Daily Egyptian

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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