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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...

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...

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 ...

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...

CTA patrons should take safety precautions when using transit

By SpencerRoush

February 22, 2010

Imagine standing on a Red Line Chicago Transit Authority train platform or waiting for a State Street bus and having someone creep up behind you, snatch all of your belongings or even attack you. While you fight the urge to shout “stranger danger” like you were taught by your second grade teacher, you comply with the robber’s demands and hand over your beloved iPod and anything else of value. The robber runs off with your...

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...

‘Snowpocalypse’ does not disprove global warming theories

By Lauren Kelly

February 22, 2010

Two massive blizzards hit the northeastern United States in the first weeks of February and wreaked havoc on the region, resulting in closures of schools, roads and government operations. The multiple feet of snow sparked conservatives and global warming skeptics to publicly question the validity of claims that our planet is heating up.Right-wing pundits such as Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh made snide comments on their programs that belittle...

Technology shouldn’t disrupt classroom

By Editorial Board

February 15, 2010

Modern technology has become pervasive in our society and many college students struggle to disconnect from their electronic gadgets. Some students use their devices during class time, whether it be for note-taking, research or a distraction from classwork. Students who use their cell phones and computers in the classroom should be aware of how it affects others.Although the use of technology can add to the depth of a class i...

Asteroid defense strategies should be taken seriously, receive funding

By Lauren Kelly

February 15, 2010

An expert panel announced on Jan. 22 that due to lack of government funding, NASA will miss its congressional deadline to track and survey near-Earth asteroids by 2020. According to the National Research Council Report, “Defending Planet Earth: Near-Earth Object Surveys and Hazard Mitigation Strategies,” there is not enough time to map all of these objects in the sky by the specified deadline.This news illustrates an on...

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