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Clarify transfer credit evaluation

By Editorial Board

February 21, 2011

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Columbia’s Office of Degree Evaluation determines which credits and courses transfer from students’ previous colleges toward their Columbia graduation requirements. The college accepts a maximum of 88 credit hours from regionally accredited four-year colleges or universities, and a maximum of 62 credit hours from regionally accredited two-year colleges or universities.Many students are often confused after going through th...

Taste plan cuts culture for cash

By Editorial Board

February 21, 2011

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The city of Chicago announced it would be turning over control of the Taste of Chicago and several of the city’s summer music festivals to the Chicago Park District in a Feb. 10 press release. Four of the city’s annual festivals—the Viva Chicago Latin Music Festival, the Chicago Gospel Music Festival, Celtic Fest Chicago and the Chicago Country Music Festival—will all be rolled into the Taste, rather than held as s...

City dropped ball on blizzard response

By Editorial Board

February 14, 2011

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The city of Chicago was smothered by 20.2 inches of snow during the blizzard of Feb. 1–2. Despite Chicagoans being no strangers to severe winter weather and an early storm warning, the snow managed to shut down most of the city for three days. City officials knew the storm was coming and did not sufficiently prepare, and the city suffered for it.The Lake Shore Drive snafu is a prime example of this lack of preparation. During ...

Faculty Senate will benefit college

By Editorial Board

February 14, 2011

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Columbia’s College Council is in the process of drafting plans for the formation of a faculty senate. The faculty would essentially be separating itself from the College Council, which may then be modified or replaced altogether with a new organization. The senate would initially comprise full-time faculty—with plans to include part-time faculty members at a later date—and would be responsible for discussing and making reco...

FBI needs oversight, regulation

By Editorial Board

February 7, 2011

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation raided the homes of several anti-war activists in Chicago and Minneapolis in September 2010. Since then, several more protesters have been subpoenaed to testify before grand juries, although no charges have been filed against them, and no evidence has been disclosed by the Bureau. This lack of justification seems to support the demonstrators’ claims that the raids were just a show of power and...

Columbia athletics in bad shape

By Editorial Board

February 7, 2011

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Columbia’s current athletics program is underfunded and unsupported by the college. Rather than having school-supported teams, the college relies on a number of intramural club sports teams to raise most of their funds through efforts such as bake sales, which can only yield very limited results. The teams are too busy with other obligations, such as finding and securing practice spaces, to raise substantial financial support. The...

$100 student surcharge has no place among Iowa university budget cuts

By By the Quad-City Times Editorial Board

November 9, 2009

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Iowa's state universities are reacting swiftly and comprehensively to the sadly predictable news of the state's revenue shortfall. When Iowans are making less and shopping less, the revenue derived from income, sales and other tax streams goes down as well.So we're glad to see the Board of Regents among the state agencies quickly obliging Gov. Chet Culver's call for 10 percent across-the-board cuts. The schools have proposed...

Serious choices for the 71st

By From the Quad-City Times Editorial Board

November 9, 2009

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U.S. Rep. Mike Boland made his lieutenant governor aspirations official this week, and we wish him luck. Boland has been eyeing the spot since at least 2001 and faces a tough challenge.His exit has drawn four strong candidates who can offer voters in Illinois 71st House District a rare chance to shake up the status quo in Springfield.For 15 years, Boland won re-election with thorough constituent services and few serious GOP challengers. A ...

A heavy lesson

By From the Quad-City Times Editorial Board

November 9, 2009

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More powerful than a locomotive. That Superman-esque achievement also works for Quad-City high school students, whose 347 tons of food collected this year exceed the weight of two locomotives.Picture a convoy of 100 full-sized Hummer H2s. Heavy, but not as heavy as the results of this year's Student Food Drive.This year's total is shy of a record, but no less impressive to us. Year after year, these amazingly energetic kids...

‘No Child’ defines nothing but failure

By The Quad-City Times Editorial Board

November 9, 2009

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No Child Left Behind test scores are out in Illinois and the results are tiredly the same.Failure, failure, failure.We've lamented this before (More children left behind," our Sept. 17 editorial on Iowa Q-C's dismal No Child results).And we'll keep raising concerns as long as Quad-City schoolchildren continue to be anchored to a program that keeps producing such lousy results.This year, every Illinois metro Quad-City high s...

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