Massachusetts Daily Collegian

PCP: Franklin’s the best place to eat on campus

By Matthew M. Robare

November 12, 2009


Filed under Columns, Point-Counterpoint

Quite frankly, Worcester Dining Commons sucks. Its only redeeming qualities are the Pita Pit and the store, which hardly qualify for our purpose since they’re retail operations and not dining operations. The best dining hall on campus, better even than the legendary Berkshire, is Franklin. Yes,...

PCP: Worcester is worth the trip

By Dave Coffey

November 12, 2009


Filed under Columns, Point-Counterpoint

What is there to be said about Worcester? For those dwelling outside of the mini-metropolis we call Southwest, those living in Central, Northeast, North Apartments and Sylvan are left with relatively scant choices. The aforementioned Worcester is located on the inner-outskirts of Northeast, and Franklin...

Poverty in Argentina

By Mike Fox

November 11, 2009


Filed under Columns

Tucked under a highway in the lower to middle class Buenos Aires neighborhood of Barracas is a library and children’s center that was a vacant lot about two months ago. During weekday afternoons, you can find groups of children playing there and doing their homework and adults taking free English classes. Two...

In need of Afghan policy

By Nick Milano

November 11, 2009


Filed under Columns

Throughout the presidential election, there were several points that one could expect to hear at an Obama rally. Health care needed to be reformed, policies should help those on Main Street, not just those on Wall Street, and that the Iraq war should be brought to an end with a renewed focus on the “right...

Letters to the Editor: November 11

November 11, 2009


Filed under Letters to the Editor

(1) Dear Editor, Chancellor Holub and the University of Massachusetts general population, I am a recent graduate from UMass Amherst (class of 2007). Many of my family members have gone to UMass. My father went to UMass, my uncle went to UMass, my sister went to UMass, my fiancé went to UMass and...

Garbage is our friend

By Chris Amorosi

November 9, 2009


Filed under Columns

Throughout the ages, the most economic and expedient method of trash disposal was to dump garbage no farther than one could heave, pour or excrete it. Yet the bottle-sorting liberal elite now argues that we must reduce, reuse and recycle our waste or face irreversible ecological damage. This is patent...

Take the day off

By Thomas Moore

November 9, 2009


Filed under Columns

It is 8:17 a.m. on a quiet autumn Tuesday. Leaves blanket our ten-by-five foot lawn as if it were an artist’s abstract creation with paints of orange, red, yellow and brown. The sky stares back with a pale blue face. Touches of clouds are marked here and there as if that same artist was dissatisfied...

A win for democracy

By Eric Magazu

November 9, 2009


Filed under Columns

On both Monday and Wednesday of last week, select Amherst citizens met for a special session of Town Meeting. Fourteen separate articles were brought up for consideration by a select group of Amherst citizens that have been elected by their fellow citizens for the purpose of representing them at Town...

Fire in the belly

By Matt Kushi

November 9, 2009


Filed under Columns

There are different types of ways that life’s lessons present themselves. They either come from the realm of experience or inspiration. In many cases, they come from both realms. Why am I bothering to devote an article to talking about lessons? Perhaps it’s because I realize that I have learned s...

This is about doing the right thing

By Brian Benson

November 8, 2009


Filed under Columns

This past week, the town of Amherst passed a resolution to extend an invitation to two Guantanamo detainees. First, let us briefly discuss who these people are. The two men are Ahmed Bel Bacha and Ravil Mingazov, who hail from Algeria and Russia, respectively. In 2007, military officers determined...

Meet the Detainees

By Shera Demchak

November 8, 2009


Filed under Columns

At Amherst Town Meeting last Wednesday, residents approved the Amherst Select Board’s invitation to Guantanamo Bay inmates Ahmed Bin Saleh Bel Bacha and Magil Mingazov. But I doubt these detainees will truly be welcomed into the Amherst community. Who exactly are these men and what evidence defines...

One last moment of triumph for the Democrats

By Alex Perry

November 8, 2009


Filed under Columns

This past week should have been a good one for all Americans, particularly conservatives, after the gubernatorial races in New Jersey and Virginia resulted in Republican victories. Everything was seemingly going in the right direction. The country made a loud and clear statement to the Democrats in...