Collegiate Press Roundup

Glenn Ricketts

We present our regular review of selected student journalists and editors.   For this week’s edition, they consider the right approach to smoking hookah, America’s misguided Middle East initiatives, a different view of intolerance on campus and how to preserve access to the American Dream.

  1. Banning hookah smoking isn’t a good idea, but the widely popular practice should also be indulged with greater moderation, says an opinion columnist for the Daily Illini. 
  2. Although issues such as abortion often divide along either/or lines, an op ed writer for the Chicago Maroon explains why it’s fine to be on the fence as well.
  3. On the other hand, a columnist for The Tech at MIT regards abortion as a “fundamental right” that is increasingly threatened by piecemeal legislative efforts of the GOP.
  4. The editors of the Minnesota Daily urge the state’s voters to defeat a proposal that would ban same sex marriage.
  5. A guest writer for the Daily Princetonian examines the idea of campus intolerance from a different angle, and generates some heated discussion.
  6. Recent predictions of the Apocalypse didn’t pan out, and a regular for the University of New Mexico’s Daily Lobo is actually pretty disappointed.
  7. With the American Dream becoming ever more elusive for many people, a political columnist for the Michigan Daily offers a practical remedy for preserving it.
  8. Reflecting on the recent sexual assault charges against IMF chief Domenique Strauss-Kahn, a writer for OSU’s Lantern concludes that there are limits to what can be protected by diplomatic immunity.
  9. American efforts to democratize the Middle East are disastrously wrong-headed and expensive. There are far more worthy things on which to spend our money here at home, says a political analyst for the University of South Carolina Gamecock.
  10. A correspondent in the Oregon Daily Emerald argues that students need expanded gun rights on campus.
  11. An op ed writer for the Stanford Daily thinks that a proposed university divestment policy toward Israel is a very bad idea.
  12. There are many political organizations at the University of Iowa, but a columnist for the Daily Iowan thinks they’re all talk. She wants to see some action.


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