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Plan to end over-testing needs more action

By Editorial Board

November 9, 2015

Since the implementation of mandatory standardized tests through No Child Left Behind in 2001, over-testing has become a concern for parents, teachers and students across the nation.The average student takes 112 standardized tests between preschool and grade 12, according to a 2015 study by the Council of the Great City Schools. Eighth-graders spend an average of 25.3 hours taking standardized tests during the school year...

Communication can ensure students are ready to register

By Editorial Board

November 2, 2015

In previous semesters, undergraduate students were required to meet with a faculty advisor to be cleared to register. However, the college has partially eliminated that requirement for spring registration, as reported in our page 8 story. Freshman and transfer students are still required to meet with an advisor at the College Advising Center before they can register.Most colleges and universities do not require advising session...

Daily fantasy sports should be state-regulated

By Editorial Board

November 2, 2015

Some play fantasy sports for fun and bragging rights, but others take it more seriously, registering for online daily fantasy sports leagues in hopes of winning large sums of money. Unlike traditional fantasy sports, players in daily fantasy sports leagues compete during the course of a week or a single day, rather than an entire season. Registering to compete in a daily fantasy sports league requires entry fees, which go...

Second Big Mouth a wicked performance for Halloween

Second Big Mouth a wicked performance for Halloween

November 2, 2015

Students sang, danced and laughed at celebrity impersonations at the second Big Mouth of the Fall 2015 Semester Oct. 28. The event was a part of 24 Hour Night, Columbia’s annual series of Halloween ...

CTA 4G project on track for 2015 completion

CTA 4G project on track for 2015 completion

October 26, 2015

Expanded wireless coverage means Chicago Transit Authority riders will no longer have to worry about wrapping up phone calls and quickly finishing text messages before entering the subway. The CTA ann...

Lights go dark at Epworth Church to host vampire thriller

Lights go dark at Epworth Church to host vampire thriller

By Arts & Culture Reporter

October 26, 2015

The Otherworld Theatre Company, a group dedicated exclusively to science fiction and fantasy productions, will bring the world premiere of writer Stuart Bousel’s gothic thriller “Gone Dark” to Epworth Un...

Midterm evaluations provide little insight

By Editorial Board

October 26, 2015

In previous semesters, students who had poor attendance or were in danger of receiving low or failing grades in a course received progress reports during the fifth week of the semester. This semester, all students—including those doing satisfactory or better work—received midterm progress reports at week six. Professors were required to submit their evaluations by midnight Oct. 17.The sixth-week progress reports are inten...

CTA’s poster campaign not enough to fight harassment

By Editorial Board

October 26, 2015

Inappropriate or aggressive comments are an unfortunate fact of life for riders of Chicago Transit Authority buses and trains. To change this, the CTA announced a new campaign Oct. 9 to combat harassment, as reported Oct. 19 by The Chronicle. The campaign’s slogan, “If it’s unwanted, it’s harassment,” will be emphasized on posters on CTA trains, buses and in stations in coming weeks. The CTA hopes the campaign will encour...

Halloween takes over comedic show

October 26, 2015

Columbia’s comedy club, known as 5C, hosted a comedic stand-up show at the Sherwood Community Music School, 1312 S. Michigan Ave. on October 22, 2015. At the open mic event, comedians performed in their Hall...

Former CPS CEO pleads guilty to fraud

Former CPS CEO pleads guilty to fraud

October 19, 2015

Former CEO of Chicago Public Schools Barbara Byrd-Bennett pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud in federal court Oct. 13. Originally indicted on 20 counts of fraud, Byrd-Bennett took a plea deal ...

Approach to campus safety should reach all students

By Editorial Board

October 19, 2015

Freshman year is many students’ first time living alone in a major city, presenting a unique set of challenges.Staying safe in Chicago goes beyond walking with a group of friends after dark and keeping valuables out of sight. In the past, first-year and transfer orientation sessions included an optional 20–30 minute lecture that provided information about staying safe while navigating city life. This year, the college t...

Prison reform bill keeps jobs locked up

By Editorial Board

October 19, 2015

One in four of the world’s prisoners are incarcerated in the U.S., yet the U.S. only comprises 5 percent of the world’s total population. The disproportionately high number of prisoners in the U.S. can be attributed to its unusually harsh punishments for nonviolent offenders—particularly those convicted of drug charges.In early October, a bipartisan group of legislators led by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-...

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