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Living alone means never having to say you’re sorry

By Joel Alonzo

January 26, 2009

School is starting up again and students are moving back into dorm rooms, apartments and their parents' basements. At some point during all of this movement, some people are going to choose to live on their own-and although there is a stigma attached to living alone, it's worth it to spend some time in college by yourself.As we go through life, we are constantly surrounded by people. Before we move out of the house, it's o...

Reflecting on eight painful years of Bush

By Editorial Board

January 26, 2009

Former President George W. Bush, initially elected eight years ago, ran on a platform to reduce national debt and pledged against nation-building and big government. Since then, he has done just the opposite. Though there is no way to recount the worst things Bush supported, there are several aspects of his duties as Commander-in-Chief that should be reviewed.Managing the administration: If this can be taken in a positive w...

Asking ‘Is racism over?’ not so profound

By Steven Schnarr

January 26, 2009

All over the news media and on the streets, people are asking the question, "Is racism over now that Obama is President?" and then responding (to themselves, it seems), "No."Here's a different question: Who is asking that question in the first place?On Jan. 19, FOX News asked, "Will the world look at black America and believe that because President Barack Obama was elected to the highest office in the land that racism no longer...

More than ‘mom-in-chief’

By Editorial Board

December 8, 2008

Even before President-elect Barack Obama won the presidential election, his better half, Michelle Obama, garnered nearly as much attention as he did.Almost immediately after leaving her job as vice president of community and external affairs at the University of Chicago Medical Center to join her husband on the campaign trail, Michelle became an instant media sensation. Part of her appeal has been her strong, confident an...

Ignoring Africa’s forgotten war inexcusable

By Bethany Reinhart

December 8, 2008

Half a world away, in a country that has known little other than hardship for more than 10 years, there is a gruesome, bloody war being fought. But few people are paying attention, educating themselves or demanding help for the conflict-ridden region. International attention has been focused on Iraq and Afghanistan. Celebrities have worked tirelessly to provide relief to war-torn Darfur. One country, however, seems to have been...

Commuter students need fare break

By Editorial Board

December 8, 2008

Every semester, full-time Columbia students enjoy a wonderful little plastic perk-the student U-Pass. The U-Pass is included in students' tuition at a deeply discounted rate from a regular CTA pass and allows students unlimited rides on all CTA buses and trains during the course of the semester. There is no doubt-students love their U-Passes. But Metra Commuter students still don't get to enjoy the same perks as CTA riders, which ...

Self-absorbed nation needs new perspective

By Mandy Treccia

December 8, 2008

I have a tendency to be self-absorbed. I get lost inside my head, and I lie awake at night overanalyzing and overthinking every little thing that is bothering me. Every problem seems huge and dire-like my whole world is going to end if something doesn't go just the way I want it to.One thing I've noticed is that Americans, as a whole, seem to take this point of view. We focus on our personal problems and tune out everythin...

Civic knowledge lacking, U.S. teaching methods inefficient

By Editorial Board

December 1, 2008

Believe it or not, civic literacy is something that affects every American. In more ways than one, our country is in the midst of a very historic time. We will have new leadership beginning Jan. 20, but things such as the mortgage meltdown and the financial crisis will continue to shape our country and will be remembered as a chapter in our history for years to come. Now is a time when citizens should be drawing on their ...

Columbia athletics deserves attention, too

By Editorial Board

December 1, 2008

Columbia is home to many unique and quirky things that set it apart from other colleges—a beautiful urban campus, multitalented students and professors, the notorious elevators in the South Campus Building, 624 S. Michigan Ave., and much more. But one thing the school is not home to is a thriving athletics program, and many students think it is time for that to change.Under the current setup, all athletic teams at Columb...

More tuition transparency needed at Columbia

By Timothy Bearden

December 1, 2008

We all wonder where our tuition money goes and how it is spent.The tuition cost at Columbia is approximately $17,000 this year. That’s not including various charges such as course fees, student activity fees, health center fees, orientation fees for freshmen and graduation fees for seniors.While we talk about the issue of student affordability and the Student Government Association pushes for more transparency in those n...

Separate school not solution for LGBTQ students

By Molly Lynch

December 1, 2008

Although it's been a while since I've stepped foot in a high school, I still remember one particular three-word phrase littered throughout hallways and social circles: "That's so gay."While my high school in Southern Illinois was a far cry from the more progressive secondary schools in Chicago, I still can't help but realize how far behind administrators all over the country are when it comes to educating students on becomi...

Reckless auto executives don’t deserve handout

By Editorial Board

November 24, 2008

The U.S. auto industry is facing an unprecedented financial crisis, and one thing is certain: No matter what the decision, bailout or not, the consequences will be significant and far-reaching.The Big Three-GM, Ford and Chrysler-have pled their cases. They claim that without government intervention, in the form of a $25 billion bailout, they will not survive. General Motors claims that without much-needed bailout money, th...

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