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New U.S. ‘diplomat’ not too diplomatic

Guest Columnist

April 5, 2005

A few days after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, President George W. Bush provided for the world the United States' new stance on international relations. This new policy simply stated that a country was either an ally of the United States, or an enemy of the United States, in the new international war o...

New FCC head must not repeat mistakes

Guest Columnist

April 4, 2005

When Michael Powell resigned as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission earlier this year, he left behind a legacy -- a legacy of ignoring the public's requests and pandering to giant media conglomerates. On March 16, President Bush finally appointed his replacement, Kevin J. Martin, who h...

Environment suffers under Bush’s second term

Guest Columnist

April 4, 2005

Fortunately, national environmental policy somehow survived President George W. Bush's first term. Now, his administration is on the verge of addressing unfinished business, bashing environmental protections with a political wrecking ball during the next four years. The current initiative to gut the r...

Real issues ignored by Schiavo-loving Right

Guest Columnist

March 29, 2005

Marcus Afzali Guest Columnist The only thing I've seen on the 24-hour news networks in the last few days have been updates on the Terri Schiavo case. It's on the front page of newspapers and the lead story of every nightly newscast. Though the case is slowly coming to a close, it was hotly debated ...

Remedial courses compromise CSUN

Guest Columnist

March 28, 2005

Looking for a high school math class in college? Then step right up, because CSUN has got just what you're looking for, and just enough of them to accommodate about half of all our incoming freshmen. Yes, that's right, half. As recent as Fall 2003, 50 to 60 percent of first-time freshmen needed to ta...

Egypt’s big move to democracy met with hesitance

Guest Columnist

March 17, 2005

Egypt recently announced that it will hold multiple-candidate elections later this year for the first time in its 5,000-year history. Prior to this, voting ballots only included the incumbent president -- a dictator really -- and no other candidates were allowed to contest him. Being an Egyptian Ame...

Legislature must be allowed to legislate

Guest Columnist

March 17, 2005

Over the last few weeks, I can't help but feel that our "beloved" Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger must be confused about his job description. As many of you probably already know, Schwarzenegger is pursuing a course of action that will schedule a special election later this year so that Californians can v...

SUVs ‘largely’ to blame for endangering lives, depleting budgets

Guest Columnist

March 17, 2005

When we talk about SUVs, pickup trucks and other oversized vehicles, it is safe to say that large just got larger. Unarguably, if one has five kids, several large dogs and a pet elephant, vehicles like the "Escalade" or the "Avalanche" might be somewhat justifiable choices. The average driver in the g...

Blockbuster late fee policy unclear

Guest Columnist

March 16, 2005

Economics classes teach that there is no such thing as a free lunch, because the cost is ultimately paid by someone somewhere. In other words, consumers should be weary of such supposedly "free" deals. Too bad Blockbuster video patrons across the nation did not heed such warnings before falling for ...

Secularist influences in U.S. overemphasized

Guest Columnist

March 16, 2005

Commentator Bill O'Reilly of Fox News Channel's "The O'Reilly Factor" reported in March 2004 that over 78 percent of Americans believed moral values were on the decline, and described the moral compass of the United States as "fair to downright poor." O'Reilly's main target for the cause of the decli...

College study abroad boycott misguided

Guest Columnist

March 15, 2005

T he war in Iraq has consumed a lot of time in Americans' lives. Surely, most everyone has been involved in debates about who should be in Iraq, why we should or shouldn't be there, and how to get out. And anyone who was alive in November remembers the passion that channeled through the country in su...

CSUN students, take heart, fashion police on patrol

Guest Columnist

March 14, 2005

I don't know who actually said they liked the last article I wrote on fashion, but thank you. Now, I'm back for round two. Don't worry, I have the rest of the semester to tell you what you should or should not wear. Today we're traveling back to the old days. The 90's. The days of "Blossom," "The Micke...

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