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Student does african dance during WAC Crawl

WAC Crawl captivates South Loop

September 22, 2014

The Wabash Arts Corridor Crawl returned for its fourth year Sept. 19 through a collaboration of staff, faculty and students. As in past  years, neighboring South Loop businesses and colleges have also embraced the art festival. The festival featured 12 galleries and more than 200...

College communication must include sexual assault

By Associate Editor

March 10, 2014

As Northwestern University students protest their college administration’s handling of a student’s report of being sexually assaulted by a professor, the issue is gaining national attention and forcing students to examine how their own colleges deal with rape.While Columbia proficiently reports sexual assaults as mandated by federal law, the college could do more to prevent sexual assaults. The college’s current appro...

Columbia names provost finalists

Columbia names provost finalists

February 3, 2014

After nearly three years without a permanent provost, the college has named two finalists—both of them deans at prominent Midwestern universities. Chris K. McCord, dean of the College of Liber...

Homeless on public transit lack better options

By Opinions Editor

January 27, 2014

A conversation with any Chicagoan will inevitably yield a horror story or two about riding the Chicago Transit Authority, ranging from tales of pushy solicitors to unexplained, lengthy delays. But in the winter, some passengers have a more olfactory anecdote: the ripe smell of feces in train cars.The unwelcome stench is most common on the Red and Blue lines because homeless individuals are more likely to take shelter in the 24...

Nothing wrong with ‘freshmen’

By Editorial Board

November 5, 2012

The University of North Carolina decided in 2009 to stop using the word “freshmen” when referring to its incoming students because of the word’s perceived gender bias and replaced it with  “first-year students.”The policy gained attention this October after broadcast journalist John Stossel learned of it while taping a segment for his show on Fox Business Network. He wrote an opinion piece for media website Cre...

Students should contribute Wikipedia content

By Tyler Davis

October 29, 2012

No college student would include Wikipedia in a bibliography and expect a good grade. Because it’s publicly edited, the website has earned a bad reputation as a source that doesn’t belong in the classroom. But the same reason teachers dismiss it could be used to argue its merits as a valuable academic tool.Some college educators have put their students to work behind the scenes of Wikipedia. Students at Central College in I...

Strip club tax would perpetuate stereotypes about men and women

By Gabrielle Rosas

March 12, 2012

Unless you’re highballing in Las Vegas, strip clubs are usually gross, seedy places that are best avoided. Something about women feigning sexual interest in a man for money is not my idea of quality entertainment. But such is the way of the adult entertainment industry.A new statewide proposal would require strip clubs that sell alcohol or allow patrons to bring their own to pay $5 admission tax for each customer, with a po...

Biting back against rape

By Emily Fasold

February 20, 2012

One year after its introduction to the South African public, “Rape-aXe,” a spiked, tampon-like device designed to protect women against rape, continues to stir international controversy.The device, invented by South African doctor Sonnete Ehlers, works by hooking onto a rapist’s penis upon penetration. Once “tagged,” assaulters must have the device surgically removed before they can urinate or move comfortably. ...

Ultrasound abortion law serves agenda, not women

By Gabrielle Rosas

January 30, 2012

As a young woman, I understand the fear of having a child too early in life. I’m not yet prepared to give up my life in order to raise another. College, jobs, friends, family and my future financial security trump any minute desire to have babies. And trust me, it’s minute.Thankfully, I’ve never had a pregnancy scare with ex-boyfriends nor have any of my close friends. But we all talk about it in hypothetical terms. ...

Swift Justice In Question

By Gregory Cappis

September 13, 2011

Terrill Swift sat alone one evening at a metal desk in a windowless room. Law enforcement officials took turns emerging through a steel door and grilling him about a crime he said he knew nothing about. After sitting in the interrogation room for hours, Swift decided to confess to rape and murder. The exhausted 17-year-old was told he would be able to go home to his mother if he signed the confession, so he provided detail...

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