Massachusetts Daily Collegian

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,...

Argentine culture through the people’s smile

By Mike Fox

September 7, 2009

La Rural is pretty much an Argentine national version of a state fair. We walk in, and we’re instantly thrown into a crowd (expectedly, considering today was the last day of it). On each side are faux-pampas (the plains wilderness where the mythical Argentine cowboys, the Gauchos, come from) stands...

My London Celebration

By Michael Phillis

September 7, 2009

Sometimes you just need to gloat a little. For me, time came this past summer when I was in London. I had wanted to go abroad, and for various reasons, I had to wait till this past summer to make it happen. I was looking for a way to celebrate my arrival in London this past July. About a week into...

Live from Israel

By Eli Gottlieb

September 7, 2009

I'm sitting and panting in a hard-won seat on a British Airways jet airplane in London's Heathrow airport. My flight from Newark, N.J. got delayed a whole hour by thunderstorms, and so I had to race through Heathrow Airport's terminal five as soon as I got through security (you have to go through security...

For UMass politicos, no help from

By Dimitry Shapiro and Dmitriy Shapiro

February 4, 2009

It is the natural state of college campuses in a free society to be open to political dissent and demonstration. Our education is enriched by varying views from many spectra. At UMass, we have some of the most politically active groups of students in the country. Yet we need not forget the majority ...