Massachusetts Daily Collegian

A taste of Israeli cuisine

By Eli Gottlieb

September 20, 2009


Filed under Columns

By now, I've been in Israel for a month and I've developed some reasonably strong opinions about the work I'm doing. This isn’t an international politics perspective, though, so you're not going to hear about that. You're going to hear about things I think will interest you. First, however, I'd...

The perils of forgetting about Afghanistan

By Meghan Boesch

September 20, 2009


Filed under Columns

At the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom, my high school classmates and I gathered around a computer to watch clip after clip of YouTube-esqe media surrounding this historic decision. One amateur video we found was a seven minute concert of explosions, firepower and destruction all tuned to the musical...

Prioritizing our personal dangers

By Lauren Rockoff

September 20, 2009


Filed under Columns

There are a million things to fear and avoid on the Univeristy of Massachusetts campus and in the greater world beyond. A year ago, most of us were obsessing about the Bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates or whatever in the plastic of our water bottles. A small minority – mostly hippy and eco-loving types –...

Rumbling stomachs are a sign of the times at the Dining Commons

By Evan Haddad

September 17, 2009


Filed under Columns

The Dining Commons are economizing. Administrative master chefs spent the summer cooking up and rolling out new energy and cost efficient policies for the fiscal year 2010; and as a result, DC hamburgers are helplessly shrinking to the sizes of quarters, and four-plate, three-drink eaters must cope with...

Swine flu PcP: Students are in good hands with UHS

By Matt Sullivan

September 17, 2009


Filed under Columns

With the heart of flu season approaching, University Health Services (UHS) is readily preparing for what is predicted to be among the strongest strains within the last thirty years. The swine flu, or H1N1, is significantly more difficult to treat than seasonal flu and has resulted in at least twenty-seven...

Swine flu PcP: Scare tactics abound

By Brian Benson

September 17, 2009


Filed under Columns

The World Health Organization (WHO) no longer finds it appropriate to track cases of the swine influenza. In fact, WHO announced that it would stop actively documenting information about them months ago, in July. Oddly enough, it said nothing about the recent hysteria flu which has purportedly given...

Death panels should be dicated by life choices

By Ben Moriarty

September 17, 2009


Filed under Columns

Despite being a journalism major, I hardly looked up any news while spending my summer in Guatemala. Nor did I read any news from there. It became news to me I don’t really care about news. I even found out that Michael Jackson died days after he died. And then I cried for days on end. I didn’t...

A black mark on the entire college community

By Nick Milano

September 16, 2009


Filed under Columns

If you have visited the center of Amherst in the last couple of weeks, you might have noticed a large cardboard sign outside the front of the American Legion on Amity Street. It reads, “Thank you for stealing our flags, from the veterans at American Legion Post 148.” Just four days before the...

It’s hard being fresh

By Elie Feinstein

September 16, 2009


Filed under Columns

As a Resident Assistant, it is in my nature to be somewhat of a psychologist. I can’t help it. It’s just who I am. With the advent of first-year/mixed-year housing, I am reminded of my experience in the English Talent Advanced Program (TAP). The glory days: the days when everyone was as clueless...

Despite faults, Sarah Palin still shows presidential potential

By Chris Russell

September 16, 2009


Filed under Columns

“Sarah Palin has lowered public discourse with her linguistic (to say nothing of moral) incoherence.” - lit prof. This comment, left on a NYTimes.com blog, seems a little harsh on Palin. She may not be able to explain policy or even construct complex sentences, but that doesn’t mean she is “linguistically...

Letters to the editor: September 17, 2009

September 16, 2009


Filed under Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, With The Health Care bill before Congress, are we in a battle of words between two parts of humanity, some who want to follow Abel in his love of God and care for fellowman, and in contrast, some, following Cain who succumb to evil desires rejecting God’s laws? When Constitutional...

The dangers of social networking

By Dave Coffey

September 15, 2009


Filed under Columns

Man being the social animal that it is, one would think something called a “social networking” site would be beneficial for mankind. I, however, disagree. Obviously, these sites are incredibly popular due to their ability to keep everyone in touch all the time. I’m not saying that social networking...