Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Four more years

By Zac Bears

January 22, 2013

Barack Obama’s second term as the 44th President of the United States began on Sunday, and we’re now in the second term of arguably the most liberal president in 40 years. With comprehensive health reform, student loan refo...

Puerto Ricans interested in U.S. statehood for first time in history

By Eamon McCarthy Earls

November 13, 2012

On Election Day, as Massachusetts voters deliberated on questions about wide ranging issues such as marijuana, euthanasia, and gay marriage, Puerto Ricans considered a different question. Should Puerto Rico become the 51s...

Liberal Landslide

By Zac Bears

November 7, 2012

President Barack Obama’s resounding re-election yesterday shows recommitment to the Obama plan for the economy. This election in support of the policies of the last four years solidified Democratic control of the Senate and...

Why progressives should not vote for Obama

By Mike Tudoreanu

November 6, 2012

Remember when President Barack Obama used to be cool? Four years ago, with free-market conservatism discredited by the biggest recession since the 1930s, many progressives expected Obama to be the next Franklin Delano Roosevelt, to reverse the gradual right-wing drift in American politics ...

The undecided are unmasked

By Terranova Tasker

November 6, 2012

It is hard to believe that at this stage in the presidential election, that any voter is still undecided. But apparently, 15 percent of the electorate is still unsure of who to vote for. Who are these indecisive citizens...

How to watch an election abroad

By kevin mann

October 29, 2012

I wrote this piece to share the opinion of an American abroad during an election, and to prepare anyone who might find themselves abroad during an election at some point. Also, be forewarned, I’m an ardent lefty. The thi...

Disingenuous politics

By Nikhil Rao

October 25, 2012

For the greater portion of the past 10 months, former Gov. Mitt Romney has been a mess. His continual blatant pandering and gaffes did him no favors. His own campaign aide once compared the campaign to an ‘Etch-A-Sketch;' (ht...

Calling all voters

By Ali Strand

October 19, 2012

“Have you registered to vote? In Amherst?” These seem to be the only two questions that have fallen on every pair of ears on campus. Not just once or twice, but repeatedly I have been asked by tens of different faces whether...

Actor Zach Braff visits UMass

By Mary Reines

October 15, 2012

Zach Braff, the star of the television series “Scrubs,” came to the University of Massachusetts on Saturday to campaign for President Barack Obama and Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren. Hundreds of students line...

Take it to the Streets, Not the Polls!

By Kevin Lamory

September 27, 2012

“I believe that democracy has so far disappeared in the United States that no ‘two evils’ exist. There is but one evil party with two names, and it will be elected despite all I can do or say.” Almost 56 years ago,...

Not redistributing the wealth, redistributing the growth

By Zac Bears

September 19, 2012

Common political parlance refers to many government programs as being redistributive. Think of the United States economy as a single, large pie of income, GDP. Redistributive government takes a slice of that pie from one person and gives...

On the line in Air Force One

By Michelle Williams

April 24, 2012

In slightly over two weeks, the University of Massachusetts Class of 2012 will graduate and enter a sobering job market. Taking unemployment into consideration, job prospects for applicants with bachelor’s degrees fell last...