Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Student psych-out: Adventures in Mental Health Services

By S.K. Murphy

November 3, 2009


Filed under Columns, Lifestyle

“So what’s been bothering you?” inquires the therapist who I’ve just overheard in the lobby griping about having to fit another basket case into an already over-packed afternoon. So it goes at Mental Health Services: A place made known to me last semester after one of my friends had a crack-up...

New Recreation Center is a knockout

By Nick O'Malley

November 3, 2009


Filed under Columns

I’ll admit it. I was pretty mad about the new Recreation Center being delayed a month for vague inspection reasons. But you know what? People got pissed about the new Facebook too. Look at the travesty that turned out to be.             After actually entering the building and experiencing...

Marching band is finally out of the rain

By Ashley Lesperance

November 3, 2009


Filed under Columns

If you’re ever outside during the week of a fall semester between 4:40 p.m. and 6:10 p.m., you are likely to hear, sometimes all the way to the Student Union, the sounds of the University of Massachusetts Marching Band practicing in the field next to the Mullins Center. Unless of course it’s raining....

Innocent, even when proven guilty?

By Alana Goodman

November 3, 2009


Filed under Columns

In the wake of wannabe-jihadist Tarek Mehanna’s arrest in Sudbury, Mass., last week on terrorism charges, controversy has begun brewing over the Amherst Select Board’s request to resettle Guantanamo Bay detainees right here in town. That’s right – just when Massachusetts got rid of one violent...

Bring on the out-of-state plan

By Dan Rahrig

November 2, 2009


Filed under Columns

The University of Massachusetts has been abuzz over the past couple of weeks with Chancellor Holub’s announcement of a new plan to enlarge the school’s revenue by increasing the number of out-of-state students who attend each year. Since I’m from Stratford, Connecticut, I was initially very excited...

We can all get along

By Eric Magazu

November 2, 2009


Filed under Columns

I am a senator in the Student Government Association. Within our student government, there are divisions among various groups of students who represent different interests. Across campus, we have many student groups and organizations that cater to our individual tastes and interests. What is remarkable...

Who is a hero and who is a villain?

By Matt Kushi

November 2, 2009


Filed under Columns

Heroism can be a strange thing. It’s like a double-edged sword. Anything or anyone can have the word attached to their deeds and rightfully so. Yet, how it is perceived in the public eye and by those involved can vastly differ. Rarely is there a clean-cut case where the honor is unanimously bestowed on...

Next Halloween, go naked

By Alyssa Creamer

November 1, 2009


Filed under Columns

“Halloween is the one night a year when girls can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it.” That quote is from the 2004 movie “Mean Girls” directed by Mark Waters and written in part by comedian Tina Fey. “Mean Girls” had many gems of truth about girl-to-girl...

Food or medicine: our choice

By Chris Russell

November 1, 2009


Filed under Columns

Sherry Fortin sat against a mailbox outside Pinocchio’s in downtown Northampton, knitting a winter hat. On the sidewalk lay her finished products: several hats and scarves, which cost $20, mittens, which cost $15, and bracelets, a bargain at only $1. A colorful sign advertised her wares: “I have...

Not in my backyard

By Alex Perry

November 1, 2009


Filed under Columns

When Barack Obama decided he wanted to close Guantanamo Bay in order to appease his liberal base, one of the main questions that came up was what would become of the detainees. Well I guess Amherst has decided to chip its two cents in foreign affairs, as a couple of the town‘s selectpeople have decided...

The problem with online classes

By Evan Haddad

October 29, 2009


Filed under Columns

The fate of academic affairs lingers on an uncertain thread in the 21st century. Officials of large land-grant colleges, like the University of Massachusetts, are slowly whittling away the fat of their academic programs in search of new, cost effective modes of education. The preeminent consideration...

Halloween! Best holiday of the year

By Nick Milano

October 29, 2009


Filed under Columns

I have often heard it said that Halloween is not a holiday; it is merely a product of corporations who wish to prey on the consumer culture so embedded in our society. While some elements of this may be true – the History Channel says it is one of the most profitable holidays every year – there is...