The recent branding incident involving Kappa Sigma members highlights an important issue beyond the obvious question of why anybody would do that. The incident has also led to discussion about whether the university has, or should have, the right to investigate situations like this that occur among its students while they are off campus.
The answer to whether or not the university has the right to exercise in loco parentis authority is actually very straightforward.
In the past decade, several events have shown how well Americans can come together in the face of a crisis. Natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina and horrifying tragedies like Sept. 11 rallied the nation, with people coming together to assist those most impacted.
Massive relief efforts within the United States should be applauded, and similar responses should be encouraged when disasters occur abroad.
Texting, blogging and checking your social networking site of choice all have a place, but that place is not the classroom.
When students text or browse the Internet all through class, they are probably distracting the other students in the class and they are definitely disrespecting the professor. But even this is not the extent of the problem with our generation's dependence on digital communication.
Admit it - washing your laundry isn't ever something that you look forward to doing. But at least now there's one less reason to put it off.
This year marks the first time in the university's history that all students living on campus won't have to pay every time they wash a load of laundry.
After years of having to wait until you could scrape together $2 in quarters to wash and dry one load of laundry or having to add to a growing list of send-home charges, campus residents can now do their laundry free of charge at a time that is most convenient for them.