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Prop. would reduce prison crowding

With voting season underway, it is important to get involved and vote on the issues that will improve and benefit our public. Proposition 47 will change the lowest-level, nonviolent crimes — such as drug possession for personal use and petty theft under $950 — from felonies to misdemeanors. With these changes, the state could save hundreds of millions of dollars annually, and the savings would... 

Voter ID law is discrimination

Voter ID law is discrimination
Editorial cartoon by Jacob Bogdanoff and Des Delgadaillo The Supreme Court has upheld a Texas law to enforce a photo identification mandate beginning with the Nov. 4 election. The Texas law is the strictest such law in the nation, permitting only certain types of photo ID, such as gun licenses, passports, military ID and driver’s licenses at the polls. This law is apparently designed to prevent voters... 

Media still obsess over looks

Actress Renee Zellweger has received a barrage of criticism for her change in appearance recently after media sources have claimed that she is now “unrecognizable.” Because of the “new look” Zellweger debuted at the Elle Women in Hollywood Awards on Oct. 21 many took to Twitter to play the guessing game as to what cosmetic surgery the actress may have had done. It is repugnant that our superficial... 

Assault is a serious matter

A female student who was allegedly assaulted on campus has recanted her allegations, according to a Student Info email sent to students and faculty Wednesday night. The alleged assault occurred early Tuesday morning, while she was walking to her car. The student had reported that four unidentified men followed her and one grabbed her shoulder, but she was able to escape. Responses to the incident report... 

Media still mock mentally ill

If your reaction to Amanda Bynes’ mental breakdown was to laugh, but your reaction to Robin Williams’ suicide was to cry — you’re a hypocrite. The stigmas associated with mental illness are still strong and the misunderstanding of mental illness is even worse — something that is very easy to see in the pop culture saturated media. A quick Google search brings up page after page of sensationalist... 

Service workers deserve respect

Service workers deserve respect
Editorial cartoon by Jacob Bogdanoff and Des Delgadillo An 11-minute video of a Wisconsin woman ranting about poor service at an Appleton Bath and Body Works took the internet by storm in early October. The video has been received with light humor and has even sparked various internet memes without many people considering the serious issue at hand; there is far too much disrespect and degradation towards... 

LGBT characters finally 3-D

A recent GLAAD study found that there are more gay, lesbian and bisexual characters portrayed on television today than ever before, meaning eyes are finally opening in TV land. As a society, our entertainment has always been seen as a reflection of ourselves: accentuating our deepest dreams and biggest fears all in the name of relatability. It made little sense, then, that over the last few years gay... 

Commentary: Trigger warnings are necessary

<i>Commentary</i>: Trigger warnings are necessary
Katie Madde, Managing Editor I’m tired of having to read articles in class that vividly describe gruesome rape cases with no warning whatsoever. I’m tired of having videos of graphic violence thrown in my face. I’m absolutely exhausted of being told to suck it up and deal with it. For some people the term “trigger warnings” brings to mind ideas of censorship or violation of free speech, while... 

Walmart rolls back benefits

Walmart recently announced it would stop providing health benefits to part-time employees and increase health insurance premiums starting in January of next year. Approximately 30,000 part-time employees will be affected and the health insurance increase is on bi-weekly premiums for the most popular insurance plan for Walmart employees. Walmart currently has more than 4,000 Walmart stores and 600 Sam’s... 

Yik Yak takes La Verne by the horns

Yik Yak takes La Verne by the horns
Editorial cartoon by Jacob Bogdanoff and Des Delgadillo Yik Yak has hit the La Verne campus and brought with it a lot of anonymous drama. Any digital outlet where anonymous statements can be made is always a recipe for disaster, and the new Yik Yak app is no exception. Yik Yak is an app where anyone can anonymously post whatever they wish so long as it is within the 200 character limit. Logging on... 
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