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Commentary: School boards can’t change history

Des Delgadillo, Online Editor Educational standards are being challenged again, after a Colorado school district recently proposed a new AP U.S. History curriculum that is “more patriotic,” creating a nationwide wave of protest from students and parents. The proposed change comes on the heels of the College Board revising its curriculum last year. Dreamed up by a new conservative school board majority... 

University serves Hispanic students

Des Delgadillo Online Editor Mariela Patron Copy Chief The University of La Verne celebrated its federal designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution last week, creating a university-wide dialogue on what merits an HSI designation beyond a population quota. At the week’s core was an exploration of identity for the University as a whole and the more underrepresented groups on campus. “As an academic... 

University updates classroom tech

University updates classroom tech
Junior child development major Nathalie Duran links her iPhone to the Miller Hall seminar room projector using the updated smart classroom technology. Hany Seyam, senior director of information technology infrastructure, implemented the upgrades. Funding for the campus-wide project was made possible through the University of La Verne’s instructional technology fee. / photo by Emily Bieker Several... 

Music Review: Jhene Aiko’s ‘Souled Out’ thrives under ‘Pressure’

Des Delgadillo Online Editor A veritable saga of start and stop, “Souled Out,” the debut studio album for neo-soul singer Jhene Aiko was finally released this week on Def Jam. Originally slated for a 2012 release, the album went through a number of delays before finally hitting music stands digitally and otherwise Tuesday. Most notably featuring on Big Sean’s 2013 hit “Beware,” Aiko’s... 

Elite colleges don’t ensure fulfilment

Des Delgadillo Copy Chief Going to a prestigious college does not necessarily lead to a more fulfilling life or career, according to a recent Gallup poll. Using data gathered by Purdue University researchers, the survey asked respondents to indicate their fulfillment in five distinct categories: sense of purpose, financial security, physical health, close relationships and community pride. The percentage... 

Senior Screening presents student creativity

Des Delgadillo Copy Chief A wave of support from students, faculty and family members packed the 150-seat auditorium in La Fetra Lecture Hall on Sunday for the communications department’s Senior Screening. The crowded auditorium left some seatless spectators spilling into the equally cluttered aisles just to get a closer look at what their friends had created. A culmination of creative efforts, the... 

Student input needed for diversity survey

Des Delgadillo Copy Chief A new university survey is looking to gauge diversity and inclusivity among La Verne students and faculty. Sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusivity and the Office of Institutional Research, the survey is meant to set a concrete baseline the university can use to set new goals for improving its campus climate. “Students who feel a sense of belonging to the school... 

Music Review: Azalea’s ego exceeds album quality

Des Delgadillo Copy Chief Aside from Nicki Minaj, the current canon of female rappers who have permeated mainstream music is scant. Do some digging and you will unearth gems like Angel Haze and Azealia Banks, two MC’s who have carved out a groove in the hip hop community despite radio and TV passing over them. Until recently, Aussie export Iggy Azalea fit this category, but her debut LP, “The New... 

La Verne fights 11% cut to Cal Grants

Des Delgadillo Copy Chief Several University of La Verne students and officials including President Devorah Lieberman met with state legislators last month in Sacramento to protest another cut in Cal Grants. The event, called “A Day in the Capitol,” was hosted by the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities and allowed affected students to lobby for the protection of Cal... 

Commentary: Artists can’t make up their minds

<i>Commentary</i>: Artists can't make up their minds
Des Delgadillo, Copy Chief A gaggle of Harry Potter fans were stunned into anxiety when author J.K. Rowling expressed regrets for pairing lovable goofball Ron Weasley and girl genius Hermione Granger at the end of her seven-book series. In her interview with “Time,” Rowling said Hermione and Harry would have been a much better fit, with apologies to poor Ginny, of course. Not only does this reinforce... 
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