Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Why progressives should not vote for Obama

By Mike Tudoreanu

November 5, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion

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 ...

Social media can not replace traditional socializing entirely

By Karen Podorefsky

October 22, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion

What is friendship today? Does logging onto Facebook and seeing that you have ‘x’ amount friends make you feel popular? Maybe, but what small percentage of those are close friends that you would want to go have lunch w...

Electoral Idol: Debating the electoral carnival

By Jan Dichter

October 15, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion

With each reappearance, regardless of particulars, the temporality of the electoral spectacle cycle deposits another greasy layer onto the aura of gruesome despair that inevitably surrounds it. Each time, there arises a great ...

Beating the block

By Emily Felder

September 24, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion

I’ll be honest; I’ve got writer’s block. I’ll spare you the typical writings about the fall season. I’m determined not to write about the leaves, with their “splendiferous shades of foliage glinting in the autumnal setting...

Losing your edge for learning languages

By Karen Podorefsky

September 24, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion

How many languages do you know besides English? Let me rephrase that. How many languages do you know well besides English? There is a difference between being completely bilingual versus being able to understand or carry on a basic conv...

An easy choice

By Tim Drugan-Eppich

September 17, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion

With most students voting for the first time in a presidential election, it is essential that they be informed or at least have some idea of how important this election is before walking, or stumbling, into a voting booth. With the economy not yet out of the woods, people st...

The Italian Job

By Claire Anderson

September 17, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion

Everyone is aware that Europe is in a financial sink hole. The rug was pulled out from under them by the American economy, playing the little evil child who leaves banana peels on the floor hoping someone will trip and fall on their face....

Let haters be your motivators

By Hannah Sparks

September 10, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion

When I think about the emotion of anger, I am faced with two diametrically opposite mental images. One is fire. Everything is hot to the touch. Anger flares up in your blood and races through you at a hundred miles an hour, igniting eve...

Homelessness and mental illness

By Katie Landeck

September 10, 2012

Filed under Columns, Opinion

Just after the October snowstorm, I went to Craig’s Doors, the local homeless shelter, to do a story on the homeless in Amherst and how the storm affected them. Of the 29 guests that were there, the person I remember most clearly ...