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Volume 71, Issue 132, Friday, April 21, 2006


Staff Editorial


                Chris Elliott                        Zach Lee                  Christian Palmer
                Geronimo Rodriguez       Blake Whitaker       Kristen Young

All-A's report card: real, or middle school forgery?

New hours-based scholarship plan: A

The administration revealed a plan this week that would give students $500 scholarships for completing 30 hours two semesters. Each year the students complete the task, $500 will be added to the scholarship, though there is a $1,500 limit.

The measure is an effective way to promote an efficient undergraduate career at the University, and it rewards those who accomplish the set goals as opposed to punishing those who don't.

Chuck D comes to campus: A

Impressive speakers stop by campus all the time, but rarely does a celebrity like the man who fronted Public Enemy come along. Students should be proud that top-notch scientists and authors speak on campus -- but how many of them have been on VH1? 

In all seriousness, it's good to see an interesting guest speaker scheduled who is clearly meant to pique the interest of all students. Chuck D will deliver a talk on race and hip-hop at 7 p.m. Monday in the Cullen Performance Hall -- it's free, so check it out. The topic is one that is relevant for the majority of students on campus and the event will likely be worth your time.

Barry Bonds' rolling blackout: A

Giants outfielder Barry "Huge F------ Head" Bonds still has no home runs on the season. ESPN journalist Pedro Gomez reported MLB scouts as saying the embattled 42-year-old slugger still possesses his sweet swing and sharp eye, but for some reason lacks the punch that used to send balls over the fence.

Could that be that his past success was, shall we say, medically aided? That's a possibility, but it's not for us to say that it's almost certainly true and you'd have to be both a Giants fan and mentally challenged to truly believe Bonds wasn't on steroids.

What's certain is, the guy is a selfish, melodramatic player. It's likely he will pass up 714 home runs to break Babe Ruth's record -- he's already got 708 -- and that's not a pleasant thought. But if Bonds passes Hank Aaron's 755 homers, people are going to be even more incensed. Aaron is a class act who played America's game with amazing skill and a steroid-free bloodstream. If Bonds becomes No. 1, we hope someone sets Commissioner Bud Selig's stupid looking hair on fire.

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