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Food box proposal a new low, even for Trump administration

By Editorial Board

February 26, 2018

President Donald Trump’s administration has gotten creative in exhibiting its disregard for the poor.A proposal in the administration’s budget request for the 2019 fiscal year would drastically affect low-income people’s access to and choice of food. About half of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients’ benefits would come in a “USDA Foods Package.” Recipients currently use a stored value card wit...

Good news for student journalists: Your work matters

By Editorial Board

February 26, 2018

Somewhere in a U.S. classroom, there is a student who will one day break a news story that will change the world. Schools nationwide are training the up-and-coming voices in journalism, and some new legislative efforts are ensuring they are heard.The Missouri House of Representatives passed the Cronkite New Voices Act, a bill that would guarantee protections from censorship for student journalists in public high schools, u...

No cold shoulder: Columbia can give support in extreme weather

By Editorial Board

February 19, 2018

Chicago was swept under a blanket of snow Feb. 8 as Winter Storm Mateo blew through in the late hours, becoming the worst snowstorm this winter. By the evening hours of Feb. 9, 10 inches of snow had fallen in some areas. Before the snowfall began, city officials, the National Weather Service and local news outlets stressed the dangers that would come with the storm. During a Feb. 8 press conference, Mayor Rahm Emanuel warn...

Public needs to understand Russia investigation to act

By Editorial Board

February 12, 2018

The American public is watching as significant developments are aired in the ongoing investigation into the White House administration’s relationship with Russia, but is the public—and college students in particular—able to understand this complex scenario? Will they be able to react if Special Counsel Robert Mueller is fired or even gauge the significance of what is happening?The confusion is understandable but the st...

Students need to know about, learn from hate on campus

By Editorial Board

February 12, 2018

In The Dwight student residence, free expression is championed in a graffiti room where students can freely draw on the walls without restriction. That free expression was used for hate imagery, however, when students found multiple swastikas drawn on the floor, as reported on Page 3.After the discovery, Dwight residents were notified Feb. 2 via email that the graffiti room would be closed for repainting without further exp...

GoFundMe can show what we get wrong about charity

By Editorial Board

February 5, 2018

Does a Chicago Police Department officer with a history of harming civilians deserve your donation?Officer Robert Rialmo and his attorney think so. Attorney Joel Brodsky posted a GoFundMe campaign Jan. 23 to cover his client’s legal fees as Rialmo faces misdemeanor charges for an alleged Dec. 17 bar fight. The city refused to cover the cost of Rialmo’s legal representation after he fired the law firm provided to him by the...

After government shutdown, where is the line drawn?

By Editorial Board

January 29, 2018

A three-day government shutdown came to an end Jan. 22 after Congress passed a short-term spending bill, but the cause of the shutdown has yet to be addressed. The government shutdown began at midnight EST Jan. 19 because Senate Democrats refused to sign off on a bill that did not include protections for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration program recipients. It seems honorable that Democrats risked their re...

Trump, the new Reagan: ‘religious freedom’ endangers public health

By Editorial Board

January 29, 2018

The “moral” majority of the 1980s has made it to the 21st century, and now they wear “Make America Great Again” hats.The Department of Health and Human Services created the Conscience and Religious Freedom Division Jan. 18, which is ironically inside the Office of Civil Rights. This new federal division will focus on allowing medical professionals to deny patients treatment if a procedure conflicts with their reli...

How to apologize for sexual misconduct

How to apologize for sexual misconduct

By Editorial Board

January 21, 2018

In a Dec. 28 Facebook post, senior theatre major Evan Louis Szewc announced his resignation as creative director for the 2018 Manifest Urban Arts Festival after allegations of misconduct surfaced on social media, as reported Jan. 5 by The Chronicle. In his post, ...

GOP approves ‘reform’ bill, taxes become treacherous

GOP approves ‘reform’ bill,  taxes become treacherous

By Editorial Board

December 11, 2017

The U.S. Senate passed a tax reform bill Dec. 2, bringing with it drastic changes that many will struggle to grasp. Tax code’s complexity isn’t what makes the bill or its consequences baffling. Th...

Net neutrality repeal will stifle online activism

Net neutrality repeal will stifle online activism

December 4, 2017

A severe consequence of prioritizing corporate greed over people is looming over the country. The Federal Communications Commission released a proposed rule change Nov. 21 that would end net neutrality—regula...

Open dialogue needed to improve campus security

By Editorial Board

December 4, 2017

Two Columbia students became victims in one of five robberies in Grant Park in the span of two weeks on Nov. 22. Just a day earlier, the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Congress Parkway was the scene of a police chase that ended in a crash. In the last year, Columbia students have had to confront safety issues on multiple occasions. In fall 2016, a string of laptop thefts in campus buildings had many students looking...

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