Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Getting past that new college smell

By H.C. Wang

September 9, 2009

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

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

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

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

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

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...

Memoirs of a parking attendant

By Chris Amorosi

September 8, 2009

Last year, I found summer employment in a large alligator mascot suit. Seeking further experience in the field of sweltering discomfort, this past summer I worked as a part-time parking lot attendant. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, I covered the lunch breaks of the full-time attendants, who worked 12-hour...

Generation Bacon

By Nick O'Malley

September 7, 2009

About a midlife crisis ago, many of our parents gave their generation an identity through music and drug culture to separate themselves as youths (we especially know now because they won’t shut up about Woodstock). This largely happened because, like any young generation, they thought the past one...

Springing the case for free college

By Hannah Nelson

September 7, 2009

I would have bet money on seeing pigs fly before ever hearing about a free college existing in the United States. Founded in 1917, Deep Springs College lies 28 miles into the California desert. Every student receives a full scholarship, and there is no application fee. The all-male, two-year college...

Top 10 don’ts to observe this semester

By Lauren Rockoff

September 7, 2009

How do you achieve mental preparedness for a new semester? It is the eternal question. How do you get yourself excited about the long readings and lectures after less-than-adequate sleep that characterizes back-to-school? I couldn’t tell you. The right course of action probably differs for us all. H...

Ted Kennedy’s legacy reached beyond state and party lines

By Matt Kushi

September 7, 2009

On August 25, 2009, the United States of America lost a true icon. When the “Lion of the Senate,” Senator Edward Moore Kennedy, departed from this world at the age of 77 after heroically fighting brain cancer for more than a year, he left behind much. Our most significant souvenir, however, is his ...

Cultural Electricity

By Leigh Greaney

September 7, 2009

South Africa is an anomaly. To Americans, it’s this foreign land with lions, great white sharks, elephants and harsh segregation between the other beasts – humans – who are put in township shacks or guarded mansions. To Africans, it’s not Africa. It’s the result of years of European oppression,...