Daily Egyptian

Where culture leads, must I follow?

April 11, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

A funny thing happened the other day as I mowed my fenced-in yard while listening to talk radio on my iPhone. I was streaming a station out of Los Angeles, the so-called City of Angels, though the narrator for The Big Lebowski, Sam Elliot, “didn’t find it to be that exactly.”  Having lived there...

Strip-search ruling is baffling

April 10, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

The following editorial appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer on Thursday, April 5:In a shocking abdication of its responsibility to uphold Americans' constitutional freedoms, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that people suspected of minor offenses, such as rolling through a stop light, can be stripped ...

Student Trustee candidates weigh in

April 8, 2012


Filed under Opinion

Transparency, constant communication is keyDear Editor:I’ve been following the drama surrounding President Glenn Poshard and current and former members of the Board of Trustees.  It underscores the importance of one vote on the board:  the student’s vote.The students at Southern Illinois University nee...

Deodorant can’t fix this pit

By Laura Wood

April 4, 2012


Filed under Columns, Pulse

Here’s a question. What do livestock, humans and Lake Michigan all have in common?They all stand the chance of being swallowed by Earth.Picture that. A huge hole that just shows up out of nowhere and engulfs anything within its radius. While this all sounds like it could paint a nifty picture, it's...

Americans undermine the power of social media

By Lauren Leone

April 3, 2012


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

Video of Ugandan war criminal Joseph Kony goes viral, but what does it accomplish?The following is a staff column and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Daily Egyptian:Americans are insincere.One minute, we’re tweeting about who should win this season of “The Voice," and in the next minute, we’re shar...

U.S. Supreme Court tests validity of health care law

April 3, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

The following editorial appeared in the Los Angeles Times March 31:After a three-day marathon of oral arguments, the nine members of the Supreme Court met in conference Friday to cast preliminary votes on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. "Obamacare."Some...

Job applicants shouldn’t have to ‘friend’ bosses

April 2, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Job applicants shouldn't have to 'friend' bossesMcClatchy-Tribune News Service (MCT)The following editorial appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer on Thursday, March 29:Prospective employers typically ask job applicants for references. But in the age of the Internet, some want much more.In a chilling...

The ‘good war’ in Afghanistan is unwinnable

April 2, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Elsie SpeckCarbondale residentPresident Barack Obama's "Good War" is looking less 'good' as each day passes. Though the war was started by President George W. Bush, it is now Mr. Obama's war, as he's been convinced by his generals to remain involved.So he wouldn't appear weak, he sent an additional ...

Illinois legislators have no problem spending taxpayers’ money

April 2, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Believe it or not, Illinois did have a fair share of decent politicians.One of those was Everett Dirksen from Pekin, who served as a congressman from 1933 to 1949 and then as a senator from 1953 to 1969.Senator Dirksen was a fiscal conservative and was reported to have said, “A million here, a million there. Pr...

University harmed by leaders’ friendly fire

April 1, 2012


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

Our WordWhat better way to harm the university's reputation than to have its leaders publicly broadcast their distaste for one another?Just days after Board of Trustees members voted out Roger Herrin as chairman 4-2 on Thursday, Herrin and BOT member Don Lowery claimed the removal was the president's doi...

U of I makes beeline to surprising findings

By Laura Wood

March 28, 2012


Filed under Columns, Pulse

There has been some buzz in the air about what’s been happening in the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s research labs.It appears that honeybees have distinct personality traits that set them apart from each other, and these traits’ chemical makeup is similar to that of humans’, acco...

Midway through semester, parking spots still scarce

March 28, 2012


Filed under Opinion

Dear Editor:The other day I came to my 11 a.m. class 15 minutes early as usual to allow myself enough time to find a parking spot. After a quick pass through lots 10 and 13, I headed to the tennis courts. Once again, no spots were available.With time running out, I parked in a designated blue spot in...

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