Massachusetts Daily Collegian

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...

The technological fountain of youth

By Ben Moriarty

September 24, 2009


Filed under Columns

In less than two decades, we could all be as robotic as my old soccer coach who had two metal hips and a cold heart. He also got perms, and he reminded me of Willy Wonka. I don’t want to be like that man. But the best part wouldn’t be that we would be robots - because that would be pretty lame...

A Summer of adrenaline

By Lauren Strohmeier

September 24, 2009


Filed under Columns

Summer should be a thrilling time for all college students. Ask yourself this: while you were away during the summer months, have a job that you hated? Did you listlessly count down the days until the start of the school year because you couldn’t bear the monotony of your static existence? Or, did...