government spending. My favorite...

Netiquette 2009: What you don’t know about e-mail could hurt you

October 4, 2009


Filed under Columns

As someone who has daily contact with undergraduates, I often hear from frustrated students that they were not aware of certain academic regulations, or that they were never informed about an upcoming event or a change of policy. In almost every case, this frustration could have been avoided if all students...