Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Learn the lessons, Republicans

November 15, 2009


Filed under Columns

The results of the off-year elections could only be described in the most charitable sense as a bloodbath. Republicans had the trifecta in Virginia, claiming the position of governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general, simultaneously winning the governorship of New Jersey, a state so blue that...

Homelessness in the valley

By Chris Russell

November 12, 2009


Filed under Columns

If you or anyone you know needs help, call Benny Johnson. He will house, clothe and feed anyone who shows up at his modest apartment. “30 Gatehouse Rd., Apartment 308, Amherst, Massachusetts. Come by anytime,” he told me during our first encounter. Many nights, one or two people stay with him,...

Looking for answers amidst the Fort Hood tragedy

By Evan Haddad

November 12, 2009


Filed under Columns

Flags fluttered at half staff this weekend to commemorate the violent and unprecedented shooting at Fort Hood, which ended with 13 dead soldiers and 29 wounded at the American military base in Texas. Grief mingled with bitterness, adding to the perplexity of a public already leery of recent military...

PCP: Franklin’s the best place to eat on campus

By Matthew M. Robare

November 12, 2009


Filed under Columns, Point-Counterpoint

Quite frankly, Worcester Dining Commons sucks. Its only redeeming qualities are the Pita Pit and the store, which hardly qualify for our purpose since they’re retail operations and not dining operations. The best dining hall on campus, better even than the legendary Berkshire, is Franklin. Yes,...

PCP: Worcester is worth the trip

By Dave Coffey

November 12, 2009


Filed under Columns, Point-Counterpoint

What is there to be said about Worcester? For those dwelling outside of the mini-metropolis we call Southwest, those living in Central, Northeast, North Apartments and Sylvan are left with relatively scant choices. The aforementioned Worcester is located on the inner-outskirts of Northeast, and Franklin...

Poverty in Argentina

By Mike Fox

November 11, 2009


Filed under Columns

Tucked under a highway in the lower to middle class Buenos Aires neighborhood of Barracas is a library and children’s center that was a vacant lot about two months ago. During weekday afternoons, you can find groups of children playing there and doing their homework and adults taking free English classes. Two...

In need of Afghan policy

By Nick Milano

November 11, 2009


Filed under Columns

Throughout the presidential election, there were several points that one could expect to hear at an Obama rally. Health care needed to be reformed, policies should help those on Main Street, not just those on Wall Street, and that the Iraq war should be brought to an end with a renewed focus on the “right...

Letters to the Editor: November 11

November 11, 2009


Filed under Letters to the Editor

(1) Dear Editor, Chancellor Holub and the University of Massachusetts general population, I am a recent graduate from UMass Amherst (class of 2007). Many of my family members have gone to UMass. My father went to UMass, my uncle went to UMass, my sister went to UMass, my fiancé went to UMass and...

Garbage is our friend

By Chris Amorosi

November 9, 2009


Filed under Columns

Throughout the ages, the most economic and expedient method of trash disposal was to dump garbage no farther than one could heave, pour or excrete it. Yet the bottle-sorting liberal elite now argues that we must reduce, reuse and recycle our waste or face irreversible ecological damage. This is patent...

Take the day off

By Thomas Moore

November 9, 2009


Filed under Columns

It is 8:17 a.m. on a quiet autumn Tuesday. Leaves blanket our ten-by-five foot lawn as if it were an artist’s abstract creation with paints of orange, red, yellow and brown. The sky stares back with a pale blue face. Touches of clouds are marked here and there as if that same artist was dissatisfied...

A win for democracy

By Eric Magazu

November 9, 2009


Filed under Columns

On both Monday and Wednesday of last week, select Amherst citizens met for a special session of Town Meeting. Fourteen separate articles were brought up for consideration by a select group of Amherst citizens that have been elected by their fellow citizens for the purpose of representing them at Town...

Fire in the belly

By Matt Kushi

November 9, 2009


Filed under Columns

There are different types of ways that life’s lessons present themselves. They either come from the realm of experience or inspiration. In many cases, they come from both realms. Why am I bothering to devote an article to talking about lessons? Perhaps it’s because I realize that I have learned s...