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Let’s maintain some privacy

As Americans, we sometimes have a false sense of security. We expect our phone calls to be heard only by the person on the other end of the line, and an occasional little brother listening through another phone. We expect our mail to be delivered to the person to whom it is addressed. We expect our e-mail to be read only by the intended recipient. As a response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the... 

ULV steps up for students

While the state of California’s legislative branch has been irresponsible and has yet to pass a budget for this fiscal year, the University has been responsible and has decided to pay an advance for the 700 students who rely on the Cal Grant program to attend ULV. The California Student Aid Commission cannot release the Cal Grant awards until a state budget has been passed and signed by the governor. Therefore... 

Let’s not hound our heros

As Americans we are told to love our country, to honor her and fight for her. Many say that it is a privilege to fight and that as Americans we should be willing to serve our country yet that right is being taken away from many young men and women everyday because of their sexuality. The Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy that prohibits homosexuals in the military from revealing their sexuality is currently... 

Do not take their word for it

Believing in a cause is a great thing, and as citizens we should all do our part to help out some sort of non-profit organization. But when our beliefs begin to stem from the endorsements of celebrities, there is something very wrong with that picture. Lady Gaga decided to take to the web to plead with United States Senators to get them to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. The video ended up all over... 

Government should fund stem cell research

The recent ban on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research is one that should have never been put in place. Stem cell research, whether the stem cells come from embryos or adults, is far too precious a science to halt federal funding. United States District Judge for the District of Columbia Chief Judge Royce C. Lamberth recently issued an injunction that halted the ban on embryonic stem cell... 

Reality TV needs reality check

When reality television shows began in the 1940s with Allen Funt’s “Candid Camera,” the standard was to entertain the public with unscripted, humorous situations. However as time has passed, the values of reality television have evolved and taken a turn for the worse. With shows as “16 and Pregnant,” “Jersey Shore” and “Teen Mom,” MTV is targeting younger audiences, with a demographic... 

Be aware of sexual harassment

The words “sexual harassment” are often thrown around in news stories and workplaces, while almost no one really understands what exactly entails sexual harassment. Some things that may seem normal can be sexual harassment, and some things that are not normal can be determined not sexual harassment. For example, the University of La Verne sexual harassment policy covers sexual harassment on and... 

Times does not make the grade

The Los Angeles Times recently launched a series called “Grading the Teachers” that compiled the standardized test results of students and analyzed them to see which teachers’ tests scores continuously raised. The publication then ranked 6,000 third and fourth grade teachers on their scores. Although the Times feels it is a newsworthy series, many say that it is unfair for teachers as well as... 

Islam is not the enemy

Muslims have been the recipients of a multitude of hate in the last few weeks. Protesters have stormed the city of New York in opposition to the construction of a mosque two blocks away from the former World Trade Center. A minister in Florida gained headlines when he proposed a “Burning of Qu’ran” day coinciding with the commemoration of 9/11. Even shows like “South Park” and “American... 

Give parking gripes a brake

With the sudden increase in enrollment at the University of La Verne, a big concern among the student body has become parking, or the lack of parking. Students have complained that the parking situation needs to be fixed because they have spent so much time looking for parking that they have been late to class on several occasions. If the students would take the time to look for parking somewhere besides... 
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