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Real hurdles along rough path of fictional steeplechase

By AmberMeade

March 29, 2010

“Master the art of letting the first draft suck.” These are the words spoken by a classmate in my Advanced Fiction Writing class.As part of the fiction writing major for the Bachelor of Arts degree, you can take Advanced Fiction Writing three times. That is, after Fiction I, Fiction II and Prose Forms, which focuses more on writing nonfiction stories.Now a second-year undergraduate, I am taking my first advanced fictio...

Another option for student loans

By Editorial Board

March 29, 2010

Most students might be tempted by almost anything that may lessen the impact of student loans after graduation.The government is trying to do just that through the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act, which is supposed to lower interest rates and remove some of the burden on taxpayers.The act would amend the Higher Education Act of 1965. Some government officials say the new act will make it easier for students to pa...

New Web site effective, but expensive

By Editorial Board

March 29, 2010

The city of Chicago’s Web site is more efficient since its $1.8 million overhaul, using easy-to-click tabs and enhanced search engine capabilities.Chicago has been working on this expensive endeavor with the city’s in-house technology team for a year. The new Web site, CityofChicago.org, contains 3,500 pages with added user-friendly functions.It’s been approximately nine years since the site’s last update.  The site’s pa...

Learning Studio needs more availability

By Editorial Board

March 15, 2010

After receiving criticism from some faculty and staff in late February about the lack of communication at Columbia’s Learning Studio, the center’s management has made an effort to address some of their concerns. However, there are more improvements to be made.The Learning Studio, located on the first floor of the 618 S. Michigan Ave. Building, is a tutoring facility that caters many academic departments at Columbia. In Janu...

Extreme protests leave viewers unaffected, annoyed

By SpencerRoush

March 15, 2010

Activism can be carried out in many ways, from giving monthly donations to the National Rifle Association to someone strapping themselves to a tree to avoid its demolition.If someone is willing to donate money in this struggling economy or face humiliation by chaining themselves to a piece of bark, they are an activist who truly cares for their cause.Lately, it seems like there is an activism group for every cause imaginabl...

Keep carp out without impacting industry

By Editorial Board

March 15, 2010

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is under intense scrutiny from six Great Lakes states and various environmental groups that  are urging the closure of major Chicago waterways due to the possible infiltration of Asian carp in Lake Michigan.The closure of the navigational locks has been avoided because of the strain some Chicagoans and Illinois politicians claim would be placed on the charter cruises, boat tours and cargo ship...

Science demystifies ancient Egypt’s hidden secrets

By SpencerRoush

March 1, 2010

The mysteries of ancient Egypt have captivated people for centuries. Pieces of the culture have even been integrated into modern life, from eyeliner applied to imitate cat’s eyes for those who are daring enough to wear it, hieroglyphics carved into gold jewelry and Egyptian symbols incorporated into home decor. These artifacts from thousands of years ago are still prominent today’s society because of the bewitching na...

Illinois finances need transparency

By Editorial Board

March 1, 2010

Transparency has become a buzz word in Illinois politics, especially during the state’s last primary election cycle. Both Democratic and Republican candidates used the word in radio advertisements, TV commercials and in their personal slogans. Adam Andrzejewski, a lesser-known Republican gubernatorial candidate, offered a plan with transparency and used the phrase “Every Dime. Online. In Real Time.”Even though Andrz...

Internet not a Nobel feat for mankind, undeserving of award

By Luke Wilusz

March 1, 2010

In November 2009, Wired Magazine of Italy nominated the Internet as a candidate for the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize. I first heard about this when the idea was mocked on humor site Cracked.com, and I thought it was just another one of their jokes.As it turns out, this is a legitimate campaign for a Nobel, and it has some pretty noteworthy backers. The campaign, called Internet for Peace, lists some well-known people as ambassadors on...

Alert system still inadequate

By Editorial Board

March 1, 2010

Flashing orange lights and alarms interrupted Columbia’s morning classes on Feb. 18.   Professors were notified prior to this drill and were asked to attend training on the correct procedures. However, faculty and staff who didn’t attend training and unaware students were unable to identify the alarm and take the correct precautions.Students scrambled down the stairs and filed out of campus buildings, while many were confused about the ...

Chicago advances Wi-Fi access

By Editorial Board

February 22, 2010

Last fall, Sprint and Clearwire launched the first city-wide 4G wireless Internet network in Chicago. It is available by subscription for approximately the same price as a typical home plan. Called WiMAX, the network blankets the entire city, allowing subscribers to access the Internet from anywhere within the network’s boundary.Being able to access the Internet on the go from a wireless-enabled laptop is not only convenient, but...

Scholarships will benefit freshmen

By Editorial Board

February 22, 2010

At the latest College Council meeting on Feb. 5, Columbia President Warrick L. Carter announced the college is planning to increase scholarship funding by 100 percent for fall 2010, including a major addition in scholarships for incoming freshmen students.An increase in scholarships for students is always beneficial, especially in this difficult economic climate. It is a smart move for the college to concentrate on helping...

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