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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 ...

Benefit of inmate release not immediate

By Editorial Board

September 27, 2009

In an attempt to address the ongoing budget crisis in Illinois, Gov. Pat Quinn has approved the early release of 1,000 inmates from the state prison system to save an estimated $5 million. Only low-level, non-violent offenders serving the last year of their sentence qualify for this release, and those chosen will be required to wear electronic ankle bracelets that monitor their whereabouts for the duration of their sentence.Althoug...

Oasis use should be mandatory

By Editorial Board

September 27, 2009

Despite many students’ qualms about the structure and capability of Oasis, the foundation of the online system is strong. It is commonly used for things like class registration, academic support and viewing Student Financial Services records, but the system is also often used for classroom communication.Oasis would benefit students much more if it were used by every teacher, but not all faculty utilize the system. Improvements...

Let students design Columbia ads

By Lauren Kelly

September 20, 2009

This past summer, Columbia created a billboard campaign aimed at reaching prospective students and donors to the college, as well as increasing awareness about Columbia in the Chicago community. The ads rotate in nine different locations that are prominently displayed on various city highways and outside the Ogilvie Transportation Center, 500 W. Madison St.The billboards, which show students jumping in the air with the word ...

Charitable celebrities need to be authentic

By Lauren Kelly

September 20, 2009

When you Google the term “charitable celebrities,” the top web result that appears is a page called Look to the Stars, a site dedicated to covering celebrity charity news and events. The site lists famous people who are involved in some type of charity work.Ironically, it turns out that almost every celebrity is involved in some kind of charity work. There are thousands of people on this list. From Alicia Keys to Zach ...

Obama aims to sway Congress

By Lauren Kelly

September 20, 2009

President Barack Obama re-established himself in the forefront of the health care reform debate by addressing Congress and proposing a reform bill during his televised speech on Sept. 9, after being noticeably absent on the issue for a few weeks. Though much has been said about health care reform and what should be done, it is apparent that Obama’s speech had a strong impact on the debate.The fact that the president made ...

Burnham’s plan for Chicago lives on today

By Lauren Kelly

September 12, 2009

This year marks the centennial anniversary of one of the most influential publications in Chicago history—Plan of Chicago, a city planning proposal by Daniel Burnham, co-authored by Edward H. Bennett.In celebration of the anniversary, the Chicago Public Library chose Carl Smith’s biography of Burnham and his famous plan as the new “One Book, One Chicago” selection and is hosting events and panel discussions surrou...

New advising system clear, effective

By Lauren Kelly

September 12, 2009

In response to student concerns and dissatisfaction about the advising process at Columbia, the Advising Center is constructing a new model to better serve student needs. Implementing a new model is a critical move for the college because it will help all students get the most out of their education, regardless of their majors.The college has been working to design a new system for the past few years and it will go into effec...

Community input vital to CTA project

By Lauren Kelly

September 12, 2009

To better accommodate under served areas of the city, relieve traffic congestion and create jobs, the Chicago Transit Authority voted on Aug. 12  to approve a $2 billion project that would extend the Red, Orange and Yellow Lines. The CTA hopes to get federal funding for as much as 80 percent of the project.The proposal is a smart move for the CTA. As long as the cost of the project does not fall on riders, extending rail lin...

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