A war over words

Voting on Wednesday Sep. 5 will decide if we keep The Morning Sun, The Joplin Globe, and USA Today free for students at PSU.

Program needs more publicity Steve Chastain | Guest Columnist The Collegiate Readership Program is a great program that I believe the Student Government Association should keep. I am a member of SGA and I have been fighting for this program to stay on campus. The empty boxes around campus need to be filled with newspapers. Most students don’t know that the papers are free. Maybe we as a student government have failed our students, because I have never seen a sign that said free to students. We may have been told, but you don’t remember everything you are told when you are coming in as a freshman. We had a visitor come last Wednesday and…

Mo. politician’s comments take national stage

This May 17, 2011 file photo shows U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., announcing his candidacy for U.S. Senate, in Creve Coeur, Mo. Akin said in an interview Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012 with St. Louis television station KTVI that pregnancy from rape is "really rare." Akin, who has said he opposes all abortions, said in the interview if a woman is raped, her body "has ways to shut that whole thing down." (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, file)

Akin’s gaffe gives way to bigger question Marcus Clem | Collegio Reporter Can the words “legitimate” and “rape” be used in any serious, let alone argumentative, manner while conveying a message that is not repulsive? Forget for a moment that the man who used this phrase is Todd Akin, a long-serving member of the U.S. House of Representatives. If we take that fact into account then the firestorm it triggered may well mark a new low bar for elected leaders. Or, in a Congress that has broken records for disruption and public disapproval, it only represents business as usual. We might view Akin as a public official and trusted representative, completely exclusive from his current…

Fresh wave of territorial dispute in Asia

Digamber Eslampure | Collegio Columnist Territorial disputes with its neighbors have been a thorn on the side of China. While the nation is emerging as a superpower, it is losing its neighbors’ trust because of age-old border disputes. These squabbles are not only creating a space for other superpowers such as the United States to play a strategic role in the region, but are also forcing the neighbors to strengthen their military. China’s economy is also doing well so far compared to the rest of the world. China is developing in every aspect and clearly emerging as an economic power not only in the region but in the world. Still, it is unable to diplomatically…