The Columbia Chronicle

Mental health centers deserve more attention

By Molly Lynch

April 27, 2009

In times of economic despair, one of the most devastating effects is when members of minority communities are displaced—for reasons that could have been easily prevented in the first place.Over the past few months, plans to close a third of Chicago’s mental health clinics were revealed, most notably four clinics on the city’s South Side due to budgetary reasons, leaving low-income minority residents with nowhere to go to...

Fallen figures should stay out of the spotlight

By Kaiti Deerberg

April 27, 2009

As a whole, American audiences are voyeuristic and self-indulgent. Reality TV dominates the airwaves, and usually the shows we are prone to watching are the ones we consider the “biggest train wrecks.”So when a prominent social or political figure takes a dive south, we cannot wait to tune into the exclusive interview with Barbara Walters or snatch a copy of a tell-all book filled with sordid details.At some point whi...

Manifest celebration gets back to its roots

By Editorial Board

April 27, 2009

For as long as Columbia has been an accredited institution, the one thing that has, and still does, set it apart from other colleges is its unconventional forms of school spirit.Without any mascot or school colors (though we do boast the “Create Change” half-dot), much of Columbia’s appeal has been its unique student experience and events that have the ability to not only draw a college crowd, but one from all across the c...

High-speed rail puts U.S. on fast track

By Editorial Board

April 27, 2009

President Barack Obama recently unveiled plans to build a high-speed rail system in the United States, finally zooming in on what should be a national priority for our country—providing fast and affordable travel options to citizens.For students, a system like this would be incredibly beneficial. Instead of suffering through painfully long and uncomfortable Amtrak rides or shelling out hundreds for plane rides, high-spe...

Commencement speaker’s absence a disappointment

By Editorial Board

April 20, 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 20, 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 20, 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 20, 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 13, 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 13, 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 13, 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 13, 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...

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