Opinion

All Over the Place for the Holiday

All Over the Place for the Holiday

By Makayla-Courtney McGeeney Post-break I’m already having trouble sliding back into my normal eating routine with smaller portions. I felt as if all I did at home over break was eat and eat, and almost little to nothing was the usual healthy entrees. I can preach about how to lose holiday pounds, but I’d rather touch on how to remain […]

by · December 3, 2014 · Opinion
Nicholas Arena, Managing Editor.

Capitalism At Its Finest

By Nick Arena Black Friday The holidays are coming on fast with Thanksgiving rapidly approaching. Soon we will all be home enjoying massive homemade meals with our loved ones. And let’s not forget Black Friday. Who could forget the day that we go out to buy excessive amounts of material possessions the day after we count ourselves thankful for all […]

by · November 19, 2014 · Opinion
How Much Cardio Is Enough?

How Much Cardio Is Enough?

By Makayla-Courtney McGeeney Last week I visited the campus’ fitness center during a fitness class and I realized that their only task for the day was to complete 35 minutes of cardio (i.e. running, elliptical, bike, rowing, etc.). Two or three days of the week is a reasonable amount of time to devote to cardio compared to the amount of […]

by · November 19, 2014 · Opinion
Nicholas Arena, Managing Editor.

Got Social Skills?

By Nick Arena With the many great things the Internet has brought us, one enormously debatable feature is online dating. While online dating has made it easier to meet people, especially in today’s bustling society, I can’t help but wonder if it is detracting from our ability to socialize with people around us. I love reading horror stories about the […]

by · November 12, 2014 · Opinion
What We Don’t Know About Coffee

What We Don’t Know About Coffee

By Makayla-Courtney McGeeney Last week, Dean’s Beans founder Dean Cycon spoke about where one cup of coffee comes from. He elaborated on fair trade and what being organic really means when tending to a coffee crop. There are hundreds of brands of coffee out there and we rarely know where it actually comes from; we also don’t see past the […]

by · November 12, 2014 · Opinion
Nicholas Arena, Managing Editor.

Why Bother?

By Nick Arena Election season has come to a close with the Republican party walking away with the majority. According to the Associated Press, the GOP won 52 – 43 in the senate, 244 – 179 in the house and 31 – 16 in the gubernatorial race, sweeping a great deal of control from underneath the Democrats. As the Democrats […]

by · November 5, 2014 · Opinion
Run Down and Out of Time

Run Down and Out of Time

By Makayla-Courtney McGeeney At this point in the semester, it’s common to find you either want to break down and forget about everything, or get angry and punch something. In addition, it’s growing colder by the day. There are rumors of snow showers, which only adds to the stress of a workload. As we approach the end of the semester, […]

by · November 5, 2014 · Opinion
Photo taken by Holly Johnston.

Iceland Airwaves

By Holly Johnston I sat in my room staring at my packed suitcase. I’d had a permanent smile on my face for days. I’d be leaving tomorrow for Iceland.  I opened my desk drawer and took my plane ticket out. I thought double checking my plane’s departure time would be a good idea. My eyes ran down the ticket. Before […]

Coakley Stresses Education, Environment

Coakley Stresses Education, Environment

By Meg Gugarty Attorney General Martha Coakley emphasizes education, environmental progress, economic growth, and equal opportunity in her bid for governor. Coakley’s proposals for students include a $100 million competitive grant program for collaboration between high schools, colleges, and businesses. “Over the course of this campaign, Martha has emphasized the importance of a world-class education for all,” said Bonnie McGilpin, […]

by · October 29, 2014 · Extras, Features, News, Online Exclusive
Students and Faculty Weigh In On Governor Candidates

Students and Faculty Weigh In On Governor Candidates

By Juanita Doss A sampling of opinion from political science students and a professor show a leaning towards Democrat Attorney General Martha Coakley in her race against Republican Charlie Baker for governor. “Martha Coakley is more likely to continue the duties that Governor Deval Patrick started,” political science professor Robert Bence said. “She’s more likely than her opponent to support […]

by · October 29, 2014 · Extras, Features, News, Online Exclusive
Independent Candidates Offer Alternatives

Independent Candidates Offer Alternatives

By Christopher Johnson While they are all Independent, the three alternative candidates to Martha Coakley and Charlie Baker—Scott Lively, Evan Falchuk and Jeffrey McCormick—have very different, sometimes contradictory ideas. “As governor, my number one priority will be to create jobs and grow the economy,” McCormick said in a campaign video on his website. “I have a proven track record of […]

by · October 29, 2014 · Features, News, Online Exclusive, Opinion
Graph by Margaret Gugarty.

Students Prefer Coakley, Favor Bottle Bill

By Tyler Bacon Martha Coakley was the preferred choice for governor by MCLA students, but a large number of undecided voters make it a toss-up. Students were overwhelmingly supportive of ballot questions 2 and 4. The Writing and Reporting the News II class conducted an unscientific poll on the upcoming election. The results of the poll have a margin of […]

by · October 29, 2014 · Extras, Features, News, Online Exclusive, Slideshow
Question Two Would Expand Bottle Bill to Water, Juices

Question Two Would Expand Bottle Bill to Water, Juices

By Brittany Gallacher Question 2 on the Massachusetts state ballot aims to expand the Beverage Container Deposit Law to require deposits on all non-alcoholic, non-carbonated liquids, excluding dairy products, infant formula, and FDA approved medications. Supporters of Question 2 believe the expanded law will increase recycling and reduce the amount of bottles in landfills, while opponents say it is too […]

by · October 29, 2014 · Extras, Features, News, Online Exclusive
MGM Ready to Build In Springfield Despite Poor Economy, Struggling Industry

MGM Ready to Build In Springfield Despite Poor Economy, Struggling Industry

By Gionna Nourse   SPRINGFIELD, MASS. Early last month, three major casinos in Atlantic City, N.J., closed due to the bad economy and lingering effects from Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The Showboat, Revel, and Trump Plaza said goodbye after over 20 years of entertaining the famous seaside community. Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun, two casinos located in Connecticut, also used to […]

by · October 29, 2014 · Extras, Features, News, Online Exclusive
Jobs and Tax Revenue vs. Social Impact Drive Debate

Jobs and Tax Revenue vs. Social Impact Drive Debate

By Caitlin O’Neill Casinos: In or out? Ballot Question 3 will allow voters to decide if casinos and other forms of gambling will continue to exist in Massachusetts. However, its wording could prove to be a source of confusion for many voters, because in this case, yes means no. A 2011 law makes casinos, other establishments with slot machines, and […]

by · October 29, 2014 · Extras, Features, News, Online Exclusive