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New president, hear our calls

In his 26 years of faithful service to the University of La Verne, President Stephen Morgan has provided dedicated leadership and has accomplished many things. As we look to new leadership, here are a few things we’d like to see atop the new president’s agenda. 1. Fundraising: The University should fundraise more instead of relying so heavily on tuition to bring in revenue and support programs.... 

Don't cut back on Cal Grants

When attending college there are two major headaches that plague the enjoyable experience – passing classes and paying for them. For more than half a century Cal Grants have successfully funded students through college within our state, making it one of the best programs that aid students in pursuing higher education. With tough times hurting many Americans, there is no better time for this program... 

Be skeptical of new credit laws

Be skeptical of new credit laws
Editorial Cartoon by Michael Escañuelas You see what happens when you let the free market dictate how it treats its consumers? Not only are people taken advantage of, they know they are and yet they usually can’t do much about it. However on Feb. 22, the Obama administration finally took steps to rein in predatory practices by banks and credit card companies. Did they go far enough? Probably not,... 

Don't let local banks tank

The economic woes of our country seep into the most curious of trends. Like many Americans, we understand that the protection of our finances protects the American Dream. Keeping this precaution in mind, it’s easy to see how many citizens might want to avoid the idea of community banks. But the taboo of small, inconvenient and unknown local banks and credit unions will soon disappear with the rising... 
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Texting while driving is still bad

Texting while driving is still bad
Editorial Cartoon by Michael Escañuelas You know it’s wrong. You know it’s illegal. And yet you still probably do it. Texting while driving has become an American ritual in recent years, one that many feel guilty about but refuse to discontinue. For many the connection between texting while driving and causing a car accident is not very clear or not very important. On a rainy day in January, a... 

Employees deserve a raise

In an attempt to increase salary wages for classified and administrative professionals at the University of La Verne, the classified and administrative professional committees proposed a 4.8 percent increase to the Budget Advisory Task Force. The presentation outlined steps that would give classified employees a $3,000 raise annually and administrative/professional employees a $2,400 raise annually. Although... 

Haiti still needs our help

The earthquake that destroyed Haiti in the beginning of January is another reminder that people always come together in times of tragedy. Unfortunately it takes a grand-scale catastrophe like the 2004 tsunami, 2005 Hurricane Katrina and the recent quake in Haiti for people to feel inclined to help their fellow man. It usually isn’t enough that millions are dying of starvation in Africa or that the... 

TMZSports.com should never be

TMZSports.com should never be
Editorial Cartoon by Michael Escañuelas TMZ has gained considerable leverage ever since it broke the news of Michael Jackson’s death last June. Now with all the recent media coverage of the Tiger Woods sex scandal, it appears that TMZ’s next calling is to focus more on sports news: the good, the bad and of course, the private. Yes, TMZ will be expanding its coverage of celebrity gossip with... 

Allow gays to serve openly

Since 1993 the U.S. military has discharged more than 13,000 men and women from serving our country because they were gay. Able-bodied people who voluntarily wanted to make the ultimate sacrifice and protect our freedoms were sent home because of who they are. Under the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy enacted by President Clinton, our military has turned away people that are valuable, not only... 

ULV is the place to be

By now, the full-time student at the University of La Verne has paid or made arrangements for spring semester’s tuition of $14,125. It is a grim reminder to the student drowning in student loans that a year’s tuition has increased $1,340 for the 2009-10 academic year. Yet amid the rising costs of a private college education in this awful economic climate, we Leopards have it pretty darn good. Once... 
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