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Thursday, December 07, 2006

OPINIONS

 

PlayStation 3 release led to chaos and violence

Bryan Ray/ Columnist

On Nov. 15, the PlayStation 3 launched expectations that it would be a good system with some of the most advanced technology ever seen in a gaming console.

Similar to the Xbox 360, the PS3 was launched in two versions: the 20GB system and the advanced 60GB version, costing $500 and $600, respectively. These systems included a “Blu-Ray” DVD reader, which provides a clearer and higher resolution picture.


Does anyone really think that child safety zones are wrong?

Margeaux Corby/ Columnist

One of the articles The New York Times ran this week talked concernedly about new zoning laws that bar pedophiles from certain recreational areas.

A Franklin Township Ordinance in New Jersey has established ‘child safety zones’ where sex offenders, depending on their designated risk, cannot live a certain amount of feet near.


Looking into the future: Decision '08

Carolina Matthews/ Columnist

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Donna Webber/ Columnist


Time for America to truly be equal

Other nations are legalizing gay marriage, so why isn't it in the land of the free?

Rachel Cieri/ Columnist

As Americans, we like to believe that we live in a progressive society.

Ours was the first in fixed-wing flight, the first to send man to the moon and the first to allow women to vote, yet we are
neither the first, second nor even third nation to pass legislation allowing same-sex marriages.


Can men and women just be friends?

Jessica Frizen/ News Editor

I was at a bar in Maryland for Thanksgiving break, and a scraggly young man came up to me and asked for my name. I looked at my friend, Chrissa, and just laughed.

She knew what I was thinking (and was always more aggressive), so she looked at him and said, “Sorry, she’s not interested – she’s with me.” At that the guy not only walked away, he walked out of the bar and didn’t return for the rest of the night.


Should the European Union go cold Turkey?

Sam Gendell/ Columnist

The majority of Kurds are devout Sunni Muslims. The Kurds make up 20 percent of the Turkish population of 70 million people. Since the capture of Abdullah Ocalan, the leader of the rebel group, the Kurdistan Worker’s Party, 35,000 people have died in a conflict orchestrated by the Turkish government.


Sierra Leone: another forgotten country in suffering

Brett Scuiletti/Columnist

A nation ravaged by extreme poverty and economic strife, one would think it would have the entire world’s attention.

Such is the predicament of Sierra Leone, one of the world’s poorest nations, and yet so many people wouldn’t even know it existed had they not been explicitly informed of its plight.


Happy Holidays

Drink responsibly to ensure a great holiday season

Jessi Young/ Columnist

As you prepare to head home for Christmas break, do all that you can to have a safe and enjoyable break.


Letters & Submissions

Students react to parking tickets on campus

-Kelson Fagan, ‘07

Recently, I became a member of the parking ticket fraternity of Elon University. The one who inducted me was probably the same one who inducted many other students here, for his only job is to assign parking tickets. While I realize that a parking ticket is not a huge deal, there are certain circumstances of this particular incident that alarm me.

How to define marriage

-Warren Myers, ’06

The primary issue that seems to be most on the Editorial writer’s mind is that of gay ‘marriage.’ The definition from Merriam-Webster’s dictionary (Etymology: Middle English marriage, from Anglo-French, from marrier to marry. 1a (1): the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in a consensual and contractual relationship recognized by law

Insight into Greek life

-John Kalas, ’07
IFC President

I take exception with Kevin Kline’s and Allison Carter’s op-eds printed in The Pendulum for the past two weeks. First let me address Carter’s piece.

The Elon administration supports its fraternity and sorority community for many reasons.


Editorial

Severe repercussions for plagiarism

Academic Honor Code reinforces the serious consequences of plagiarizing

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, plagiarism is presenting the ideas or words of another person as one’s own.
This act is not taken lightly at Elon. It is not taken lightly anywhere.