Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Bring on the out-of-state plan

By Dan Rahrig

November 2, 2009


Filed under Columns

The University of Massachusetts has been abuzz over the past couple of weeks with Chancellor Holub’s announcement of a new plan to enlarge the school’s revenue by increasing the number of out-of-state students who attend each year. Since I’m from Stratford, Connecticut, I was initially very excited...

We can all get along

By Eric Magazu

November 2, 2009


Filed under Columns

I am a senator in the Student Government Association. Within our student government, there are divisions among various groups of students who represent different interests. Across campus, we have many student groups and organizations that cater to our individual tastes and interests. What is remarkable...

Who is a hero and who is a villain?

By Matt Kushi

November 2, 2009


Filed under Columns

Heroism can be a strange thing. It’s like a double-edged sword. Anything or anyone can have the word attached to their deeds and rightfully so. Yet, how it is perceived in the public eye and by those involved can vastly differ. Rarely is there a clean-cut case where the honor is unanimously bestowed on...

Next Halloween, go naked

By Alyssa Creamer

November 1, 2009


Filed under Columns

“Halloween is the one night a year when girls can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it.” That quote is from the 2004 movie “Mean Girls” directed by Mark Waters and written in part by comedian Tina Fey. “Mean Girls” had many gems of truth about girl-to-girl...

Food or medicine: our choice

By Chris Russell

November 1, 2009


Filed under Columns

Sherry Fortin sat against a mailbox outside Pinocchio’s in downtown Northampton, knitting a winter hat. On the sidewalk lay her finished products: several hats and scarves, which cost $20, mittens, which cost $15, and bracelets, a bargain at only $1. A colorful sign advertised her wares: “I have...

Not in my backyard

By Alex Perry

November 1, 2009


Filed under Columns

When Barack Obama decided he wanted to close Guantanamo Bay in order to appease his liberal base, one of the main questions that came up was what would become of the detainees. Well I guess Amherst has decided to chip its two cents in foreign affairs, as a couple of the town‘s selectpeople have decided...

The problem with online classes

By Evan Haddad

October 29, 2009


Filed under Columns

The fate of academic affairs lingers on an uncertain thread in the 21st century. Officials of large land-grant colleges, like the University of Massachusetts, are slowly whittling away the fat of their academic programs in search of new, cost effective modes of education. The preeminent consideration...

Halloween! Best holiday of the year

By Nick Milano

October 29, 2009


Filed under Columns

I have often heard it said that Halloween is not a holiday; it is merely a product of corporations who wish to prey on the consumer culture so embedded in our society. While some elements of this may be true – the History Channel says it is one of the most profitable holidays every year – there is...

Building for band and why it should have to wait

By Brian Benson

October 29, 2009


Filed under Columns

Among the slew of construction and deconstruction projects currently underway, there is another significant undertaking beginning on campus. This is the new building for the University of Massachusetts Marching Band, and it is going to cost us – big. The total price tag associated with this project...

Learn to grammar

By Brian Benson

October 28, 2009


Filed under Columns

Ending sentences in prepositions is something up with which I will not put. And, neither should you. Also, please do not begin sentences with conjunctions. I will not apologize for grammar policing, but I do have an entertaining point that’s not quite as snobby, so read henceforth. Among the greatest...

Swine flu scare

By Ashley Lesperance

October 28, 2009


Filed under Columns

I’ve been working at UHS for over a year and a half now and have become accustomed to the building’s antibacterial soap stations, students wearing face masks into the building to avoid viruses and the colorful signs used to teach adults (yes, we’re students but we too often forget that we’re...

Letters to the editor: October 29, 2009

October 28, 2009


Filed under Letters to the Editor

(1) Dear Editor: Having read the recent column, “Debunking a convenient myth,” I decided to take the author at his word and do a little debunking of my own. A quick glance at Wikipedia, which provides multiple pages detailing the global warming controversy, revealed that, despite Mr. Perry’s...