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The Italian "Titanic"

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On Wednesday, January 18, 2012, the $570 million Costa Concordia cruise ship, owned by Carnival Corporation, crashed into a reef causing the ship to eventually flip over its side and sink.  Of the 3,229 passengers and 1,023 crewmembers, all but 32 people were saved, and as on January 26, 2012, a combination of 16 passengers and crewmembers are still missing.

It is interesting to note that the captain, Francesco Schettino, actually took the ship off of the autopilot in order to treat some passengers on a nearby island.  Thus, many passengers and crewmembers were wondering if the ship would have sank if they did not go off route in order to treat those who got ill.


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Who's Who in the Republican Primaries

With nine months until voting day, the Republican candidates are hard at work on their campaigns trying to win the nomination for Presidency. Each runner is trying to convince America that he is best suited to defeat Obama come November; none of them concede that Obama will be a difficult man to beat.

The GOP is down to four candidates. Mitt Romney currently has the most support, but Newt Gingrich is neck-and-neck in a close second. Rick Santorum is holding third and Ron Paul has managed to make Republicans take him more seriously this time around, coming in at fourth.

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State of the Union, 2012


On Tuesday, January 24, 2012, President Barack Obama delivered what could have been his final State of the Union Address.  In it he outlined the many issues that affect Americans today, as well as set up a foundation for his 2012 re-election campaign.

The main focus of the speech was on his "economic blueprint."  The main goal of this blueprint is to close the gap of income inequality by increasing taxes on the "rich,” extending the tax cuts for those who make under $250,000, and approving his American Jobs Act, which he presented to Congress in September of 2011. At the same time, the plan also encourages businesses to stay in the U.S. by lowering their tax rates while increasing the tax rates on companies that outsource jobs.

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Spokesman Now Taking Poetry Submissions

Last year, Riakeem Kelley ran a well-received student poetry section in the Spokesman.  With this issue, we are proud to announce that Jonathan Dollar will be acting as the editor of a new poetry section for the Spokesman this year.


Poetry can be submitted via LearnLink to Jonathan Dollar and will be compiled and published on a regular basis (depending on the amount of poetry submissions received).


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China the Beautiful

Although the Chinese Student Association is a relatively new addition to Oxford, the club has flourished into one of the most active culture clubs on campus. The club originally started last year with a core group of international students who felt the need to expand the appreciation of Chinese culture on campus.  Like the other culture groups, CSA aims to involve and educate the student body with a variety of events and features - one of which is the publication of China the Beautiful.

China the Beautiful is a monthly online newsletter that not only serves to introduce different aspects of Chinese culture but to also connect them with related events and happenings on campus and in the greater Atlanta area.  For instance, the latest issue provided a brief overview of the Mid-Autumn Festival as well as a reflection of CSA’s recent Mooncake Festival Celebration.  Another article presented the traditional Chinese cuisine, hot pot, as well as a good restaurant to try it in Atlanta.

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