Massachusetts Daily Collegian

How fair is fair trade?

By Alana Goodman

December 1, 2009


Filed under Columns

Today’s college students were raised in an era of simple solutions for complex problems. Our generation crams thousands of songs into credit-card-sized MP3 players, stuffs happiness into easy-to-swallow pills and compresses deep thoughts into 140 tweetable-characters. But can we put social justi...

An unimpressive group of Democrats

By Nick Milano

December 1, 2009


Filed under Columns

Editor's Note: The original Dec. 2 version of this column incorrectly referred to Massachusetts Senate candidate Alan Khazei's "defense of President Obama's plan in Afghanistan." In his campaign, Khazei has opposed the president's strategy, saying that it "isn't in out best interest as a nation," acc...

Is Obama making the same mistakes in war as Bush?

By Matthew M. Robare

December 1, 2009


Filed under Columns

It only took 11 months. Back in January, everyone experienced a sense of national unity as Chief Justice John Roberts swore in Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States. We all felt it in our hearts, it seemed like the land itself was whispering with excitement: Change, real change, change...

I want to major in mad science!

By Shera Demchak

November 30, 2009


Filed under Columns

Dear University of Massachusetts College of Natural Science, In the beginning of December, the UMass student population will be perusing SPIRE for the most popular and most engaging courses. Some courses filled before sophomores were even allowed to enroll, which can be rather frustrating for people,...

Senator Nader has a nice ring to it

By Dan Rahrig

November 30, 2009


Filed under Columns

If you’ve paid any attention to American politics in the past decade, chances are you’re familiar with the name Ralph Nader, the third-party consumer rights advocate whose presidential campaigns in the past three election cycles have left a good deal of controversy in their wake. Nader’s now-infamous...

Sports as a unifier

By Eric Magazu

November 30, 2009


Filed under Columns

Sports are an extraordinary part of American culture. In our day when most civic, national and religious institutions are viewed in scorn and disrepute, athletic competitions are one of the few areas that endure as a national beacon. It may be a commentary on modern American culture to look upon a...

Following your own beat

By Matt Kushi

November 30, 2009


Filed under Columns

As yet another semester ends, many on this campus are faced with the prospect of imminent graduation, especially if they are graduating at the end of the semester. Others are freshmen who may be finding out that college is different than anything that they have ever experienced. If you are nearing...

Accounting for a life

By Michael Phillis

November 29, 2009


Filed under Columns

You don’t usually expect to see a picture of your ex-girlfriend from high school on the front page of the paper; you really don’t expect the headline next to her photo to read, “Is $300K the price tag of a 21-year-old?” Through the article in the Daily Hampshire Gazette, I found out that University...

‘Tis the season for apartment thefts.

By Alyssa Creamer

November 29, 2009


Filed under Columns

Unfortunately for several students living off-campus, as they went home for Thanksgiving break to slip into the bliss of turkey and stuffing-filled family fun, burglars were slipping into their empty apartments to steal everything of value. An article written by Aol.com editor Tom Krauetler in 2007 sta...

The global warming hoax

By Alex Perry

November 29, 2009


Filed under Columns

The fun we've all been having pretending global warming exists may be coming to a close, after some of the most influential scientists and academics behind it have been caught discussing fudging data via e-mail to hide global cooling this past week. For those unaware, last week, computer hackers obtained...

You can’t buy what’s really important

By Kathleen Broadhurst

November 29, 2009


Filed under Columns

If the idea of running to a mall to be one of the masses of pushing crowds, spending what has been projected to be $683 dollars apiece this holiday season leaves you cold, you have other options. You can join the protest of Buy Nothing Day. The concept of Buy Nothing Day is simple. On a symbolic day,...

Wednesday classes not necessary before Thanksgiving

By Nick O'Malley

November 24, 2009


Filed under Columns

You shouldn’t be reading this right now. For that matter, you shouldn’t see Ben or Dave’s column on this page either or any page at all. You shouldn’t be in class today. According to University of Massachusetts Thanksgiving Closing Notice distributed by the Housing Assignment Office, “All...