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Stop the spread of Islamophobia

With the outpouring of support for Muslims on social media, you would think that the overall anti-Muslim sentiment would not be as harsh, but hate crimes have already begun to dominate local media reports in North America and Europe in wake of the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris. Stand Up To Racism organizer Sabby Dhalu said, “Too often the response to such attacks is to hold responsible and scapegoat all... 

Retail employees need a break

Retail employees need a break
editorial cartoon by Jacob Bogdanoff and Des Delgadillo With Black Friday quickly approaching, most stores are preparing for the biggest shopping day of the year, but one notable store is absent from these proceedings. Recreational Equipment Inc., REI, recently announced that it would be closing its doors on Black Friday, a huge first step in giving part of the Thanksgiving weekend back to its employees. Choosing... 

No more orca shows

SeaWorld, the world’s largest holder of orcas in captivity, is finally putting an end to its killer whale entertainment shows at SeaWorld San Diego in 2017. However, the animals are not yet free. They will still be housed in the animal theme park for a new “orca experience” that will focus on conservation education with emphasis on “natural setting” and “natural environment,” according... 

Veterans Day should be observed

Veterans Day is a time to honor those who have served our country. It is a federal holiday where we are able to show appreciation for those who have sacrificed so much to keep us safe and at peace. Yet students and faculty at the University of La Verne were once again unable to have the day off to do so. While many public schools and businesses observed the holiday by closing Wednesday, the University... 

Gamergate hinders SXSW

Hugh Forrest, director of the South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival, admitted Friday that he was wrong for canceling two panels about online harassment in the gaming community and will compensate by having a full-day summit on the matter. SXSW planned two panels about harassment in gaming and the integrity of video game journalism, but canceled them after receiving violent threats from Gamergate supporters.... 

Day of the Dead is not Halloween

Día de los Muertos, known in English as Day of the Dead, is a sacred Mexican holiday to honor ancestors and recently deceased loved ones in a three-day long celebration from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2. It is a beautiful holiday with deep personal meaning and involves making altars for the deceased and presenting the dead with offerings such as food, candle lightings and marigolds. Unfortunately, many people... 

Prospective students need parking, too

Prospective students need parking, too
editorial cartoon by Jacob Bogdanoff A recent parking change in front of the Campus Center has added 10 desperately needed spots for residents but has also created an issue for prospective students and families interested in visiting the University of La Verne. Before the change, the spots were reserved for the office of undergraduate admissions’ visitors who were coming to meet with counselors and... 

Down with the Confederate flag

The fight to ban the modern display of the Confederate battle emblem continues to grow, and the University of Mississippi, also known as Ole Miss, joined the initiative Monday after Interim Chancellor Morris H. Stocks approved the lowering and furling of the state flag at its Oxford campus. Student senators voted 33-15 to ask school administrators to take down the flag bearing the Confederate cross... 

Jenner is not a costume

Halloween is a day many people look forward to every year – from picking the perfect pumpkin to carve, to going to haunted houses, to dressing up in costumes and trick-or-treating. It’s all fun and games until costumes become displays of mockery and oppression against people’s gender identities or cultures. A costume expected to be popular this Halloween season is based on Caitlyn Jenner’s... 

Student course evaluations hold too much power

Student course evaluations hold too much power
editorial cartoon by Jacob Bogdanoff After years of tests and grades, students are accustomed to professors evaluating their skills, but not the other way around. At the University of La Verne, students are expected to complete course evaluations, and in many cases, are forced to fill them out. Unfortunately, in order to receive responses from students, professors have begun to offer extra credit as... 
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