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New CPS curriculum aims to prevent repetition of dark history

By Editorial Board

September 11, 2017

This school year, Chicago Public Schools students will learn the basics: English, math and the shameful history of torture in the Chicago Police Department. As part of a reparations package, which City Council passed on May 6, 2015, CPS will now teach eighth-graders and high school sophomores about Jon Burge, a former CPD detective accused of using torture primarily on black men in his custody between the 1970s and 1990s to for...

Harvey’s aftermath is a lesson in long-term support

By Editorial Board

September 11, 2017

Atefter its assault on Texas beginning Aug. 25, Hurricane Harvey left a lifetime’s worth of ruin in its wake. Fifty lives were swept away by the storm’s wrath, and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott estimated the storm caused up to $180 billion in damages. With at least 100,000 homes affected by the storm, some families don’t know when, if ever, they will be able to return home. Young adults, like those who make up Columbia’...

Voiceless should have a say in monument removal debate

By Editorial Board

September 5, 2017

In the wake of protests over monuments commemorating controversial, historical figures, Mayor Rahm Emanuel stated Aug. 23 he was open to removing a statue and renaming a street that glorify Italian fascism.In 1933, Fascist Prime Minister of Italy Benito Mussolini gave the city of Chicago a monument of Italo Balbo, an Italian Air Force Marshal who helped bring Mussolini to power, to celebrate the first transatlantic flight f...

Trump isn’t protecting America from the real danger

By Editorial Board

May 8, 2017

President Donald Trump’s comments regarding a “major, major” conflict with North Korea April 28 have triggered a discussion about nuclear war and American’s relations with the country. Trump noted a peaceful conclusion would be “very difficult.”Tension between the U.S. and North Korea has escalated in recent weeks, after concerns were raised about North Korea’s advancing weapons program. U.S. Secretary of St...

Wish List for 2017–2018: Columbia needs to re-evaluate identity, communication

By Editorial Board

May 8, 2017

The current academic year at Columbia has had great triumphs and stressful losses. As the Spring 2017 Semester and academic year draw to a close, the administration needs to reflect upon its decisions to better prepare and encourage students for the future. Because of the country’s political state and nationwide uncertainty, the college has held important campus talks this semester, such as the immigration crash course tit...

Aviation Department needs better training, not consolidation

By Editorial Board

May 1, 2017

The April 9 viral video of a bloodied David Dao  dragged off a United Airlines flight at O’Hare International Airport spurred local aldermen to propose solutions for city aviation security’s rare but violent outbursts.During an April 19 Chicago City Council meeting, Ald. Ray Lopez (15th Ward) proposed the Aviation Department security force be consolidated into the Chicago Police Department, preferably within the next 60 ...

The high cost of Trump’s pointless war on immigrants, sanctuary cities

By Editorial Board

May 1, 2017

President Donald Trump’s war on immigrants began almost as soon as he stepped into office, and it’s obvious he considers this the most important priority for his administration, culminating in Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recent threats against sanctuary cities on April 21. Trump signed a Feb. 23 executive order hiring 10,000 new U.S. Immigrations and Custom Enforcement agents and 5,000 new Border Patrol agents. According ...

Party bus shootings don’t need another ordinance

By Editorial Board

April 24, 2017

Three men in a party bus pulled into a Dunkin Donuts parking lot, 6332 N. Broadway, on March 12. Two of them died after a “verbal altercation” resulted in gunfire.Two dead, one injured—the victims are now a part of the growing list of  those injured in party bus altercations that turned deadly. Since 2015, there have been 11 shootings—three fatal—while aboard what has been called a “rolling cemetery.”The alcoh...

DeVos’ first months validate concerns about competence, bias

By Editorial Board

April 24, 2017

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ April 12 decision to withdraw rules protecting student loan recipients felt like a direct attack on Americans who have educational debts to repay—something DeVos has never had to do. The policies—outlined in memos former President Barack Obama issued at the end of his term—were meant to restrict loan companies from taking advantage of borrowers with misleading sales techniques.T...

Columbia needs a collegewide attendance policy

By Editorial Board

April 17, 2017

The well-known three-Columbia-class-absence rule of many departments more than likely gets a few groans from students. However, inconsistencies exposed in Columbia’s attendance policy have opened up a much-needed conversation.According to this legendary policy, if students miss more than three classes a semester, a professor theoretically has the right to fail them from the course. However, many students are unaware that...

Emanuel calls for unfair graduation demands

By Editorial Board

April 17, 2017

As if Chicago public high school students don’t have enough to worry about, they now may have to find a way to put together a post-high school plan before they can receive a diploma. Mayor Rahm Emaunel announced April 5 that he wants CPS students to show proof of acceptance into college, the military, a trade or “gap-year” program, a job program, full-time employment or have a job offer letter before being allowed to...

Blackhawks, it’s time to get serious about concussions

Blackhawks, it’s time to get serious about concussions

By Brooke Pawling Stennett

April 10, 2017

Watching someone take a flying puck to the face or get checked into the boards by a 200-pound-plus hockey player might be exciting for fans to watch, but for the players who eat either ice or their own teet...

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