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Equality for gays and lesbians far past due

By Bethany Reinhart

October 13, 2008

Years ago, an amazing couple opened their home to me. They offered me a place to live without any hesitation. While staying with them, I saw the love and commitment they had for each other. They functioned like any other married couple-jointly making financial decisions, splitting holidays with each other's families and even fighting over who forgot to put the cap back on the toothpaste. But because of discriminatory laws...

College needs to minimize book cost in weak economy

By Editorial Board

October 13, 2008

The struggling economy and recent credit crisis have left many Columbia students wondering how they will finance their college education. Like many Americans, students are looking for ways to cut corners and trim unnecessary expenses.With the help of professors and faculty, one opportunity to limit expenditure is by making textbooks more affordable.Students recognize that the exorbitant cost of textbooks is not limited to Colum...

Generous admissions policy on the right track

By The Columbia Chronicle

October 6, 2008

Columbia has modified its "open" enrollment policy to that of "generous admissions." The change has come slowly, but in the end, it has benefited both incoming and existing students. However, as the college aims to tighten its enrollment policy, there is still work to be done.The change in the admissions policy has been something the college had been focusing on for the past several years. According to Mark Kelly, vice presi...

Civil service job cuts unacceptable

By Editorial Board

October 6, 2008

Mayor Richard M. Daley's empire, the great city of Chicago, is facing such financial difficulty that basic city services, including the police department, are being affected. But just as disturbing as cuts to vital city entities is the lack of communication among city leaders and dissemination of information to residents.According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Daley has no plans to fill the 329 Chicago Police Department vacancies...

Don’t be ‘that guy’—register to vote

By Sara Harvey

October 6, 2008

We've come a long way, baby.In 1870, black people got the right to vote with the 15th Amendment, but for decades it was hindered by disenfranchisement until Congress passed legislation in 1957, 1960 and 1964 that contained voting-related provisions. And women have been voting for just 88 years, having gained the right to vote with the ratification of the 19th Amendment.This year we have the option to vote for Sen. Barack Obam...

Obama’s failure to support bill unacceptable

By Bethany Reinhart

October 6, 2008

On Aug. 5, 2002, legislation known as the Born Alive Infants Protection Act was signed into law. The bill was unanimously accepted by the Senate. Even liberal senators Edward Kennedy, Hillary Clinton and Dick Durbin supported the legislation. Now-presidential candidate Sen. Jon McCain also voted in favor of the bill. The purpose of the law is to ensure medical care for babies who survive abortion and are "born alive."Despit...

Emergency system ineffective without communication

By The Columbia Chronicle

September 29, 2008

Columbia has a brand-new emergency notification system, but there is one problem-no one around campus knows how the million-dollar system works.In the wake of the Northern Illinois University tragedy on Feb. 14, Columbia made the decision to re-evaluate the current notification system. The outcome was a complex system on mounted Visiplex strobe lights, speakers and scrolling monitors. Each classroom on campus has been outfi...

Losing your mind? Hurry up and get over it

By Molly Lynch

September 29, 2008

Over the weekend I learned a valuable lesson: If I have free time on my hands, it's probably not the best idea to Google "quarter-life crisis."I'm not really sure what prompted me to execute this search, but the results Google yielded were pretty predictable: self-help articles, commentaries from America's seasoned social psychologists and a slew of blogs written by disillusioned twentysomethings.So, in an attempt to prepare mysel...

Bailouts necessary in rocky situation

By Editorial Board

September 29, 2008

Never in history has the Federal Reserve System made the decision to bail out failing companies on the enormous scale seen over the past two weeks. Financial analysts and economists agree it's truly unprecedented.A CNN opinion poll conducted on Sept. 23 showed only 9 percent of people believe they won't be adversely affected by the current economic crisis. College students will be affected as much as post-graduates. But it...

Absence won’t make heart grow fonder

By Megan Ferringer

September 22, 2008

Whether it sounds cynical and completely defeatist or not, absence does not make the heart grow fonder.It is not so much pessimistic as it is an unfortunate truth that long-distance relationships just do not work.Conventional wisdom has instilled in the minds of college-bound high school sweethearts that the effort necessary to sustain a geographically challenged relationship is near-impossible.And for the sake of everyone's s...

Time to stop rebuilding a doomed city

Time to stop rebuilding a doomed city

September 22, 2008

After its recent brush with Hurricane Gustav, New Orleans again sparked controversy over the debate to rebuild.The city, still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, sustained an estimated $10 billion ...

Applied for a loan? Prepare for the worst

By Thomas Pardee

September 22, 2008

Sometimes, life calls for plan B. And like it or not, you have to be ready.Columbia's Student Financial Services department is charged with administering the finances of each and every student. It's complicated, and hiccups in communication with federal and private lenders make the refund process even more difficult. A lot hangs in the balance when it comes to our money, so we as students need to take control of our financi...

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