The Columbia Chronicle

Tattoos no longer taboo for 20-something generation

By BenitaZepeda

April 26, 2010

As a girl with a few tattoos,  I often get the following question from my family and friends: How are you going to feel about that tattoo when you are 70 years old and wrinkly?The answer I always come up with— without hesitation is—“I won’t care, because I will probably be staring at another 70-year-old who has tattoos that are just as wrinkled as mine.”Tattooing, the permanent placing of an ink design on the sk...

Teen pregnancy prevention good option

By Editorial Board

April 26, 2010

Children are maturing faster with the help of Internet-spread knowledge that should be well out of a young person’s reach. With unlimited access to any kind of sexual information and pornography, some children develop into highly sexually active beings at a young age. This can lead to harmful consequences, including the contraction of various STIs and pregnancy.According to statistics released by the Centers for Disease...

Teens still boozin’ in spite of consumption consequences

By SpencerRoush

April 26, 2010

It’s not uncommon for teenagers to try and score some booze on a Friday night. Getting a case or two of beer and driving out to an abandoned house, barn or cornfield for a party is often a typical weekend occurrence, or at least this was true for Cardington, the one-stoplight town I’m from in Ohio.Activities considered good, clean fun were limited, so it was the illegal acts that held our attention.If alcohol wasn’t a...

Tea Party needs solid foundation

By Editorial Board

April 19, 2010

It’s become common to see protesters waving signs and chanting clever phrases on streets and sidewalks, trying to raise awareness for a cause they feel has been overlooked. However, a group of protesters is getting more media attention than many other demonstrators in the past—the Tea Party.Perhaps the Tea Party is receiving a large amount of attention because of its political message or continuous growth, or it might b...

Green movement intentions less pure, but profitable

By SpencerRoush

April 19, 2010

While on vacation and staying in a luxurious hotel, I expect to feel pampered. Every night when I walk into my room, the bed should look unused with its fresh sheets tightly tucked in at each corner. In the bathroom, the towels should be perfectly aligned. Although it may seem superfluous, it’s even nice to see the first sheet of toilet paper delicately folded into a triangle.Nowadays while I’m staying in a hotel, instead ...

Job resources beneficial for students

By Editorial Board

April 19, 2010

As the spring semester winds down, seniors prepare for graduation and begin their careers, while continuing students search for summer jobs.Although the job market for young adults has been drastically affected by the recession, Columbia offers students many employment resources which students should take advantage of.One of Columbia’s opportunities includes hosting an annual job fair to connect potential employers with s...

High heels meant for sex appeal, but causes disfigurement

By Ivana Susic

April 19, 2010

Many women say wearing heels completes an outfit in a way other shoes never could. While it’s hard to imagine wearing a sexy dress out to some club in a pair of well-designed ballet flats, it’s something more women should consider.I cringe every time I see a woman in a pair of heels that are higher than two inches, especially if they’re stilettos. Appearing a few inches taller will do no favors to someone who has short...

Online evaluations unnecessary

By Editorial Board

April 12, 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 12, 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...

Lack of reader confidence increasing in news publications

By SpencerRoush

April 12, 2010

It’s no longer the norm for people to wait in front of their TVs for their favorite news anchor to report the news of the day.The majority of people at home in time to watch the evening news are retirees, some of whom don’t even focus on reporting. However, more people now question and are more critical of their news sources.According to a study released on April 6 by Rasmussen Reports, 55 percent of 1,000 likely U.S. voters think media...

High schools shouldn’t discriminate against same-sex couples

By Colin Shively

April 12, 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...

Possible legislation for Chicago bike riding safety

By SpencerRoush

April 5, 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...

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