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New downtown smoke shop raises eyebrows and city revenues

New downtown smoke shop raises eyebrows and city revenues
Downtown La Verne’s newest business is the Smoke Shop which opened Feb. 15. The owner, Isaac Farraj, grew up in La Verne and has owned several businesses over the last 10 years. Farraj’s shop offers various flavored cigarettes; different cigars, pipes and tobaccos; and other smoking paraphernalia, including bongs and hookahs. / photo by Candice Salazar Jason D. Cox Staff Writer Downtown La Verne’s... 

Saudi students win competition

Jason D. Cox Staff Writer The University of La Verne Saudi Students Association won the first place award in a competition against nearly 150 other Saudi clubs nationwide. On Feb. 12, sophomore public management major and Saudi Students Association president Sami Aldejwi accepted the award in Tampa, Fla. The prize included a first place plaque, a certificate and a $2,500 check for the ULV SSA chapter. “I... 

Law students ace mock trials

Jason D. Cox Staff Writer La Verne law students had their best showing in three years when the College of Law hosted the National Trial Team Competition last week. Pepperdine University and the University of San Diego took the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, respectively, and will move on to compete against 13 other regional competition winners. And both teams from La Verne made it to the semifinals; the furthest... 

New academic building in the works

Jason D. Cox Staff Writer Faculty and administrators hope next year to begin construction of a new academic building. “We’re very early on in this process, probably looking at a building in 2012,” Provost Greg Dewey said. This new building would be a multi-disciplinary facility to relieve the stress placed upon ULV’s current facilities by the recent record-setting influx of new students.... 

State education budget cuts may not hurt La Verne

Jason D. Cox Staff Writer A recent budget proposal by California Gov. Jerry Brown includes a drastic $12 billion state spending cut. While virtually all state programs would be affected, things could be much worse for higher education. “From the University of La Verne’s standpoint, Gov. Brown is looking to leave the Cal Grants intact,” University President Steve Morgan said. “That piece... 

ULV students prepare for next week’s finals

Jason D. Cox Staff Writer Finals week can be a stressful time. The exam is often the culmination of everything students have learned in a class. For many students who maintain average grades, a final exam may make or break their overall grade for a class and affect their GPA. “I dread the week before finals because my social life disappears and the stress really builds,” Lawrence Hodges, sophomore... 

Performers get lost in the rhythm

Performers get lost in the rhythm
Juan Carlos Blanco and Kati Hernandez perform the rumba yambú, a traditional Cuban couples dance, in Lyman Hall at Pomona College. Blanco, born in Havana, had been performing professionally for 15 years before coming to the United States and has also founded his own Afro-Cuban music company Omo Aché. Hernandez, also a native of Cuba, has been dancing since age 9 and graduated from the Escuela... 

Writers Harvest sows seeds of knowledge

Jason D. Cox Staff Writer The University of La Verne’s Prism Review literary magazine worked with the Inland Valley Hope Partners to collect food donations for the approaching holiday season. At 6 p.m. on Saturday, in the Campus Center Ballroom, a crowd of roughly 30 came to support the efforts of the Inland Valley Hope Partners and see the main event: Writers Harvest, in which seven award-winning... 

Lab fees cover equipment upkeep

Jason D. Cox Staff Writer Many students today are concerned with how much they are spending on school and how the money is actually used. When classes require lab fees, it is important to know what they will be used for. The communications department has lab fees for journalism, radio, television. The sciences also have lab fees for laboratory classes in both life and physical sciences. These fees... 

Claremont faculty bring classics to life

Jason D. Cox Staff Writer Sweet sounds bounced off towering, white walls as Concordia Clarimontis, the faculty period-instrument ensemble of Claremont Graduate University, began its opening piece Tuesday afternoon in Kresge Chapel. The ensemble’s first piece, a sonata by Dietrich Buxtehude, was a great sample of what these musicians could do together. Synthesizing the distinct sounds of each of their... 
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