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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...

Emergency system ineffective without communication

By The Columbia Chronicle

September 29, 2008

Columbia has a brand-new emergency notification system, but there is one problem-no one around campus knows how the million-dollar system works.In the wake of the Northern Illinois University tragedy on Feb. 14, Columbia made the decision to re-evaluate the current notification system. The outcome was a complex system on mounted Visiplex strobe lights, speakers and scrolling monitors. Each classroom on campus has been outfi...

Losing your mind? Hurry up and get over it

By Molly Lynch

September 29, 2008

Over the weekend I learned a valuable lesson: If I have free time on my hands, it's probably not the best idea to Google "quarter-life crisis."I'm not really sure what prompted me to execute this search, but the results Google yielded were pretty predictable: self-help articles, commentaries from America's seasoned social psychologists and a slew of blogs written by disillusioned twentysomethings.So, in an attempt to prepare mysel...

Bailouts necessary in rocky situation

By Editorial Board

September 29, 2008

Never in history has the Federal Reserve System made the decision to bail out failing companies on the enormous scale seen over the past two weeks. Financial analysts and economists agree it's truly unprecedented.A CNN opinion poll conducted on Sept. 23 showed only 9 percent of people believe they won't be adversely affected by the current economic crisis. College students will be affected as much as post-graduates. But it...

 

Time to stop rebuilding a doomed city

September 22, 2008

After its recent brush with Hurricane Gustav, New Orleans again sparked controversy over the debate to rebuild.The city, still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, sustained an estimated $10 billion ...

Applied for a loan? Prepare for the worst

By Thomas Pardee

September 22, 2008

Sometimes, life calls for plan B. And like it or not, you have to be ready.Columbia's Student Financial Services department is charged with administering the finances of each and every student. It's complicated, and hiccups in communication with federal and private lenders make the refund process even more difficult. A lot hangs in the balance when it comes to our money, so we as students need to take control of our financi...

Editorial: Everyone loves a Ferris wheel

By The Columbia Chronicle

September 22, 2008

Chicago is a world-class city. But Navy Pier, one of the city's most recognized tourist attractions, is in need of a facelift.The pier's proposed new Ferris wheel is an excellent starting point. The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition (also known as McPier) hopes replacing the existing Ferris wheel with one twice the size will generate excitement and attract tourists. Upgrading the current wheel comes close to being a win-win situ...

College needs to realign priorities

By The Columbia Chronicle

September 22, 2008

Columbia takes great pride in promoting student diversity, but before the college spends more money on helping to diversify the student body, the school needs to reevaluate its priorities.International recruitment is an important part of growing and diversifying Columbia’s student body. However, the school’s administration should focus on existing problems within the college before putting an emphasis on recruiting in...

Absence won’t make heart grow fonder

By Megan Ferringer

September 22, 2008

Whether it sounds cynical and completely defeatist or not, absence does not make the heart grow fonder.It is not so much pessimistic as it is an unfortunate truth that long-distance relationships just do not work.Conventional wisdom has instilled in the minds of college-bound high school sweethearts that the effort necessary to sustain a geographically challenged relationship is near-impossible.And for the sake of everyone's s...

Oprah’s Palin snub rubs audience wrong way

By Bethany Reinhart

September 15, 2008

Alaskan governor Sarah Palin is the first woman in 24 years to be nominated for vice president. The 44-year-old mother of five is a self-proclaimed "hockey mom" who recently helped reinvigorate the once-sluggish presidential campaign of Sen. John McCain. But despite her undeniable appeal to scores of women around the country, television talk-show mogul Oprah Winfrey has refused to interview Palin.By refusing to interview the...

Drinking age should be lower

By Editorial Board

September 15, 2008

It's no secret-many college students pack their bags, head off to college, and at some point during their college career, find themselves at a kegger. Underage drinking is inevitable on college campuses across the country. But some college presidents have come together in support of a proposal to lower the drinking age from 21 to 18 in the United States.With the current legal drinking age of 21, college students who are und...

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