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Political brainwashing is not part of the college syllabus

By Brianna Wellen

January 30, 2012

With the presidential election right around the corner, I’m checking my own political beliefs against the motley crew of Republican candidates hoping to face off against President Barack Obama later this year. As a college student and a firm supporter of higher education, I’m always curious to see what candidates have to say on the issue. When I heard Rick Santorum’s stance, I became very concerned with the state of o...

CPS leaders quarrel over schools

By Gregory Cappis

September 19, 2011

Hundreds of people crowded into an auditorium to watch what they thought would be a boxing match between the leaders on opposite sides of the education playing field. However, the spectators found the boxing match to be more of a pillow fight with both sides tending to agree with each other.Bruce Dold, Chicago Tribune’s Editorial Page Editor, hosted a discussion between John-Claude Brizard, Chicago Public Schools’ CEO, and...

8-bit education

By Luke Wilusz

September 6, 2011

I can’t imagine grade school without video games. I don’t just mean the ones I played at home, after school, on my trusty old Super Nintendo Entertainment System, although that did eat up hours of my childhood. No, I’m talking about the educational games they had on the computers at school when I was little. Some of my fondest memories from elementary school involve eagerly waiting for other students to leave one of the cla...

Election Series: Mayoral candidate platforms

By Heather McGraw

February 14, 2011

As city elections draw near, many voters find it difficult to stay informed on the mayoral candidates’ platforms.In a poll conducted by the Chicago Tribune and WGN released on Feb. 10, the top four candidates in the race are former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, with 49 percent; attorney Gery Chico, with 14 percent; Carol Moseley Braun, founder of Ambassador Organics, with 10 percent; and Chicago City Clerk Mig...

Social networking: Cupid or killer?

By BenitaZepeda

January 31, 2011

As each day goes by, it seems there are more ways to communicate, and technological advancements have reshaped the way humans function with one another. Whether it’s in a romantic, friendly or business relationship, many people are losing touch with real life.The Internet has even changed the way people date. Instead of meeting someone at a bar, coffee shop, book store or supermarket, people use online dating sites to meet...

Columbia comedy team wins regionals

By Amanda Murphy

January 31, 2011

With the motto “We make your tummies hurt,” it’s no surprise Droppin’ $cience, Columbia’s student comedy group, swept the finals of the Chicago Regional in the National College Improv Tournament.The group of 10 Columbia students beat out 11 other teams, including last year’s winner, Northwestern’s Titanic Players, for the chance to compete at the February nationals in Chicago.“It’s extremely exciting beca...

STEM Magnet School proposed for Near West Side

By Kristen Franzen

January 24, 2011

A plan for a new magnet school on the Near West Side is reigniting debate between supporters of neighborhood schools and those who back Chicago’s plan for expanding specialized education in the city.In addition to three other magnet schools located on the Near West Side, a proposed new magnet school to be housed in the former Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, 1522 W. Fillmore St., has sparked the interest of parents wh...

‘The Game’ scores touchdown for black programming

By Shardae Smith

January 24, 2011

After a two-year hiatus, season four of the comedy-drama “The Game” premiered on Jan. 11 on cable network BET. With 7.7 million viewers tuning in, that show is now the No. 1 ad-supported, scripted series premiere in cable history, according to the Nielsen Ratings Co.Now that BET has broken ratings records, does this mean black sitcoms are going to make a comeback? With the numbers “The Game” has produced on BET, the c...


By The Columbia Chronicle

March 8, 2010

by Marcia E. LazarI believe in omens, even if I don’t know what they mean. Take the spectacle of a golden moon setting. I woke up before dawn, before the earliest light brightened the sky, opened the blinds and looked toward the northwest horizon. There, at the edge of a dark, monolithic high-rise, a golden slice of light appeared. I stared as it grew larger, redder and expanded into a copper-colored sphere that slipped gently...

Parents vital to kids’ emotional health

Parents vital to kids’ emotional health

November 9, 2009

During more than 30 years as a middle school counselor, one situation bothered me more than any other. I saw students sitting in the classroom unable to focus on learning because they were trying mentally...

$100 student surcharge has no place among Iowa university budget cuts

By By the Quad-City Times Editorial Board

November 9, 2009

Iowa's state universities are reacting swiftly and comprehensively to the sadly predictable news of the state's revenue shortfall. When Iowans are making less and shopping less, the revenue derived from income, sales and other tax streams goes down as well.So we're glad to see the Board of Regents among the state agencies quickly obliging Gov. Chet Culver's call for 10 percent across-the-board cuts. The schools have proposed...

A heavy lesson

By From the Quad-City Times Editorial Board

November 9, 2009

More powerful than a locomotive. That Superman-esque achievement also works for Quad-City high school students, whose 347 tons of food collected this year exceed the weight of two locomotives.Picture a convoy of 100 full-sized Hummer H2s. Heavy, but not as heavy as the results of this year's Student Food Drive.This year's total is shy of a record, but no less impressive to us. Year after year, these amazingly energetic kids...

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