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Editorial: Everyone loves a Ferris wheel

By The Columbia Chronicle

September 22, 2008

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Chicago is a world-class city. But Navy Pier, one of the city's most recognized tourist attractions, is in need of a facelift.The pier's proposed new Ferris wheel is an excellent starting point. The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition (also known as McPier) hopes replacing the existing Ferris wheel with one twice the size will generate excitement and attract tourists. Upgrading the current wheel comes close to being a win-win situ...

College needs to realign priorities

By The Columbia Chronicle

September 22, 2008

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Columbia takes great pride in promoting student diversity, but before the college spends more money on helping to diversify the student body, the school needs to reevaluate its priorities.International recruitment is an important part of growing and diversifying Columbia’s student body. However, the school’s administration should focus on existing problems within the college before putting an emphasis on recruiting in...

Absence won’t make heart grow fonder

By Megan Ferringer

September 22, 2008

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Whether it sounds cynical and completely defeatist or not, absence does not make the heart grow fonder.It is not so much pessimistic as it is an unfortunate truth that long-distance relationships just do not work.Conventional wisdom has instilled in the minds of college-bound high school sweethearts that the effort necessary to sustain a geographically challenged relationship is near-impossible.And for the sake of everyone's s...

Time to stop rebuilding a doomed city

Time to stop rebuilding a doomed city

September 22, 2008

After its recent brush with Hurricane Gustav, New Orleans again sparked controversy over the debate to rebuild.The city, still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, sustained an estimated $10 billion ...

Oprah’s Palin snub rubs audience wrong way

By Bethany Reinhart

September 15, 2008

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Alaskan governor Sarah Palin is the first woman in 24 years to be nominated for vice president. The 44-year-old mother of five is a self-proclaimed "hockey mom" who recently helped reinvigorate the once-sluggish presidential campaign of Sen. John McCain. But despite her undeniable appeal to scores of women around the country, television talk-show mogul Oprah Winfrey has refused to interview Palin.By refusing to interview the...

Drinking age should be lower

By Editorial Board

September 15, 2008

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It's no secret-many college students pack their bags, head off to college, and at some point during their college career, find themselves at a kegger. Underage drinking is inevitable on college campuses across the country. But some college presidents have come together in support of a proposal to lower the drinking age from 21 to 18 in the United States.With the current legal drinking age of 21, college students who are und...

Gustav reaction appropiate

By Editorial Board

September 15, 2008

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As Hurricane Gustav threatened the Gulf Coast this Labor Day, government officials called it a "monster storm" and a "killer hurricane." The memory of the disastrous handling of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 was fresh in people's minds. This time, officials held nothing back, launching the largest emergency evacuation in U.S. history.When Gustav finally arrived, the hurricane New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin called the "storm of the centu...

School pride slinking away from Columbia

School pride slinking away from Columbia

September 8, 2008

Congratulations Columbia graduates! You have received a diploma to establish your future, and-a Slinky.Actually, not even a Slinky, a cheap plastic rainbow imitation. According to Ray Dallavecchia III, nationa...

Palin a risky choice for McCain

By Editorial Board

September 8, 2008

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She's a fresh-faced beauty queen with a sparkling smile. She's also Sen. John McCain's choice for a vice presidential running mate.Her name is Sarah Palin and until recently, very few people knew a thing about her. Suddenly, she has brought a touch of celebrity to the Republican Party. Although she doesn't come close to competing with Barack Obama's celebrity status, she has invigorated the GOP in a way it hasn't seen in yea...

Nation is too busy to remember 9/11?

By Bethany Reinhart

September 8, 2008

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On Sept. 10, 2001, I boarded an eastbound plane, nervous with anticipation as I headed to my first-ever, out-of-state business meeting. I was filled with excitement. It was my first trip to New York City, and I was scheduled to tour our flagship store at the World Trade Center the next day.The tour never happened. The day I was scheduled to tour our WTC store, 19 men armed with box cutters and boarding passes changed our n...

Election 2008: Wake up, America

By Bethany Reinhart

September 2, 2008

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Summer is suddenly over and school is back in full swing. We are back on campus, back in class and back to the grind. But unlike recent years, this year promises to be one of the most electrifying times on college campuses nationwide.This year is not just another year. It's time to stop and take notice, as it is a monumental and defining year in the progression of our country. Love politics or hate them, believe in the poss...

Obama and Biden make a complimentary duo

By Editorial Board

September 2, 2008

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After weeks of anticipation, Sen. Barack Obama announced his choice for a vice-presidential running mate on August 23.  Joe Biden, a six-term senator from Delaware, is the man who made the cut.Although many Americans do not ultimately change their vote based on the vice-presidential running mate, they do look at this choice as one of the first important and reflective decisions made by the candidate whom they support.Obam...

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