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Proposed video game law unconstitutional, unnecessary

By Luke Wilusz

November 15, 2010

The U.S. Supreme Court began hearing oral arguments in Schwarzenegger v. Entertainment Merchants Association on Nov. 2. The case is a dispute concerning a 2005 California bill that would make it illegal to sell certain violent video games to individuals under the age of 18. The U.S. District Court for Northern California and the U.S. Court of Appeals struck the law down on the basis of violating the First Amendment but th...

Health Center needs a check-up

By Editorial Board

November 15, 2010

“Come back in a few days if you’re not feeling better” seems to be our student Health Center’s motto. If a student hasn’t visited the center, it’s likely he or she has heard stories from classmates and friends. Within “a few days,” many students said they have been effectively diagnosed and treated by an off-campus doctor, braved their chances of returning to the Heath Center or in some cases, ended upin the ho...

Cyclists constantly face danger on right side of road

By Eleanor Blick

November 8, 2010

Nearly 150 miles of bike lanes and shared routes, 12,000 bike racks, a beautiful lakefront path and bicycle-oriented legislation have helped propel Chicago’s long-standing reputation as a bicycle-friendly city. The League of American Bicyclists ranks Chicago as a silver-level city, and Chicago has consistently ranked in the top 10 of Bicycle Magazine’s annual list of America’s best biking cities. It garnered the top s...

Students respond to simple communication

By Editorial Board

November 8, 2010

Reaching 11,992 students is a challenge our Student Affairs Office tackles quite well. The Student Loop was ranked second in the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators 2010 Excellence Awards. While similar programs at other colleges garner 10 to 20 percent average readership, The Loop has more than 40 percent.Although impressive compared to other schools, it is disheartening that less than half of the student bod...

New CPD requirements applauded

By Editorial Board

November 8, 2010

Police Superintendent Jody Weis announced on Oct. 28 that the Chicago Police Department changed requirements for applying to be a police officer, in order to attract more mature candidates.The minimum age to apply for the police academy was raised from 21 to 25, and a written entrance exam will be given for the first time in four years. At least 20 percent of enrollment will be reserved for military veterans. Veterans who ha...

Equality for women can be attained through awareness

By Meghan Keyes

November 8, 2010

I grew up in a Christian household that was part of a non-denominational church. The world I lived in and the scope of my knowledge was limited, positively and negatively, by the views of the church. The church preached basic Christian values, yet we rarely dealt with tough topics. I knew nothing of gender inequality before college.Now, I consider myself a feminist. I believe women should be equal to men, regardless of what part of...

Healthy sexuality takes proper education, self reflection

By AmberMeade

November 1, 2010

I can’t recall any moment I learned about sex. I never received “the talk,” and attending Catholic school for six years wasn’t helpful on that subject.  All I remember from elementary school “sex ed” was learning about a woman’s monthly cycle one year too late. In my all-girl high school, an attractive man was invited to speak to an assembly about abstinence. My female peers drooled over him afterward as he p...

New bike policy needs clarifying

By Editorial Board

November 1, 2010

In The Chronicle’s editorial “Campus needs more bike parking,” published on Sept. 7, the editorial board voiced its concern about the small amount of secure bike parking available to Columbia students, faculty and staff. Within a few weeks, the college acknowledged the problem and announced a temporary solution, or so students thought. But confusion surrounding the new policies has done nothing but complicate the situation....

Every voter can be a poll watcher

By Editorial Board

November 1, 2010

From a reputed 10,000 deceased Chicago voters casting ballots for John F. Kennedy in 1960 to two election workers being convicted of fraud in spring 2010 for violating voter privacy by collecting ballots, it’s no surprise “vote early, vote often” has become our facetious motto. The city is infamous for voter fraud. Stories of dead voters, double voters and ballots sent to family pets have circulated so much that voter ...

Some young voters choose not to cast their ballots

By Eleanor Blick

November 1, 2010

As Election Day nears, analysts are buzzing with predictions about the young adult voter turnout. The big question: Will the age group’s record participation in the 2008 election be repeated? The answer: Not likely.Unfortunately, I will contribute to what will likely be a drop in the turnout. I am not casting a ballot this election.But contrary to the popular epithet rattled off about the disengaged millennial generation, I don’t think...

CTA should put population before profit

By Editorial Board

October 25, 2010

A trial run of what could be a permanent 31st Street bus line is in the works, after years of advocacy from groups saying the Little Village neighborhood had inadequate transit options. Community groups pushed the Chicago Transit Authority to apply for a grant, which it received, that supports alternative transportation initiatives in low-income neighborhoods where residents need transportation.While the initiative to rein...

Campaign ads in Senate race turn candidates into cartoons

By Katy Nielsen

October 25, 2010

As we approach midterm Election Day on Nov. 2, campaign ads become more aggressive. The focus drifts away from what the candidates offer and turns into rounds of playground name-calling.State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, a Democrat, and Congressman Mark Kirk, a Republican, are both vying for President Obama’s vacated Illinois Senate seat, and both are running less than civil ad campaigns.Watching television has turned in...

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