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Allowing teachers to carry guns protects students

Allowing teachers to carry guns protects students

A bill is sitting on Gov. Nixon’s desk awaiting his approval for allowing school staff to have a gun in the classroom. It also lowers the conceal and carry permit age from 21 to 19, and it prohibits cities from excluding individuals with a permit from openly carrying a weapon. If this bill becomes law, […]

Downtown construction requires different location

Downtown construction requires  different location

As the largest city within the region, Columbia has always enjoyed the progressive nature of the University of Missouri-Columbia, the fruits of entrepreneurial businesses and the labor force of both the city’s residents and the surrounding communities. The history of Columbia, is one for which any resident should be proud, and mindful of. The accomplishments […]

Going gluten free without reason

Going gluten free without reason

s the rise of people going gluten free increases, it is hard to tell if it is because of a growing amount of people diagnosed with celiac disease or consumers jumping on the bandwagon of the trendy gluten free diet. According to market research from Mintel, out of the people who make up the $4.2 […]

Immigration mindset outdated, needs reform

Immigration mindset outdated, needs reform

When discussing the issue of immigration, it is fairly common to hear an argument spring up comparing America to a house; if someone enters a house, wouldn’t the owners want them out? In other words, if “illegals” enter this country, why not kick them out? But the issue is much more complicated than that; 20 […]

Zoos restrict natural animal life, create hostile setting

Zoos restrict natural animal life, create hostile setting

The year is 4058. Extraterrestrial life forms have, of course, occupied Planet Earth. It was only a matter of time. Cohabitation is a generally viable option for those humans who keep to themselves and pose no threat whatsoever to the ETs. However, the rest are not so lucky. Any sect of human that rebels or […]

Corporate political contributions should be stopped

Corporate political contributions should be stopped

Idealists used to believe that candidates play fair and idealistically in every presidential election. Senator John McCain (R) made a public-finance option in his failed 2008 Presidential campaign, while then-Senator Barack Obama asked the big guys on Wall Street, like Goldman Sachs and CitiGroup, to finance his successful campaign. One of Obama’s goals to change […]

Stigma prevents adequate treatment of mental illness

Stigma prevents adequate treatment of mental illness

In this rapidly advancing age of science and technology, researchers are hurtling forward the field of medical investigation and discovery. Our knowledge of the human brain and diseases afflicting this central organ is expanding exponentially, yet mental illness remains a dated social taboo. In fact, according to a survey conducted by Time to Change, an […]

Lack of promotion in schools prevents lacrosse from achieving full potential

Lack of promotion in schools prevents lacrosse from achieving full potential

In Columbia, there is one girls lacrosse team. It is an expensive, unsanctioned and widely unknown group of athletes. The anonymity of womens lacrosse in the center of the state harshly limits the size of the team as well as the fan size. The failure of RBHS to recognize the girls lacrosse team as an […]

New field turf necessitates reconstruction of track

New field turf necessitates reconstruction of track

Recently Columbia Public Schools announced that they would replace the playing surface at Wayne Sells Field at RBHS. FieldTurf, the type on Sells Field, was found to be defective around the time RBHS installed theirs. While I’m always in favor of upgrading facilities to ensure we have the best available for our athletes, the new […]

Science education in U.S. lacks adequate hands-on activities

Science education in U.S. lacks  adequate hands-on activities

Six times a year, students get up early on a Saturday morning and make the commute to school to take the American College Testing exam, otherwise known as the ACT. The test consists of an English, mathematics, reading and science section, in that order. The last section, though, seems to be the most challenging for […]

Guns necessary to deter violence

Guns necessary to deter violence

Two weeks ago, a gunman entered a mall in Maryland with explosives and a gun, killing two workers and killing himself as well. One response to the shooting would be to blame guns. However, if the government prohibited guns, it wouldn’t mean there would be fewer murders. Marijuana, for example, is illegal, but usage has […]

Disruption at Global Village fashion show baffles, disappoints

Disruption at Global Village fashion show baffles, disappoints

Ever since I was a sophomore, I’ve looked forward to the Global Village fashion show. Every year, I start planning my outfit a month in advance and lay it out the night before so I’m ready to go in the morning. The thrill of leaving class and getting dolled up with my closest friends is […]

NCAA regulations forbid assistance to athletes

NCAA regulations forbid assistance to athletes

Walking out of his classroom following his morning public speaking course, a University of Missouri football player set out in the pouring rain to his dorm somewhere across the Francis Quadrangle. A daily venture he makes has recently been impeded by a broken leg, suffered in the previous week’s practice. Wobbling out the door, he […]

Positive attitude ensures success even in most negative situations

Positive attitude ensures success even in most negative situations

There is a very fine line between a good day and a bad day. A little rainstorm, a bad haircut or even a slightly negative comment is all it takes to turn a day upside down for some. However, think about how insignificant these little events are compared to our entire lives; it would seem […]

Raise in minimum wage leads to greater employment

Raise in minimum wage leads to greater employment

At the beginning of this year, the state of Missouri raised the federal minimum wage by 15 cents to $7.50 an hour.  While aimed at a singular portion of the population, a raise  is actually given to each individual over sometimes vast amounts of hours per worker. Such a raise and any like it in […]

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