Massachusetts Daily Collegian

The government shutdown: A retrospective

By Julian del Prado

October 30, 2013

Now that the government has reopened, we can all rest easier knowing that the Affordable Care Act will only be scrutinized once it has been put into effect. Looking back on the actions taken by the Senate and by the House of Representatives,...

Dare to be moderate

By Stefan Herlitz

October 30, 2013

Statistically speaking, you probably support gay marriage, the right to an abortion in the first trimester, paid sick and maternity leave and a higher national minimum wage—all socially liberal positions. But you also are likely to support offshore drilling, the death penalty and getting rid of affirmative action. You may prefer one party over the o...

Technology in baseball eliminates nuance of human element

By Dennis Topakov

October 29, 2013

As many of you may know our beloved Red Sox have made it to the World Series yet again. During the third game of the series at Busch Stadium, home of the opposing St. Louis Cardinals, Boston third baseman Will Middlebrook...

Recent astroturfing scandal implicates tech industry giants

By Johnny McCabe

October 29, 2013

BlackBerry Limited has seemingly joined the long list of businesses caught red-handed in the act of distributing fake reviews of its own products, if last week's launch of the BlackBerry Messenger app on the Google Play store was any indication. The ailing tech company, once an in...

GOP’s political sabotage of health reform continues

By Zac Bears

October 23, 2013

The Affordable Care Act was designed to expand coverage for 30 to 33 million Americans, cutting the number of uninsured non-elderly adults in half. The ACA does this by bringing those deemed “uninsurable” into the market by limiting...

Save the…Rocks? The Goblin Valley Scout Leaders and Protecting Special Landscapes

By Eamon McCarthy Earls

October 22, 2013

Over the past week, Glenn Taylor, Dylan Taylor and Dave Hill have gotten fifteen minutes of fame that they will never forget. The three men, former Boy Scout troop leaders in Utah, recently made international news when a video of the men toppling a boulder in Utah...

Effects of sleep deprivation on teenage brain

By Elise Martorano

October 22, 2013

We all remember the absolutely draining sense of exhaustion experienced every single morning of high school. The jarring alarm would go off at 5:35 a.m.. We’d drag ourselves out of bed, the sun not even risen yet. We’d dress sloppily and brush our t...

‘Pinkwashing’ doesn’t cure breast cancer

By Hannah Sparks

October 21, 2013

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...

The case for international aid programs

By Makai McClintock

October 21, 2013

Since the early 1960s, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has served as the world’s foremost economic and social watchdog. In addition to services during times of social and economic turmoil, USAID...

Keep veterans benefits

By Sionan Barrett

October 21, 2013

Members of the University of Massachusetts Student Government Association (SGA) are working to create a campaign against cuts to Veterans Benefits Administration due to the government shutdown. The discontinuation of their monthly...

Case for UMass Gun Club

By Michael Ball

October 16, 2013

The University of Massachusetts does not seem like a likely place for a gun club to thrive, but thriving we are. I am sure that if you talked to students and faculty about the prospect of UMass having a club that promoted training...

Even celebrities have a right to privacy

By Dennis Topakov

October 16, 2013

Kanye West has been one of the most controversial celebrities over the past few years. He’s cocky, talented and outspoken. Whenever it gets a chance, the media jumps all over him. Numerous viral videos have surfaced showing...