Massachusetts Daily Collegian

No progress for Obama at the one-year mark

By Alex Perry

December 6, 2009


Filed under Columns

Seeing as Barack Obama’s first calendar year as president is coming to a close, I figured I would review his stated goals from his campaign and compare expectations to accomplishments. In the early part of Obama’s acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention last summer, he said that...

What Franklin lacks in style, it makes up in character

By Matthew M. Robare

December 4, 2009


Filed under Columns

I’m going to come out and say it: Franklin cannot compete with Berkshire. Not in quality or looks or cleanliness. Dining Services has simply spent a whole load of money over the years making Berkshire the best dining hall it can be. During summer orientation, we all get a taste of that Berkshire...

Berkshire wins in a beatdown

By Thomas Moore

December 4, 2009


Filed under Columns

It’s been a few weeks in the making but your patience will be rewarded. The final showdown takes center stage with this heavyweight rumble in the UMass jungle over which dining commons reigns supreme. To all of our beloved Celtics, Patriots, Red Sox and Bruins fans, this is the true competition you’ve...

The moral case for health care reform

By Scott Harris

December 4, 2009


Filed under Columns

The Senate has begun debate on health care reform about three weeks after the House of Representatives narrowly passed its own version. We can expect that, sometime between now and the January State of the Union address, President Barack Obama will have signed a bill. Though political and legislative...

Trendy churches and the race to the bottom

By Ben Moriarty

December 4, 2009


Filed under Columns

“My Church has a mosh pit.” That’s so radical. It is. It is so cool. It would make me, if I wasn’t Catholic already, become a Christian at your church. It really would. I don’t know how when people – we can say atheists, Jews, Muslims, or really, even us Mary-loving Catholics and Orthodox...

Soccer and destiny

By Eli Gottlieb

December 2, 2009


Filed under Columns

I don’t know with exact surety, but I think this is my last column of the semester. This time, rather than merely describing the foreign-yet-homey culture of Israel, I thought I’d leave everyone with a lesson they can carry into the future. Thus, please allow me to tell you a story:            ...

Overworked and underpaid

By Rachel Dougherty

December 2, 2009


Filed under Columns

Campus organizations only commit to pay their employees for a certain number of hours per week. But often, students must work beyond their payroll commitments in order to complete their job requirements. A student employee of WMUA, who prefers to remain anonymous, claims to have worked up to thirty hours...

How fair is fair trade?

By Alana Goodman

December 1, 2009


Filed under Columns

Today’s college students were raised in an era of simple solutions for complex problems. Our generation crams thousands of songs into credit-card-sized MP3 players, stuffs happiness into easy-to-swallow pills and compresses deep thoughts into 140 tweetable-characters. But can we put social justi...

An unimpressive group of Democrats

By Nick Milano

December 1, 2009


Filed under Columns

Editor's Note: The original Dec. 2 version of this column incorrectly referred to Massachusetts Senate candidate Alan Khazei's "defense of President Obama's plan in Afghanistan." In his campaign, Khazei has opposed the president's strategy, saying that it "isn't in out best interest as a nation," acc...

Is Obama making the same mistakes in war as Bush?

By Matthew M. Robare

December 1, 2009


Filed under Columns

It only took 11 months. Back in January, everyone experienced a sense of national unity as Chief Justice John Roberts swore in Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States. We all felt it in our hearts, it seemed like the land itself was whispering with excitement: Change, real change, change...

I want to major in mad science!

By Shera Demchak

November 30, 2009


Filed under Columns

Dear University of Massachusetts College of Natural Science, In the beginning of December, the UMass student population will be perusing SPIRE for the most popular and most engaging courses. Some courses filled before sophomores were even allowed to enroll, which can be rather frustrating for people,...

Senator Nader has a nice ring to it

By Dan Rahrig

November 30, 2009


Filed under Columns

If you’ve paid any attention to American politics in the past decade, chances are you’re familiar with the name Ralph Nader, the third-party consumer rights advocate whose presidential campaigns in the past three election cycles have left a good deal of controversy in their wake. Nader’s now-infamous...