Electoral reform in Colorado should be model for nation
On November 2, Coloradans will be given a unique opportunity on a ?second-chance? vote for their candidates for President. Colorado is putting before its citizens a referendum to make it the third state to allow a split of its electoral vote.
Today?s electoral system is an artifact from an era when Congress was careful to maintain a balance between personal rights and states? rights. Because of t...Forum | October 18, 2004
Say What!: End of the Line for PAT?
The Port Authority of Allegheny County is facing a $30 million funding shortage in the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2004. They will resort to unprecedented measures to offset this deficit if no sustainable source of funding is found. If implemented, these service reductions and fare increases will greatly injure the local economy and cut the number of trips in half: 125,000 fewer than the current...Forum | October 11, 2004
Unisex bathrooms in UC excellent step to address GLBTIQ concerns
Transgender students and the GLBITQ community have voiced concerns with the current bathroom situation in the University Center. They feel that a simple male or female choice does not adequately address their needs. Having to choose between male and female bathrooms and locker rooms presents them with a problem that they do not feel they should have to face. Transgender students do not identify wi...Forum | October 11, 2004
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