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Commentary: PETA slaughters cause with antics

<i>Commentary</i>: PETA slaughters cause with antics
Allison Lavelle, LV Life Editor All publicity is not good publicity, especially when it comes to PETA’s tendency to create it by staging ridiculous stunts. PETA is an organization that stands up for animals’ rights and claims to have their best interests at heart, but the organization’s over-the-top actions tend to overshadow their good intentions. PETA filed a lawsuit against SeaWorld, accusing... 

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... 

Occupy L.A.’s carnival of the bizarre

Occupy L.A.’s carnival of the bizarre
Branden del Rio, Editor in Chief I turn into a giddy child whenever I get the chance to visit downtown Los Angeles. Even being sick as a dog I was buzzing with excitement, but my last visit was a completely different experience. On Nov. 23 I ventured into the city with a few friends. As I walked down Spring Street we noticed the now infamous Occupy L.A. camp on the south side of City Hall and decided... 

Commentary: La Verne students must be proactive

<i>Commentary</i>: La Verne students must be proactive
Branden del Rio, Editor in Chief Last week I had the pleasure of meeting with President Devorah Lieberman, Vice Provost Homa Shabahang and ASULV President Nick Sloot to discuss the 6.5 percent tuition increase. During our meeting President Lieberman said something that struck a chord with me and our news editor, Lauren Creiman, and I sat on the sofa in her office in Founders Hall. “I wish we could... 

Commentary: Book banning stains pages

<i> Commentary</i>: Book banning stains pages
Julian Burrell, Associate Editor The debate over book banning is a long-lasting one. The movement of overly concerned parents and other conservative-minded individuals has focused much of its efforts on ridding school libraries of a variety of works from classics like “Catcher in the Rye” and “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” to more modern favorites like the “Harry Potter” series. However,... 

Commentary: Empty plots butcher modern horror

<i>Commentary</i>: Empty plots butcher modern horror
Christina Collins Burton, Managing Editor It is Halloween, a time I usually like to celebrate by going to see the latest installment of a horror movie franchise that studios love to beat to death. This year it will be “Paranormal Activity 3,” which I have very little hope for. Last year it was the final “Saw” film, which only confused me and made me very angry with the Jigsaw legacy. I am beginning... 

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... 

Commentary: Brown signs DREAM Act into law: Act lets DREAMs become a reality

<i>Commentary</i>: Brown signs DREAM Act into law: Act lets DREAMs become a reality
Julian Burrell, Assistant Editor California Gov. Jerry Brown recently passed the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, which offers minors who have entered the United States illegally at age 15 or younger a chance at citizenship and federal grant scholarships provided they have shown interest in entering the country as students and are not felons. I stand in full favor of the DREAM... 

Commentary: Leagues need to act to stop violence

<i>Commentary</i>: Leagues need to act to stop violence
Daniel Hargis, Sports Editor Teams taunt one another during games, often through controversial extracurricular activities that result in more resentment between the teams and an act of retaliation that the governing body of the sport must address. No self-respecting team will go down without having the last laugh, taking action so that the opponent knows they will not get pushed around. The most recent... 

Commentary: Real talent allowed to shine in ‘The Voice’

<i>Commentary</i>: Real talent allowed to shine in ‘The Voice’
Lauren Creiman, LV Life Editor The debut of “American Idol” in 2002 created a new model of singing competition that was praised as the contest for the people. The genius behind the show was the opportunity for average Americans to audition and compete for a record deal. However, “American Idol” has turned away many talented artists due to their age, appearance or personal choices, making it... 
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