Collegiate Press Roundup

Glenn Ricketts

We present our weekly review of selected student columnists and opinion writers. In this edition, the effects of the internet, religion on campus, the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and the benefits of polyamory are some of the subjects for commentary.

  1. The communications and information capabilities wrought by the internet are simply dazzling, says a features writer for the UA/Tuscaloosa Crimson and White. She also thinks that it comes at a very steep price to the educational and social process on campus.
  2. Although she’s no fan of Michelle Bachmann, a political commentator for the Arizona Daily Wildcat thinks that the GOP presidential candidate is being unfairly dissed by the media for an innocent and perfectly commonplace analogy made during a recent speech.
  3. The current economic recession has a number of disquieting similarities to the Great Depression of the 1930s, in the view of an opinion columnist for the Emory University Wheel.
  4. As he begins his senior year, an op ed writer for the Michigan Daily offers some thoughts on what he’d like to hear from his class’s commencement speaker, come next June.
  5. Although a jobs plan from Washington is urgently needed, House majority leader Eric Cantor’s proposals are way off target, says a staffer for the Daily Mississippian.
  6. A recent public religious service conducted on the University of New Mexico’s campus prompted this column and this response in the Daily Lobo.
  7. A features columnist offers advice on “practical polyamory” to readers of the Cornell Daily Sun.
  8. A U of Montana environmental studies major assures readers of The Kaimin that it’s possible to be concerned about the environment without being an environmentalist nutjob.
  9. Thoughtful criticism in the arts comes with the territory, says a cultural critic in UCLA’s Daily Bruin, but the current infusion of ideology in place aesthetics in many quarters is a very unhealthy development.
  10. As the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks approaches, an editorialist for the U of I’s Daily Illini reflects on the world as once was, and what’s changed since that day in 2001.
  11. A regular columnist for the Kentucky Kernal explains her paper’s beef with the UK athletics program.
  12. Although an ocean separates them geographically, the London riots and flash mobs in Philadelphia have more than a few threads in common, in the view of an editorialist for the Temple News.
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