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Elmhurst College asks applicants for sexual orientation

By Editorial Board

September 5, 2011

In an environment of growing tolerance and acceptance of the LGBTQ community, Elmhurst College in Chicago’s western suburbs has taken a big step to keep the college up to date with evolvingpublic opinion.Elmhurst will become the first U.S. institution of higher education to include an optional question regarding sexual orientation on its admissions application. The question will help the college to identify resources and...

Chicago Public Schools face future financial issues

By Editorial Board

September 5, 2011

The Chicago School Board recently approved a nearly $6 billion budget for2012 that closes the current revenue gap but does not plan for the $860 million deficit Chicago Public Schools officials expect by 2014.The new budget promises $100 million in not-yet-determined administrative cuts, which is a good place to start. But officials need to maintain transparency with the public about when and in what form these cuts will com...

Medical marijuana can ease suffering

By Editorial Board

May 8, 2011

In a 53-61 vote, the Illinois House rejected proposed legislation to legalize medical marijuana on May 5. A similar medical marijuana proposal fell four votes short of passing in January during a legislative session that resulted in the passage of such progressive measures as the civil union bill and abolition of the death penalty.Supporters thought the current bill had a better chance, thanks to increased bipartisan support and stricte...

Stricter standards benefit everyone

By Editorial Board

May 8, 2011

Columbia recently announced a change in its graduation standards that requires students to maintain better grades to remain enrolled at the college. Under the new rules, which go into effect after the spring 2011 semester, students whose grade point average reaches 2.0 or lower have one semester of academic probation to bring their grades up or face dismissal from Columbia.The college was right in making its academic requireme...

School takes health initiative too far

By Editorial Board

May 1, 2011

Little Village Academy, 2620 S. Lawndale Ave., is prohibiting students from bringing home-packed lunches to school in an attempt to get students to eat healthier. The principal, Elsa Carmona, told the Chicago Tribune that the school is providing students with healthier food than they would ordinarily bring from home. The school makes exceptions for students with allergies or other specific medical restrictions, but everyo...

Preventing roommate tragedies

By Editorial Board

May 1, 2011

Dharun Ravi, a former student at Rutgers University, has been indicted on 15 charges for allegedly filming his roommate’s sexual encounter with another man using a webcam and broadcasting it online in September 2010.His roommate, Tyler Clementi, later committed suicide. In addition to charges of bias intimidation and invasion of privacy related to Clementi’s suicide, Ravi is also charged with evidence tampering for del...

For-profit colleges need regulation

By Editorial Board

April 24, 2011

For-profit colleges have come under fire in recent months because of their questionable recruitment practices and reliance on government funding. Many such colleges target low-income students with no other educational prospects or veterans with access to GI Bill money to pay for their education. They promise people a chance to earn degrees online or in their spare time after work, but some offer degrees that aren’t legitimate...

Ordinance change preserves free speech

By Editorial Board

April 24, 2011

Chicago’s Law Department recently decided to stop enforcing an ordinance that prohibited protesting outside places of worship during religious services.The city changed its stance on the ordinance on April 11 when the Law Department ruled that a citation given to protesters outside the Chicago headquarters of the Church of Scientology last year was unconstitutional. The change in procedure closed a loophole being exploited to eff...

House approves murder registry

By Editorial Board

April 17, 2011

The Illinois House of Representatives approved a bill on April 5 that would require people convicted of first-degree murder to register on a list similar to the sex offender registry. The legislation, called “Andrea’s Law,” is named after Andrea Will, who was killed by her ex-boyfriend in 1998 while attending Eastern Illinois University as a freshman. Parolees convicted of first-degree murder will remain on the list for 10 y...

Budget trouble hurts students

By Editorial Board

April 17, 2011

The college’s Theater Department recently laid off 11 student work aids in areas such as lighting, props and costumes because of budgetary shortages. Students received little warning that the cuts were happening. The layoffs directly hinder the department’s ability to put together student productions, which are an integral learning experience for theater students.Laying off student employees in the middle of a semester ...

Privatize recycling with caution

By Editorial Board

April 10, 2011

The Chicago Sun-Times recently broke the news that Mayor Richard M. Daley planned to sign a 10-year contract to privatize the city’s recycling programs. A union leader told the Sun-Times Daley planned to sign those contracts soon, rushing them through to pre-empt a union-backed ordinance to keep recycling work in-house among city workers.While the loss of city jobs is regrettable, the current state of Chicago’s recycling program is, to ...

Prepaid tuition a risky gamble

By Editorial Board

April 10, 2011

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan recently announced a state probe of the Illinois Student Assistance Commission regarding its management of the College Illinois prepaid college tuition program. The program allows families to pre-purchase a certain number of college semesters at state universities and community colleges to lock in current rates and avoid future tuition increases. However, the state doesn’t guarantee ...

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