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About time college upped the ante on honors degrees

By Editorial Board

May 11, 2009

There are a lot of unique things about Columbia’s graduation ceremonies, but aside from the speakers, spectacles and performances, the other thing that sticks out like a sore thumb is that it seems like everyone is graduating with honors—40 percent of seniors, to be exact.As reported in the May 4 issue of The Chronicle, the administration has hopes to change this by beefing up the requirements to graduate with honors.W...

Chicago sports fans shouldn’t have to settle

By Quinn Milton

May 4, 2009

A beautiful thing happened on April 18: Four major Chicago sports teams won their respective games. What’s even cooler is that two of those games were playoff games—the Bulls and the Blackhawks—which hasn’t happened in 17 years.Since then, however, there has been criticism about these teams’ subsequent losses, but that’s just as it should be. Fans have gotten a taste of success, and now they shouldn’t expect anyth...

Stronger connection needed for ISO

By Editorial Board

May 4, 2009

After a seemingly long struggle to be recognized as a legitimate group on campus, Columbia’s ISO (International Student Organization) finally appears to be getting the necessary attention and recognition it deserves.As reported in the April 27 issue of The Chronicle, the organization has seen a steady increase in members within the past year, going from only four to five members last year to 30 this year.While this is cert...

Time to stop causing unnecessary panic over flu

By Molly Lynch

May 4, 2009

As someone who hopes to be a part of the media world after I finish my journalism degree, I have to say that within the past week, I’ve been pretty embarrassed for journalists.Anyone with a pulse is aware that the swine flu outbreak has swept the United States, but not in the sense that a large number of people have died.The real overkill that exists is the incessant and unnecessary news media coverage of the sickness, which i...

Loop renovation plan a much-needed investment

By Editorial Board

May 1, 2009

In the midst of tough economic times, the last thing Americans want to hear about is another long-winded infrastructure plan with a hefty price tag. But, for Chicago, a plan like this might not be so bad.On April 24, the Chicago Tribune  reported that a major downtown revitalization agenda is in the works, costing the city $15.5 billion. Known as the Chicago Central Area Action Plan, the proposed plan has visions to improve...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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