Awards season is upon us!

The Academy Awards, Hollywood's most pretentious night, is just around the corner, and it seems as if the battle for best picture will be one in which America's most honest president and Ben Affleck duel head-to-head. Both Lincoln and Ben Affleck's Argo are respectable pieces of film that portray politics with vigor and unrelenting tension. Both films deserve to be recognized and awarded, but that doesn't mean that tinsel town's favorite circus, known by most as award season, isn't broken.
 


Life in Omaha everything and nothing exchange student imagined it would be

Studying in the U.S. seemed like on impossible dream to me. I thought I never would visit it. It was in my imagination to come. The dream that I wanted is now real. Arriving here, I met people and that was a good thing for me. The most attractive thing to me is the culture, such as how people deal with you, what behavior Americans don't like, and what popular foods are. I have seen in America all these things.


International student orders take out, best pizza in his life

In the U.S., people like to get their food by take out from restaurants.
The best restaurant I have eaten in is Domino's restaurant.
The restaurant has many kinds of food on the menu, for example, wings, pizza, pasta, and cheese bread. Yesterday, I had a delicious pizza from Domino's restaurant.
The pizza was the best one I ever had in my life.
 


U.S. education different than China

The education systems of China and the United States of America are completely different.


Breaking News!

The front page of Omaha.com, and the breaking news from the Omaha World-Herald Saturday was that Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy made 2,300 phone calls to four women. I read the article, looking for some indication why I should care that he called these women, and after reading the entire article, that question was never answered.
However, I do know exactly how many phone calls he made during what time frames to different women. I now know more about Mr. Sheehy's phone bill than I know about my own.
 


Americans have a right to know

Over 30 years ago, President Nixon changed the way the people of the United States view the government. It became apparent that the word of a government official isn't always trustworthy. In the 1970s, this was a disgrace and the people didn't stand for it.  The media exposed the Watergate Scandal and those involved were ashamed. Nixon was impeached, and ultimately resigned from office.
In the 1990s, President Clinton faced allegations of a sex scandal in the White House. Accused of an affair with a White House intern, he told the country a lie that forever stained his career. Although a bill of impeachment was brought before Congress, it never passed, and Clinton remained in office until the end of his term.
Despite the obvious immorality of the lie he told, Clinton's reputation remained in good shape with many Americans. They stood behind the idea that his sexual relationships were none of the public's business.
 


Online activist, Aaron Swartz, who committed suicide, will be an e-martyr

A lot of people have heard about Aaron Swartz in the past week, but his death really wasn't about Reddit.  In fact, his death is far more than the death of a single person, but almost as a martyr for a cause.  This cause is referred to in many ways, but perhaps "open Internet" is the best.
 


Finally, some common sense when it comes to gun control

President Barack Obama has finally done it. He has confronted the National Rifle Association's bullying machine. Whether or not his words spoken during his gun violence speech last Wednesday will be met with congressional action, President Obama has accomplished something great.