Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Ancestral pride is lost in the fear of racism

By Eric Magazu

September 14, 2009


Filed under Columns

This is the time of year where the integration of freshmen into the various cliques and social groups on campus will occur at frenetic pace. For upperclassmen active on campus, this is crunch time to find new recruits for your team or registered student organization (RSO) before schedules become locked...

Explaining the unexplained with faith

By Matt Kushi

September 14, 2009


Filed under Columns

It is a question that has been asked for as long as man has walked the Earth. It is a question that has been asked by astronomers, science fiction fans and the average human being for years. It is a question that has sparked movies, books, controversy and debate. It’s so simple yet so complex. Is th...

Death panels: the new liberal threat

By Chris Amorosi

September 14, 2009


Filed under Columns

Abraham Lincoln, lawyer and log peddler, is often at the top of best president lists compiled by the academic establishment. Lincoln's role in the Civil War is the primary reason.  I used to agree as I am an established academic, but over the summer I tapped into – or perhaps was tapped by – a particularly...

Bus Culture 101

By Hannah Nelson

September 13, 2009


Filed under Columns

As I’m starting my fifth semester on campus, I can admit that I still get on the wrong bus from time to time. It’s an easy mistake to make. I couldn’t tell you from memory alone how many bus routes that there are to travel. But, like everything at the University of Massachusetts, it seems complicated...

Super college entertainment system

By Nick O'Malley

September 13, 2009


Filed under Columns

Last semester, my friend Amy was all excited because of what she was bringing back with her from home. It wasn’t her new iPhone (which she might have by now) or a new TV, it was something much more awesome: a Super Nintendo. Featuring advanced titles like Street Fighter 2 and Teenage Mutant Ninja...

Obama’s hypocritical take on health care

By Alex Perry

September 13, 2009


Filed under Columns

Leave it to President Barack Obama to pile on partisan attacks and deception with another one of his infamous speeches. In front of a joint session of Congress, Obama addressed the nation on Wednesday trying to gather support from the American public for his health care reform effort. He was supposed...

Despite budget, UMass construction keeps school moving

By Evan Haddad

September 10, 2009


Filed under Columns

For University of Massachusetts students and employees who can't enjoy a professor's three-month retreat, a sultry summer around campus can be a frustrating holiday. Many full-timers across celebrated the solstice this year with something of an office purging. And in turn, you can be sure that student...

No Such Thing as “Free”

By Ben Rudnick

September 10, 2009


Filed under Columns

I spent the bulk of this summer participating in the University of Massachusetts Oxford Summer Seminar. Studying at Trinity College is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, especially if one takes advantage of the transportation system to see other places in Britain and Europe. I took two trips to London,...

Obama in danger of failing

By Alex Perry

September 10, 2009


Filed under Columns

Grading a president is hard to do because they are responsible for so many different things. When it comes to grading Barack Obama at this point, it’s only fair to grade him on what he has done with the economy up until this point. It’s the most pressing issue to Americans right now. And, ultimately,...

Obama meets expectations

By Ted Rogers

September 10, 2009


Filed under Columns

This being a collegiate setting, we’ve heard the rumor that, if your roommate dies, you get straight A’s for the semester. So, what kind of grade do you get when you’ve inherited a country with a dying economy, two wars, skyrocketing prices and a full third of the citizenry wishing that your predecessor...

Bumming it UMass style

By Nick O'Malley

September 9, 2009


Filed under Columns

It’s 5:21 a.m. and I’m sitting at the top of the ramp outside Whitmore wondering to myself: “Why am I not asleep?” I got here roughly an hour ago with my now ex-roommate Jake. Believe it or not, there was one guy, Greg, crazy enough to beat us there. He’d been waiting since 10:00 p.m. the...

Getting past that new college smell

By H.C. Wang

September 9, 2009


Filed under Columns

It’s that time of the year again, folks. The last sultry days of summer are winding down. The smell of the bouquets of freshly sharpened pencils and previously unopened notebooks hang in the air as we begin the new academic year. The promise of crisp, colorful leaves and cooler weather are just...