Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Technology in baseball eliminates nuance of human element

By Dennis Topakov

October 29, 2013

Filed under Columns, Opinion

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

Filed under Columns, Opinion

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...

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

By Eamon McCarthy Earls

October 22, 2013

Filed under Columns, Opinion

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

Filed under Columns, Opinion

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...

Endurance continues months after Marathon Bombings

By Steven Gillard

October 15, 2013

Filed under Columns, Opinion

I was 7 years old when I came home from school one afternoon to see the indelible images of black smoke billowing from the World Trade Center flashing across my television. That was the first time I ever heard the word “terrorism,” the fir...

Breaking Bitcoin: the Largest Internet Drug Bust in History

By Johnny McCabe

October 15, 2013

Filed under Columns, Opinion

If people were to find a real-life equivalent to Walter White, the family man turned crystal meth kingpin of AMC's hit show “Breaking Bad,” the name Ross Ulbricht would never come up in conversation, even to people who knew him. The 29-year-old San Franciscan seemed to his fri...

‘Pussy Riot’ shakes up Putin’s Russia

By Hannah Sparks

October 8, 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,...

EDM is a cult of aesthetic

By Michaela Hughes

October 8, 2013

Filed under Columns, Opinion

Electronic Dance Music is a culture of aesthetic. It is not a genre of music, it is a lifestyle. One can argue that every genre concert is about the aesthetic. From Bob Dylan to Taylor Swift to Skrillex, there is a specific culture and atmosphere present for each. How...

Give country music a chance

By Steven Gillard

October 3, 2013

Filed under Columns, Opinion

If you look at iTunes, you will see a variety of artists in the top charts, from Katy Perry to Drake to Luke Bryan. Hit radio stations play almost everything: hip-hop, rap, pop and rock, with one noticeable exception: country. Country music remains of...

Cruz filibusters in vain

By Lucas Coughlin

October 3, 2013

Filed under Columns, Opinion

Viewers of C-SPAN (all 25 of them) were privy to some uncharacteristically compelling television last week when Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex) stood before the Senate and the nation to filibuster a continuing resolution to fund the federal government past Oct. 17, the deadline...

Illegal corporate activity cannot go unpunished

By Jillian Correira

October 3, 2013

Filed under Columns, Opinion

In 2010, an explosion on the BP-leased Transocean Deepwater Horizon oil rig killed 11 workers and spilled an estimated 4.9 million barrels, or 208.5 million gallons, of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. According to a recent report by a researcher at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, the explos...

The Importance of English

By Steven Gillard

September 24, 2013

Filed under Columns, Opinion

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...