Massachusetts Daily Collegian

This is about doing the right thing

By Brian Benson

November 8, 2009

This past week, the town of Amherst passed a resolution to extend an invitation to two Guantanamo detainees. First, let us briefly discuss who these people are. The two men are Ahmed Bel Bacha and Ravil Mingazov, who hail from Algeria and Russia, respectively. In 2007, military officers determined...

Meet the Detainees

By Shera Demchak

November 8, 2009

At Amherst Town Meeting last Wednesday, residents approved the Amherst Select Board’s invitation to Guantanamo Bay inmates Ahmed Bin Saleh Bel Bacha and Magil Mingazov. But I doubt these detainees will truly be welcomed into the Amherst community. Who exactly are these men and what evidence defines...

One last moment of triumph for the Democrats

By Alex Perry

November 8, 2009

This past week should have been a good one for all Americans, particularly conservatives, after the gubernatorial races in New Jersey and Virginia resulted in Republican victories. Everything was seemingly going in the right direction. The country made a loud and clear statement to the Democrats in...

The real Africa, the real America

By Leigh Greaney

November 8, 2009

The word “xenophobia” gets thrown around a lot. It drips out of history books and politically correct conversations about foreign countries. It tries to label the act of “othering” – this process of hating what you don’t know and slamming a red stamp of disapproval on anything different. I...

Working to give a sliver of hope

By Mike Fox

November 5, 2009

The town lays 13 miles from a bus stop or anything seemingly remotely significant. I rode in the back of a pickup truck while getting pulverized by the dry dusty air swept up as we flew down the dirt roads that wove through the farms that stretched on and on. I was heading to Montefiore, a small farming...

Practice safe Internet, use anti-virus software

By Rachel Dougherty

November 5, 2009

There is a special place in hell for people who create computer viruses. That was all I could think about as I sat staring at the now-frozen screen of my computer. That and whether my literature professor would believe that my paper had just been eaten by the technological version of the swine flu. Computers...

Fearing the end of the ‘good ol’ days’

By Ben Moriarty

November 5, 2009

It’s almost the end of the first semester of my (and 4,000 other people’s I don’t know or care about) senior year, and I’ve begun trying to figure out what I’m going to do next year. Well, thinking about what place will possibly take or hire me. And it’s got me thinking, but hardly of the...

After a year, Obama’s presidency has fallen flat

By Alana Goodman

November 5, 2009

Like most Americans, I have little tolerance for films that drag on too long. Imagine Casablanca if it followed Captain Renault and Rick’s “beautiful friendship” for another three hours. Or Psycho, if audiences were forced to sit through 120 minutes of medical minutia about Norman Bates‘ recovery...

UMass is losing sight of its mission

By Nick Milano

November 4, 2009

What is the University of Massachusetts’ mission? Ask a variety of people and you might get a variety of responses. Some might say it is to provide education to students from Massachusetts. Some might say that it is actively pursue research grants and conduct cutting-edge research. Some might say...

Keeping it real professional

By H.C. Wang

November 4, 2009

People know that college is a time of change. It is a period of transition between the carefree days of adolescence and the daunting task of adulthood. It is also a time in which people can change everything about themselves from style of clothing to philosophy on life. One thing that people might...

Truly give thanks this holiday

By Subhan Tariq

November 4, 2009

Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away. Soon, we’ll be sitting at the dinner table surrounded by turkey and mashed potatoes and gravy. The smell of pumpkin pie will be engulfing our homes. But, do we really think about that which we have? Are we really thankful? Or do we take things for granted? Most...

Letters to the editor: November 5, 2009

November 4, 2009

Dear Editor, RE: “Not in my backyard;” Alex Perry, November 1 I would like to start by thanking the powers that be for distributing The Collegian to North Apartments again. I awoke on Monday morning to a text from my roommate saying, “You did it. Yahh. Newspapers in north.” If he and I ar...