The Columbia Chronicle

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 ...

Put bad dog owners on shorter leash

By Lisa Wardle

March 29, 2009

A few weeks ago, a creepy-looking rat dog came into my house. The tiny chihuahua yipped late at night when I was trying to sleep, she wouldn’t play and didn’t want to be petted. She would run away whenever someone tried to put a leash on her. But mostly, the reason I disliked her stemmed from the situation with which she came to us.A woman in Nichols Park randomly unloaded her on one of my housemates and said to give her a good ...

Academic advisers need presence on campus

By Editorial Board

March 29, 2009

Each year, hordes of freshmen and transfer students arrive at Columbia with one goal in mind—to further develop their passion for the arts into a career.But what about students who come to the college without a specific passion in mind?As reported in the March 16 issue of The Chronicle, Louise Love, vice president of Academic Affairs, announced at the annual State of the College address on March 12 that the college hopes to imp...

More to first lady than toned arms

By Molly Lynch

March 29, 2009

She’s the statuesque Ivy League-degreed hospital exec with coiffed hair and stylish outfits to match. And, like it or not, she’s created a stir unlike any other first lady.In the few months since she’s assumed her post of what she likes to refer to as “Mom-in-Chief,” Michelle Obama seems to have found her niche in a glamorous world. She’s graced several magazine covers—becoming the only person to share a cover of O M...

Don’t sweat it, Mark—Columbia needs you

By Thomas Pardee

March 15, 2009

Everyone knows Columbia can be a scary place at first.It’s different—quirky—and the rules of many other colleges and universities don’t necessarily apply. In place of competitive sports, we have Big Mouth. Instead of a neatly manicured campus we have the tortured, gravelly pit that is Wabash Avenue. And instead of the sense of superiority that often stinks up top-tier schools, we are full of thousands of talented peopl...

Civil unions a vital compromise

By Editorial Board

March 15, 2009

On March 5, the Illinois Religious Freedom and Protection Civil Unions Act (HB 2234) passed a House committee and is now on its way to the House floor, potentially making Illinois the first state in the Midwest to legalize civil unions.If the bill were to become a law, it would be a simple, but highly effective solution in allowing same sex couples the same benefits, rights and responsibilities of a marriage without changing I...

Manifest needs no apology

By Editorial Board

March 15, 2009

He’s the overly energetic tall man with crazy white hair seen walking around campus, greeting students and becoming genuinely involved with all of Columbia’s activities. She is the outspoken and unconventional woman who is passionate about the visual and performing arts.As reported in the March 9 issue of The Chronicle, Mark Kelly, vice president of Student Affairs, and Eliza Nichols, dean of the School of Fine and Perf...

Blagojevich book deal no laughing matter

By Molly Lynch

March 15, 2009

Something very strange and disturbing is happening in Illinois, and for once, I’m sick of laughing about it.After a long and brutal winter, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich announced on March 2 his plans to sign a six-figure book deal reflecting on his life in office, where he hopes to reveal the “dark side of politics on both the state and national level,” as quoted in a Chicago Sun-Times article the same day.C...

Daley needs transparency lesson

By Editorial Board

March 8, 2009

Mayor Richard M. Daley is at it again. In his typical gruff, abrasive and unapproachable manner, Daley has refused requests by Chicago aldermen to release the list of projects he intends to complete with money from the new federal stimulus package.Across the nation, nearly every local leader has released a detailed list of intended projects. Although Daley has mentioned a few priorities, including improvement to 200 Chicago pu...

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