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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 ...

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...

Time to revive the feminist movement

By Kaiti Deerberg

November 24, 2008

We all watched tears stream down the Rev. Jesse Jackson's face the night of Barack Obama's election. Americans, regardless of race, ethnicity or gender, understood the significance of that moment. The civil rights movement and the African-American struggle for equality culminated that night in a grand victory for all who truly believe in the phrase "all men are created equal." But what about women?My elation was temporaril...

Ayers’ message of hate unacceptable in academia

By Bethany Reinhart

November 24, 2008

During the presidential campaign, William Ayers became somewhat of a household name due to his alleged connections with President-elect Barack Obama. Ayers, co-founder of the radical Weather Underground group, was linked to Obama after having served on a board with the president-elect, as well as helping to campaign for him in the ’90s.One of the most infamous comments made during the dirt-filled campaign season came from Gov. Sarah P...

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...

‘Rahmbo’ tough enough for Obama

By Editorial Board

November 17, 2008

In a move that came less than 48 hours after winning the election, President-elect Barack Obama wasted no time in naming his soon-to-be chief of staff-Illinois Congressman Rahm Emanuel.The choice of Emanuel for this position has met both opposition and praise from commentators and well-versed Washington analysts, including former colleague and highly experienced George Stephanopoulos. Stephanopoulos was a political adviser f...

Scholarship fund leaves students searching for answers

By Editorial Board

November 17, 2008

It comes as no shock that in this time of economic instability, students and parents are concerned about Columbia's affordability. On Nov. 7, Mark Kelly, vice president of Student Affairs, acknowledged this concern, but said the college has "no good answer" about how to solve this growing concern of collegeaffordability.For a college that prides itself on the progression of its 2010 strategic plan, it is beyond disconcerting ...

Don’t wait for your big break—take action

By The Columbia Chronicle

November 17, 2008

So you think you have what it takes to work for Diddy? The real question is, do you know what it takes to work for Diddy?People, both in and out of the music industry, express their desire to work for the multi-faceted mogul. However, these people are speaking about a topic they really lack knowledge on.Some people misunderstand the industry, thinking it is all about the glitz and glamour, hot cars, big homes and high-priced jewel...

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