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by / on January 6, 2014 at 11:20 pm / in Campus, Domestic, Education, Fall 2013

Par For The Cores

by In a time of unprecedented gridlock in Washington, education reform has managed to force its way into the daily lives of children across the country. No fewer than forty-five states and the District of Columbia have agreed to formally adopt the Common Core State Standards, a set of comprehensive math and language arts standards for students in kindergarten through […]

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by / on January 6, 2014 at 4:39 pm / in Domestic, Education, Fall 2013

Fostering Folly

by A family is hard to define. A spouse, two and a half kids, a golden retriever, and a picket fence – this might be the stereotypical American family. But families can have two parents or single parents, have eight kids or no kids, live in a mansion or a trailer. Yet it is clear that the integrity of a […]

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by / on January 6, 2014 at 4:28 pm / in Cover Story, Domestic, Fall 2013, Judicial, Media

Warrants for Torrents

Cover Story: Fall 2013

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by / on January 5, 2014 at 11:02 am / in Domestic, Winter 2013

Oiled Up and Ready To Go

by In October, 73.7 percent of voting Columbia College students supported a ballot initiative to divest from fossil fuels. “Divestment” refers to a process of withdrawing funds from a company or sector, usually to make a political statement. In 1985, under overwhelming pressure from students, Columbia’s trustees agreed to divest from corporations operating in South Africa in protest of the […]

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by / on January 5, 2014 at 11:02 am / in Domestic, Winter 2013

Too Right to Be Wrong

As it now stands, the Republican Party has convinced a segment of the population that government is antithesis to the health of this nation. It has enabled a radical collection of far-right congressmen to eschew all compromise and centralized party direction. Tea Party politicians in Congress can afford, even relish, the political ramifications of a shutdown because, after forty years of anti-government rhetoric, these congressmen only need to re-affirm to their voters that government cannot function.

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by / on January 5, 2014 at 10:59 am / in Domestic, Winter 2013

Death of a Penalty

by Four billion dollars spent on 13 lives over 35 years: This is what California’s capital punishment system looks like. Since the current system’s institution in 1978, only 13 people have been executed in 35 years, with the last execution in January 2006, at a total cost of $4 billion. The punishment’s price is remarkably high and, as of 2011, […]

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by / on January 5, 2014 at 10:58 am / in Culture, Domestic, Winter 2013, Women's Rights

The Masculine Mystique

by Women are not alone in having to fight for their right to jobs. “The only jobs I ever got, there were other men sitting on the [interview] panel,” said Marcus Pond, a first grade teacher in Central Texas. Just as there were negative gender biases and sexism that prevented women from gaining employment, men have quietly suffered from the […]

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by / on May 4, 2013 at 5:40 pm / in Domestic

Rain Check for Reform

by With his feet planted firm on the sand, Hank Iori squinted as he scanned the beach shoreline – spotting ramshackle homes, transplanted utility pipes, and scattered debris in every glimpse of his hometown Rockaway, Queens. “FEMA and the federal government have done a marvelous job cleaning up the blocks and getting sand off the streets, but that money dries […]

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by / on May 4, 2013 at 5:30 pm / in Domestic

An Impoverished Debate

by The protracted economic crisis that has entangled America since 2007 has produced an uproar of political reaction, galvanizing the public consciousness to demand answers to the bigger questions of our time: the role of government, the challenges of globalization, and the rapid rise of inequality have all been furiously debated. Furthermore, the pitch of political discussion and action has […]

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by / on March 27, 2013 at 1:18 am / in Domestic, Education

Teaching the A Team

by In recent decades, the United States has made it a priority to improve American education by “guaranteeing proficiency”—that is, bringing everyone up to par. President Lyndon Johnson’s Head Start Program, President George H.W. Bush’s Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and, most notably, the No Child Left Behind Act of President George W. Bush have exemplified this egalitarian ethos. These programs have resulted […]

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