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Columbia sometimes too liberal

By The Columbia Chronicle

December 7, 2009

By Eleanor BlickColumbia has historically been a liberal institution, from its founding in 1890 to its resurrection in the 1960s during a peak of political change.  As an open-admissions college, Columbia attracted freethinking students and professors that cultivated an open mindset.  Former Executive Vice President Albert Gall was even arrested during Chicago’s infamous 1968 Democratic National Convention.This libera...

Gay marriage issue should not limit Catholic Charity work

By Lauren Kelly

November 30, 2009

The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. is currently at odds with many city council members in the District of Columbia regarding a proposed same-sex marriage bill that will be decided on in early December. The Catholic Church said it would cut its social service contracts with the city if the bill is passed. If the church follows through on its threat and abandons social services, tens of thousands of people will be n...

Gitmo detainees should move to Ill.

By Lauren Kelly

November 30, 2009

Federal authorities inspected an Illinois state prison Nov. 16 to determine if it is fit to house terror suspects and detainees from the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval base when it closes next year.  Thomson Prison, a nearly vacant facility located 150 miles west of Chicago, would become a super-maximum security federal prison if authorities select it to house the suspects.This would be a positive move for the state and federal g...

New women’s health care guidelines not for everyone

By The Columbia Chronicle

November 30, 2009

Since new female health care recommendations were announced Nov. 16 by the federal Preventive Services Task Force and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, many cancer survivors, doctors and women from around the country have been scratching their heads and shaking their fists.  Some are calling the announcements the beginning of rationed health care; some are calling it the end of preventive care.  Some...

Metra fare hikes understandable

By Lauren Kelly

November 30, 2009

Metra announced Nov. 13 it would raise one-way and weekend ticket prices on all rail lines, effective Feb. 1.Columbia has long been a commuter school, so this increase will affect students as well. However, monthly and 10-day ticket prices will not increase. Those who commute regularly will still be able to purchase these passes at the normal price, so Columbia students aren’t as affected as they could have been if all pr...

Small urban farms benefit environment, human health

By Lauren Kelly

November 23, 2009

Where does food come from? The grocery store, of course.Our experience of buying and consuming food is much different than it has traditionally been for most of human history. We are far removed from the growing process and don’t often consider the reality of where food comes from and what it took to get it from the ground to our plates. Many children think that food simply comes from Jewel and are amazed when they find ...

Social networking: The end of real communication

By LauraNalin

November 23, 2009

When I was younger and postage stamps were still in fashion, girls from my circle of friends would send out chain letters. You had to send the letter to ten people and in turn, you would receive anything from little trinkets to a pair of socks in the mail.Once the age of the Internet arrived, I began to receive e-chain letters, which consisted of listing things such as your favorite songs or the name of your best friend, a...

Does the punishment fit the crime?

By Lauren Kelly

November 23, 2009

Two Bears players were fined for inappropriate conduct on the field during the Nov. 8 professional football game between the Chicago Bears and Arizona Cardinals in week nine of the regular season.Tommie Harris was charged $7,500 for unnecessarily striking an opponent, and Jay Cutler was fined $20,000 for abusive conduct against an official.This type of behavior is unacceptable and is detrimental to the entire Bears team an...

And the survey says…

By Lauren Kelly

November 23, 2009

Results from the latest student satisfaction survey that was conducted in spring 2009 indicate that Columbia has improved in 10 of the 12 categories that students were polled in since the previous survey was conducted in 2007. The Noel-Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory is a national survey conducted every other year.This is an impressive result that deserves recognition. Overall, students were more pleased with their e...

Burning is only solution for rural Scott County leaves

Burning is only solution for rural Scott County leaves

November 19, 2009

As featured in the Quad-City Times In response to the Nov. 13 letter “Ban burning throughout Scott County,” I admit that I am one of the leaf burning culprits who doesn’t live within city...

Honors program unnecessary

By Lauren Kelly

November 16, 2009

At the latest College Council meeting on Nov. 6, faculty members discussed the possibility of implementing an honors program at Columbia. The program would be available for any qualified student who wishes to be more intellectually or creatively challenged.According to the proposal, goals of having such a program include providing students with greater educational challenges, preparing them for graduate school, increasing opp...

New studio could benefit students

By Lauren Kelly

November 16, 2009

A large, Toronto-based film company, Cinespace Studios, recently purchased property in Pilsen, on Chicago’s near South Side, with plans to create an immense studio complex, according to a Nov. 2 Chicago Sun-Times article. To be called the Chicago Film Studios, it will produce both movies and television shows. The Illinois State Senate endorsed a $5 million grant for the project, which also has the support of City Hall and ...

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