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Clarity necessary in service learning courses

By Editorial Board

March 29, 2009

In an effort to incorporate a stronger sense of volunteerism into its curriculum, Columbia has expressed wishes for expanding its Service Learning program throughout more departments, as reported in the March 16 issue of The Chronicle.This comes at an ideal time, as President Barack Obama has voiced his hopes to encourage students to participate in more volunteer work and community service programs.  And while the spirit of ...

Put bad dog owners on shorter leash

By Lisa Wardle

March 29, 2009

A few weeks ago, a creepy-looking rat dog came into my house. The tiny chihuahua yipped late at night when I was trying to sleep, she wouldn’t play and didn’t want to be petted. She would run away whenever someone tried to put a leash on her. But mostly, the reason I disliked her stemmed from the situation with which she came to us.A woman in Nichols Park randomly unloaded her on one of my housemates and said to give her a good ...

Don’t sweat it, Mark—Columbia needs you

By Thomas Pardee

March 15, 2009

Everyone knows Columbia can be a scary place at first.It’s different—quirky—and the rules of many other colleges and universities don’t necessarily apply. In place of competitive sports, we have Big Mouth. Instead of a neatly manicured campus we have the tortured, gravelly pit that is Wabash Avenue. And instead of the sense of superiority that often stinks up top-tier schools, we are full of thousands of talented peopl...

Civil unions a vital compromise

By Editorial Board

March 15, 2009

On March 5, the Illinois Religious Freedom and Protection Civil Unions Act (HB 2234) passed a House committee and is now on its way to the House floor, potentially making Illinois the first state in the Midwest to legalize civil unions.If the bill were to become a law, it would be a simple, but highly effective solution in allowing same sex couples the same benefits, rights and responsibilities of a marriage without changing I...

Manifest needs no apology

By Editorial Board

March 15, 2009

He’s the overly energetic tall man with crazy white hair seen walking around campus, greeting students and becoming genuinely involved with all of Columbia’s activities. She is the outspoken and unconventional woman who is passionate about the visual and performing arts.As reported in the March 9 issue of The Chronicle, Mark Kelly, vice president of Student Affairs, and Eliza Nichols, dean of the School of Fine and Perf...

Blagojevich book deal no laughing matter

By Molly Lynch

March 15, 2009

Something very strange and disturbing is happening in Illinois, and for once, I’m sick of laughing about it.After a long and brutal winter, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich announced on March 2 his plans to sign a six-figure book deal reflecting on his life in office, where he hopes to reveal the “dark side of politics on both the state and national level,” as quoted in a Chicago Sun-Times article the same day.C...

Move past ‘awkward’ phenomenon, evolve a little

By Deborah Fellinger

March 8, 2009

During my freshman year of college, I found myself housed on an all-girls floor in a small dorm box at the University of Colorado in Boulder, surrounded by a bevy of out-of-state communication majors, the preferred uniform being brightly hued polo shirts with collars sticking straight up in the air, offset nicely by artificially tanned skin and flat-ironed hair.These girls, lovely with their Tiffany's jewelry and chipper he...

Lifting media ban allows respect to heroes

By Bethany Reinhart

March 8, 2009

It is one of the most gut-wrenching images of war—flag-draped coffins carrying the remains of United States soldiers who have died for our county. They are sobering images that no one wants to see, and for years, these images have been censored in an attempt to protect the privacy of grieving family members. But in keeping with Obama's theme of transparency, his administration has changed the policy that has stood through b...

AA on campus couldn’t hurt

By Editorial Board

March 8, 2009

With substance abuse among students becoming an increasingly alarming issue at colleges across the country, Columbia has finally taken some steps on campus to help curb drug and alcohol abuse. But although they are steps in the right direction, they may not be enough.For a little more than a month now, Counseling Services at Columbia has been hosting Alcoholics Anonymous meetings on campus and also launched "Bridge the Gap," a n...

Daley needs transparency lesson

By Editorial Board

March 8, 2009

Mayor Richard M. Daley is at it again. In his typical gruff, abrasive and unapproachable manner, Daley has refused requests by Chicago aldermen to release the list of projects he intends to complete with money from the new federal stimulus package.Across the nation, nearly every local leader has released a detailed list of intended projects. Although Daley has mentioned a few priorities, including improvement to 200 Chicago pu...

New cheating policy will preserve integrity

By Editorial Board

March 1, 2009

Following concerns from faculty and administration over academic dishonesty, the current academic honesty policy will get a much-needed clarification with a step in the right direction to promoting academic integrity at Columbia and lessening  the motivation for students to want to cheat.Though it is still in draft form and would not be enacted until fall 2009, the academic honesty policy will be revamped to better suit the ...

Mexico no longer safe, must save innocent ones

By Bertha Serrano

March 1, 2009

A couple of weeks ago, I found out one of my uncles almost got killed during a recent trip to Mexico. As custom, he had driven his SUV from California to avoid paying the expensive plane tickets for his whole family. A couple of miles away from their destination, three trucks came out of nowhere and surrounded them. They forced him to pull over, and from what he could tell, they had mistaken him for someone else—a drug d...

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