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High schools shouldn’t discriminate against same-sex couples

By Colin Shively

April 11, 2010

In Fulton, Miss., senior Constance McMillen approached her prom committee to purchase senior prom tickets for her and her date. However, according to Itawamba County Agricultural High School’s policies, she couldn’t attend the prom—because she wanted to bring her girlfriend.Then the high school did something radical and illogical; they cancelled the prom because a same-sex couple wanted to enjoy a night of dancing together an...

Online evaluations unnecessary

By Editorial Board

April 11, 2010

Toward the end of the year, many students find it annoying to fill out online course evaluations for their classes.  Many students see the evaluations as more of a nuisance than a way to successfully change course curricula through their much-needed insight.Some students don’t think their class reviews will matter, so they forgo the evaluations and ignore the online evaluation notifications. Others just don’t care.For the...

A peek at increasing airport security

By Editorial Board

April 11, 2010

Traveling used to be simple.  There was a time when it wasn’t necessary to remove personal belongings, including sweaters, scarves, hats and shoes. Now it is the duty of all travelers to endure several minutes of humiliation by stripping down from their outdoor attire and waiting in line to walk through a scanner in their socks.This process was supposed to ensure safety after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. However, the weapon-dete...

A time for students to pay attention

By Editorial Board

April 4, 2010

Young adults consume news and other media in this continuously growing world of technology in a much different manner than previous generations. Daily breaking news is just a few clicks away using laptops and cell phones with Internet capabilities.College students are accustomed to the immediate satisfaction of the Internet and its easy accessibility. With computer and Internet resources at the fingertips, society now expe...

Possible legislation for Chicago bike riding safety

By SpencerRoush

April 4, 2010

Cyclists are one-of-a-kind. Something pushes them to hop on their bike each day and pass by the nearest bus or train, which seems more convenient and much safer. Instead, they would rather pedal through dangerous traffic and compete for space on the road, not to mention face a bad case of helmet hair once they reach their destination.Almost every cyclist has a horror story where a cab driver clipped them with their mirror or an inconsi...

A more accurate count for 2010

By Editorial Board

April 4, 2010

After receiving numerous reminders and seeing countless advertisements on Chicago Transit Authority trains and buses, it’s easy to notice the government is spending an extraordinary amount of money to encourage everyone to fill out the 2010 census questionnaire and mail it back for the count.Some ads describe the census as a way to help communities and determine funding for under-serviced neighborhoods. Others emphasize...

Celebrity icon phenomenon, imitation out of control

By SpencerRoush

March 28, 2010

Viewers receive an unrealistic snapshot of the world growing up with TV shows dedicated to the lives of reality show stars and entertainment news that flashes pictures of the latest celebrity trends.Instead of producing entertaining TV using controversial figures or famous people as ratings boosters, producers are creating celebrity icons. These are icons people can follow, cyber stalk using invasive networking sites or, even w...

Real hurdles along rough path of fictional steeplechase

By AmberMeade

March 28, 2010

“Master the art of letting the first draft suck.” These are the words spoken by a classmate in my Advanced Fiction Writing class.As part of the fiction writing major for the Bachelor of Arts degree, you can take Advanced Fiction Writing three times. That is, after Fiction I, Fiction II and Prose Forms, which focuses more on writing nonfiction stories.Now a second-year undergraduate, I am taking my first advanced fictio...

Another option for student loans

By Editorial Board

March 28, 2010

Most students might be tempted by almost anything that may lessen the impact of student loans after graduation.The government is trying to do just that through the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act, which is supposed to lower interest rates and remove some of the burden on taxpayers.The act would amend the Higher Education Act of 1965. Some government officials say the new act will make it easier for students to pa...

New Web site effective, but expensive

By Editorial Board

March 28, 2010

The city of Chicago’s Web site is more efficient since its $1.8 million overhaul, using easy-to-click tabs and enhanced search engine capabilities.Chicago has been working on this expensive endeavor with the city’s in-house technology team for a year. The new Web site, CityofChicago.org, contains 3,500 pages with added user-friendly functions.It’s been approximately nine years since the site’s last update.  The site’s pa...

Learning Studio needs more availability

By Editorial Board

March 14, 2010

After receiving criticism from some faculty and staff in late February about the lack of communication at Columbia’s Learning Studio, the center’s management has made an effort to address some of their concerns. However, there are more improvements to be made.The Learning Studio, located on the first floor of the 618 S. Michigan Ave. Building, is a tutoring facility that caters many academic departments at Columbia. In Janu...

Extreme protests leave viewers unaffected, annoyed

By SpencerRoush

March 14, 2010

Activism can be carried out in many ways, from giving monthly donations to the National Rifle Association to someone strapping themselves to a tree to avoid its demolition.If someone is willing to donate money in this struggling economy or face humiliation by chaining themselves to a piece of bark, they are an activist who truly cares for their cause.Lately, it seems like there is an activism group for every cause imaginabl...

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