Category: Guest editorials

Portrait of Greeks should be complete, represent good deeds

I’m not involved in a Greek organization, but I’d like to give them credit for their good acts and philanthropy work they do despite certain incidents, such as what happened at The University of Mississippi.
Recently at Ole Miss, three freshman members of Sigma Phi Epsilon were expelled from their fraternity after hanging a noose and plastering an old Georgia flag, bearing the Confederate symbol, on a statue of James Meredith, a civil rights hero and the first African American to attend the university.

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Tobacco ban will increase overall health, provide cleaner air

Does the tobacco activity on campus make you anxious? Does widespread smoking or public hookah sessions bother you? Eastern has enacted a campus-wide tobacco ban to protect people from adverse health risks.

Yes, a lot of tobacco is produced in the state. But banning tobacco use on campus could have the positive affect of improving the health of many people, young and old.

Secondhand smoke harms many unwilling people. Many smokers have the attitude that it’s their body they can smoke, they’re going to die anyway, etc. Their addicted demeanor prevents them from quitting and they just can’t stop. In reality it’s not just hurting them its slowly killing others as well.

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Colonel evokes EKU’s racist past

In The Progress’ Oct. 31 editorial, the editorial board presented a well-written article of propaganda, which sounded like people who watch Fox News wrote it. There were words, phrases and manipulation that are hints to indicate the O’Reilly, Beck, Hannity and Rush mindset. The editorial board used the phrase “politically incorrect,” the coded language used instead of saying something is offensive, hurtful or hateful toward a minority group.

The article never explored the issue of hurting and offending people, who are your classmates at Eastern. Instead, the article tried to garner sympathy for the billionaire owner of the Washington Redskins, “who’s repeatedly had to drag himself before microphones to reaffirm his support for his NFL team’s beleaguered mascot”.

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Mascot honors Kentucky history, state tradition

Up until recently I have been reluctant to enter the Mascot debate, but (I) found the dialogue entertaining. Mason Smith’s recent letter to the editor suggesting that we modernize the Colonel to “connect us with a historical moment and a tradition that we can embrace without making excuses” along with the recent relocation of the 149th Maneuver Enhanced Brigade (MEB) to Richmond motivated me to wade into the conversation.

Being a retired Army officer, I can easily embrace the concept of “The Fighting Colonels.” Why not? Notre Dame’s mascot is the Fighting Irish and well respected for it. Where I depart from Professor Smith is that I do not believe we should cherry pick which part of our heritage we choose to embrace.

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Academic experience can be enjoyable

Many students come to college thinking they know exactly what they want to do for the rest of their lives, but realize later on that what they chose isn’t for them. I was one of those students.

I came to Eastern for a specific major, but after taking a few classes realized it wasn’t how I wanted to spend the rest of my life. It is difficult trying to make that kind of decision and being committed to it. That’s why I decided to test the waters and take a few classes from different majors.

I took different classes from different departments, but it wasn’t until I had my REC 100 class I knew what I wanted to do. I was required to go to a Four-Square Tournament, meet professors from the department, and get to know everyone in my class.

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Student government working to improve campus conditions

The Student Government Association (SGA) has been working extremely hard this year to live up to our mission statement: “We serve and represent students to enhance their EKU experience.” To do so, we set several goals for ourselves, and we are well on our way to accomplishing them all.

SGA decided to support the idea of getting a new or renovated student center. The Powell Building is the most heavily trafficked building on campus. Therefore we think it deserves top priority for renovation. We have a few ideas of what the new Powell should include, but we want your ideas, too.

This is a student-led initiative where your voice matters. We do not want to lead this project unless we have your full support and know what you want to see in our student center. In order to give us your ideas, please come to our Student Forum to look at student centers across the country while creating a “wish list” for what we want in our student center. The event is at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20 in Powell Underground. Free food will be provided.

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Veteran’s Day holds meaning beyond superficial celebrations

Every year on Nov. 11, we have one of those awkward communal moments in the U.S.

While some of us are busy planning veteran’s celebrations and gatherings, many stores are rolling out all sorts of sales.

If you listen to various radio stations, magazines, and television networks, this is a great time to add to the domestic swarm of conveniences. Get your couch! Get your car! Get your [insert material necessity here]!

Good times.

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The Eastern Progress’ coverage of SGA fails the objectivity test

I will always be the first to support any approach of criticizing that this newspaper chooses to utilize regarding the affairs and actions of the Student Government Association.

I believe it is the duty of publications such as this one to offer a differing perspective on the issues SGA becomes involved in, as I completely realize that on occasion the student government behaves in a manner that is incongruent with our promises to the student population.

However, I choose to lend my support only to articles and perspectives that are done in a respectful and cohesive manner that offer a tangible and meaningful argument presented with the dignity one would expect out of a publication such as this.

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Government shutdown amounts to massive blame game

Over the past week or so the U.S. government has been in the middle of a shutdown. The term seems to strike fear in people as if it means that chaotic anarchists will soon be running the streets, but that is not the case.
The government has actually shut down several times throughout history, with the one last occurring in late 1995. A shutdown occurs when Congress refuses to pass a spending bill that funds the government. This is currently the case as the left and the right try to come up with a budget, which is stuck in the mud because of funding for Obamacare (formally known as The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act).

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NSA surveilance erodes trust between government and people

Over the last several months, U.S. citizens have been sent into a sort of privacy paranoia over the scale of the National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance program.

The issue began when whistleblower Edward Snowden, a former computer specialist under contract for the NSA, sat down for a seven-minute interview. He revealed that the NSA is capable of tapping in to any Internet, text, or call records of any U.S. citizen’s phone. The sheer scale of what the agency is capable of is astounding, including the fact it requires no prior authority to search a citizen’s private phone.

Since then Snowden has been granted asylum in Russia and is currently under the guard of Russian security. It is difficult not to appreciate the irony in the U.S. criminalizing whistleblowing while the former Soviet Union protects a U.S. citizen.

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Campus newspaper serves as university suggestion box

Usually when I sit down to write these types of pieces I have wonderfully profound ideas, but by the time I actually put pen to paper (or more often fingers to keys) I realize I wasted my time and the time of anyone who reads the final product. It’s not that the writing is bad — I just would rather read what other people have to say.

I’m not so self-righteous to the point I think I have all of the answers. I see how great discussion can start because of something I wrote and I see that others are capable of creating the same spark.

Take this edition for example: We received two letters about whether Eastern should use the Colonel as a mascot going forward with its new brand. Both letters were a direct response to a submission last week urging the university to consider dropping its current namesake.

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Does the conflict in Syria warrant U.S. intervention?

By Daniel Klapheke progress@eku.edu At the moment, the most controversial issue in U.S. politics is how to approach the conflict in Syria. The problem is so confusing many people are unable to decide which decision is the right one. The question is simple enough: should the U.S. take action in Syria, or should we keep ourselves isolated from their civil war. There is no set answer to this question, as the line between right and wrong has been blurred. But coming to an opinion requires moral insight into what our duty as Americans entails. The conflict is not a...

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