Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Recreation center makes UMass less of a concrete jungle

By Michael Phillis

September 29, 2009


Filed under Columns

After a few delays – some of them at the last minute – the University of Massachusetts is set to open its newest “new dirt” building. The UMass Recreation Center sits where battered old barns once stood across the street from the Mullins Center. A little less than a week ago, because of my...

Summer vacation is holding back American education

By Dave Coffey

September 29, 2009


Filed under Columns

While it has perhaps been overshadowed by the debates concerning the economy and healthcare, President Barack Obama’s position on education plans to bring some changes to the table for our country’s school system. The Obama administration supports an initiative to expand the amount of time kids in...

Obama’s missile defense plan has holes, but makes sense

By Ben Rudnick

September 29, 2009


Filed under Columns

President Barack Obama’s cancellation of U.S. plans to place anti-missile installations in Poland and the Czech Republic has brought the issue of ballistic missile defense back to the forefront of our consciousness. Complex national security issues like missile defense demand that we try to comprehend...

Balancing alcohol with responsibility

By Matt Kushi

September 28, 2009


Filed under Columns

As I look back at the local news headlines from a week ago, I can only stand and shake my head. There were over 40 University of Massachusetts area 911 calls in one weekend for alcohol related issues. Even for a campus that has a reputation such as ours for partying, that is a bit much. That is not...

Homelessness in the valley

By Eric Magazu

September 28, 2009


Filed under Columns

Last Tuesday MassPIRG held its semester kickoff meeting in the basement of the Campus Center. After some brief introductory remarks by leaders, the group divided up into four smaller sections. One of the sections was dedicated towards addressing the issues of hunger and homelessness. This section was...

Massachusetts Senate Bill 2028 is kosher

By Chris Amorosi

September 28, 2009


Filed under Columns

It would be easier if those who wish to die from swine flu would simply infect themselves now and save me the trouble of having to read through their hysterical ravings over Massachusetts Senate Bill 2028. Ironically, I imagine that a die off on such a scale would make it easier to repeal the Patriot...

Crossing the divide between “us” and “them”

By Thomas Moore

September 28, 2009


Filed under Columns

Two and a half months ago, I stepped out of the blazing sun and into a cramped dark shelter that was constructed out of mud and rusted sheet metal. My eyes adjusted to the windowless room and I followed directions to sit on a three-legged stool that elevated one foot from the dusty floor. I looked around...

How much has changed in South Africa?

By Leigh Greaney

September 28, 2009


Filed under Columns

Walking to the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) campus shuttle stop, I pass meter high black letters that still say, “Free Mandela.” Although he’s free and has passed his goodness down through his years of presidency, South African people are still oppressed. Kayalitcha, the closest township...

Change we don’t need

By Alex Perry

September 27, 2009


Filed under Columns

Understanding the ramifications of Barack Obama’s proposed health care reform is critical for all Americans regardless of their age and health. The decisions being made by our government in the coming weeks and months are going to have a significant impact on the future of our country in many respects....

From Argentina right back to the SGA elections

By Mike Fox

September 27, 2009


Filed under Columns

The University of Buenos Aires (UBA) has approximately 300,000 students, 134 different colleges, 11 campuses spread across the city, counts 14 presidents of Argentina since 1890 as its alumni and is completely free. It is managed by a massive and disorganized bureaucracy, one which allowed a friend...

Science majors have hard time studying abroad

By Eli Gottlieb

September 27, 2009


Filed under Columns

I don't just want to travel to Israel, you know. Back in the day, when I was still trying to figure out how to go abroad for some of my junior year, I also wanted to visit Hong Kong, Turkey, South America, Spain's Basque country, London, New Zealand, India and Madrid. So I had gone down to the International...

Campus security and “tailgating” concerns

By Brian Benson

September 24, 2009


Filed under Columns

When passing through doorways, there is a certain distance at which it is acceptable to hold the door for individuals not far behind you, and one at which this is inappropriate. If someone is too far, it is awkward and often unnecessary to do this. If someone is too close, it is often rude not to. Students...