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The Collegian Wednesday, January 25
by Rob Prindle
This past Saturday I saw the Cleveland Cays destroy the New
Jersey Nets at the Cleveland Coliseum. The game was fantastic. I
was one of the 19,574 people at the game who reatind that the Cays
deserved a lot of respect for having the best record in pro hoops.
When I got home I flipped on CNN Headline News to catch the
highlights of the game. There were none. Amazing. How could they
not show highlights of the best team in basketball? The Cays get no
Elected officials (most of them old, rich, white and male) would
be telling women "We are obviously more intelligent and moral then
you little ladies. We know (God himself has whispered it into our
privileged ears) that abortioh is wrong. We know that you poor dears
need our guidance and we know that we are right and you are wrong."
That really sucks. How can anyone know that he is right? Why
not make the decisions personal?
Anti-abortionists always claim to be "right-to-life" groups. What
a laugh. How can they claim to respect life when they would ruin so
many lives if they had their way and abortions were illegal. Think
about any young girl you know (maybe yourself) then picture that
persons life with a child.
No school, no money (If she were wealthy you can bet she would
have found a way to get an abortion), no way out from under the
responsibilities of caring for a child.
Birth control is legal. So if a couple takes all the precautions, if
they visit their local drug store and come back with condoms laced
with noxel 9 and spermacidal lubricant, if they do all of this and the
condom breaks and the girl gets pregnant what happens?
Birth control is legal. This girl wasn't careless, she took
precautions. So because of an accident she must spend the rest of here
life in an entirely different way? That sounds insane to me.
I know that there are a hundred other scenarios where the couples
involved would be more at fault for the pregnancy, but I sincerely
doubt the claims of anti-abortionists that say women are using
abortion instead of birth control devices. I doubt that there are more
then a few woman who would say "Na, forget the condom, I'd rather
pdy a few hundred dollars and have a doctor shove a vacuum hose into
me." Anti-abortionists are a strange bunch.
Andy Rooney once said 'Tm neither for or against Abortion, but I
like the people who are for it a lot better then the people against it."
Anti-abortionists are some of the sickest people on this earth. I'm not
talking about the people who are merely against it, Fm talking about
those protesters who always make the nightly news.
The people who blow up abortion clinics and the people who hold
up pictures and sometimes bodies of aborted fetuses. If they have so
much respect for the fetuses, why do they wave them around?
Recently I saw a news report of a protest where the people had taken ,
their Barbie dolls and put them in pails of blood. Then they
frantically dipped them in the blood and shook them around for the
cameras to see..Sick.people who need mental health treatment if you
ask me..l suppose that if they had their way you could walk into K
mart,and buy, aborted fetus dolls. Blood and embryonic fluid sold
A little later on the same
tnnel there was a story on
)ut abortion. As I watched that
•y I realized the Cleveland
is were not the only people
to did not receive respect. It
Ins that women don't get
;h respect either.
Sunday was the 16th
iversary of Roe vs. Wade. For
years women have had the
a to do what they want with
it bodies, but now they are on
verge of losing that right.
The now conservative
)reme Court has decided to
r -the Webster case, a case
ch may lead to an overturn of
vs. Wade. States could then
:e abortions illegal. Women
~old -lose- the right to control
what goes on in their bodies.
As you may have noticed, The
Collegian is different.
Beginning with this first issue
of the 1989 semester, we will be
publishing the Collegian on a
weekly basis, distributing the
paper, (hopefully) each
As part of that change, we
have changed our format from a
broadsheet or full-sized newspaper
to a long tabloid format.
Printing a tabloid doesn't
mean we're employing spy
photographers or planning stories
on celebrities and two- headed
aliens. All it means is we will
publish a smaller paper on a
Presidency On a Budget
by Pete Weichlein
Collegian Staff Writer
What to do with 32 million
One could attend Penn State
for 17,778 semesters. One could
purchase over three million cases
One could buy 712 BMWs.
One could feed a hell of a lot of
hungry mouths. One could
finance a relief program for
One could successfully . attack
arid poSsibly even stop this
-nation's ding problem. - It might
even be a step a step in the right
direction to eliminate our deficit.
A sum of this magnitude
could back up medical research, it
could enable gifted students to
attend the schools of their
dreams, it could be used to
support America's farmers.
But there are of course even
more intelligent ways to spend
$32 million and our wise and
money-conscious leaders in
Washington, D.C. have found
just the thing.
The amount of 32 million
dollars was allocated for George
Let's go through this step by
step. The cost of a Bible is,
provided it isn't bought at our
bookstore, not more then ten or
I guess getting one from the
library is, for this occasion, out
of the question. We have the
Bible, we need a judge. If I were
a judge, I'd do it for free, but I'm
not a judge and nobody asked me.
We're talking ten minutes worth
of work here, so $lOO should
cover the fee. Done. That's all
you need to make somebody
president. No more.
One hundred and twenty
dollars. Don't give him a limo,
he can ride the subway. No
security, since not even crazed
fanatic anarchists would want
Dan Quayle as president.
No party afterwards, what's
there to celebrate? So now
George is president and I Just
saved the nation $31,999,880; to
be used at the government's
Unfortunately my views aren't
shared by the natives of Capitol
(Capital?) Hill. Security is
more regular basis.
But what's more, we hope that
more frequent publications will
mean a more worthwhile, more
. All college newspapers have
to make decisions about what
course they will follow, what
style they will adapt.
This is best done by
responding to what the
newspaper's readers are looking
for. After all, if you don't read the
newspaper, there's no point in
In the past, the most frequent
complaint we've heard made
probably the highest cost factor,
because some nut might actually
try to kill President-Elect Bush.
Out of all the people lining
the streets, cheering, waving,
taking pictures, with little tears
of joy running down their frozen,
chubby cheeks, half will wear
dark suits sunglasses, and will
have obvious bulges under their
Watch out world. The
inconspicuous CIA has activated
all the protection money can buy
to save their former Fuehrcr from
any harm. Provided the CIA does
its job, and there are no
indications that it wouldn't, Bush
will make it to the Bible and
back in one piece.
Now it's time to party.
Brake out the champagne, start
the music, and make sure to try
the apple-pie, it's Barbara's own
First of all, everybody,
who's anybody, has to be invited.
This makes for a pretty long
guest list. The biggest names in
show-biz, or whoever happened
to be big the last time George
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about The Collegian is that the
paper just isn't timely enough,
that our coverage is often too
early or sometimes too late.
We hope being weekly will
help change that.
As the Collegian goes
through this time of change, your
comments are more important
Make suggestions, tell us
what were doing well, tell us
when we fall short.
We may not admit were
wrong or completely change the
way we do things, but at least
you'll have made us think.
and Barb listened to the radio,
will entertain, for a small fee, of
course. Naturally one should not
forget the salaries of those, who
will serve during the party and
then afterwards get to clean up
Now this whole thing has
become a little begger then first
anticipated, and I guess my
budget of $l2O will not suffice.
It still doesn't add up to 32
million dollars though, or does
By the—time. you get .to.read
,impressive, piece of
literature, George will have been
president for five costly days.
I am not a specialist in
inaugurations, nor do I claim to
be. And lam sure there are many
factors to this historical day
which I have overlooked. But
still, with all of that in mind, tell
me, was whatever happened
Friday worth 32 million dollars?
It seems that Mr. Bush
wants to make a statement.
Show the world that we're still
number one. No worries about
the economy, who cares about
Ronnie's deficit, the heck with
the homeless and unemployed.
Good idea, just
. a little too
costly. And if president Bush
fills his four years with mole
ideas of this nature, this country
can file for bankruptcy.