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e-phobia makes e-textbooks impractical at SIU

January 29, 2012
Filed under Opinion

Gadgets have been expressly banned in enough SIU classes that an implicit ban exists across the board. I've had several e-textbooks but I wouldn't dare use them in an SIU classroom.To access course materials and take notes on a laptop could be a leap in efficiency for many students. Sadly, it would be ...

Dear chancellor: Keep the emails coming

January 29, 2012
Filed under Opinion

I agree with Szczepanik’s letter on Friday: Students should be treated like adults. However, what the letter fails to contextualize is that this sentiment is usually expressed until somebody gets hurt.Specifically, I take issue with the line, “Whether you [Cheng] choose to admit it or not, thos...

Chancellor’s letter sends condescending message

January 26, 2012
Filed under Opinion

Dear Chancellor Rita Cheng:I am writing this open letter in response to the wildly inappropriate, presumptuous and condescending letter I received in my mail box yesterday addressed to my Parent/Caregiver regarding the upcoming non-university events “Polar Bear” and “Puck Finch”.Clearly this ...

Mix partying with reason

January 26, 2012
Filed under Opinion

Our WordWhile we as college students can understand the desire to kick back and relax with a beer at the end of the day, there’s a stark difference between being a student at a research university and stumbling around the streets of Carbondale at 10 a.m. drunk on a Saturday.It’s hypocritical for stu...

Letter to editor doesn’t recognize hard work done by university’s maintenance, grounds crew

January 26, 2012
Filed under Opinion

Dear Editor:In response to the recent feedback to the article "Students and staff share thoughts on campus improvements," I would like to question why Mr. Ross Smith felt the need to call out specific departments on campus, with the grounds crew being the main area of focus.Mr. Smith felt the need to questio...

Students should drink responsibly and not get plastered on Polar Bear

January 25, 2012
Filed under Opinion

Dear young people:By now it has probably come to your attention this is going to be an awesome weekend.  Chancellor Rita Cheng would not send you a personal note imploring you to not injure yourself if there wasn't some kind of serious fun to be had.And let me tell you, my young friends: Drinking outsid...

University needs to listen closely to students’ concerns, make changes

January 25, 2012
Filed under Opinion

Editor’s Note: This letter is in response to the article published in Tuesday’s edition: “Students and staff share thoughts on campus improvements.”Dear Editor:I  really like that attention is being brought to the student body about some of these issues because, to be quite frank, it seems i...

Penn State coach’s legacy dies along with him

By Lauren Leone
January 23, 2012
Filed under Editorials, Opinion

Listening to the feeble whispers of former Penn State head coach Joe Paterno in his first interview since his firing — and the last before his death — does not change my opinion of the man who could have done more to stop Jerry Sandusky, the former assistant coach who now faces more than 50 crimin...

Climbing economic ladder in America is deteriorating into an impossible dream

January 18, 2012
Filed under Opinion

 Elisabeth ReichertProfessor of Social WorkThe common American belief that one individual can improve his or her economic status is deteriorating into the impossible dream.A recent article in The New York Times discussed how Americans now enjoy less economic mobility than peers in Canada and much of...

Anti-piracy bills should be revised to protect constitutional rights

January 18, 2012
Filed under Opinion

Our WordTwo controversial anti-piracy bills under review by Congress do not adequately address the issue of online piracy without infringing on our constitutional rights to free expression on the Internet.Both bills, the House of Representative’s Stop Online Piracy Act and the Senate’s Protect IP...

You can’t save face by censoring others

By Leah Stover
December 14, 2011
Filed under Editorials, Opinion

When I took over as editor of the Daily Egyptian in the summer of 2011, I could not have imagined the First Amendment lessons that lay ahead – the university’s stonewalling DE reporters, its refusal to turn over the memo detailing the new media access “policy,” the strike called by tenured p...

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