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Give us a break

It seems like no big deal to add on a week for the semester in fall – and spring, which is what the administration has done effective this September. But it is a big deal to us. Students have lost two weeks in summer to potentially earn that much more toward tuition. And hard-working faculty have lost precious research, vacation and family time. OK we accept that for whatever reason, the University... 

Let's all do our part to fight hunger

The United States received some pretty sobering news Monday: There are more hungry people in this country now then at any other time since the government has tracked the statistic. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s report indicates that nearly 50 million people had difficulty getting enough food to eat in the last year. More devastating still, the total number includes almost one in four children... 

Acknowledge the peaceful majority

The recent Fort Hood shooting raises the question we as a country face every time an attack, of any magnitude, takes place domestically, what was the motive of the attacker? Instant analysis spews out of every cable news network about the alleged shooter, Nidal Malik Hasan, and almost always his religious beliefs were and still are inextricably linked to his motives. Some commentators spoke out about... 

Let's paws and think about cats

Let's paws and think about cats
Editorial Cartoon by Michael Escañuelas There is an ethical point to be considered – the morality of inflicting pain on cats. We know the practice of onychectomy – declawing cats – is cruel. However, veterinarians don’t feel the practice should be banned, on the contrary, many veterinarians have backed a pending state law that gives the state the authority to prevent cities and counties... 

Unit increase marks improvement

Unit increase marks improvement
Editorial Cartoon by Michael Escañuelas The Faculty Assembly’s recent decision to allow undergraduate students to take a maximum of 18 units effective this spring semester is a great advancement for the University of La Verne. It is a sign of progression for the University to now offer its undergraduate students 18 units a semester without going through the appeal process. The tedious paperwork,... 

Being healthy has its benefits

Since the public option seems more and more likely to be included in a healthcare reform bill, an important part that might be overshadoweded is preventative health. Much like the British system where doctors are given incentives for reducing the obesity rates and smoking habits among their patients, the newly crafted public option should take these measures to establish a sense of self accountability. Giving... 
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Franken amendment is a no-brainer

There are few things in life that are complete no-brainers. The amendment to the FY2010 Defense Appropriations Bill proposed by newly elected Minnesota Sen. Al Franken essentially ensures people employed by defense contractors with the Department of Defense can sue corporations without being forced into private, internal arbitration. Franken was inspired to write this amendment following the Jamie... 

Campus Center goes green

The new Campus Center has made great advancements in the University’s pledge to fulfill environmental advocacy in its mission statement. Its recent silver certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, becoming the first building in the entire city to receive the award, should serve as a blueprint for any new building that hopes to achieve optimal sustainability and efficiency. The... 

Equal rights take a left in California

Equal rights take a left in California
Editorial Cartoon by Michael Escañuelas Could it be that California is nearing the acceptance of gay marriage? With polls showing a growing support for a repeal of Proposition 8, liberal ideals are expanding with support from our governor. On Oct. 11, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed two measures supporting the gay community. The first created a statewide day of recognition for Harvey Milk, an openly... 

Danger lurks in the alley

It’s hard to image that a small campus like the University of La Verne would have any kind of real dangers lurking around. Many times big accidents come from places where we least expect it. With the current expansion of the campus, it is easy to see that that ULV is looking to expand its appeal and attract more students, but before we achieve any of these big dreams of the future, shouldn’t we... 
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