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Volume 71, Issue 137, Friday, April 28, 2006


Staff Editorial


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

Ain't no school, baby, bye, bye bye

OK, there's one day left and then some time for finals, but for the most part, school-s out for the summer. With that in mind, this is the last report card of the semester.

Exxon's profit margins: Uhmm Yeah

The cost of gasoline in the coming months is going to be prohibitive when it comes to the summer tradition of road tripping -- unless you have stock in Exxon Mobil. In the event that you are a stockholder in the company that just posted the fourth-largest profit for a quarter ($8.4 billion) in the history of the world, you can afford to pay at the pump, even if average prices are 68 cents higher now than at this point last year. Come to think of it, you can also probably afford to donate money to the University or start some scholarships.

But don't worry about us college students. Have fun traveling around the country and driving up the price of something you've invested in. We can ride our bikes to work this summer. It's healthy.

The Astros in 2006: DLee and the DLites 

Derrek Lee is a great baseball player; there is no doubt about that. But the Astros need to take advantage of the next two months while he nurses his broken wrist and the Cubs are vulnerable. Chicago's northsiders look better this year than they have in a long time -- they finally got a top-tier leadoff hitter in Juan Pierre, and Aramis Ramirez is still one of the best power hitters in the game. 

Great players like Lee make the game interesting, but while a division rival is missing one of their key players, the Astros should make the best of it.

Myspace relationships: Dirty Old Men

A 15-year-old Vermont girl is home after running away with an 18-year-old man from Maine. Police are investigating the possibility that the two had an inappropriate physical relationship. This one is easy. College freshmen just need to stop looking for love in high school Myspace groups.


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