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Monday, March 21, 2005
photo Greek philanthropists should get their hands dirty

While some suggest that community service and philanthropy should be mandatory for all UA students, many choose to help out voluntarily. The greek system's efforts to help out the less fortunate are widely known, but it's time those efforts became a little more service and a little less party.

Philanthropy is one of the main goals of any fraternity or sorority. Greeks at the UA and across the country constantly battle stereotypes. One of the most effective ways for greeks to escape the reckless partyer image is by helping others. These activities not only support worthy causes, but are also designed to instill stronger characters in fraternity and sorority members. Unfortunately, this rarely involves fraternity and sorority members rolling up their sleeves and doing some hard work for those less fortunate. In fact, many of the events don't seem to involve sleeves at all. [Read article]

Editorial: On the Edge

The best in last week's editorials from college campuses around the nation

Need to celebrate Women's Day

(U-WIRE) NORMAN, Okla. - We should celebrate March 8 as one of the most important dates of the United States. On March 8, here in Norman, it was normal as usual, but in the rest of the world it was not.

In 1975, the United Nations proclaimed March 8 International Women's Day, and as a tradition in the rest of the world - though not here - we give women a rose, and we recognize their work and their achievements. [Read article]


America has become too politically correct

America has become too PC for its own good. I pick up the paper and all I read about is this or that person bitching about whatever little thing upsets them. Most recently, I read about chocolate vaginas being handed out to promote a play. Personally, I was shocked and amused, but I thought it was a good tactic to promote. Yet now I'm reading people complaining about them. Let me explain something America: freedom of speech, freedom of press. Yes, that means you can bitch all you want and get it published, but that doesn't mean that you should just to bring attention to yourself. America is so engrossed in being PC that it relishes in those who don't adhere to it. Why do you think people like Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, Eminem, Ann Coulter and Michael Moore are so popular? They are idolized because they say screw PC, and Americans love them for it. I'd even venture to say that the right-wing religious nut-job Jed Smock was even idolized here at Arizona. We wanted to hear him for the shock value, not for the message. However, while most Americans join in and say screw PC, when any one of them is mildly offended, it turns into a witch-hunt, and then it becomes a shunned act, and yet another thing becomes unacceptable. It is the bringing to reality of "Fahrenheit 451." We know that today is the day of the lawyer and if we complain loud and long enough, we will get what we want. So enjoy it while it lasts, America. Gobble up your chocolate vaginas, watch Chappelle and listen to Eminem, because we won't have these freedoms for long. [Read article]

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