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Don’t pay-to-play for internships

DI EDITORIAL BOARD

February 27, 2009

As the summer months approach, many UI students are faced with a difficult decision on how to efficiently use their summer vacation. While some students are happy with returning to their high school jobs, others seek out internships...

Embracing the collapse

CHRISTOPHER PATTON

February 27, 2009

As the global economy slides into ever-deeper recession, a growing chorus of doomsayers are predicting the end of life as we know it. And maybe that would be a good thing. Unsurprisingly, most elite voices continue to urge calm...

In policy, Obama finds the Bush center

JONAH GOLDBERG - LA TIMES

February 27, 2009

Here’s something President Obama’s biggest fans may need to hear: He’s just not that into you. The new president has ordered that his predecessor’s rendition policies remain largely intact, even to the point of using...

Oblique angles in sexual harassment

DI EDITORIAL BOARD

February 26, 2009

Sexual harassment is a serious issue, it can’t be said too often. But the very ubiquity of the matter can lead to its misunderstanding, ignorant dismissibility, and exploitation. The university’s new training program for its...

Corps values of discrimination, condemnation

BRETT EDWARD STOUT - GUEST OPINION

February 26, 2009

We have become unfortunately accustomed to government math that doesn’t work, but it is our duty as Americans to confront that math when it is absurd. The New York Times has reported that the U.S. Armed Forces plans to recruit...

Twittering Obama

NATE WHITNEY

February 26, 2009

Tuesday evening, I live Twittered President Obama’s speech to Congress, which I’m now columnizing for your reading displeasure. Follow the DI Opinions page on Twitter at twitter.com/diopinions. The following Tweets took place...

Trying to grasp manhandle

NICHOLAS KELLY

February 25, 2009

People have favorites. Favorite color, favorite team, favorite movie/book/painting/teenage mutant ninja turtle — people will gravitate toward, identify with, and vehemently defend a favorite on even the strangest of topics (as,...

My Mardi Gras, after a nomadic life

CT GILBERT - GUEST OPINION

February 25, 2009

I’ve never really had a culture of my own. Oh, the grand sweeps of national character, maybe, participating in this or that element of Americanism — I know what a fast-food cheeseburger tastes/looks/hurts like, and, more importantly,...

The farcical Facebook fiasco

DI EDITORIAL BOARD

February 25, 2009

The recent brouhaha over Facebook changing its terms of service offers a good illustration of how easily issues can be blown out of proportion in online discussion. Columnists, bloggers, and a wide assortment of Facebook users...

Juvenile offenders deserve second chance

DI EDITORIAL BOARD

February 24, 2009

As our law currently suggests, the behavior of a person when he or she is a minor is likely to reflect the way in which this person will behave as an adult. A 17-year-old marijuana addict and occasional Ecstasy user will no doubt...

Venus on the half-sky

BEAU ELLIOT

February 24, 2009

Idly gazing at Venus on the half-sky, I wonder about the economy. And Republicans. And Roland Burris. I don’t know why, exactly. Maybe because Venus burns brighter than the economy. But then, these days, Sammy Sosa’s and...

Tinkering with Electoral College unconstitutional

TIM HENDRIX - GUEST OPINION

February 24, 2009

There is a movement among the Iowa lawmakers to change the state’s Electoral College voting system. The system currently mandated by the Constitution may seem to be outdated, cumbersome, and unfair at first look, but in reality...