The Columbia Chronicle

Earmarks out of control

By Editorial Board

October 20, 2008

During the past several weeks, people across the world have watched in dismay as stocks plummeted, banks failed at record pace and the structure of our financial system threatened to crumble. Almost everyone agreed-action must be taken. That action came in what many Americans agree was a hard but necessary pill to swallow-the $700 billion rescue plan.After its initial failure, the bill was revamped and passed by Congress on Oc...

Carter expected to make most of contract extension

By Bethany Reinhart

October 20, 2008

Warrick L. Carter, president of Columbia, is going to be around for a few more years. But if he is going to stick around, it's about time he works on becoming a well-known public figure to students around campus.Columbia's board of trustees unanimously approved a two-year extension of Carter's contract on Oct. 7. Although Carter has done various things to prove he is worthy of this overwhelming support, there are many areas...

Addition of irrelevant earmarks is irresponsible

By Steven Schnarr

October 20, 2008

After realizing the first rejected bailout bill would inevitably pass, on Oct. 3, Congress added more than $150 billion worth of pork by doing what they alwaysdo-supporting special interest groups.There is a fundamental problem with the House shooting down a monumental bill and then taking advantage of the crisis by increasing the bill to 451 pages full of earmarks and passing it. Only 110 pages are dedicated to the bailout.Rath...

Duke talks ‘Sex Drive’

 

By David Orlikoff

October 20, 2008

Clark Duke hasn't had much time to enjoy the success of his odd couple web series, "Clark and Michael," where he plays the scheming,  abrasive counterpart to Michael Cera's pure insanity.Since 2006, he...

Who is President Carter?

By Timothy Bearden

October 20, 2008

An interesting thing about college life is who we get to know while we're here, but our president isn't one of them.At Columbia, there is a sense of community within departments. We know our department chair, a majority of the teachers in our major or concentration and other students, who are all good networking contacts. But few students can intelligibly comment on who our college president is, what he does or, in some case...

College needs to minimize book cost in weak economy

By Editorial Board

October 13, 2008

The struggling economy and recent credit crisis have left many Columbia students wondering how they will finance their college education. Like many Americans, students are looking for ways to cut corners and trim unnecessary expenses.With the help of professors and faculty, one opportunity to limit expenditure is by making textbooks more affordable.Students recognize that the exorbitant cost of textbooks is not limited to Colum...

Conservatives must return to their core values

By Shay Bapple

October 13, 2008

After 26 years in Congress, you would think Sen. John McCain would have had things figured out.Instead of being all over the map on issues in the past-including a threat to leave the Republican Party in 2001-maybe he could have taken a stand on bringing back real conservative values to the party. So far, he has come up with few conservative solutions to our economic problems and leaves us with the impression that he will s...

Equality for gays and lesbians far past due

By Bethany Reinhart

October 13, 2008

Years ago, an amazing couple opened their home to me. They offered me a place to live without any hesitation. While staying with them, I saw the love and commitment they had for each other. They functioned like any other married couple-jointly making financial decisions, splitting holidays with each other's families and even fighting over who forgot to put the cap back on the toothpaste. But because of discriminatory laws...

Don’t be ‘that guy’—register to vote

By Sara Harvey

October 6, 2008

We've come a long way, baby.In 1870, black people got the right to vote with the 15th Amendment, but for decades it was hindered by disenfranchisement until Congress passed legislation in 1957, 1960 and 1964 that contained voting-related provisions. And women have been voting for just 88 years, having gained the right to vote with the ratification of the 19th Amendment.This year we have the option to vote for Sen. Barack Obam...

Obama’s failure to support bill unacceptable

By Bethany Reinhart

October 6, 2008

On Aug. 5, 2002, legislation known as the Born Alive Infants Protection Act was signed into law. The bill was unanimously accepted by the Senate. Even liberal senators Edward Kennedy, Hillary Clinton and Dick Durbin supported the legislation. Now-presidential candidate Sen. Jon McCain also voted in favor of the bill. The purpose of the law is to ensure medical care for babies who survive abortion and are "born alive."Despit...

Generous admissions policy on the right track

By The Columbia Chronicle

October 6, 2008

Columbia has modified its "open" enrollment policy to that of "generous admissions." The change has come slowly, but in the end, it has benefited both incoming and existing students. However, as the college aims to tighten its enrollment policy, there is still work to be done.The change in the admissions policy has been something the college had been focusing on for the past several years. According to Mark Kelly, vice presi...

Civil service job cuts unacceptable

By Editorial Board

October 6, 2008

Mayor Richard M. Daley's empire, the great city of Chicago, is facing such financial difficulty that basic city services, including the police department, are being affected. But just as disturbing as cuts to vital city entities is the lack of communication among city leaders and dissemination of information to residents.According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Daley has no plans to fill the 329 Chicago Police Department vacancies...

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