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Government should fund stem cell research

The recent ban on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research is one that should have never been put in place. Stem cell research, whether the stem cells come from embryos or adults, is far too precious a science to halt federal funding. United States District Judge for the District of Columbia Chief Judge Royce C. Lamberth recently issued an injunction that halted the ban on embryonic stem cell... 

Reality TV needs reality check

When reality television shows began in the 1940s with Allen Funt’s “Candid Camera,” the standard was to entertain the public with unscripted, humorous situations. However as time has passed, the values of reality television have evolved and taken a turn for the worse. With shows as “16 and Pregnant,” “Jersey Shore” and “Teen Mom,” MTV is targeting younger audiences, with a demographic... 

Be aware of sexual harassment

The words “sexual harassment” are often thrown around in news stories and workplaces, while almost no one really understands what exactly entails sexual harassment. Some things that may seem normal can be sexual harassment, and some things that are not normal can be determined not sexual harassment. For example, the University of La Verne sexual harassment policy covers sexual harassment on and... 

Times does not make the grade

The Los Angeles Times recently launched a series called “Grading the Teachers” that compiled the standardized test results of students and analyzed them to see which teachers’ tests scores continuously raised. The publication then ranked 6,000 third and fourth grade teachers on their scores. Although the Times feels it is a newsworthy series, many say that it is unfair for teachers as well as... 

Islam is not the enemy

Muslims have been the recipients of a multitude of hate in the last few weeks. Protesters have stormed the city of New York in opposition to the construction of a mosque two blocks away from the former World Trade Center. A minister in Florida gained headlines when he proposed a “Burning of Qu’ran” day coinciding with the commemoration of 9/11. Even shows like “South Park” and “American... 

Give parking gripes a brake

With the sudden increase in enrollment at the University of La Verne, a big concern among the student body has become parking, or the lack of parking. Students have complained that the parking situation needs to be fixed because they have spent so much time looking for parking that they have been late to class on several occasions. If the students would take the time to look for parking somewhere besides... 

Private college not so expensive

Years ago, choosing a state school was financially easier and more rational than attending a small, private university. Recently, however, the “typical” affordable college has shifted from public to private schools since the Cal State and UC systems have been devastated by financial woes. A private university such as the University of La Verne provides larger financial aid packages and more class... 

Give Newsweek another good read

The future of print journalism looks a little less promising everyday as readership declines and more people turn to the Web for news and information. Once-credible magazines and newspapers are now seeing large layoffs, decreases in advertising and circulation revenue. Unfortunately, Newsweek is another publication suffering from that negative domino effect. Newsweek has seen dramatic losses for the... 

Arizona takes another step back

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed a bill targeting a school district’s ethnic studies programs on May 11, creating yet another controversy involving immigration. This bill allows Arizona to take yet another step toward ethnic bigotry by taking away students’ rights to learn about their own cultural and linguistic heritage. Every student has the right to learn about his or her heritage and should not... 

Brace for tighter space

With the school year wrapping up for the 2009-2010 academic year, it would be appropriate to commend the University of La Verne for its accomplishments, namely the opening of the Campus Center and its major jump in freshmen enrollment. But the latter is also generating a new cause for concern once September comes around. One of the main concerns is whether the University will be able to comfortably... 
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