Opinion

Appreciating our university’s losses

Despite persistent partings at any institution, some years are worse than others. Mark this semester as one of the more painful for Temple. In January, The Temple News reported that the chairman of Temple’s Board of Trustees, Howard Gittis, was retiring.…

Celebrity support wanes

Although many Temple graduates have moved on to be successful in their field of study, only a handful of the university’s more famous alumni have a direct association with the university.…

Benefits and nuisances: Everyday you’ll have both

On Monday, Feb. 13, I began the day by stubbing my toe on my bed, before falling over while putting one leg into a fresh pair of boxer briefs. That was the first of 14 such annoyances that happened to me that day.…

Support the troops, not pure nationalism

It’s no surprise that Americans have been questioning U.S. presence in Iraq for a long time now. No one can maintain the interest – forget the support – of Americans for more than a few months.…

Life not a ‘quick fix’ for youths

Every month, I receive two or three letters from him. Sometimes the tone of the letters exhibit strength, and others, regrets. He lives his life behind bars at the Graterford Correctional Institution in Pennsylvania.My cousin, Antoine Saunders, was convicted of robbery and murder of a student who attended the University of Pennsylvania.…

Career switches: nothing to fear

As a senior set to graduate in May, I am more than a little concerned about what to do with my life for the next couple of years. I’m sure there are plenty of soon-to-be Temple grads in the same boat as I am.…

O’Reilly should be praised for passion and vigilance

I’ve spent the week watching his show and even reading one of his books, and there is one idea I have summed up: Fox News correspondent Bill O’ Reilly does not get as much praise as he should.There, I said it.Although he often stumbles as he walks the line of a journalist and a commentator, the man has a history of excellent investigative journalism and Emmy wins.…

Standing room only in a sold-out class

Test days are always crowded in lecture halls, as opposed to the lower attendance lesson days. Each student knows the class will be packed. But in some classrooms on Main Campus, there are not even enough seats for everyone.My physics classroom in Barton Hall has 202 seats built into it.…

Country and rap sing same tune

I’ve been to two concerts at the Wachovia Center recently. Similarities between the two were everywhere. At both, devoted fans surrounded me, wearing T-shirts of the artist they came to see as they sang the songs they came to hear.…

Justices uphold delegated duties

The other day I was urged to sign a petition clamoring against Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito. That youthful activism was refreshing, if not entirely predictable. After all, Alito was nominated by the scourge of quasi-politically knowledgeable college students everywhere – President Bush.…