Likely voter metric marred by poor polling methodologies
The producers of the Gallup Poll are unlikely to read this editorial. At least, one can make that claim using a poorly designed and untenable metric. The producers of the Gallup Poll have been doing just that: for years they have been misrepresenting the facts by in reporting their polls based on a very poorly defined set of ?likely voters.?
Polls themselves can affect elections, and none more th...Forum | October 11, 2004
Social network sites detrimental to authentic human interaction
Spreading around campus faster than the latest Windows virus is the phenomenon known as Thefacebook. Even if you haven?t seen it ? or joined it ? you?d be hard pressed to find any undergraduate without friends who use the site.
Thefacebook is the latest meme in a series of social networking websites; you may also be familiar with the more famous Orkut, Friendster, or OkCupid. Other college-themed...Forum | October 4, 2004
Ex astria scientia: Humankind must move beyond the cradle
Last Wednesday, mankind took another giant leap toward civilian space travel. SpaceShipOne flew to an altitude of nearly 64 miles, by official estimates. This is well above the altitude of about 62 miles needed to qualify for the Ansari X Prize, a $10 million prize intended to advance private space travel the way that similar prizes advanced commercial aviation back in the days of Charles Lindberg...Forum | October 4, 2004
Letter to the Editor
Over the past few weeks there has been a very large reaction within our campus community to the upcoming Michael Moore lecture. The sheer amount of space that was taken up in last week?s edition of The Tartan, along with the many e-mails that have recently landed in my inbox, are proof of this. Believe it or not, I think this is perfect. The decision of the Activities Board to bring Michael Moore ...Forum | October 4, 2004
Stewart made right choice
Martha Stewart, convicted of lying to federal investigators earlier this year about insider trading, has decided to throw everyone for a loop.
On September 15, she announced she would be cutting short her appeals process and serving out a mandated five-month jail sentence, followed by five months of house arrest. According to a New York Times article by Constance L. Hays, Stewart stated that she...Forum | September 20, 2004