In the Student Government Association (SGA) presidential debate in the West Edition of the Curry Student Center Tuesday night, candidates Ryan Fox and Amanda Sabia talked about positive changes – sometimes drastic ones – they can make for the student body if elected. The Trouble was, only about 25 of more than 15,000 students attended. It’s not that no students were around: During the civil debate between the current president of SGA and the vice president of academic affairs, there were people buying dinner from Taco Bell, talking loudly, and ignoring that is one of the few chances students will have to know what the candidates are supporting before the April 1 election on the myNEU portal.
The Huntington News constantly asks for transparency within the administration. One of the places we actually get is during the yearly budget meeting this Wednesday during activities period at 333 Curry Student Center.
The recent shooting rampage by a University of Alabama professor has made many people question the credibility of the American criminal justice system. Could this, and other violent situations, have been prevented? An increasing number of systematic failures has led to several violent tragedies in recent times, including the killing of four Washington police officers by Maurice Clemmons last November.
I was always a big supporter of the Council for University Programs (CUP). While there have been years I may not have particularly liked the Springfest selection, I always kept my mouth shut.
At the start of every school year, every student has a $109 fee – known as the Student Activities Fee (SAF) – tacked onto their tuition bills in order to fund events and programs on campus. Because every student is required to pay this fee, it is meant to fund events that all students can attend, and is not to be allocated toward events that are partisan in nature, whether religious or political – unless these events are educational.
During my periodic check of Northeastern University’s College Structure Initiative webpage (http://www.northeastern.edu/collegestructure/), I discovered that the university has launched interim websites for the three new colleges. After perusing the three websites, I came to realize a rather glaring contradiction between Northeastern’s description of these sites and my own assessment. According to Northeastern, “these sites illustrate a distinctive character already taking shape for each of the new colleges.”
Can you imagine having to train the person who is taking over your job before you are fired? Losing your livelihood, your security, and the food from your children’s mouths? This scenario has gone far beyond imagination for 98 former Hyatt housekeepers. It is their every day reality.
Many people think that the status quo in health care is sustainable. They are wrong. Per capita health care costs in the United States rose to over $8,000 in 2009, and at their present rate of increase will surpass $16,000 by 2019. Without the passage of comprehensive health care reform, the number of uninsured, inflation, unemployment, bankruptcy rates, taxes, trade deficits, and budget deficits will all be increasingly higher than they would otherwise be.