Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Relaxing one-child policy a step forward

By Hannah Sparks

November 18, 2013

Filed under Columns, Opinion

Among other reforms, including the closing of “re-education through labor” camps, last week China officially relaxed its infamous one-child restriction, now allowing couples to have two children if one of the parents is an only child. Formerly, only couples in which both paren...

Saudi women fight driving ban

By Hannah Sparks

November 4, 2013

Filed under Columns, Opinion

On Oct. 26, women across Saudi Arabia got into their cars and drove. So did women in nations all over the world, of course – Saudi Arabia just has the distinction of being the only country on earth to prohibit women from driving. No written law officially bans it, but the governm...

‘Pinkwashing’ doesn’t cure breast cancer

By Hannah Sparks

October 20, 2013

Filed under Columns, Opinion

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and, accordingly, pink stuff is everywhere: Pink ribbons, pink cleats on your favorite NFL players, pink buckets of fried chicken at KFC. (Because if anything cures cancer, it’s...

‘Pussy Riot’ shakes up Putin’s Russia

By Hannah Sparks

October 7, 2013

Filed under Columns, Opinion

Russia is having a moment, partially because its highly visible leader, President Vladimir Putin, has become an increasingly formidable character in international politics. Putin has had a hand in many of the foreign policy negotiations that the United States has also been involved in,...

No parental rights for rapists

By Hannah Sparks

September 9, 2013

Filed under Columns, Opinion

Massachusetts is often touted as one of the most liberal and progressive states in the nation, and for good reason. Famously blue, the Commonwealth is a national leader in health care, education and energy efficiency. It was one...

Beware the media circus

By Hannah Sparks

September 4, 2013

Filed under Columns, Opinion

For as long as there have been courts, there have been famous cases that have the ability to hold the public’s attention. Certain cases, integral to the American identity at this point, have been branded into our minds from childhood: T...

Unpaid internships don’t help women get ahead

By Hannah Sparks

September 2, 2013

Filed under Opinion

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, with the end of the summer comes the end of many an unpaid internship. Whether you view them as valuable opportunities to gain experience and contacts in your field or as inherently exploitative, unpaid...

Steubenville case highlights U.S. rape culture

By Hannah Sparks

January 22, 2013

Filed under Columns, Opinion

In a short but comprehensive article on thenation.com, “America’s Rape Problem: We Refuse to Admit That There Is One,” feminist author Jessica Valenti explains the hypocrisy of American attitudes towards sexual violence. We are quick to ...

Running in the wrong direction

By Hannah Sparks

November 9, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion

Symbolism plays an important role in the aftermath of tragedy or disaster. Iconic photographs of everything from troops returning home from war, to firefighters raising the flag at Ground Zero after Sept. 11 sear themselves permanently onto the p...

American Do It Yourself mentality cannot always work

By Hannah Sparks

October 30, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion

Forget about “rugged individualism” or “Manifest Destiny:” the overarching ethos of the United States is “Do It Yourself.” There’s no need to fret about making logical arguments or using pretentious language: our co...