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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...

High-speed rail line needs solid plan

By Editorial Board

February 15, 2010

Several U.S. states will get upgraded passenger train systems, President Barack Obama announced in his State of the Union address on Jan. 27.  These states will receive part of an $8 billion economic stimulus grant to fund the high-speed train lines. The initiative is aimed toward creating jobs and efficient transportation throughout the nation.Illinois was awarded approximately $1.2 billion of the grant money and will us...

Euthanasia should be considered an option for some patients

By Lisa Wardle

February 15, 2010

While health care progresses along with science and technology, the ethical decisions surrounding quality of life only evolve slowly. We are far from curing all of the diseases that remain the cause of many painful deaths, but we’re also unwilling to fully legalize euthanasia for individuals who may suffer for years.A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine reported findings of 54 individuals deeme...

MTV’s ‘Jersey Shore’ ridiculous but still addictive

By CiaraShook

February 8, 2010

I’ve never been a fan of reality shows, specifically MTV reality shows. Furthermore, I’ve never been a fan of the “guido” lifestyle and anything it represents.That said, I can’t think of an easy way to explain why I love watching “Jersey Shore,” and neither can the mass of Americans who also refuse to admit their likewisefascinations.Filmed in August 2009, the seven stars live in a summer timeshare in Seasid...

Columbia absorbs transfers with ease

By Editorial Board

February 8, 2010

Transfer students entering a new college often face difficulties that continuing students don’t have to deal with. Transferring credits and financial aid information while trying to adjust to a new atmosphere doesn’t always happen seamlessly.Transfer students account for a significant amount of the student body at Columbia. According to the official Fact Book, 11 percent of students at Columbia were new transfer studen...

Tougher smog standards needed

By The Columbia Chronicle

February 8, 2010

In an effort to improve air quality and protect people with asthma and other respiratory disorders, the Environmental Protection Agency announced on Jan. 25 that it will begin to limit nitrogen oxide, a chemical responsible for smog formation.In general, any standards that impose limits on air pollution levels are beneficial for citizens, especially given that the EPA hasn’t updated its standards since 1971. The new p...

Apple’s new gadget won’t immediately revolutionize media

By Lauren Kelly

February 8, 2010

In the days leading up to the unveiling of Apple’s latest gadget, the iPad, geeks, techies and almost anyone online were engulfed in a massive wave of mystical gossip and speculation about what the device would be capable of. The frenzy surrounding the debut of the top-secret product, whose mere existence had only been a rumor a few months before, dominated the media for weeks prior to its release. Since its debut on Jan...

Obesity still an issue for U.S., despite steady numbers

By Ivana Susic

February 1, 2010

Earlier this month, The New York Times reported that obesity rates in the U.S. have stabilized in the past five years. Citing data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the paper stated the rate has evened at nearly 34 percent. If the number of overweight people is added into this figure, that number jumps to almost 57 percent.While this percentage includes all age groups, college students are by no means u...

Students, faculty affected by class cuts

By Editorial Board

February 1, 2010

As reported in last week’s issue of The Chronicle, classes across college departments were cut due to low enrollment.Many students were affected by the cancellations that occurred a few days before the spring semester began. The college has yet to release the total number of classes that were cut and how many students were affected, but it is clear that the situation is more severe than in the past.Although classes are usually ...

Compromise needed to avoid CTA meltdown

By Editorial Board

February 1, 2010

Due to an ongoing budget shortfall, the Chicago Transit Authority plans to decrease service starting Feb. 7 on bus and train routes, in order to avoid raising fares. According to the CTA, nine express bus routes will be eliminated, buses and trains will run less frequently and some bus lines will start later in the morning and end earlier in the evening.Express routes being cut include King Drive, Cottage Grove, Ashland, Washi...

High-tech, creative humanitarian aid benefits Haiti

By Lauren Kelly

February 1, 2010

During the past few weeks there has been a frenzy of media coverage and endless discussion about the earthquake that occurred in Haiti on Jan. 12, and in the aftermath there has been an enormous philanthropic response to help aid the country in its time of dire need.As expected, dozens of celebrities have given sizeable donations and set up charity funds. Although many of these efforts by the rich and famous have no doubt be...

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