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SIUC is no longer a top-party school

February 7, 2012


Filed under Opinion

Seetharaman Narayanan — this name won’t mean much to most people even if they could pronounce it correctly.  That is, unless you are like me and find yourself staring at the loading screen of Adobe Photoshop more than once a day.He happens to be the lead engineer at the most popular image process...

Illinois’ strict eavesdropping law should change

By Lauren Leone

February 7, 2012


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

Proposed bill would allow audio recordings of police officers in publicIllinois has one of the strictest eavesdropping laws in the nation, but some state legislators are proposing a bill that could allow the recording of a police officer on the job in a public setting without the officer’s consent.If...

Parking “solutions” offered in Tuesday’s article are laughable

February 7, 2012


Filed under Opinion

Are you kidding, Kylie Brewer?You are actually suggesting that "enrolling in 8 a.m. classes and even parking off campus" will save students from the frustration of not being able to find a parking spot?In other words, we should work our class schedules around the university's lack of available spaces? In Se...

An ex-lifeguard’s perspective on politics

February 5, 2012


Filed under Opinion

Gary WalkupCarbondale residentI’m not a fan of Mitt Romney. I’m not a fan of any of the political candidates. I am, though, an experienced lifeguard and an even more experienced canoeist. When I read the headline “Romney not concerned about the very poor”, I remembered Paul Harvey and wondered about ...

What happens when reasons run out?

By Lauren Leone

February 2, 2012


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

Every person reading this is likely invested in this institution one way or another, and regardless of what category they fall under — alumni, students or faculty — they have the right to know how things are stacking up.This semester marks the lowest enrollment count SIUC has seen in nearly 40 ye...

SIUC can’t compete with the rest

By Lauren Leone

February 2, 2012


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

The university already has it rough financially with its budget deficit and declining enrollment, but performance-based funding may end up being SIUC’s biggest headache to date.Beginning July 1, the annual budget for higher education in Illinois must incorporate performance-based funding relating to d...

If you want to increase enrollment, start by letting students enroll

February 2, 2012


Filed under Opinion

Dear Editor,In response to editorial that ran in Thursday's edition: "What happens when reasons run out?", I want to offer a new perspective.  When I read through the numbers of enrollment decreases and increases, I see myself directly in those statistics.I attended SIUC from 2009 to 2010 after tra...

Gaia House is essential to campus community

January 31, 2012


Filed under Opinion

Dear Editor:I was glad to see the front-page article about the financial difficulties the Gaia House Interfaith Center is going through, which indicates you recognize its importance to the campus community. However, it was unfortunate that you chose to position your statement about Erika Peterson resign...

Best defense is a good offense when walking alone at night

January 30, 2012


Filed under Opinion

Dear Editor:The recent article by Ashley Zborek entitled “Students take safety into their own hands” reminded me of “Death Wish”, a 1974 film starring Charles Bronson as Paul Kersey, a mild-mannered New York City architect.  The day after Paul and his wife return from vacation, his wife is mur...

Fracking, mining permits would likely sacrifice natural, societal Illinois values

January 30, 2012


Filed under Opinion

Dear Editor:I share the concerns in your recent article about hydraulic fracturing of subterranean shales by blasting water mixed with sand and hazardous chemicals into drilled wells, or fracking. Another concern is where does the fracking sand come from? Surely not next to Starved Rock State Park, a...

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...

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 ...

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