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Northwestern critics miss the point

By Editorial Board

March 14, 2011

Northwestern University human sexuality professor John Michael Bailey came under fire in recent weeks for an after-class demonstration he held on Feb. 21. The optional demonstration involved a naked woman onstage being brought to orgasm multiple times by a mechanical sex toy. Approximately 120 students attended—all legal adults who were warned of the demonstration’s explicit nature and consented to be there. The risqu...

Chicago still separate, unequal

By Editorial Board

March 7, 2011

Chicago has a long history of racially and ethnically segregated neighborhoods. The U.S. Civil Rights Commission declared us the most segregated city in the country in 1959, and the situation has not improved much since.Residents were steered into the city’s different neighborhoods in the 19th and 20th centuries through corrupt lending and real estate practices, forcing different groups to live in specific parts of the cit...

Drawing attention to discrimination

By Editorial Board

March 7, 2011

One Tribe, the Office of Multicultural Affairs ‘diversity council, recently started Columbia’s first “Tunnel of Oppression,” a demonstration that aims to raise awareness about important issues of racism, bigotry and harassment. The project might best be compared to a haunted house, where visitors are guided through a series of rooms to experience the sorts of oppression and conflict many groups face every day. Such...

Voters blew their big chance

By Editorial Board

February 28, 2011

Rahm Emanuel became Chicago’s next mayor with a blowout victory in the Feb. 22 election, taking 55 percent of the vote, compared with a mere 24 percent by runner-up Gery Chico. However, in a disheartening display of voter apathy, only 41 percent of registered Chicago residents participated in that decision.At a time when millions of people across the Middle East take to the streets and fight for a right to vote, it’s sad t...

Students need to step up their game

By Editorial Board

February 28, 2011

According to the Fall 2010 Fact Book recently released by the Office of Research, Evaluation and Planning, Columbia’s graduation rates are embarrassingly low.The report shows of students who came to Columbia as freshmen in 2003, only 27 percent graduated in their fourth year, 33 percent graduated by their fifth year and 37 percent graduated by their sixth year at the college. As Vice President of Student Affairs Mark Kelly to...

Raising mental health concerns

By Stephanie Saviola

February 21, 2011

Since the infamous Jan. 8 Tucson, Ariz. shooting that claimed the lives of six people and injured 12, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, there has been an increasing push to instate new mental health laws. At the same time, there is a need for increased government funding for mental health care.Rob Barber, a congressional aide who was injured in the attack, recently announced he is starting a program, The Fund for Civilit...

Clarify transfer credit evaluation

By Editorial Board

February 21, 2011

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

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

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

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...

Columbia athletics in bad shape

By Editorial Board

February 7, 2011

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...

FBI needs oversight, regulation

By Editorial Board

February 7, 2011

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...

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