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Fact checking trending in 2012

By Kaley Fowler

October 29, 2012

By Kaley Fowler and Charles Jefferson, Metro Editor and Contributing WriterFact checkers abound in the 2012 presidential election, and they are casting new light on polls and political statements in an effort to properly inform the public.According to Bill Adair, editor of the fact-checking website PolitiFact.org, verifying facts has become crucial in this year’s election because of the vast amount of available information....

Obama opportunity, Romney retreat

By Editorial Board

October 22, 2012

With the presidential election rapidly approaching, it is important for college students to understand how each candidate will handle higher education policy, particularly in the area of student financial aid.President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney have two very different views on the matter, and while the situation for college students during Obama’s first term hasn’t been ideal, his po...

Minority voters could impact 2012 election

By Kaley Fowler

October 15, 2012

The minority population could have a majority impact in determining the winner of the 2012 presidential election.According to Sarah Massey, spokeswoman for the nonpartisan voter advocacy website ProjectVote.org, the vote of minority citizens in swing states could potentially turn the tide of the popular vote despite the electorate’s predominately white make up.“In certain states like Ohio or New Mexico, which are considered ...

Election times call for scrutiny

By Heather Scroering

October 9, 2012

As I scrolled through my Twitter feed following last week’s presidential debate, I began to hyperventilate. Upon seeing tweet after tweet of praise for Gov. Mitt Romney’s performance, I just couldn’t bear to read on. One tweet by BBC News reporter Katty Kay, whom I highly respect, stated that Romney seemed like a “perfectly acceptable” candidate after the debate. I looked to the floor and saw my hope for society shamefully ...

Journalists bowing to sources, betraying readers

By Tyler Davis

October 8, 2012

“Journalists should be free of obligation to any interest other than the public’s right to know,” states the code of ethics of the Society of Professional Journalists. Yet some reporters have been allowing their sources to comb through transcripts and decide what they do and do not want published.Traditionally, politicians have spoken carefully in the company of journalists because the press has the power to expose th...

Columbia participates in ‘Tartan Arts in the Avenue’

By Ivana Hester

October 1, 2012

Colossal golf balls served as canvases for several Columbia students, alumni, faculty and staff members whose artwork is displayed on Michigan Avenue in conjunction with the 2012 Ryder Cup, an international golf tournament played Sept. 25–30 in Medinah, Ill.The exhibition, “Tartan Art on the Avenue,” began Sept. 15 as part of a larger campaign developed by the Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Illinois PGA Found...

‘Goddamn, Mitt’ pokes fun at Romney in new Second City play

By Trevor Ballanger

September 10, 2012

Presidential candidates are scrutinized by the media to within an inch of their privacy. Little is left to the imagination as every secret and misdeed is unearthed and revealed to the masses. Things can get especially scathing if a pair of comedic writers willing to use politics for comedy get their hands on it.Jordan Pedersen and Christian McCann met while studying in the writing program at The Second City. McCann said h...

Occupy Chicago denounces 2012 presidential candidates

By Kaley Fowler

September 10, 2012

With election season in full swing, attacks against both major political parties are abounding. While many are typically critical of either Democrats or Republicans, a recent Occupy Chicago protest brought together a group of individuals who denounce both political parties.On Sept. 4, the first day of the Democratic National Convention, approximately 100 protesters gathered at the corner of Jackson Boulevard and LaSall...

Unsuited for office

By Sophia Coleman

September 5, 2012

As if there weren’t enough reasons to throw Paul Ryan into outer space, he has committed yet another faux pas.This time he is offending the fashion world and—combined with his proposals to ban abortion and other attacks on women’s rights—it is truly a misstep that speaks volumes about his character. Mr. VP-hopeful is a child wearing a man’s suit, and though he may look young, he certainly isn’t as hip as he ma...

Voters get drunk on Obama

By Tyler Davis

September 4, 2012

He bought a round of beers in Waterloo, and then had a few more. He woke up on a bus in Des Moines, Iowa surrounded by beer bottles, unable to remember the events of the previous night. That’s life on the campaign trail for President Barack Obama.OK, not quite, but the president has been talking about his love of beer a lot lately, buying drinks at the Iowa State Fair and handing out some of his home-brewed White House beer to...

Obama confirms withdraw from Afghanistan

By Heather Scroering

May 22, 2012

By Heather Schroering, Valeria Fanelli, Kaitlyn Mattson & Julieta SholinyanPresident Barack Obama, speaking at the end of the two-day NATO summit in Chicago,  laid out several steps he said would lead to a successful transition from foreign to Afghan military control of the embattled country.The president repeated the promise to return 33,000 troops from Afghanistan by the end of the summer. He added that NATO leaders a...

Voter slump due to bleak campaign trail

By Gabrielle Rosas

February 27, 2012

Registering to vote isn’t difficult. In fact, it requires less effort than most governmental processes, like getting a passport or driver’s license. Those take massive amounts of paperwork, time and energy. Registering to vote in Chicago is as easy as filling out and mailing one form.Yet as of Feb. 20, Chicago’s voter registration is the lowest it’s been since 1942, according to a statement from the Chicago Election Board o...

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