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Live bear, dead campus

Mar 20th, 2010 | By | Category: Columns, Opinions, Top Story

“Live bears” across Missouri breathed a sigh of relief this week.

Student Body President Chris Polley announced the University has squashed the Student Government Association’s plans to bring a “live bear” to football games. No reason was given outside the administration’s discomfort with the idea.



The end of late fees?

Mar 1st, 2010 | By | Category: Columns, Opinions

With the emergence and rapid growth of digital media distribution, the days of going to the store to rent or buy a movie (or book, music album, or video game) are numbered.



Stop calling it ‘defense’

Mar 1st, 2010 | By | Category: Columns, From the Archives, Opinions

Would we pay for an offense budget? Probably not. Will people keep signing up and heading off as long as we call it defense? Most definitely.



No time for a vote when lives are at stake

Feb 5th, 2010 | By | Category: Columns, Featured Articles, Opinions

I would like to take to task an opinion article written by Gabriel McLaughlin published Jan. 19 in Missouri State’s The Standard. In it, McLaughlin questions whether taxpayer resources should be given to Haiti without the citizens voting on it and whether we should even maintain our relationship with Haiti at all.



War on Drugs not having intended results

Dec 15th, 2009 | By | Category: Columns, From the Archives, Opinions

by Zach Becker It is time to declare a ceasefire. The war on drugs is a classic case of the solution being a bigger problem than the problem itself. Now, before you attack me, let me state that I have never tried nor ever intend to try any drugs. This is not the ranting of […]



Nietzel’s resignation coming during difficult budget situation

Nov 6th, 2009 | By | Category: Columns, Opinions

by Zach Becker As the campus community continues to react to the startling resignation announcement by MSU President Michael Nietzel, one can’t help but wonder what role the upcoming budget crisis had in his decision. In any case, we need the leader of our college to have his or her full attention and energy directed […]



Getting to know new people would be easier with better introductions

Nov 6th, 2009 | By | Category: Columns, Featured Articles, Opinions

by Victoria Branch I realized something last weekend. We as college-aged Americans are no longer specific or personal enough when it comes to introductions. We don’t know who the people we’re being introduced to really are. For example, while at a party a few Saturdays ago, I noticed a young sir introduce a girl he […]



A call for participatory journalism

Nov 6th, 2009 | By | Category: Columns, From the Archives, Opinions

by Jason McGill Welcome to the discussion! Whether you’ve been with us since the beginning or just picked up The Underground for the first time, thank you. You’re the reason we do what we do. Since you’re reading an alternative newspaper, I don’t have to convince you of the sorry state of the news media. […]



Extreme Makeover designed to sell products, not truly help people

Oct 5th, 2009 | By | Category: Columns, Featured Articles, Opinions

by Zach Becker Like a lot of people in Springfield, I watched last night’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. The episode featured the total destruction of a local family’s run-down 800 square-foot home and the construction of a brand new 3,300 square-foot home. The eight-person Hampton family seemed worthy and appreciative of the very generous gift […]



Be an advocate for worldwide peace

Oct 2nd, 2009 | By | Category: Columns, Opinions

In a cooperative spirit of altruism, where we analyze the problems we are each facing, we can be real peace builders by addressing the causes of conflict rather than the symptoms of injustice.