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Drinking age should be lower

By Editorial Board

September 15, 2008

It's no secret-many college students pack their bags, head off to college, and at some point during their college career, find themselves at a kegger. Underage drinking is inevitable on college campuses across the country. But some college presidents have come together in support of a proposal to lower the drinking age from 21 to 18 in the United States.With the current legal drinking age of 21, college students who are und...

Palin a risky choice for McCain

By Editorial Board

September 8, 2008

She's a fresh-faced beauty queen with a sparkling smile. She's also Sen. John McCain's choice for a vice presidential running mate.Her name is Sarah Palin and until recently, very few people knew a thing about her. Suddenly, she has brought a touch of celebrity to the Republican Party. Although she doesn't come close to competing with Barack Obama's celebrity status, she has invigorated the GOP in a way it hasn't seen in yea...

Nation is too busy to remember 9/11?

By Bethany Reinhart

September 8, 2008

On Sept. 10, 2001, I boarded an eastbound plane, nervous with anticipation as I headed to my first-ever, out-of-state business meeting. I was filled with excitement. It was my first trip to New York City, and I was scheduled to tour our flagship store at the World Trade Center the next day.The tour never happened. The day I was scheduled to tour our WTC store, 19 men armed with box cutters and boarding passes changed our n...

School pride slinking away from Columbia

School pride slinking away from Columbia

September 8, 2008

Congratulations Columbia graduates! You have received a diploma to establish your future, and-a Slinky.Actually, not even a Slinky, a cheap plastic rainbow imitation. According to Ray Dallavecchia III, nationa...

Red or blue, we’re all the same—really

By Steven Schnarr

September 2, 2008

I was raised a Republican because of conservative values. When I entered college, I started leaning toward Democratic ideals because I felt it was our obligation to help those less fortunate. But after learning about U.S. history and examining current politics, I realized something—voting Democrat or  Republican would lead to the same result.For the most part, Democrats and Republicans agree on U.S. policies, Obama and McC...

HIV testing gets needed expansion

By Editorial Board

September 2, 2008

Despite efforts throughout the past several years, Columbia has never been able to provide a successful and continuous HIV testing program. The school has offered mobile testing in the way of a Hummer, as well as sporadic testing throughout the academic year.In light of student demands and in an effort to provide the same level of medical care as competing colleges, Columbia is increasing efforts to provide an up-to-date H...

Election 2008: Wake up, America

By Bethany Reinhart

September 2, 2008

Summer is suddenly over and school is back in full swing. We are back on campus, back in class and back to the grind. But unlike recent years, this year promises to be one of the most electrifying times on college campuses nationwide.This year is not just another year. It's time to stop and take notice, as it is a monumental and defining year in the progression of our country. Love politics or hate them, believe in the poss...

Obama and Biden make a complimentary duo

By Editorial Board

September 2, 2008

After weeks of anticipation, Sen. Barack Obama announced his choice for a vice-presidential running mate on August 23.  Joe Biden, a six-term senator from Delaware, is the man who made the cut.Although many Americans do not ultimately change their vote based on the vice-presidential running mate, they do look at this choice as one of the first important and reflective decisions made by the candidate whom they support.Obam...

Dedication, hard work pay dividends

By Becky Schlikerman

May 15, 2008

After years of following the scholastic cycle—classes for a few months, spring break, summer vacation and back to school shopping—it’s finally ending. At least for some time anyway.Although I’ve been out of school before, this is a big step. I took a few years off from school in 2003 and moved to Chicago from Miami. I worked a menial customer service job for a couple of years and then decided to go back to school.Dan Th...

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