Massachusetts Daily Collegian

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...

On health care, the GOP’s POV is BS

By Dan Rahrig

September 9, 2009


Filed under Columns

The American political system seems to operate under the assumption that there are two sides to every issue, and that each side has a legitimate position that should be heard, given weight to and respected. This is not an incorrect or flawed premise in most cases, since it is only fair to presume that...

Letters to the editor: September 10, 2009

September 9, 2009


Filed under Letters to the Editor

New World Theater worthy of funding Dear editor, I am writing out of shock, outrage and disbelief. I have just learned that the University of Massachusetts Amherst has decided to cut New World Theater (NWT) out of its budget. I am an alum of New World Theater. When I was there I assisted teaching...

Potty training 101

By Matthew M. Robare

September 8, 2009


Filed under Columns

To be perfectly, honest, I never thought I would have to write this column. I thought all college students would be the responsible adults they’re expected to be instead of the incompetent stereotypes as seen on TV. But no, a few ne’er-do-wells had to go and spoil my pie in the sky. By taking...

The two F’s of UMass

By Thomas Moore

September 8, 2009


Filed under Columns

In the words of my very own dirty door mat, welcome. Welcome for the first time, welcome for another time or welcome for the last time. In this early issue of The Massachusetts Daily Collegian, I hope to load first time freshmen and new transfer students with some tips, tricks and tools of the trade...

For WBCN, it was time

By Nick Milano

September 8, 2009


Filed under Columns

What are those clichés? Don’t kick dirt on a grave, don’t beat a dead horse? But in the case of “The Rock of Boston,” WBCN, its death should have been celebrated with an orchestral symphony of celebration. Unlike the classic New Orleans, La., funeral dirge, the mourning was unnecessary; only...