Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Letters to the Editor: November 18

November 18, 2009


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Dear Editor, Every day I eat at least one meal in the campus center. If I purchase a meal, drink, maybe a piece of fruit or bag of chips, there is no way to do this without a tray. So, I put things down because I can’t hold all of it. I’m also not about to wait in those long lunch-time lines twice. Many...

Discussing Islam after Fort Hood

By Subhan Tariq

November 17, 2009


Filed under Columns

I remember sitting at a table filled with people when I got a text from CNN. It read, “CNN Breaking News – At least seven people killed and 12 wounded in a mass shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, a Pentagon official says.” At that moment, I remember reading the text message and saying, “Please God,...

How much do professors care about speech?

By Alana Goodman

November 17, 2009


Filed under Columns

Freedom of speech gained the support of a surprising group of people last week – the University of Massachusetts faculty. I say surprising because in my three years at UMass, this is the first time I’ve seen our professors take such a vigorous public stand for the First Amendment. And apparently...

Getting over family during the holidays

By H.C. Wang

November 17, 2009


Filed under Columns

Can anyone believe that it is the middle of November already? With the air cool and dry and the colorful leaves swirling down from the treetops, it’s a little surprising that another semester is almost over. While I greatly lament that fact, the good news is that the holidays are right around the corner....

Khazei’s my man

By Dan Rahrig

November 16, 2009


Filed under Columns

Last Sunday the University of Massachusetts hosted a debate between the candidates aspiring to fill Ted Kennedy’s vacant Senate seat. As a registered Massachusetts voter, I decided to go hear the candidates speak so that I could make an informed decision in next month’s special election primary,...

Hope for us all

By Eric Magazu

November 16, 2009


Filed under Columns

One of the biggest philosophical issues, which divides most forms of political ideology, is the way we view human nature. Human nature is more fundamental to all areas of life than we might realize at first glance. By reassessing our views on this subject, we will begin to get a better picture of some...

Come together for Thanksgiving

By Matt Kushi

November 16, 2009


Filed under Columns

On Thursday of next week we will be celebrating Thanksgiving. Traditionally, it is the day to give thanks as the Pilgrims did way back in 1621. For college students, it means a short break before the final climb to finals week. For others, it means that winter is fast approaching. For some, the coming...

Cover your mouth and wash your hands

By Alyssa Creamer

November 15, 2009


Filed under Columns

Quit coughing on me. I’m so serious. Within the past month, it seems as though a very lofty percentage of our campus community has come down with some kind of sickness. And regardless of whether it is of the seasonal or swine variety, all of it needs to end. Don’t look at my column like that....

Nancy Pelosi, Congress’s shining light

By Alex Perry

November 15, 2009


Filed under Columns

In the spirit of the historic transparency and bipartisanship that the current administration has given us, I wanted to spend some time focusing on how we got to this point as a country, by attributing our successes to all of the great work done by Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House. Her work has been...

Learn the lessons, Republicans

November 15, 2009


Filed under Columns

The results of the off-year elections could only be described in the most charitable sense as a bloodbath. Republicans had the trifecta in Virginia, claiming the position of governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general, simultaneously winning the governorship of New Jersey, a state so blue that...

Homelessness in the valley

By Chris Russell

November 12, 2009


Filed under Columns

If you or anyone you know needs help, call Benny Johnson. He will house, clothe and feed anyone who shows up at his modest apartment. “30 Gatehouse Rd., Apartment 308, Amherst, Massachusetts. Come by anytime,” he told me during our first encounter. Many nights, one or two people stay with him,...

Looking for answers amidst the Fort Hood tragedy

By Evan Haddad

November 12, 2009


Filed under Columns

Flags fluttered at half staff this weekend to commemorate the violent and unprecedented shooting at Fort Hood, which ended with 13 dead soldiers and 29 wounded at the American military base in Texas. Grief mingled with bitterness, adding to the perplexity of a public already leery of recent military...