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Social media shifts the ‘revolution’

Lauren Creiman Special to the Times An artfully crafted video portrays a 5-year-old boy learning of cruelty in another corner of the Earth for the first time. The boy’s name is Gavin Russell, and his doe eyes widen with sadness and confusion as he is told of the Lord’s Resistance Army in an interview-like conversation with his father. He cannot comprehend that such evil can exist, and that a man... 

Commentary: Grammys should still award originality

<i>Commentary:</i> Grammys should still award originality
Lauren Creiman, News Editor For many artists, the five most nerve-wracking words are “And the Grammy goes to….” Sadly, many unique artists will no longer get the chance to even hope their names come at the end of that sentence. The Recording Academy unveiled a massive overhaul of its Grammy categories and voting processes in April that eliminated 31 categories, bringing the total to 78. The 2012... 

Movie Review: ‘Breaking Dawn’ is lackluster

Lauren Creiman News Editor Diehard “Twilight” fans across the world rejoiced at the recent release of the latest movie installment, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part One.” Contrary to popular belief among Twihards, the movie does not sparkle nearly as bright as the Cullens’ skin. Although the movie does have some promising moments, the work overall is decent at best. The early part... 

Tuition increase slated for fall

Lauren Creiman News Editor Undergraduate tuition will increase another 6.5 percent for the 2012-2013 academic year, bringing the total to $33,400. The increase was approved by the Board of Trustees on Nov. 4. “Just to operate the university, with this very complex and comprehensive program of activities, is expensive and some of our costs just go up, even if we do not do anything above and beyond,”... 

Commentary: Dodgers may find new life with new owner

<i>Commentary</i>: Dodgers may find new life with new owner
Lauren Creiman, News Editor They were the words heard around Los Angeles: “Frank McCourt is going to sell the Dodgers.” I think I speak on behalf of most Dodger fans when I say that we have waited for this news for much too long. Suddenly it feels like our luck might change; the Dodgers will be free of the imbecile’s control, and we can get back to playing ball and winning games. However, like... 

Law students still have hope

Lauren Creiman News Editor A few students sit in the library of the La Verne College of Law at a table that is covered with open books and notes. They are studying, they say, like they always do between classes. The students study in an eerie silence that remains unbroken; they are the only ones in the library that was once packed with students making the most of free time. This emptiness is not unexpected;... 

Debaters remain an impressive force

Lauren Creiman News Editor The debate team continued its tradition of success when two of its teams advanced to the elimination rounds at the United States National Open earlier this month. In the tournament, hosted by Claremont McKenna College from Oct. 7 to Oct. 9, La Verne teams MT and PA were among the eight out of 44 teams that advanced to the elimination rounds. Team La Verne MT, consisting of... 

Homeless student must live in car

Lauren Creiman News Editor It is almost midnight and Adam Gray stands outside the entrance to the Oaks D-top building with a cell phone to his ear. He paces back-and-forth with a slight edge of impatience. The call goes to voicemail, and he snaps his phone shut. “Maybe he’s asleep already,” Gray says as he sits down on the stairs. “I’ll try him again in a few minutes. If not, I’ll just... 

Commentary: Brown signs DREAM Act into law: DREAM act should go back to sleep

<i>Commentary</i>: Brown signs DREAM Act into law: DREAM act should go back to sleep
Lauren Creiman, News Editor The California DREAM Act, which was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown last weekend, will allow illegal immigrants who graduate from high schools in California to apply to the state’s public universities as residents. It will also consider undocumented students eligible for a reduced tuition rate as long as they prove to be on the path to legalization by applying for... 

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Grad School Prep Course The College of Arts and Sciences and the Learning Enhancement Center are offering a preparatory course for the GRE General Exam. The course is six sessions. All juniors and seniors applying to graduate schools are encouraged to attend. Four sessions will be on Tuesdays from 6 pm to 8 pm and two sessions will be on Thursdays. There is a $25 fee to reserve a spot. To register,... 
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