Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Do not be afraid to quit

By Lauren Rockoff

October 19, 2009


Filed under Columns

“I don’t know how to quit you.” Jake Gyllenhaal said to Heath Ledger, and many college students say it to the countless useless projects, cigarette addictions and bad habits of all kinds that they repeatedly rehearse in any given day. We know that our over-the-top Facebook obsessions or less-...

One world-wide family

By Matt Kushi

October 19, 2009


Filed under Columns

Siblings. Many of us have them – younger or older brothers and sisters of the same family blood as we are. Along with the territory of having siblings come the relationships that you form with them. Throughout your life, the relations you carry on with your siblings may be one dimensional or multi-layered. At...

Chill out, HvZ players

By Dan Rahrig

October 19, 2009


Filed under Columns

We’ve all seen it – the hordes of red bandana-clad students scurrying around campus with their toy guns, yelling and signaling to each other and coordinating attacks. Humans vs. Zombies, the popular college game has returned to the University of Massachusetts Amherst yet again this semester, and...

The affluent and the desperate in Argentina

By Mike Fox

October 18, 2009


Filed under Columns

Like most foreign exchange students, I’ve walked down foreign streets after a long night in a state of mind often described as less aware. One night, as I worked my way through the winding cobblestone streets, I slowed my pace and noticed a disturbing trend. People were huddled in doorways with...

Health care reformers have it backwards

By Alex Perry

October 18, 2009


Filed under Columns

Just when you thought government couldn’t apply less common sense to anything they do, they go out and shock the world again with the Baucus bill. This bill is tough for liberals to defend as the problems it will create will outweigh the benefits it’s supposed to bring. The first point that needs...

Eat to live, not live to eat

By Lauren Strohmeier

October 18, 2009


Filed under Columns

Body dysmorphic disorder and eating disorders seem to be a pervasive ill within American society; in fact, they both have permeated American society so entirely that I bet each and every one of you is aware of at least one person who has an unhealthy relationship with food. What do I mean by “unhealthy?”...

Hybrid classes are all good

By Nick O'Malley

October 15, 2009


Filed under Columns

On the first day of classes, I showed up to my last class of the day, expecting to take the first step in a year-long commitment. I had it penciled into my schedule – Tuesday-Thursday at 1 p.m., it was on. But then, about halfway through the class, something weird happened. The professor reminded...

PCP: Students deserve the real deal

By Michael Phillis

October 15, 2009


Filed under Columns, Point-Counterpoint

Online classes are beginning to take a different form at UMass. A hybrid model – a course that takes place mainly online but meets one or twice a month – has started popping up in classes on campus. This movement to the Internet is not an improved version of an existing classroom experience. Instead,...

Obama’s Nobel Prize an investment in things to come

By Evan Haddad

October 15, 2009


Filed under Columns

Giving awards is one thing which always incites criticism. In the western world, who is worthy of what and why is a question for which everyone and their grandma has concern. The big award of the year, the Nobel Prize, has caused many to question – or at least consider – what factors warrant the...

Holub’s recruitment plan hurts in-state students

By Nick Milano

October 14, 2009


Filed under Columns

With the decline in state funds, the University of Massachusetts administration announced a new policy, reported in Sunday’s Boston Globe, to “aggressively court out-of-state students.” The reasoning behind this decision may have something to do with the fact that students from states other...

Watch your hands, not your back

By Alyssa Creamer

October 14, 2009


Filed under Columns

Your alarm rings. You’re alone as you wake up in your dorm. It was a wild night, but today is a new, normal day. You update your status on Facebook, like every morning, before chomping on Frosted Flakes and drinking fruit punch out of the container. You know no one can see you as you press your nose...

Letters to the editor: October 15, 2009

October 14, 2009


Filed under Letters to the Editor

RE: “The UMass administration is not your mother;” Brian Benson, October 8  Dear Editor, In reference to Brian Benson's editorial last Friday, there are a number of very important corrections to make: 1. The Student Government Association (SGA), not the Center for Student Development, approves...