Massachusetts Daily Collegian

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...

PCP: UMass green indeed

By Matt Sullivan

October 1, 2009


Filed under Columns, Point-Counterpoint

The September and October editions of Sierra Magazine failed to include the University of Massachusetts, one of the leading research institutions of green economics, on their listing of 135 schools across the nation. To leave a school which has one of the only professional master’s programs in green...

PCP: UMass an eco-impersonator

By Ashley Lesperance

October 1, 2009


Filed under Columns, Point-Counterpoint

“UMass is now a green campus!” You must have seen it, the picture of our shiny new and environmentally friendly central heating plant on the main University of Massachusetts webpage with that text over it. It was there for months. But, what constitutes being a green campus and does UMass really...

The elephant in the top bunk

By Ben Moriarty

October 1, 2009


Filed under Columns

While I have lived off-campus for two years now, the first two years, while on campus, my roommate had a lot to deal with. And by that, I meant he had to be present and pretend-sleeping in his top bunk while I knocked boots on the bottom bunk, taunting him in the middle of it because I knew he wasn’t...

Amherst’s capitalist legacy

By Evan Haddad

October 1, 2009


Filed under Columns

There is no finer, more profitable monopoly in a college town than the one on mistakes. Each morning reminds me of this as my car crawls along in traffic past the illustrious Route 9 residence, the College Inn. It’s an "economical" apartment building, mass produced in every sense, with thick, crusty...

What is the true cost of Gen Eds?

By Nick Milano

September 30, 2009


Filed under Columns

For almost four years now, my search to find an interesting and easy – preferably easy – physical science (PS) general education class has been a dismal failure. I tried Astronomy 101, but it was inexplicably boring and much harder than it should be. I gave Geology 101 a shot, but that too had nothing...

Setting the record straight on Islam

By Subhan Tariq

September 30, 2009


Filed under Columns

What’s the first thing you think of when you think of Muslims? Perhaps more importantly what do you picture? Anyone picture someone from the desert wearing a turban, speaking Arabic and probably condemning the United States? I recently went around to a number of college students on campus and did...

Letters to the editor

September 30, 2009


Filed under Letters to the Editor

Showing skin can’t hurt career-wise RE: “Scantily-clad interns give working girls a bad name;” Jessica Starling Jones, Sept. 28 Dear Editor, I think the assertion that women who dress scantily are less apt to advance in their careers is kind of absurd. They are, after all, hired in the firs...