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Illogical for Residence Life to halt recycling program

The decision to cancel the residence hall recycling program detailed in the Sept. 3, 2002 front-page story, "ResLife retires dorm recycling" constitutes one of the more asinine decisions made by any administrator at this institution in quite some time. This is really saying something, given the record of Residence Life over the past few years; but how on earth did they reach the conclusion increased student interest in recycling meant ending the program was the best solution? [Read article]

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Does the President need Congressional consent on Iraq?

One way or another, it always seems to come back to Saddam Hussein.

President Bush, Vice President Cheney and Defense Secretary Rumsfeld want America's military to invade Iraq once again.

But should the President seek the approval of Congress before taking action? Legally speaking, Bush may not need the go-ahead from the House and Senate. Last week, White House Counsel Al Gonzales stated that the administration does not need a formal declaration of war to go into Iraq. Nonetheless, Bush has not ruled out obtaining approval from Congress, if for nothing more than a symbolic gesture of solidarity. Some lawmakers have directed some harsh remarks at the President for what they interpret as nothing more than a legal technicality a technicality that would not give Bush a mandate to go into Iraq. "If the President is going to commit this nation to war, he'd better have the support of Congress and the American people with him," said Senator Chuck Hagel, R-Neb. Legal implications aside, is it appropriate for President Bush to send our military to topple Hussein's regime without Congressional consent? [Read article]

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Germans vote to decide future of relations between U.S. and Europe

Just 19 days from today, Germans will head to the polls to elect a new chancellor. The two leading candidates are the current Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and long-time Bavarian political heavyweight Edmund Stoiber.

Germany has been fighting a struggling economy marked by very high unemployment. According to the Federal Statistical Office of Germany, the unemployment rate has been hovering around 10 percent since January, 2001. That is staggering considering Germany has one of the world's strongest economies. In comparison, the United States' unemployment rate, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, has been steady at a relatively high 5.9 percent. Great Britain's is at a similar rate. [Read article]

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