Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Romance to cure the cynical

By Scott Harris

February 12, 2010

It seems like more and more people these days are cynical about Valentine’s Day. More than a handful of couples I am friends with are not celebrating the holiday at all. I have heard all of the arguments. I understand that many people believe that it is a fake holiday invented by evil, conspiratorial...

Single on Valentine’s Day

By Manish Garg

February 12, 2010

Did you know that in China there is a holiday called Single’s Day? Apparently it happens on November 11 (because of the four 1’s in the date), and is quite popular amongst college students. Of course, in America people want to celebrate Valentine’s Day; cherishing the joy and fertility of loving...

Breaking down a culture

By Leigh Greaney

February 10, 2010

A great way to get a snap-shot of a culture is to look at its proverbs. These paradigms have helped map out a set of morals for centuries and have defined what is legitimate to believe. As Americans, we’ve got some really virtuous ones to attach to our brand. We’ve got some uplifting ones, like,...

Updating the campus scene through arts at the ISB

By Nick Milano

February 10, 2010

Last week, I began looking into different ways the University of Massachusetts may be able to reinvigorate its campus community. Of course, there is much school spirit already, but it is just as obvious that more could be done. In talking with a few readers after writing last week’s column, I received...

Understanding race

By Shane Cronin

February 9, 2010

Last week, one of my teaching assistants held extra office hours for a paper due the following week. Aside from being obsequious, I sought genuine guidance on the assignment. I sat patiently for the two students ahead of me to finish with the T.A., who were there for, presumably, the same reasons. Quarters...

Waiting in line is not great exercise

By Amanda Joinson

February 9, 2010

After a long day of classes one can imagine the last thing students would want to do is spend another hour fighting for leg room in a classroom that’s way too hot and filled with sweat-soaked bodies. But everyone seems to be doing just that at the University of Masschusetts’ recreation center. The...

‘R’ word degrades people

By Matt Kushi

February 9, 2010

Many of us read the news every day.  If you read the news this past week, you likely saw many stories. How many left an impression on you? I know that I saw two stories that caught my eye. These two stories were different, yet similar. One is a national story, and the other a local story. The first...

Cheers to the Super Bowl from Ireland

By Nick O'Malley

February 9, 2010

For three and a half hours Sunday night, everybody was an (American) football fan. Even if they had no idea what was going on. At Captain America’s, a crowded comic book hero-themed restaurant in downtown Cork, Ireland, though, knowledge of the game made little difference. That night, Munster...

Concrete but charming campus

By Andrew Sheridan

February 8, 2010

The University of Massachusetts Amherst campus has a reputation for being ugly. Detractors complain of too much concrete and not enough class. The college ranking site College Prowler describes it quite negatively, saying that, “with some exceptions, the buildings on campus are not very architecturally...

Go back to the chalkboard

By R.P. Hitt

February 8, 2010

My first semester at the University of Massachusetts introduced me to the Interwrite Personal Response System, or PRS, for Chemistry 111. The PRS system has been adopted by 32 other courses. In these classes, students are required to buy the individual remote, which costs $39 used and $52 new from the...

Time to rock the sexism and racism boat

By Dave Coffey

February 8, 2010

I will admit right away that I am by no means a fashionable person.  Everyday, I sport a plaid jacket that brings to mind the outfit Kurt Cobain was probably buried in. I wear wrinkled shirts bearing the likenesses of iconic figures ranging from the Incredible Hulk to Neil Diamond. So like I said, I’m...

“Golden tickets” not such a golden way to handle group exercise at rec center sign-ups

By Amanda Joinson

February 8, 2010

After a long day of classes one can imagine the last thing students would want to do is spend another hour fighting for leg room in a classroom that’s way too hot and filled with sweat-soaked bodies.   But everyone seems to be doing just that at the University of Masschusetts’ recreation center.   The...