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To regulate or deregulate – that is the question

Tiffany Oliver, Sugar in your gas tank
October 8
Filed under Columns, Opinion

I recently finished reading the Sept. 30 issue of Rolling Stone, and was able to force myself to read the feeble attempt at political commentary known as National Affairs. The article was about credit default swaps (CDS) in relation to the potential bankruptcy by oil giant BP. Before discussing solutions...

My lucky stars: learning gratitude from my teenage sister

My lucky stars: learning gratitude from my teenage sister

Gillian Seaman, The Rational Component
October 8
Filed under Columns, Opinion

My little sister will be invading my world today for a weekend visit to experience “what college is really like.” I feel this violates some sort of international treaty regarding preserving the sanity of older siblings. I am preparing for her visit by offering sacrifices of burnt Justin Beiber CDs...

Take a chill pill – for America

Take a chill pill – for America

Mike Yavorsky, Restoring Normalcy
October 1
Filed under Columns, Opinion

Just in case you’ve been living under a rock or have been buried up to your eyeballs in chem. homework, I’d like to pass along Jon Stewart’s latest announcement. On Oct. 30, in Washington D.C., the host of “The Daily Show” will host his Rally to Restore Sanity, a gathering for those who feel...

The weekend blues

Steven Schoenwald
October 1
Filed under Columns, Opinion

You know what really grinds my gears? Late night study sessions and weekend intramural sports. I know – what’s wrong with those, right? I understand that student instructors (SIs) want to schedule sessions when classes aren’t going on, but when all available study sessions are at 9 p.m., commuters...

Back away from the camera, Bristol

Back away from the camera, Bristol

Gillian Seaman, The Rational Component
September 24
Filed under Columns, Opinion

Given my complete disdain for most reality TV stars, it is somewhat surprising that I feel nothing but sympathy for Bristol Palin. Yes, I feel sorry for Palin, the unwed teenage mother, Us Weekly covergirl, Dancing with the Stars contestant, D-list celebrity, reality famewhore. I feel sorry for her because...

Taking the hit: the case for legalizing pot

Taking the hit: the case for legalizing pot

Tiffany Oliver, Sugar in your gas tank
September 24
Filed under Columns, Opinion

In case any of you haven’t heard yet, there’s a new referendum on California’s ballot known as the Regulate, Control, and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010. If approved, the act would legalize marijuana in California. Although I am not a fan of California politics, I commend the Sunshine state for finally...

Kasich and big business go hand-in-hand – and spell trouble for Ohio jobseekers

Kasich and big business go hand-in-hand – and spell trouble for Ohio jobseekers

Mike Yavorsky, Restoring Normalcy
September 17
Filed under Columns, Opinion

John Kasich has a plan for Ohio. He wants to take swaths of the state government and turn it over to big business. For me, this begs a question: what exactly is Ohio, Inc. going to do? After all, the only business that John Kasich has worked for in the last thirty years was Lehman Brothers – which,...

Battling commuter student stereotypes

Battling commuter student stereotypes

Steven Schoenwald, Running on Fumes
September 17
Filed under Columns, Opinion

One of the main criticisms I hear about commuters is that they don’t get to participate in the “college experience.” The claim is based upon the idea that by living on campus, students mature by learning to be self sufficient. Purchasing food, washing clothes, responsible partying, and other residential...

The war in Iraq is over…if you want it

The war in Iraq is over…if you want it

Tiffany Oliver, Sugar in your gas tank
September 10
Filed under Columns, Opinion

I must say when I heard President Obama was giving a speech on the combat situation in Iraq, I was hoping that the situation would change. I thought the man portrayed as the knight in shining armor would vanquish all evil and lead us to the end of an unsuccessful, undeclared, and illegal war in Iraq. The...

Poor of wallet, not of spirit

Gillian Seaman, The Rational Component
September 10
Filed under Columns, Opinion

I will freely admit that, given the obscene amount of homework I am regularly assigned, I don’t have a lot of time to consistently peruse the news. I am much more likely to be found indulging in brain candy by watching the “Jersey Shore” and anything on Bravo than reading the New York Times. But...

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