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‘Holograms,’ touch screens—too much technology

By Kaylee King

November 10, 2008

I arrived in Grant Park at 3:30 p.m. on Election Day, not only to do some early reporting, but to snag a front row seat for one of the jumbotrons that broadcasted CNN feeds all evening long.As I lay in the grass, I watched the usual talking heads blabbing on about what demographics mean, who is the better candidate and other political jargon that is usually pretty exhausting.But every five minutes or so, Anderson Cooper would cut...

Roamin’ Numerals

By The Columbia Chronicle

November 10, 2008

42: Percentage of Americans who said they believe things will get a little better in regard to race relations in the United States now that Barack Obama has been elected President, according to a Nov. 7 Gallup poll. Seventeen percent said they thought it wouldn't change, and 28 percent said they thought it would get a lot better.74: Percentage of Americans surveyed in a Nov. 4 poll from Gallup that said this election matte...

Big win for Chicago

By Editorial Board

November 10, 2008

Many speculated what would come out of the Grant Park festivities on Nov. 4 in honor of then-Sen. Barack Obama's candidacy for president in the 2008 Presidential Election. They ranged from extremes of drunken debauchery and vandalism to violence and riots that would shake the foundation of downtown Chicago. The city shook that evening, but it wasn't because of violence and mayhem.Despite all possibilities, the crowds of mor...

Election 2008 a soapbox for Latino voices

By Bertha Serrano

November 10, 2008

I have never anticipated an election night as much as I did this past one, and I'm pretty sure most of the people in this country felt the same way.As I stood in Grant Park watching the live broadcast from CNN, I anxiously waited to hear the next projection about how close now President-Elect Barack Obama was to winning the election and making history. All the long hours I stood there paid off when I realized Obama won.Like man...

 

Obama campaign machine a disappointment

November 3, 2008

Sen. Barack Obama has seemingly become America's media darling and the savior presidential candidate of our time. He is charged with fixing our country's ailments after what many believe to be eight year...

Keep up election enthusiasm

By Editorial Board

November 3, 2008

When the sun rises over Chicago on Nov. 5, we, as a country, will have elected a new president-the 44th president of the United States.No matter what the outcome, who wins the race to the White House, the results of this election are monumental. This election has reinvigorated passion and patriotism for our great country in a way we haven't seen since the days of President John F. Kennedy.It is projected that the number of y...

Eliminating course fees aims to please, falls short

By Editorial Board

November 3, 2008

After three years of discussion, Columbia has proposed a major change that the SGA and many members of the student body have been calling for—the elimination of course fees. But entirely eliminating course fees isn’t that simple, and if the proposal is passed by the board of trustees, the college will be left with a $5 million hole in its budget—a multimillion-dollar hole that comes on the heels of the administration...

No contest? No democracy

By Kelly Rix

November 3, 2008

At the very heart of democracy is the idea of choice. For a democracy to thrive, voters must have more than one party to choose from at the polls. America is built on a two party political system, ruled by Republicans and Democrats, but in some places like Chicago, that system doesn't work.In the upcoming election, there are 37 Democrats running uncontested for state legislature seats, in both the Illinois house and senate...

Topical issues won’t always have finite solutions

By Bethany Reinhart

November 3, 2008

If you have ever spent time with a toddler, you are probably familiar with the question "Why?" Why is the sky blue? Why can’t I eat 10 more cookies? Why do I have to eat vegetables? Why is the lady on daddy’s calendar not wearing any clothes? And so it goes. Kids seem to go through a strangely inquisitive phase when they need to constantly ask "Why?"As these curious children grow into adults, their basic "why" questions change ...

Death of reporting: Swapping quality for sensationalism

By Bethany Reinhart

October 27, 2008

The newspaper business is facing a time of great turmoil. But instead of going back to the basics, the industry has strayed from its roots in an attempt to keep up with the ever-changing times. The recent redesign of the Chicago Tribune is one example of how news organizations are attempting to stay current and draw in more readers. But many of the changes happening throughout the industry are causing more harm than good.The...

Columbia late in implementing important budget cuts

By Editorial Board

October 27, 2008

Columbia's senior administration sometimes seems like an irresponsible teenager, walking through life with their head in the clouds and waiting until it is too late to react to pressing situations. The latest memo regarding the economic downturn and the college's reaction is no different-too little, too late.On Oct. 15, Columbia President Warrick L. Carter released a memo to college employees that commented on the U.S. econ...

 

Stop passing the buck, CTA

October 27, 2008

Chicagoans already have the highest sales tax in the nation. A recent study also revealed Chicago residents are the country's most stressed individuals. But apparently, record highs for the city's resi...

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