Massachusetts Daily Collegian

No jeans at the gym

By Eli Gottlieb

February 7, 2010


Filed under Columns

Normally when I get told off for wearing the wrong clothes, I look around and wonder how the hell I found myself in a costume party. So it came as a bit of a surprise when one of the new Recreation Center’s 200 student workers interrupted my tricep pushdowns to tell me about the dress code. I’d been...

The Party of No

By Alex Perry

February 7, 2010


Filed under Columns

We are constantly told by our elected officials in Washington there are two reasons why Obama’s first year in office has not gone as smoothly as many had hoped it would. The first reason is the classic go-to for Democrats: George W. Bush left too big a mess to clean up in one year. That excuse dropped...

To be “Frank,” being left handed does not make you a persecuted minority

By Dmitriy Shapiro

February 7, 2010


Filed under Columns

I have to admit that I can finally pity myself for being classified as a discriminated minority. In full disclosure, I am left handed, Jewish and a Republican on the University of Massachusetts campus, though I’m not homosexual or a 31-year veteran of the U.S. House of Representatives. As Rep. Barney...

New UMass law school is for fools

By Ben Moriarty

February 5, 2010


Filed under Columns

The moon, although it looks very small in the sky, is actually quite large and has a gravitational effect on the Earth. Along with the Earth’s rotation, the gravitational pull from the moon has a continual effect on the water on our Earth, causing things like low tides and high tides. And sometimes,...

Liberal lions don’t die

By Charlie Felder

February 5, 2010


Filed under Columns

“The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dream shall never die.” Ted Kennedy spoke those words upon conceding the 1980 Democratic Presidential nomination to then-President Jimmy Carter. That speech was a barn-burner if ever there was one, and years later, those words rank...

Entering political apathy

By Matthew M. Robare

February 5, 2010


Filed under Columns

Massachusetts ain’t what it used to be. Senator Ted Kennedy, because of his name and his long service, was probably one of the most influential people in Congress for nearly thirty years. But he wasn’t the only famous and influential person from Massachusetts. After World War II, three Representatives...

Our position and Haiti

By Christa Romano

February 4, 2010


Filed under Columns

As I sat in the heated office of the auto shop waiting for the mechanics to finish fixing up my car, a rather large middle-aged woman walked in and started chatting with the man behind the counter. She wasn’t the most refined of women – throwing unnecessary curse words into her vocabulary as she...

How to transform UMass into a more brotherly campus

By Nick Milano

February 4, 2010


Filed under Columns

One of the features that gives aspiring University of Massachusetts applicants pause – I know I was one – is the sheer size of the University. Switching from a high school of perhaps 2,000 students to a college with over 24,000 can be a shock. To combat this impression, different groups on campus...

In memory of Howard Zinn

By Justin Thompson

February 4, 2010


Filed under Columns

He may lie at the opposite end of the political spectrum from where I do, yet no matter what one’s political views are - there is no denying the fact that Howard Zinn was and is one of the single most important figures in contemporary political history. Mr. Zinn died last Wednesday of a heart attack,...

Farewell J.D., We Hardly Knew Ye

By Charlie Felder

February 2, 2010


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Until I was thirteen, I had a tendency to stutter when called upon in class. My mother claims that it had more to do with the fact that I had a minor obsession with old Jimmy Stewart films and less to do with a certain fear of public speaking, as was my teacher’s diagnosis. Either way, my father...

‘Bullying bill’ foolhardy attempt to stop student battles

By Alana Goodman

February 2, 2010


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Up until Jan. 14, Phoebe was a sweet, pretty freshman at South Hadley High School. That was the day she hung herself in her closet after being relentlessly bullied by her fellow students. Tragically, hers isn’t the only recent suicide-by-bully case in Massachusetts. Carl Walker - Hoover of Springfield...

Parties, Parking and the Proletariat

By Ben Sullivan

February 2, 2010


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Robert C. Holub, the Chancellor, the top dog, some people love him, some people hate him. I don’t really know the guy. I do know, however, that while many people don’t want to live anywhere near the UMass campus; he lives right on campus at the Hillside House, a building centered between Orchard...