Category Archives: Issue 65.6

Net Neutrality debate gains momentum

FCC to reach decision at end of 2014
Angie Stoecklin
Editor-in-Chief

Net Neutrality, a term coined by Tim Wu, a Law professor at Columbia University has taken the front seat in a national debate. Net Neutrality as defined by Wu, is the principle that Internet Service Providers should enable access to all content and applications regardless of the source, and without favoring or blocking particular products or websites.
According to an article by Robert McMillan on WIRED.com titled “What everyone gets wrong in the debate over Net Neutrality,” ISP’s such as Verizon and Comcast, are attempting to charge extra fees to web companies for faster speeds. As it stands now, Net Neutrality prevents that. But that isn’t stopping the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from trying to put an end to it.
So what is the big deal here? Well according to the American Civil Liberties Union, the absence of Net Neutrality would mean that free speech on the internet is a thing of the past. The theory behind this is that if internet companies cannot afford the fees for their websites to be delivered at fast enough speeds, then people will not be able to access anything they want. Or for that matter, say anything they want on forums and other internet free speech outlets.
As it stands now, big time companies like Google and Netflix deliver their content through what is called “internet fast-lanes.” This means that ISP’s like Comcast allow Google for example, to operate at a faster speed than other websites. Comcast allows Google to do so because of a connection called “peering.” Basically, in exchange for fast traveling data, Google trades traffic with Comcast, thus giving the ISP information in order for it to more quickly transmit popular or related content to consumers.
According to an article on FoxNews.com, President Barack Obama is in support of more strict rules that would prevent ISP’s from charging more for faster speeds. While Obama’s intentions seem sincere, ISP’s would be considered telecommunications companies, which under the current laws for such companies, they are required to pay the FCC through their “Universal Service Fund.” Usually in cases such as this in the past, those types of fees are passed onto the consumers, as said by Commissioner Mike O’Reilly.
One should keep in mind that consumers ultimately paying more is just a theory, therefore one cannot be certain as to what is going to happen with the Net Neutrality debate, which will apparently be resolved by the end of this year when the FCC votes on the new rules backed by Obama.
The ACLU’s stance: the end of Net Neutrality would mean the end of innovation and competition among internet companies.
For more information on Net Neutrality, visit aclu.org, and news sites such as CNN and FoxNews.com.

It’s not the war we know, it’s the war they fought

Vietnam in HD
Tyler Smith
Staff Writer

“They say the World War II guys were the best generation, and every war since then were the best of their generation, they were noble,” said United Press National Correspondent Joseph Galloway.
In a complex time little is known about war, and many don’t understand war. During the 60’s and early 70’s one war is burned in to every mind of America; The Vietnam War. A war that is misunderstood until you hear the side of the veterans who served.
The History Channel presented a series after their well-advertised and successful series WWII in HD. Vietnam in HD is an eye opening look in to the Vietnam War though the eyes of those who served. Hearing those veterans and family of veterans tell their experience and how the war affected them and those around them brings the voice of those who stood silent though the roar of a thousand souls.
The 2011 documentary series is worth the $20 to hear the Americans who fought during the war and the way they felt about it. With this series it will bring you closer to appreciating the men and women who serve today.
Vietnam in HD covers the eleven year war from 1964 where we had Advisors to the South Vietnamese army (ARVON forces) to the end of the war in 1975. As an owner of the DVD I watch the series multiple times to remind me how lucky I am to live in a country with such outstanding citizens. I suggest that you should buy it so you as well can feel a sense of patriotism and a great sense of pride for those who serve. As well be thankful for keeping our country safe and trying to making the world a safer place as well.

A musical comedy

SC4 players to present Lend Me a Tenor
Angie Stoecklin
Editor-in-Chief

Lend Me a Tenor; a musical written by 4-time tony award winner Ken Ludwig will be performed by the SC4 Players in early December.
The slapstick musical comedy directed by Tom Kephart takes place in September 1934 at Cleveland Grand Opera Company. The set for this musical is minimal, and there are 8 cast members.
The cast members include the SC4 players, Greg Garofalo as Tito Merelli, Leah Gray as Maria Merelli, Ashley Hall as Julia, Brian Higgins as Mr. Saunders, Caleb Kreidler as Max, Cortney Roles as Dianne, Hanna Winkler as Maggie, and Dallas Young as Bellhop.
Lend Me a Tenor will be in SC4’s Fine Arts Theatre on Thursday, Dec. 4 at 5:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday Dec. 7 at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $7 for adults and are free for SC4 students who present his/her Skippers OneCard.
For more information on Lend Me a Tenor and/or other SC4 theatre productions, visit sc4.edu/arts.