Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Death panels should be dicated by life choices

By Ben Moriarty

September 17, 2009


Filed under Columns

Despite being a journalism major, I hardly looked up any news while spending my summer in Guatemala. Nor did I read any news from there. It became news to me I don’t really care about news. I even found out that Michael Jackson died days after he died. And then I cried for days on end. I didn’t...

A black mark on the entire college community

By Nick Milano

September 16, 2009


Filed under Columns

If you have visited the center of Amherst in the last couple of weeks, you might have noticed a large cardboard sign outside the front of the American Legion on Amity Street. It reads, “Thank you for stealing our flags, from the veterans at American Legion Post 148.” Just four days before the...

It’s hard being fresh

By Elie Feinstein

September 16, 2009


Filed under Columns

As a Resident Assistant, it is in my nature to be somewhat of a psychologist. I can’t help it. It’s just who I am. With the advent of first-year/mixed-year housing, I am reminded of my experience in the English Talent Advanced Program (TAP). The glory days: the days when everyone was as clueless...

Despite faults, Sarah Palin still shows presidential potential

By Chris Russell

September 16, 2009


Filed under Columns

“Sarah Palin has lowered public discourse with her linguistic (to say nothing of moral) incoherence.” - lit prof. This comment, left on a NYTimes.com blog, seems a little harsh on Palin. She may not be able to explain policy or even construct complex sentences, but that doesn’t mean she is “linguistically...

Letters to the editor: September 17, 2009

September 16, 2009


Filed under Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, With The Health Care bill before Congress, are we in a battle of words between two parts of humanity, some who want to follow Abel in his love of God and care for fellowman, and in contrast, some, following Cain who succumb to evil desires rejecting God’s laws? When Constitutional...

The dangers of social networking

By Dave Coffey

September 15, 2009


Filed under Columns

Man being the social animal that it is, one would think something called a “social networking” site would be beneficial for mankind. I, however, disagree. Obviously, these sites are incredibly popular due to their ability to keep everyone in touch all the time. I’m not saying that social networking...

The dangers of politicizing health care

By Ben Rudnick

September 15, 2009


Filed under Columns

As the days of summer have waned, I have become more tuned in to the health care debate raging across the country. I deliberately ignored it during my time abroad, my intent being to focus all my attention on the sights and sounds around me. However, now that I have had time to catch up on the events...

An issue that needs warming up to

By Kathleen Broadhurst

September 15, 2009


Filed under Columns

Over the past few months, there has been much press time devoted to the issue of national health care. While I believe that this is an important issue and that national health care is in need of a makeover, this article is not about health care. This is about something that is, in fact, much more important...

Should we really care about Kanye’s diss?

By Subhan Tariq

September 15, 2009


Filed under Columns

As I turned on my computer on Monday morning, all I could read about was Kanye West’s essential diss of Taylor Swift at MTV’s Video Music Awards. Facebook walls were littered with people’s comments ranging from “Oh, what the heck?” to “I lost madd respect for Kanye,” and that’s when I...

Thoughts from the Argentine dance floor

By Mike Fox

September 14, 2009


Filed under Columns

The neighborhood that we got off the subway in by far seemed rougher than anywhere in the city that we’ve been to yet. Given, we spend most of our time in a relatively gentrified neighborhood. It didn’t seem to be anything too dangerous, just a bit rougher and realer. I found the door that...

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...