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One small step for man … one giant leap into debt

By Lauren Kelly

October 18, 2009

When President Barack Obama announced the U.S. budget for fiscal year 2010 this past May, he allocated $18.7 billion for NASA projects, which is a five percent increase from 2009. Of those funds, $3.5 billion will be put toward the newest NASA mission—a return trip to the moon called Constellation. The mission would put humans back on the moon by 2020, possibly establishing a lunar base.I’m not sure if this is a valid...

Obama won Nobel for inspiring hope

By Lauren Kelly

October 18, 2009

Much of the news media were in an uproar following the Oct. 9 announcement that President Barack Obama had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009. Various media outlets questioned the decision, some saying that he was awarded the prize too soon, didn’t deserve it and that his race was involved in the decision.The committee awarded the prize to Obama for “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomac...

Students benefit from design contest

By Lauren Kelly

October 18, 2009

This fall Columbia is hosting the second Manifest Design Competition, a student-based art contest to design the official artwork and graphics for Manifest 2010. All current students can propose work and vote for the winning design on Columbia’s Web site after the submissions are posted.The winner of the competition will win a $500 prize and work with a creative printing service to get the final product ready for distribu...

Fact & Faith column truly a critical encounter

By TaylorGleason

October 18, 2009

Humanity survives on basic beliefs of what is good and what is bad. Everyone believes in something, whether they recognize it or not. For example, most people believe that it would be a bad idea to walk in front of a moving vehicle, even if they haven’t personally experienced the repercussions. When tragedy occurs, people get by on the emotional fumes that say, “Everything will be OK,” even if they aren’t sure it ...

Despite freeze, Chicago winters can be wonderful

By Lauren Kelly

October 11, 2009

The last week of September threw Chicago into a chilly autumn without warning. Fall hit as temperatures hovered in the upper 50s. People wearing scarves started to rush down sidewalks and I heard more than one commuter curse the cold days ahead.Just thinking about winters in Chicago can make your bones shake and leave you wanting a cup of hot tea. The freezing days are brutal in this city, as anyone who’s experienced them ...

College should provide free flu shots

By Lauren Kelly

October 11, 2009

In the face of a potential flu pandemic this fall, Columbia has made a concerted effort to inform students about flu preparedness and has taken preventative measures throughout the campus. This is a commendable effort that has helped the student population learn how to deal with both the seasonal flu virus and the swine flu. Young adults are one of the most at-risk groups to be affected by the H1N1 virus, and Columbia is help...

Chicago wasn’t ready for 2016

By Lauren Kelly

October 11, 2009

After a four-year bidding process to host the summer Olympic Games in 2016,Chicago was eliminated first by the International Olympic Committee when the decision was announced on Oct. 2. Rio de Janeiro was selected as the winning city.The IOC was wise to eliminate Chicago in the first round, and many Chicagoans are relieved that we weren’t chosen as the host.As of July, more than $48 million was spent in the attempt to secu...

Advertisements should stay on paper, out of mind

By Lauren Kelly

October 4, 2009

As I was riding the Blue Island CTA bus the other day, I heard a loud announcement interrupt the music I was listening to. It wasn’t the usual CTA guy announcing important information about the bus route or a detour, so I took out my headphones to hear what was being said. I was stunned by what I heard. Blaring through the bus was an advertisement promoting the bid for the Olympic Games in Chicago—and it played once eve...

Reality television dumbs down teenagers, whole nation

By mlekovic

October 4, 2009

I spend a lot of time watching what most people would consider pointless television. ESPN and “Family Guy” on TBS are probably the only things you will see on my TV screen. Recently, my friends tried to get me to watch reality TV and I must say, I was completely shocked by the trash that’s on those shows. This caused me to investigate other shows which I found to be educational and enlightening.I realize that not everyone ...

Alcohol distribution price increase unfair

By Lauren Kelly

October 4, 2009

Recently, wholesale liquor distribution companies implemented a price increase on alcoholic beverages, coinciding with the latest state tax increase on alcohol that went into effect Sept. 1, making alcohol consumption in Illinois much more expensive. Wholesalers seem to be hiding behind the recent tax hike to cover their additional increases and to avoid public complaints.According to a Chicago Tribune article published last mont...

Columbia should try e-textbooks

By Lauren Kelly

October 4, 2009

Following the trend of many media outlets moving toward digital information, some publishers have made versions of their textbooks available for download online. At least seven publishers currently offer electronic textbooks through their online Web sites.Given Columbia’s progressive student body and history of innovation, switching to e-books would be an option worth investigating. Using electronic texts could prove to be more...

Understanding sensory perception vital to science

By Lauren Kelly

September 27, 2009

Imagine being able to see sounds, taste shapes or feel scents. It seems like you’d have to be on drugs to experience things like this, but for some people, it is a natural part of how they perceive the world.They have what’s called synesthesia, a neurological condition that blends sensory perceptions, creating a kaleidoscopic experience of reality. For people with this condition, different areas of the brain that manage ...

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