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Weapons of mass instruction

By Steven Schnarr

February 1, 2009

Federal funding for education is a policy that has been largely present in the United States since 1965, and it is a policy that never should have started in the first place-but it's getting worse.On Jan. 28, the House passed an $819 billion stimulus package, which has about $142 billion reserved for education, more than any other project. But just like any time the federal government hands out money, there are strings attach...

Parking is for public, time to put stop to dibs

By Editorial Board

February 1, 2009

Laundry baskets, orange cones, lawn chairs or milk crates-whatever it is-it's time to go.Chicago's Department of Streets and Sanitation recently said it would begin cracking down on the long-honored tradition of dibs-where people claim parking spots on the street by placing random objects in the street after shoveling snow out of a spot. But even weeks after a snowstorm, people continue to claim spots.Although the penalti...

Obama’s nod to nonbelievers sets accepting tone

By Thomas Pardee

February 1, 2009

President Barack Obama was elected on the premise that he would bring a fresh outlook to the White House, and so far he's doing just that. But after his first speech as president, he's already drawn criticism for being a little too fresh.During his inaugural speech on Jan. 20, Obama did something unprecedented. As he listed some of the United States' most prominent religions, he finished with a nod to Americans who don't wo...

New aid to students a good start

By Editorial Board

January 25, 2009

On Jan. 14, President Warrick L. Carter sent out a memo to the Columbia community regarding the 2009-10 budget, providing an excellent start to help Columbia and its students in such odd financial times.Tuition this fall is set to increase 3 percent, as opposed to last year’s 4.95 percent increase, according to the memo. Also, the school aims to increase scholarship funding by 50 percent, using initiatives such as matchin...

Living alone means never having to say you’re sorry

By Joel Alonzo

January 25, 2009

School is starting up again and students are moving back into dorm rooms, apartments and their parents' basements. At some point during all of this movement, some people are going to choose to live on their own-and although there is a stigma attached to living alone, it's worth it to spend some time in college by yourself.As we go through life, we are constantly surrounded by people. Before we move out of the house, it's o...

Reflecting on eight painful years of Bush

By Editorial Board

January 25, 2009

Former President George W. Bush, initially elected eight years ago, ran on a platform to reduce national debt and pledged against nation-building and big government. Since then, he has done just the opposite. Though there is no way to recount the worst things Bush supported, there are several aspects of his duties as Commander-in-Chief that should be reviewed.Managing the administration: If this can be taken in a positive w...

Asking ‘Is racism over?’ not so profound

By Steven Schnarr

January 25, 2009

All over the news media and on the streets, people are asking the question, "Is racism over now that Obama is President?" and then responding (to themselves, it seems), "No."Here's a different question: Who is asking that question in the first place?On Jan. 19, FOX News asked, "Will the world look at black America and believe that because President Barack Obama was elected to the highest office in the land that racism no longer...

More than ‘mom-in-chief’

By Editorial Board

December 7, 2008

Even before President-elect Barack Obama won the presidential election, his better half, Michelle Obama, garnered nearly as much attention as he did.Almost immediately after leaving her job as vice president of community and external affairs at the University of Chicago Medical Center to join her husband on the campaign trail, Michelle became an instant media sensation. Part of her appeal has been her strong, confident an...

Ignoring Africa’s forgotten war inexcusable

By Bethany Reinhart

December 7, 2008

Half a world away, in a country that has known little other than hardship for more than 10 years, there is a gruesome, bloody war being fought. But few people are paying attention, educating themselves or demanding help for the conflict-ridden region. International attention has been focused on Iraq and Afghanistan. Celebrities have worked tirelessly to provide relief to war-torn Darfur. One country, however, seems to have been...

Commuter students need fare break

By Editorial Board

December 7, 2008

Every semester, full-time Columbia students enjoy a wonderful little plastic perk-the student U-Pass. The U-Pass is included in students' tuition at a deeply discounted rate from a regular CTA pass and allows students unlimited rides on all CTA buses and trains during the course of the semester. There is no doubt-students love their U-Passes. But Metra Commuter students still don't get to enjoy the same perks as CTA riders, which ...

Self-absorbed nation needs new perspective

By Mandy Treccia

December 7, 2008

I have a tendency to be self-absorbed. I get lost inside my head, and I lie awake at night overanalyzing and overthinking every little thing that is bothering me. Every problem seems huge and dire-like my whole world is going to end if something doesn't go just the way I want it to.One thing I've noticed is that Americans, as a whole, seem to take this point of view. We focus on our personal problems and tune out everythin...

Columbia athletics deserves attention, too

By Editorial Board

November 30, 2008

Columbia is home to many unique and quirky things that set it apart from other colleges—a beautiful urban campus, multitalented students and professors, the notorious elevators in the South Campus Building, 624 S. Michigan Ave., and much more. But one thing the school is not home to is a thriving athletics program, and many students think it is time for that to change.Under the current setup, all athletic teams at Columb...

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