Massachusetts Daily Collegian

A little financial forethought

By Shane Cronin

January 27, 2010


Filed under Columns

Massachusetts lost 55,000 jobs between 1999 and 2009, according to a recent article in the Boston Globe. The “dot-com” bust, outsourcing and two economic recessions in the last ten years – among other factors – have all contributed to an inhospitable environment for job growth in the Commonwealth....

Giving Relief to Haiti

By Matt Kushi

January 26, 2010


Filed under Columns, Opinion

There is an oft-quoted line from an Ancient Greek poet named Aeschylus who once wrote, “even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.” In essence, within the depths of tragedy,...

The “Big” Freeze

By Sara Crossman

January 26, 2010


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Tonight, at 9 p.m., President Obama will be proposing a spending freeze on many domestic programs and departments in his first State of the Union address. Obama will also discuss his budget proposal for the fiscal year 2011, which begins in October, on Monday, Feb. 1. This freeze would reduce spending...

Redistribute opportunity, not wealth

By Chris Russell

January 26, 2010


Filed under Columns, Opinion

While in high school, I would watch Patriots games at my friend’s house. His dad would watch the games with us, and when a black player ran with the ball, he would often yell “He’s running like he just stole a TV!” When a white player was making a similar play, he would yell “He’s running...

Kick a Jew Day needs to be kicked

By Charlie Felder

January 25, 2010


Filed under Columns

Twenty-one percent. You can stop me when this begins to sound familiar. Imagine that it's mid-afternoon and you're only now just several steps away from your front door. Classes ended a little while ago and, normally, you'd be bolting through that door and making a bee line to the kitchen for your...

Low income doesn’t mean low priority

By Scott Harris

January 25, 2010


Filed under Columns

The media rarely shines a camera light on low-income children, yet many have been affected the worst by the deep recession our nation is in. Fourteen million American children live below the poverty line, 6.2 million of which live in “deep” poverty, meaning their households earn less than half of...

Rain, rain, classes away

By Matthew M. Robare

January 25, 2010


Filed under Columns

Judging by the amount of rain we had yesterday, I wouldn’t be surprised if some of us began to seriously consider getting in the business of ark building. Especially if you happened to walk by the Visitor’s Center and saw the cars that turned into submarines. I’m not sure if it’s global warming...

Nine years in and still no goals

By Matt Kushi

January 24, 2010


Filed under Columns

Almost nine years since the terror attacks of Sept. 11 and we still don’t know if the “War on Terror” is winnable. It is the most basic question we can ask when we consider military action, and we have no answer. This “War on Terror” has been taken up on several fronts. We started on the so...

Team Conan

By Dave Coffey

January 24, 2010


Filed under Columns

As I watched Conan O’Brien host his final episode of “The Tonight Show” on Friday, I instantly recognized the broadcast as a spectacle I will regale my children with someday when they ask me the oddly specific question of what the late-night television climate was like during January of 2010. Partially,...

Democrats need to regain the initiative

By Nick Milano

January 24, 2010


Filed under Columns

On Wednesday night, President Obama will face the nation in delivering his second State of the Union address. With his domestic political agenda in a state of disarray, he must pivot off of the results of Massachusetts’ special election to reintroduce himself and his goals to a nation of weary voters....

Print media destroyed by one man

By Matthew M. Robare

January 21, 2010


Filed under Columns

The old print-based news media are dying. We all know that. Some of us who are not journalism majors might even be concerned. However, if you’re not concerned when the possibility of the government funding our newspapers is raised, as The Washington Post’s Ezra Klein, The New York Times’ David...

Ware have all the students gone?

By Evan Haddad

January 21, 2010


Filed under Columns

Ware students stand shivering in the morning twilight at 5:45 a.m., waiting for a bus to take them to schools in the Quabbin Regional School District, 12 miles away in Barre, Mass. A lack of funding in the Ware public schools has caused many fretting parents to look elsewhere for their children’s education‑-...