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To protect the children, we have to look closer

(11/21/11 4:45am)

ESPN has been a bit boring of late, as it has continued to broadcast heavily on the Penn State Scandal. NPR of November 17, 2011 reported Jerry Sandusky, former defensive coordinator for the Nittany Lions and head of The Second Mile – a children’s charity foundation for foster children – is accused of multiple accounts of sex crimes against young boys.








Opponents of phone booth fail to grasp the big picture

(11/14/11 2:15am)

Recently we learned Physical Plant Chief of Operations John Donegan purchased an antique phone booth for $2,000. I’ve seen some argue that haters and complainers should get over it, that students don’t have a role in what or how the university’s money is spent. After all, it’s the university’s money, right? Except that EMU was chided last month for relying too heavily on student tuition and fees for revenue.





Corruption

(11/10/11 2:35am)

If you’ve followed the string of crises that have stricken America since the crash on Wall Street, you’ve heard we’ve suffered a housing crisis, credit crisis, job crisis, debt crisis and a financial crisis that really set off the previously mentioned crises.



The Echo Water Cooler: Committee on Deficit Reduction

(11/09/11 4:02pm)

“With just five weeks until its deadline, a secretive Congressional committee seeking ways to cut the federal deficit is far from a consensus, and party leaders may need to step in if they want to ensure agreement, say people involved in the panel’s work,” reported the New York Times. The secretive committee, officially known as the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, has come to the expected impasse. Its membership comprised of six Republicans and six Democrats, evenly divided between members of the Senate and the House.


Occupy movement still effective without goals

(11/07/11 1:59am)

The Students for a Democratic Society was a group of mostly college and graduate students who caught national attention for seeking idealistic changes in the United States in early 1960s. The group was concerned with combating entrenched racism, the nuclear arms race and economic inequality. Though overtly idealistic, the SDS has been credited with providing a foundation for the Civil Rights Movement and anti-war movement that has now become inextricably linked to the 1960s.


City council tries fixing budget mess

(11/07/11 1:57am)

Ypsilanti’s City Council is trying to find ways to solve the city’s budget crisis, according to an annarbor.com article: “The Ypsilanti City Council instructed city staff to begin investigating a wide range of solutions to its projected $10.69 million budget shortfall. During a ‘free form’ discussion at a special goal-setting meeting on Tuesday night, council members each offered ideas and thoughts on measures to close the gap.”



It's not students' money?

(11/04/11 6:05pm)

Recently we learned Physical Plant Chief of Operations John Donegan purchased an antique phone booth for $2,000. I’ve seen some argue that haters and complainers should get over it, that students don’t have a role in what or how the university’s money is spent. After all, it’s the university’s money, right? Except that EMU was chided last month for relying too heavily on student tuition and fees for revenue.


Letter to the Editor: Gaddafi

(11/03/11 1:08am)

I would like to commend The Eastern Echo on how they handled the sensitive subject of Gaddafi’s death. There was a real ease when reading “Apathy Greets Gaddafi’s Death,” posted online on Oct. 23, 2011. The article was respectful, yet it still incorporated the harsh facts of who Gaddafi was. With other news outlets, articles almost went as far as celebrating the death of Gaddafi, but The Eastern Echo did a nice job of staying neutral.