Opinion

Liquid Courage

Liquid Courage

By Makayla-Courtney McGeeney For some students, the weekend starts on Thursday, but for others, it may begin late afternoon Friday. What’s one of the first things that come to mind at the start of a relieving weekend? Beers, shots, parties, funneling, shot-gunning, or any way to get drunk quickly. Of course your college years are the best time to experiment […]

by · October 8, 2014 · Opinion
Photo taken by Courtney Alana Smith.

More than I Bargained For

By Courtney Alana Smith The pit in my stomach— you know, the one that only cracks open when fear is present— became unfastened as soon as I sat down in seat 30A. Flight 0728 was a red-eye to London Heathrow, and it just so happened to be the first plane I’d been on since ‘98. My thoughts, recycled over and over […]

by · October 6, 2014 · Extras, Online Exclusive, Opinion
Nicholas Arena, Managing Editor.

Dress Code Woes

By Nick Arena Apparently Devils Lake High School in North Dakota has banned female students from wearing leggings, yoga pants, jean leggings, or jeggings as they are more popularly known, and tight blue jeans. Why are these articles of clothing being banned? Because they are distracting to male students and male teachers. According to a Gawker.com article, citing Valley News […]

by · October 1, 2014 · Opinion
The Joy of Overindulging

The Joy of Overindulging

By Makayla-Courtney McGeeney The weekend is ahead and it holds many opportunities to rejoice with friends on the couch watching movies, or maybe its running around getting coffee, donuts for breakfast, and fro-yo for dessert. Either way, you’re treating yourself after a good week of eating and routine work. Here’s my personal mantra, if I eat well Monday through Friday, […]

by · October 1, 2014 · Opinion
Nicholas Arena, Managing Editor.

Don’t Back Down, Emma

By Nick Arena Emma Watson, the newly appoint United Nations Women goodwill ambassador, gave a speech on Saturday for the up and coming He for She movement, and the mysoginists aren’t taking it lightly. Members of the website 4chan have vowed to release nude photographs of the actress and ambassador  to attack her for her statements about equality. For those […]

by · September 24, 2014 · Opinion
Hot Cup of Sugar

Hot Cup of Sugar

By Makayla-Courtney McGeeney It’s that time of the year again when fall traditions take over social media: pumpkin spice lattés from Starbucks, selfies with pumpkins, apple picking, and football. All of these are usually enjoyable and good for your health…except the lattés. Lately, I’ve been following a Facebook page called “Food Babe,” run by a woman leading a movement to […]

by · September 24, 2014 · Opinion
Nicholas Arena, Managing Editor.

In My Humble Opinion: Our Failure to Slay the Hydra

By Nick Arena Yesterday, the New York Times posted an article about a statement made by President Obama regarding the United States’ action versus the latest and greatest terror threat, ISIS. The President said that the troops deployed in Iraq will not be drawn into ground combat with the terror group, and that we do not intend to start another […]

by · September 18, 2014 · Opinion
Important reminders

Important reminders

By Makayla-Courtney McGeeney   For my last column of the semester, I thought it would be nice to sum up most of my health and fitness tips to prepare you for the tasks of summer (which actually won’t be so bad with this knowledge). Start carrying a water bottle with you to avoid confusion between hunger and thirst. When you’re […]

by · May 1, 2014 · Opinion
Wellness center concerns

Wellness center concerns

By Jenna O’Connor   With the closing of North Adams Regional Hospital (NARH) on March 28, the closest hospital is Berkshire Medical Center, located in Pittsfield—which is a 25-to-40-minute drive for the residents in the surrounding Northern Berkshire towns. The college announced last week that the MountainOne Wellness Center is going to become an “Urgent Care Center” for the public, […]

by · May 1, 2014 · Opinion
User beware on social media sites

User beware on social media sites

By Alexander Moore   Instagram, Snapchat, and Soundcloud are all popular social media services with lengthy “terms of use.” Many individuals do not take the time to read these policies, and may not know what they are getting into when they sign up. When Snapchat gets an idea submitted by a user, all rights to that idea are taken away […]

by · May 1, 2014 · Opinion
Meditation 101

Meditation 101

By Gabriel Kogel   For my last installment of Under the Bodhi Tree, I want to thank every one of you for reading my words. For those of you who’ve offered kind words in return, I’m especially grateful. May you always be blessed and live in joy. This has been my final semester at MCLA. I feel a mix of […]

by · May 1, 2014 · Opinion
Waiting for grad school

Waiting for grad school

By Yvonne Camacho   In the blink of an eye, four years are up. Seniors know there’s no avoiding the dread instilling question, “What are you doing after graduation?” For most students, the most traditional choices are entering the workforce or enrolling in graduate school. But, by taking an unconventional route and delaying a permanent job or graduate school immediately […]

by · May 1, 2014 · Opinion
With Sterling, NBA was asking for trouble

With Sterling, NBA was asking for trouble

By Jesse Collings   The comments Los Angles Clipper’s owner Donald Sterling recently made about African-Americans have generated a lot of talk. Clearly, Sterling’s remarks have no place anywhere in society. While most of the blame has been thrust onto Sterling himself for making the remarks, some blame certainly deserves to go to the NBA, who really have no one […]

by · May 1, 2014 · Opinion, Sports
Nicholas Arena, Managing Editor.

Guns, guns, guns

By Nick Arena   A bill passed in Georgia yesterday has made it possible for people to carry guns in more places than previously allowed. These areas include bars and, even better, airports! Nothing bad ever came from someone bringing a gun into an airport, right? At least the bill will not allow them to bring the guns past the […]

by · April 23, 2014 · Opinion
Sweet dreams

Sweet dreams

By Jess Gamari   Alas, it is the end of April. Only two weeks of classes remain in the semester and yet the to-do lists keep growing. Papers, projects, portfolios, part time jobs, and possible parties pile on. It’s hard to get through stressful days on little sleep, but it’s even harder to get through them when sleep is anything […]

by · April 23, 2014 · Opinion