Massachusetts Daily Collegian

This truck will be parked here for a while

By Dmitriy Shapiro

February 1, 2010


Filed under Columns

We may never see an election more important than the special one to replace the late Ted Kennedy; it has captured the attention of every political scientist, pundit and blow hard in the country for almost a month. Even the most rabid Republican back in December would not have admitted that his party...

Union: 1, Obama: 0

By Alex Perry

February 1, 2010


Filed under Columns

Barack Obama set out to restore the American public's wavering confidence and trust both in him and in government during his State of the Union address on Wednesday, but all the President really did was raise the question of how such an eloquent orator could be such a terribly confused leader. Many...

The best of both worlds

By Nick O'Malley

February 1, 2010


Filed under Columns

Blackrock Castle Observatory, built in the 16th Century, sits just a couple kilometers outside of the city of Cork. Constructed in an effort to ward off pirates, the structure is one of many area landmarks that has survived for hundreds of years. Visitors to the castle can witness the observatory,...

Connecting to Caulfield

By Mike Fox

February 1, 2010


Filed under Columns

One opinion that I’ve heard repeated ad nauseam is the idea that requiring someone to read a book dampens their opinion of it. So of course, we go through high school being forced to read a number of fantastic books, but because we had to do some asinine assignment while reading them, our enjoyment...

No credits for SGA

By Alex Perry

January 31, 2010


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Just when I thought the Student Government Association couldn’t be any more needless or ridiculous, they go and pull a stunt like they just did, and remind me why I feel the way I do. The stunt, or to them, their new genius concept, gave them a front-page story in the Massachusetts Daily Collegian...

Civil rights and the Super Bowl

By Lauren Vincent

January 31, 2010


Filed under Columns, Opinion

The CBS television network is choosing to squeeze a wholesome, family-centered commercial in between the rest of its Super Bowl advertising this coming Sunday. Alongside the infamous Bud Light and Smirnoff advertisements, a public service announcement from the Focus on the Family organization will run. According...

Professor bias hurts students and staff

By Dave Coffey

January 31, 2010


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Earlier this week, the article “Do professors lean to the left?” ran on the front page of the Massachusetts Daily Collegian. The article mostly concerns itself with an analysis of the standard phenotype of college professors. Among other things, the article asserts that according to recent studies,...

Point Counter Point | Town and students need to communicate

By Eli Gottlieb

January 28, 2010


Filed under Columns

Over the past year we’ve heard a lot about the Amherst town bylaw that disallows a group of more than four unrelated people from living in a single house together. We’ve heard that it makes some college students homeless, that it has been used selectively to target a single house full of young women...

PCP-Live and let live together

By Nick Milano

January 28, 2010


Filed under Columns, Point-Counterpoint

Two years ago, the Boston Zoning Commission, with strong support from the Boston City Council, Mayor’s Office and many college officials, limited the number of college students who could live together off-campus. University of Massachusetts and Amherst College students need to speak up, to overturn...

Bernanke is the wrong man to manage our money

By Kevin Gallagher

January 28, 2010


Filed under Columns

As the Senate voted to raise the federal debt ceiling to $14.3 trillion and President Obama prepared to deliver his State of the Union address, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke was voted into a second term yesterday. Despite Senators on both sides of the aisle pledging to block his reconfirmation,...

Gender, race and the census

By Leigh Greaney

January 27, 2010


Filed under Columns

This morning I drank my coffee from a Census 2010 mug that was completely in Spanish that just happened to be in my house. Not so ironically, they don’t make these mugs in Chinese or any other language than English or Spanish. This choice of multi-lingual mug is most likely aimed to warm up the S...

UMass: better than it seems

By Nick Milano

January 27, 2010


Filed under Columns

The University of Massachusetts has never really been good enough for me. It is hard to explain. Since high school, I thought this random, giant collection of ugly concrete buildings in the middle of a valley – surrounded by farms and so far from Boston it might as well be New York State – was just...