Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Building for band and why it should have to wait

By Brian Benson

October 29, 2009


Filed under Columns

Among the slew of construction and deconstruction projects currently underway, there is another significant undertaking beginning on campus. This is the new building for the University of Massachusetts Marching Band, and it is going to cost us – big. The total price tag associated with this project...

Learn to grammar

By Brian Benson

October 28, 2009


Filed under Columns

Ending sentences in prepositions is something up with which I will not put. And, neither should you. Also, please do not begin sentences with conjunctions. I will not apologize for grammar policing, but I do have an entertaining point that’s not quite as snobby, so read henceforth. Among the greatest...

Swine flu scare

By Ashley Lesperance

October 28, 2009


Filed under Columns

I’ve been working at UHS for over a year and a half now and have become accustomed to the building’s antibacterial soap stations, students wearing face masks into the building to avoid viruses and the colorful signs used to teach adults (yes, we’re students but we too often forget that we’re...

Letters to the editor: October 29, 2009

October 28, 2009


Filed under Letters to the Editor

(1) Dear Editor: Having read the recent column, “Debunking a convenient myth,” I decided to take the author at his word and do a little debunking of my own. A quick glance at Wikipedia, which provides multiple pages detailing the global warming controversy, revealed that, despite Mr. Perry’s...

Pillars of Islam: fasting, charity, pilgrimage

By Subhan Tariq

October 27, 2009


Filed under Columns

Ever wonder what it feels like to starve? Or to go hungry for an entire day without food or drink? Ever wonder how people in other countries survive? Ever wonder what people who are less fortunate than us feel like? That is the purpose of fasting in Islam, to gain consciousness. Like other major religions,...

Legality cripples morality

By Dave Coffey

October 27, 2009


Filed under Columns

While perusing through some news stories recently, I noticed a particularly interesting Associated Press article concerning a new policy recently put into place at Tufts University. The new policy bans students from engaging in sexual activity in their dorm rooms while their roommates are there. Reception...

Walking the walk in Afghanistan

By Ben Rudnick

October 27, 2009


Filed under Columns

During the 2008 presidential campaign, then-candidate Barack Obama repeatedly excoriated the previous administration for their lack of focus on the war in Afghanistan. However, far from being left holding the bag there by George W. Bush, Obama spent nearly two years begging the electorate to be put in...

Hulu turns its back on viewer

By Chris Amorosi

October 26, 2009


Filed under Columns

It is 11:57 p.m. on Sunday night. I finish skimming the week’s reading assignments and let the Glee musical slide show on YouTube run through for the final time. Robed in matching pinstripe pajamas due to equal parts cool weather and cool fashion sense, I am ready for bed. I twist my monitor around...

Even paradise has a dark side

By Mike Fox

October 26, 2009


Filed under Columns

It starts as small streams, continues into roaring rapids and opens up into broad rivers until it combines with water from all over to create what could best be described as God’s Playground. A menagerie of blue and green popping out of the jungle mists lends it all an almost prehistoric air. Flocks...

Seeking the truth in testimony

By Eric Magazu

October 26, 2009


Filed under Columns

The experience of providing testimony is often associated with court cases and criminal prosecutions. Testimony is also equated with public professions of religious faith. According to Noah Webster’s dictionary, testimony is “an open acknowledgement” or “a firsthand authentication of a fact.” Two...

No ‘lone assassin,’ magic bullet in JFK killing

By Matt Kushi

October 26, 2009


Filed under Columns

America: the land of truth and justice. If this is not already one of our mottos in the United States, it ought to be.  One event that comes up with the issue of truth and justice is the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Was it a conspiracy, or the work of one man that felled the American...

Football for all

By Michael Phillis

October 25, 2009


Filed under Columns

This past summer, I spent about two months in London. During my time there, I had an internship at Alliance magazine – the leading publication on the latest in philanthropy and social investment news – where I discussed, among other things, American football. Counterpoint: There's no tea in football It is from my experience in London that I began to see that Ame...