The Columbia Chronicle

Commencement speaker’s absence a disappointment

By Editorial Board

April 19, 2009

In just a matter of weeks, graduating seniors will finally get to attend the event they have anticipated so greatly after years of hard work, persistence and waiting: graduation.This year’s ceremony for the School of Media Arts on May 17, however, comes with a bit of a twist, or more like a sour tang—there will be no in-person guest speaker.It was recently announced that esteemed fiction author, Ray Bradbury—who was sch...

Republicans need more inclusive political party

By Shay Bapple

April 19, 2009

On November 4, 2008, two important things happened in American politics. We elected our first minority leader, and 96 percent of minority voters did not support the Republican candidate.The latter should concern the GOP enough to change its image to keep its ship from sinking.There is no doubt that it will be a difficult task to change the ideals and voting patterns that materialized in the 1960s. No thanks to southern seg...

No reaction to ongoing violence unacceptable

By Molly Lynch

April 19, 2009

Gun violence in America, or any violence for that matter, is an incredibly difficult topic to tackle.While I have my own opinions about the causes and remedies of violence, it’s safe to say that no one has a definitive solution. It is a broad and complicated subject, filled with an outrageous amount of statistics and speculations.Within the past few weeks, however, the amount of gun violence that has occurred has been astounding.It seems ...

Parking meter situation more than just a hassle

By Editorial Board

April 19, 2009

If enough reasons didn’t already exist to believe that Mayor Richard M. Daley is a shady politician, Chicagoans have yet another one.Look to any major news source in the city within the past week, and one of the top headlines consists of none other than our beloved privatized parking meters.But this time, Chicago drivers aren’t griping just about sky-high meter prices—though they have quadrupled in some cases, accordin...

Gym closure leaves athletics abandoned

By Editorial Board

April 12, 2009

Since its inception three years ago, organizers of the Columbia Renegades have experienced their fair share of difficulties in getting exposure for Columbia’s atheltics program.And recently, the plug was pulled on fulfilling this need, as a press release from Human Resources announced that the fitness center and gym at Roosevelt University, which Columbia students, faculty and alumni had access to, would be closing.This ann...

Smokers shouldn’t be fuming over new tax

By Editorial Board

April 12, 2009

Just when it seemed the economy couldn’t get any worse, Illinois smokers are facing yet another financial hurdle by choosing to light up.In a state that already boasts the highest sales tax, Illinois legislators implemented a cigarette tax increase on April 1, adding $1 on packs of cigarettes, cigars and cans of chewing tobacco.Lawmakers are hoping the dramatic rise in cost will deter smokers from giving in to their addiction.After hearing...

Cancellation of Ayers speech a cowardly move

By Molly Lynch

April 12, 2009

Growing up in southern Illinois, I can’t even begin to count how many times I heard that schools in Chicago’s suburbs were the best places to learn.Search any Newsweek Top 10 list, and almost every year, it is mentioned that high schools in Chicago’s suburbs are commonly known for having better teachers, nicer facilities and more outlets for extra-curricular activities.A part of me always wondered how differently I ...

Conservative Catholics send hypocritical message

By Megan Ferringer

April 12, 2009

It’s an official all-out warfare, sort of, though it’s nothing entirely new—Catholics are on the front lines of a political matter, causing yet another rift between the Roman Catholic Church and its pushy American flock.Since President Barack Obama made the announcement back in March that he would be addressing the University of Notre Dame’s graduating class on May 17, nearly 65,000 people have signed an online petitio...

Solution in sight for confusing course fees

By Editorial Board

April 5, 2009

As students make their way through the complicated process of registering for the fall semester and allocating funds for tuition and fees, Columbia administration has, thankfully, decided to make things a little less stressful.Thanks to repeated pushing by the Student Government Association, administrators finally took the initiative to make things easier for students, starting with satisfying a long overdue need to evaluate the...

Health insurance options making me sick

By Molly Lynch

April 5, 2009

When I graduated from high school four years ago, I found myself telling almost everyone I knew how thrilled I was to be entering “the real world.” Far away from the confines of the life I was used to, the idea of college seemed like perpetual bliss: my first ticket into the adult world.Here I am, almost four years later, six weeks away from donning a cap and gown, and I can’t seem to tear myself away from anticipating...

Parade ends too soon

By Editorial Board

April 5, 2009

A 30-year tradition has come to a screeching halt, as members of the South Side Irish Parade Committee recently decided to pull the plug on hosting future celebrations.While the reasons for cancelling the parade are understandable—excessive underage drinking, assault of law enforcement and lack of resources to handle the crowd of about 300,000—it’s unfortunate that a lasting tradition has to end abruptly due to a few ...

Clarity necessary in service learning courses

By Editorial Board

March 29, 2009

In an effort to incorporate a stronger sense of volunteerism into its curriculum, Columbia has expressed wishes for expanding its Service Learning program throughout more departments, as reported in the March 16 issue of The Chronicle.This comes at an ideal time, as President Barack Obama has voiced his hopes to encourage students to participate in more volunteer work and community service programs.  And while the spirit of ...

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