The Columbia Chronicle

Less funds for gun turn-in program

By Editorial Board

May 10, 2010

Eliminating high rates of gun violence in Chicago has been one of Mayor Richard M. Daley’s top priorities throughout his 21 years in office. The city currently holds some of the strictest firearm laws in the United States that ban hand guns in the city.Additionally, another effort of Daley’s to deter violence and ownership of illegal guns is an annual “no questions asked” program, which gives an incentive to those...

The Tea Party needs to get behind Financial Reform Bill

By Cody Prentiss

May 10, 2010

The Tea Party movement has been accused of being a collection of ignorant citizens convinced the government is out to get them. However, many who consider themselves a member of the disparate movement with legitimate political stances would disagree with that negative perception portrayed by the media.An April 14 New York Times/CBS poll found a majority of Tea Partiers felt their party’s main concern was their financial futu...

Depiction of prophet not a radical move for TV show

By SpencerRoush

May 10, 2010

Throughout “South Park”’s 14-season-run on Comedy Central, the creators, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, have poked fun at nearly every major issue facing the United States, including taboos in society, religion, war and every other controversial topic they could think of.Viewers can always count on the show to push the envelope and produce racy material that is bound to offend someone, but that’s why people watch it.  T...

Never loved anyone like Columbia

By Patrick Smith

May 10, 2010

It is probably impossible for this sort of exercise to not sound self-serving, cliched and cloying, so rather than try too hard to avoid those things I’m just going to reassure myself that this piece is unlikely to be read by many people besides those who I thank within it.I have only spent the past two years of my too-long college career at Columbia, but the classes I have had, the work I have done and the people I have met h...

More CTA discounts for students

By Editorial Board

May 3, 2010

Many students will remember how expensive transportation in the city can be after their spring U-Passes expire on May 16, while part-time students see it as just another day on which they pay $2 or more to the Chicago Transit Authority.U-Passes will not be distributed for summer classes, even for those who may be registered full time. In fact, Columbia has never provided summer train passes.The Chronicle reported in Decembe...

Taxis receive necessary surveillance to deter crime

By SpencerRoush

May 3, 2010

Mayor Richard M. Daley likes to keep a close eye on his city.Cameras are strategically placed around the city on stoplights, in schools, city buses, street corners and now taxi cabs, making Chicago one of the most-watched cities in the United States.Daley claims crime is his motivation for increasing camera installations across the city, while stoplight cameras continue to catch drivers in the act of running red lights and...

Prayer’s never been so popular

By Editorial Board

May 3, 2010

For 58 years, the National Day of Prayer has occurred without incident. Groups have united in an effort to reflect on the country and perhaps ask for God’s favor since its inception—until recently.The national holiday was deemed unconstitutional by Judge Barbara Crabb, who serves on a federal circuit court in Wisconsin, because it breaches the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment. Crabb said it was a government endorsemen...

New dorm accommodates students

By Editorial Board

April 26, 2010

Come fall students will no longer complain about the snail-like elevators at the 2 E. 8th Street Building because Columbia didn’t renew its contract with the residential building. The school is instead offering a swanky, new housing option for the 2010-2011 academic year: The Dwight.Located at 642 S. Clark Street, The Dwight will also replace another dormitory building Columbia leased—18 E. Congress Parkway—offering...

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...

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