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Sallie Mae deserves scrutiny

Defaulting on student loan payments and falling into debt after graduating college is a fear that many students have in common. With the practices of Sallie Mae, a large federal student loan company, working against them, this fear may become more of a reality for some. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D–Mass.) is boldly taking a stand against the student loan giant after stating that she fears that Sallie... 

Parking should trump park

Parking should trump park
Editorial cartoon by Jacob Bogdanoff The University’s student government has elected to turn the currently vacant area south of the Vista La Verne residence hall into a recreational space. The area, called Leo Park, will include a basketball court, exercise equipment and free space for other “impromptu recreational activities.” While the idea of a nice little park is nice, the site on the corner... 

Another racist case in Florida

In a trial that echoed George Zimmerman’s killing of Trayvon Martin two years ago, another white man has killed a black teenager in Florida without being convicted of a murder charge. Thanks to the state’s “stand your ground” law, 47-year-old Michael Dunn, responsible for fatally shooting 17-year-old Jordan Davis, was only convicted of three charges of attempted second-degree murder... 

Perry’s video only for shock value

Pop stars have some of the biggest egos in the world. Some even think that they are equivalent to a God, as we found out last year with Kanye West’s album “Yeezus.” But the one thing that is worse than when fame inflates an artist’s ego to the size of a God, is when they think they can make a mockery of one. In this case, Katy Perry’s music video for “Dark Horse” does just that. More... 

Rape definition update is progress

Ever since the Federal Bureau of Investigation proposed to change its definition of “rape” in 2011, removing the word “forcible” and making it inclusive to all genders, the number of reported rapes has increased. This change forces us to reevaluate what society, especially victims, define as rape. The current definition of rape under the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report is “Penetration, no matter... 

Sam should be judged on talent

When NBA center Jason Collins openly came out as gay in April 2013, it was only a matter of time until more professional athletes would follow his example. Michael Sam, defensive lineman for the Missouri Tigers, came out in a recent interview with the New York Times. If he is picked during the draft, he will become the first openly gay player in the NFL. With the NFL combines and draft slowly approaching,... 

Recruitment rules are ridiculous

It is that time of year on campus – that time when men and women are wearing those lovely sweaters and jackets with the sown on letters representing their sorority or fraternity. The sorority and frat talk is even more predominate, with posters and giant letters around campus, trying to draw others in to join. Their goal is simple­ – to get others involved and into their own group so you can never... 

Obsession with breasts takes odd turn

Obsession with breasts takes odd turn
Editorial cartoon by Jacob Bogdanoff We live in a world where giant photos of lingerie clad women adorn storefront windows, where Sports Illustrated swimsuit models don’t even wear swimsuits for the easily accessible annual edition. Porn magazines are not exactly hidden from wandering eyes. But god forbid a mother breastfeed her child in public. Put those boobs away ma’am, unless they are being... 

Troubled stars need compassion

With such high profile deaths, people are often left wondering why talented people with glowing careers fall victim to drug addiction. Academy Award winner Philip Seymour Hoffman’s tragic death on Feb. 2. reminded the public about the realities of drug addiction, even for the most successful and acclaimed public figures. River Phoenix, Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse and, most recently, Cory Monteith,... 

Registration equality for all

The semester is coming to an end and along with it comes the beginning of the chaotic class registration process. This semester upper classmen and lower classmen alike are feeling the pains of the overcrowded, over populated, small-classroom-space campus. But not everyone is feeling the pain. Honors students, Associated Students of University of La Verne and Campus Activities Board all got to wake... 
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