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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...

Who needs TV when there’s Internet?

By Quinn Milton

October 27, 2008

For four months now, I haven't had a TV. My 21-year-old Zenith tried its best but finally stopped working completely, and I just haven't gotten around to buying a new one. Nowadays, it's almost unheard of to be without a TV, especially for a college student. But when I tell people I do have a computer with neighbors whom I gratefully steal WiFi from, they seem to understand. The Internet has revolutionized the way people ...

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...

Foreign language program leaves students hanging

By Bethany Reinhart

October 20, 2008

As a journalist, I have been told that becoming fluent in a foreign language would not only be helpful in the field, but also make me more marketable. When I came to Columbia, I vowed to take electives that would only be relevant and useful in my future journalism career. I vowed not to waste my credit hours on yoga and instead pack my brain with as much helpful knowledge as possible. But looking back, I wish I would have t...

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...

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