Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Leave it to police

By Dan Entrikin

February 19, 2010

The Virginia Tech shooting raised an outcry from gun control proponents as to why Seung-Hui Cho, who was adjudicated mentally ill in a Virginia court, passed a background check and was able to purchase handguns online and from stores. This flaw in background checks has since been corrected. To...

Obama following in Bush’s footsteps

By Alex Perry

February 19, 2010

Although it has been clear to me for some time that Obama is out of touch with the American public, I did not know he had also lost touch with his far-left liberal support. But, based on some surprising, recent news, it seems likely he is going to be angering some people in that end of the political...

No hope and no charity

By Shane Nickserson

February 17, 2010

I found an article in a recent USA Today advocating the Catholic Church’s practices in Rwanda. The article described how the Christian faith has been instilling the Rwandan natives with the idea of forgiveness, which it claims has been very helpful to their society. Of course, isn’t it always the...

It’s question time for Congress

By Nick Milano

February 17, 2010

After President Obama spoke with House Republicans on January 29, the idea of having the chief executive regularly meet with Congress for an open question and answer session gained traction on the Internet. About 50 influential political commentators from both the very liberal and very conservative sides...

February 18, 2010

February 17, 2010

Dear Editor, It has been on my mind for some time that your editing is flawed. I appreciate that you are probably newer writers, but that does not excuse some of the poor writing I’ve seen. I want you to write more intelligently – be thorough, investigate and don’t make unsubstantiated claims. I...

UMass is not alone in its party school image

By Nick O'Malley

February 16, 2010

The longer I study over here at University College Cork, the more I end up seeing it as Ireland’s version of the University of Massachusetts. Both have large student populations. UMass has upwards of 20,000 students while UCC has just over 18,000. Both are widely known public universities. Both...

UMass ‘branding’ project to give school a new reputation

By Yevgeniya Lomakina

February 16, 2010

“Top producer of Fulbright students.”  “Among the top twenty public universities in the United States.” “[One] among the top public National Universities.” Sounds like the University of Massachusetts in Amherst? Sure, it does.  The Chronicle of Higher Education, Newsweek International...

Children come first when disaster strikes

By Sarah Gamsby

February 15, 2010

When the earthquake struck Haiti, it seemed as though it struck the United States as well. The U.S. rushed to aid the people of Haiti by providing food, medical supplies and building shelters. According to the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, about 40 percent of the Haitian population are...

Media not helping anorexics

By Lauren Vincent

February 15, 2010

A small collection of websites have gotten plenty of media attention in France, and courts have even banned their existence. These websites are “pro-anorexia” or “pro-bulimia” – created by women and men suffering from eating disorders. Instead of trying to get healthy, they embrace their underweight...

Pharmaceutical woes abound

By Evan Haddad

February 15, 2010

Synta Pharmaceuticals’ annual holiday soiree took place this past weekend in a Doubletree hotel ballroom off the Middlesex Turnpike in Bedford, Mass. In spite of the tables crowned with expertly-folded napkins and Cellophane-wrapped truffles, however, the party hardly stacked up against those from...

PCP: Getting a fair chance

February 12, 2010

By Pedro Galvao Before I set a foot on campus, I knew that I had to leave UMass within a year. Administration officials had repeatedly, and mistakenly, informed me that due to my non-immigrant visa and my parents’ impending international move, I would lose my in-state status. It did not matter...

PCP: Help legal students first

By Eli Gottlieb

February 12, 2010

The United States of America, according to the Pew Hispanic Center, contained about 11.6 to 12 million illegal immigrants in 2006. According to the Massachusetts New Americans Agenda, 16.4 percent of Massachusetts income-tax filers were immigrants of any status in 2009, and 912,310 people out of the...