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‘No Child’ defines nothing but failure

By The Quad-City Times Editorial Board

November 9, 2009

No Child Left Behind test scores are out in Illinois and the results are tiredly the same.Failure, failure, failure.We've lamented this before (More children left behind," our Sept. 17 editorial on Iowa Q-C's dismal No Child results).And we'll keep raising concerns as long as Quad-City schoolchildren continue to be anchored to a program that keeps producing such lousy results.This year, every Illinois metro Quad-City high s...

U.S. takes positive steps toward medical marijuana reform

By Lauren Kelly

November 9, 2009

Deputy Attorney General David Ogden issued a memo on Oct. 19 directing U.S. federal attorneys to cease prosecution of medical marijuana patients and dispensaries that operate legally under established state laws.This memo is a step in the right direction toward a sensible marijuana policy in the U.S.According to the official Department of Justice memo, prosecution of people using marijuana for medical purposes “is unlikely t...

Police misconduct unacceptable

By Lauren Kelly

November 9, 2009

Since March, allegations of professional misconduct of Chicago police by citizens reported to the Independent Police Review Authority have increased 19 percent, according to an Oct. 30 Chicago Tribune article. The IPRA is a city agency that investigates allegations of police misconduct and recommends a solution. At the same time, the department is reportedly about 2,000 officers short of its allowed strength of 13,500 off...

‘Doomsday’ an unexpectedly profitable event

By SpencerRoush

November 9, 2009

The idea behind the phrase “Not even if you were the last person on Earth” could actually happen if supposed “scientific evidence” is correct that the Ancient Mayan culture predicted our planet’s fate thousands of years ago. Apparently, everyone on Earth is supposed to be wiped out on Dec. 21, 2012, according to the Mayan LongCount Calendar.It seems people are profiting from society’s fears and anxieties about the possibilit...

Study abroad program beneficial

By Lauren Kelly

November 9, 2009

Continuing in the spirit of innovation Columbia is known for, the college offers various departmental study abroad programs to students, providing them with opportunities to travel outside the country and expand their college learning experience.Under the International Programs office, the college has made an admirable effort in recent years to expand these study abroad programs and should continue to do so. Previous progra...

Consuming cloned meat does not benefit public, animals

By Lauren Kelly

November 2, 2009

In January of 2008, the FDA approved the consumption of meat from cloned animals, which is a frightening thought for many consumers. Cloning technology has not been in existence for very long and the effects of eating cloned meat are largely untested. The success rates of cloned animal births are staggeringly low. But even though there is overwhelming data that indicates cloned animals are born unhealthy, the FDA approved h...

City should rethink recycling cut

By Lauren Kelly

November 2, 2009

Chicago will be scaling back its curbside recycling program throughout the city because of the ongoing budget crisis.The recently approved 2010 city budget does not include any money to expand the recycling program to include the households that do not yet have blue bin recycling pick up, although the Department of Streets and Sanitation said in a May 2008 press release that it would provide recycling to every household i...

MAP restored, future still uncertain

By Lauren Kelly

November 2, 2009

Due to tireless efforts of college students throughout Illinois, state legislators have reinstated the Monetary Award Program grant funding for spring 2010. The dedication of Columbia’s Student Government Association and other student governments in Illinois to restore the funds is commendable and deserves recognition.Anyone who took action and made their voice heard in Springfield is directly responsible for the triump...

Funeral industry should explore green burial, realize impact

By Lauren Kelly

October 25, 2009

Since the dawn of human civilization, we have faced a perpetual challenge—what to do with the remains of those who have passed on. Historically, burial practices have been enshrined in ritual. From the ancient Egyptian art of mummification to the Viking custom of burying warriors in full regalia, humans are full of ideas about the best way to care for the dead.But today, Americans are disconnected from the ancient rituals t...

Halloween traditions warped by American culture

By BenitaZepeda

October 25, 2009

By the week of Halloween, most people have found their costumes, purchased candy for trick-or-treaters and established where the Oct. 31 partying will take place.The second-largest commercial holiday in the U.S. has had society smitten with the idea of spending a night as someone—or something—else for many decades. But the Halloween I know as a 21-year-old is very different from the one I knew as a child.Nonetheless, ...

LEED award symbolizes change

By Lauren Kelly

October 25, 2009

In the spirit of innovation and change Columbia is known for, the college was recently awarded a Silver LEED Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for its renovation of the fifth floor of the 33 E. Congress Parkway Building.The project used some green building materials with recycled content and now promotes recycling and uses less electricity, water and energy than a typical building. The Congress Building also ...

CTA fare hikes can be avoided

By Lauren Kelly

October 25, 2009

Chicago Transit Authority President Richard Rodriguez announced Oct. 12 that the agency is facing another possible fare increase, service cuts and a round of layoffs due to a $300 million budget shortfall. The changes would go into effect Feb. 7, 2010 if the agency is unable to generate enough revenue. The last fare increase was Jan. 1.These “doomsday” scenarios and budget crises are a recurring problem for the CTA, w...

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