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
Liquid frenemy

Liquid frenemy

By Makayla-Courney McGeeney   It’s a crutch, a stress reliever, part of a routine and almost always on the grocery list. Coffee, or rather the caffeine it contains, is a major dietary component for some college students, and it’s difficult to think about living without it. Caffeine consumption may lead to physical addiction, but doesn’t necessarily cause harm or threaten […]

by · April 23, 2014 · Opinion
Seeing things as they really are

Seeing things as they really are

By Gabriel Kogel   Over the course of this semester I’ve promoted meditation in this column, and I’d like to explain why. It’s my belief that a global community of meditators can solve many of the worst problems we face. Problems such as climate change, mass extinction, warfare, and starvation often boil down to the ignorant, greedy, and frightened actions […]

by · April 23, 2014 · Opinion
Sports helped a city heal

Sports helped a city heal

By Jesse Collings   People who do not really watch or follow sports will sometimes find it hard to understand why those who do, choose to watch someone play a sport when they could easily just play it themselves. What those people don’t understand is that sports are something that gives us a great amount of emotional stimulation, and there […]

by · April 16, 2014 · Opinion
Finding your niche

Finding your niche

By Makayla-Courtney McGeeney   Grunting, sweating athletes in the gym can sometimes make beginners uncomfortable and intimidated by not knowing what to do. But just because you don’t know how to work out, you don’t have to push idea aside on a rainy day to-do list. One way to get moving is to plan a schedule with reminders about exercise. […]

by · April 16, 2014 · Opinion
Nicholas Arena, Managing Editor.

The deadly sin that is pride

By Nick Arena   What would the anniversary of the Boston bombing be without a bomb hoax to get us all riled up? A Boston man has been arrested for allegedly telling police he was holding a backpack containing a rice cooker. Normally a rice cooker wouldn’t seem too threatening, but given the bombs that the Tsarnaev’s fashioned were from […]

by · April 16, 2014 · Opinion
Untying knots that bind us

Untying knots that bind us

By Gabriel Kogel   Last week I promised to go into greater detail about the eightfold path of Buddhism. But, I’ve decided this aspect of the Buddha’s teaching is unnecessarily complex, at least for me, and at least for now. What holds interest for me isn’t striving to lead the most moral life possible through the practice of self-discipline. Instead, […]

by · April 16, 2014 · Opinion
Paid to play?

Paid to play?

By Jesse Collings   Based on the way that compensation for student-athletes is represented in the media, it seems obvious that college athletes should be paid for their efforts. In a lot of cases, a major university and a huge sport, like Notre Dame Football or Duke Basketball, is shown, along with how the universities make tons of money without […]

by · April 9, 2014 · Opinion
Lessons of Siddhartha Gautama

Lessons of Siddhartha Gautama

By Gabriel Kogel   Imagine you’ve spent the last six years practicing long meditation sessions, grueling yoga practice, and an acetic starvation diet, all in pursuit of deep spiritual truth. Nearing death from pushing your body far beyond its limits, but no closer to your goal, you break your fast and accept a bowl of rice pudding from a compassionate […]

by · April 9, 2014 · Opinion