Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Americans along for the ride

By Julian del Prado

October 2, 2013

Following a stunning three weeks of good news, the government shutdown has reared its ugly head. Ted Cruz, junior senator for Texas, spoke on the issue for 21 hours in the name of de-funding Obamacare, and we grow perilously close...

Do androids dream of electric Tweets?

By Johnny McCabe

October 1, 2013

In the modern age of information domination, spambots and their ilk are no strange sight. Advertising has flooded from the television and the radio waves onto the nascent playground of the Internet, a veritable landscape of possibilities for the enterprising entrepreneur. Much of the day-to-day w...

Practicality versus risk with college majors

By Katie McKenna

September 30, 2013

So many college students face the same dilemma: do what’s practical, or take the leap and follow a riskier passion. For some of the lucky ones, the two go hand in hand: I’ve always been jealous of my friends in the sciences...

In liberal democracy, the ‘liberal’ is more important

By Stefan Herlitz

September 30, 2013

No, this column is not about Democrats, nor American liberals. As a society, we’ve abused the word liberal so much that it now bears little resemblance to its former self. In its literal context, liberalism is a political philosophy...

Are unpaid internships justifiable?

By Karen Podorefsky

September 24, 2013

Internships are beneficial because they help students get jobs in the future. They provide great experience and can boost your resume, but they also come at a price. Many internships that college students participate in are...

The Importance of English

By Steven Gillard

September 24, 2013

A quick Google search can take you to pages of the “best college majors,” a field largely dominated by the sciences nowadays. At the opposite end of the spectrum, listed under “worst majors,” you will usually find fields...

Perspectives on a summer job in retail

By Elise Martorano

September 24, 2013

After 19 years of mooching off of my parents, this summer I finally sucked it up and decided to be “self-sufficient.” I got a summer job. I’m not exactly sure what I was expecting – probably something easy and boring,...

The worth of the polymath

By Maral Margossian

September 24, 2013

In ninth grade, I was convinced that the circus was the perfect place for me to begin my career. I wanted to travel, be a fashion designer, photographer, trapeze artist, journalist and I loved lions. I didn’t want to sacrifice...

Leadership for change

By Makai McClintock

September 23, 2013

On Saturday, nine students from South Africa arrived at the University of Massachusetts Amherst for a leadership training program geared toward promoting cross-racial unity and international networking. The two-week program will...

The misguided gun war

By Michael Ball

September 23, 2013

Our country again finds itself in the midst of a debate on gun-control. Common threads in recent mass-shootings are both the poor treatment of mental health patients and the failure to properly integrate mental health into the...

How to choose a roommate

By Emily Merlino

September 23, 2013

The semester has just begun, but it’s never too soon to start planning for next year’s housing. Whether you’re moving off campus or into another dorm, picking a roommate is one of the most exciting – and stressful...

Lessons from the Chilean 9/11

By Mike Tudoreanu

September 19, 2013

Last week, the world remembered 9/11, a tragic day that marks the deaths of thousands of people who lost their lives in a reactionary attack against democracy. Here in the United States, our thoughts and prayers were with the victims of the attack in 2001, 12 years ago...