Massachusetts Daily Collegian

A very convenient myth

By Alex Perry

October 25, 2009


Filed under Columns

I'm so sick and tired off all this “go green” and global warming talk. I can't use a tray at the dining hall  because the University of Massachusetts needs to pretend it’s saving the environment one Dining Commons swipe at a time? Is the school even helping to save the world or is it really just...

Is health care really so different than education?

By Chris Russell

October 22, 2009


Filed under Columns

Remember searching for colleges in high school? You probably weighed many options, likely a mix of public and private institutions, but settled on the University of Massachusetts because it provides a great value for a reasonable price. You were undoubtedly appreciative that Massachusetts provided...

More out-of-state students is good

By Ben Moriarty

October 22, 2009


Filed under Columns

In past years – or maybe just because we live in Massachusetts – there has been a growing trend in the belief that many things in life are “rights.” These debated rights surpass the unalienable ones, which, according to our founding fathers and Declaration of Independence, are “life, liberty...

Parking: Hard on campus but UMass has it right

By Matthew M. Robare

October 22, 2009


Filed under Columns

Driving on campus is horrible. For pedestrians, drivers are annoying, immature and seem like they’re just waiting for the opportunity to run someone over. For drivers, pedestrians delay them up to five minutes at a time. They walk out into the road without looking and seem to be trying to get run over...

College life and the threat of eating disorders

By Rachel Dougherty

October 21, 2009


Filed under Columns

“I’m fat.” There should really be a drinking game for those words. If you had to drink every time you heard someone call themselves fat, you’d be drunk before you read my article this morning. Or for the number of times you catch someone checking themselves out in the reflective surface of...

Starling on Sex: Clichés come true

By Jessica Starling Jones

October 21, 2009


Filed under Columns, Lifestyle

Many people have asked me of late what happened to me that made me so cynical when it comes to relationships. I’ll admit it is a reasonable question. I’ve gone from being a die-hard romantic to having a visceral aversion to relationships in the course of a few short months. In fact, the obvious a...

Twitter has staying power

By Nick Milano

October 21, 2009


Filed under Columns

When Twitter first hit the airwaves, I was aghast. How could such a website with such a silly little game actually expect to compete with other traditional social-networking sites? Either I underestimated the need for people to talk about themselves or it is a legitimate website. One of my roommates...

Time to remove the ranting rabble

By Matthew M. Robare

October 21, 2009


Filed under Columns

Rants. I can’t stand them at all. Some blowhard has some uninformed opinion about some topic that nobody knows about – much less cares about – and just mouths off about it without even thinking things through. I just don’t understand what could possess someone to come up with one. Maybe a lifetime...

Letters to the editor: October 22, 2009

October 21, 2009


Filed under Letters to the Editor

Zombies not looking to impress anyone RE: “Chill out, HvZ players;” Dan Rahrig, October 20 Dear Editor, In response to Dan Rahrig’s piece about Humans vs. Zombies players looking childish, I must say that I am not trying to impress anyone, including Dan Rahrig. I stopped caring what ot...

What to do about roommate awkwardness

By H.C. Wang

October 20, 2009


Filed under Columns

A tired friend recently came to me, bleary-eyed and grumpy, to vent. She slept through her 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. class because her roommate and her roommate’s friends were loud and obnoxious and kept her up until 4 a.m. the previous night. These people had been over almost every night of the week...

Hate crimes and why funding their prevention is a waste of money

By Alana Goodman

October 20, 2009


Filed under Columns

Around midnight on Feb. 1, 2006, a chubby 18-year-old named Jacob Robida walked into Puzzles Lounge, a gay bar in New Bedford, Mass., and ordered a Captain Morgan on the rocks. Sipping his drink, he chatted briefly with the bartender before making his way to the crowded pool table in the back of the...

Who will bear the burden?

By Eric Magazu

October 19, 2009


Filed under Columns

The cost of college is a huge portion of the budget of most University of Massachusetts students, whether this cost is borne by parents or students themselves. Several student advocacy groups working at UMass have been making the case for a change in the way we fund higher education, and some have their...