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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...

NATO secretary general speaks to young leaders

By Heather Scroering

May 19, 2012

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen discussed key points that will be touched on at the NATO summit with a crowd of future leaders at the Young Atlanticist Summit on Saturday.Rasmussen honed in on three main topics including NATO’s future involvement with Afghanistan, prospective responsibilities for the organization and partnerships with other non-NATO countries.“Our goal is to make sure that Afghanistan will...

Strip club tax would perpetuate stereotypes about men and women

By Gabrielle Rosas

March 11, 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...

Give debt relief, get votes

By Brianna Wellen

October 30, 2011

Those like me, with insurmountable amounts of debt and a lowermiddle class lifestyle on the horizon, have reason to celebrate.Thanks to President Barack Obama’s new programs, college graduates will now have monthly loan payments of 10 percent of their income rather than 15 percent, and loans will be forgiven after 20 years instead of 25. Not only that, but students who have taken out a mixture of direct federal loans and loan...

Discrepancy in sex offender sentencing

By Samuel Charles

April 7, 2011

By Sam Charles, Campus News Editor & Darryl Holliday, Metro EditorKevin Fuller’s life has changed drastically since his arrest for possession and distribution of child pornography in November 2009. Currently, the former associate professor in Columbia’s Math and Science Department is serving time in a minimum to low security prison at an undisclosed location after pleading guilty to the charges.Upon his arrest, Full...

Renowned novelist contributes stories

By Amanda Murphy

March 27, 2011

Chicago-born author Jennifer Egan loves returning to the city, the place where she spent the first seven years of her life. Her recent visit to Columbia allowed her to spread words of guidance and experience to young writers—a status she recalls well.She served as one of the headlining authors for the Story Week festival this year and spoke on March 14, doing readings, discussions and book signings.Her most recent book, ...

No sex offense cases reported at Columbia in past year

By CiaraShook

May 2, 2010

For Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s initiative for 2010 is focused on offering prevention and social change on college campuses.According to the National Sexual Violence Resources Center, one in five college women is a  victim of sexual assault before graduation. Bob Koverman, associate vice president of safety and security, reported as of press time, Columbia has not had any repor...

Bright future for exoneree

By SpencerRoush

February 22, 2010

While sitting in a segregated cell for 23 hours a day, packed between four slabs of concrete, Jarrett Adams, a Chicago South Side resident, was researching law cases when he heard the news that after spending eight years in a Wisconsin prison, he was a free man.Adams worked tirelessly for years, writing letters to law firms and innocence projects. He requested help to get an appeal on his case, which he said was handled po...

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