Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Kathy Forde’s Cole Lecture focuses on the role of journalism in racial justice

By Rachel Walman

October 9, 2015

Kathy Roberts Forde did not try to hide anything at the beginning of her lecture Thursday afternoon. “The United States was founded on the ideals of freedom and equality, but it was also founded on a system of racial caste...

Punishment makes sense in the absence of free will

By Rane McDonough

April 25, 2013

If it is true that there is no free will, then it stands to reason that people cannot have changed any decisions they have made.  If this is the case, then how can we as a society ethically punish evildoers? If they could not ha...

Acclaimed scholar Robin D.G. Kelley speaks at UMass

By Chelsie Field

March 7, 2013

For historian Robin D.G. Kelley, the idea of American democracy has long been in decline. Kelley, who currently teaches history at the University of California, Los Angeles, spoke Tuesday to a crowded room of about 130 people a...

Puerto Ricans interested in U.S. statehood for first time in history

By Eamon McCarthy Earls

November 13, 2012

On Election Day, as Massachusetts voters deliberated on questions about wide ranging issues such as marijuana, euthanasia, and gay marriage, Puerto Ricans considered a different question. Should Puerto Rico become the 51s...

How to watch an election abroad

By kevin mann

October 29, 2012

I wrote this piece to share the opinion of an American abroad during an election, and to prepare anyone who might find themselves abroad during an election at some point. Also, be forewarned, I’m an ardent lefty. The thi...

America’s Iranian issue

By David Kaufman

September 10, 2012

The issue of Iran obtaining nuclear weapon capabilities has swamped media outlets for almost a year now, but many have not talked about how American national security and foreign interests would be jeopardized if Iran were to...

The Egyptian Revolution is failing..

By Alaa El-Shafei

April 9, 2012

Over a year after his downfall, the deposed Egyptian president has yet to be convicted of any crimes. Sadly, it is clear today that celebrations of Hosni Mubarak’s downfall were premature. The revolution’s hard-won freedoms...

Is realpolitik rearing its head at home or abroad?

By Artur Wysoczanski

March 7, 2012

     I have a lot of problems with the way the United States has presented itself to the international community over the past decade. Since George W. Bush became president in 2001, the foreign policy of the U.S. has become...