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Jenner’s courage is admirable

After months of speculation and scrutiny by the public, Bruce Jenner officially came out and announced his intent to transition into a woman last week in an ABC “20/20” interview with Diane Sawyer. In the two-hour interview, the 65-year-old former Olympian and now reality television star talked about his decades-long struggle with gender identity. The interview shed light on the world that an estimated... 

Support our LGBTQ youth

The White House and other organizations, as well as state governments, have condemned the practice of LGBTQ conversion treatments April 8. The proposed law, titled Leelah’s Law, came after Leelah Alcorn, a 17-year-old transgender youth from Ohio, committed suicide after being forced into conversion therapy by her parents. Alcorn wrote a suicide note on her Tumblr blog which explained that her parents... 

Struggles aren’t social experiments

Struggles aren’t social experiments
editorial cartoon by Jacob Bogdanoff and Des Delgadillo Gwyneth Paltrow recently took a food stamp challenge and although she aimed to raise awareness about the $29 weekly food stamp budget, she unintentionally minimized the challenge 47 million Americans face every week. Mario Batali, Paltrow’s friend and Food Bank activist, encouraged Paltrow to abide by the Food Bank’s regulations and write... 

Adjunct pay is not sustainable

According to a study released by the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education in January 2015, more than half of all welfare recipients rely on government assistance because their job does not pay enough, not because they are unemployed. While most may assume that percentage is made up of fast-food workers and other minimum wage jobs, we do not realize that the people we learn from, the... 

Tickets should be more accessible

Many University of La Verne students waited in line April 15 for a chance to obtain limited tickets to see rapper 2 Chainz in this year’s LaVernapalooza concert. Ticket distribution started at 10 a.m. that day, and the line spanned from Fanascht Court all the way around the Campus Center. Pit tickets were given to students on a first-come, first-served basis, and regular tickets were given after... 

NFL breaks gender barriers

NFL breaks gender barriers
editorial cartoon by Jacob Bogdanoff and Des Delgadillo Sarah Thomas will soon be on football fields alongside six other referees as the National Football League’s first full-time female official, but some doubt her ability to participate in a historically male-dominated sport simply because she is a woman. Thomas was one of 21 finalists in the NFL officiating development program and was hired as... 

Pedophile deserves more jail time

A 20-year-old man from Orange County who raped a 3-year-old girl last summer will face a punishment that certainly does not fit the crime. Earlier this month, Orange County Superior Court judge M. Marc Kelly reduced Kevin Jonas Rojano-Nieto’s sentence from 25 years in prison to 10 years. Kelly felt the case was “unconstitutional” and that Rojano-Nieto did not “seek out or stalk the victim.”... 

Bylaw excludes potential leaders

Bylaw excludes potential leaders
Editorial cartoon by Jacob Bogdanoff The Associated Students of University of La Verne has the goal of creating quality experiences for the students and by providing interests suited for the campus community. ASULV says that its goal is to offer all  students development opportunities through leadership, employment and volunteer experiences. Yet, a new ASULV bylaw makes it seem that such opportunities... 

Periods aren’t shameful

In the beginning, a woman menstruated. Today, women still menstruate, yet after thousands of years of documented human existence, periods are still seen as taboo and disgusting in mainstream U.S. culture. Last week, Canadian-based poet Rupi Kaur posted an Instagram photo of her sister sleeping on her side displaying a small circle of blood on her sweatpants—a period leak. Instagram removed the photo... 

Untreated mental illness can kill

The culprit in last month’s plane crash in France that killed 150 people may have been caused by mental illness, or more specifically, our society’s ignorance of mental illess. Andrew Lubitz, the Germanwings co-pilot who was at the helm, had informed Lufthansa German Airlines that he suffered from severe depression in 2009. Email records also found that Lubitz took a leave of absence but was planning... 
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