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Personalized maps are creepy

The latest technological expansion of Google Earth has a new layer of complexity added to its program that caters to the individual. This program has also pushed Google forward in an almost creepy way. The updated mapping of the satellites responsible for the three-dimensional rendering on the Google Earth map now allows Google users to create their own personalized maps that focus on their preferences... 

Black neighbor joke is nearing insult

On the Internet nothing seems to go better together than a charismatic, black neighbor and a meme. The most recent black neighbor to fall victim to this trend is Charles Ramsey. Ramsey made the news when he helped rescue three missing women in Cleveland, but when his newscast interview went viral, he turned into an Internet celebrity. Ramsey was eating his McDonald’s when he saw Amanda Berry, a woman... 

Tailoring to skinny kids isn’t cool

Abercrombie and Fitch’s CEO, Mike Jeffries’ opinions about heavier women and his “exclusive” brand have come back to haunt him in the book “The New Rules of Retail,” by Robin Lewis. In it Lewis brings back to light a 2006 interview in which Jeffries is quoted saying, “That’s why we hire good-looking people in our stores. Because good-looking people attract... 

Turn to ‘procrastination’ for finals

Turn to 'procrastination' for finals
Editorial cartoon by Jacob Bogdanoff College would not be college without stress and procrastination. With stress levels increasing each year, it only makes sense that the University of La Verne will try to create ways that students can relieve stress. Studies from the American Psychological Association show that Millennials (ages 18 to 33) have the highest average stress levels. Both Millennials and... 

Policy would not help gay scouts

In an attempt to prevent further backlash received over the past few months, the Boy Scouts of America announced in April its proposal to allow gay boys into its ranks – but still no gay adult troop leaders. Needless to say, the proposal has done little for the organization amid the controversy, instead shedding light on the group’s out-dated discriminatory values. The decision, should it be... 

7:40 a.m. classes: just suck it up

With the growing student population, it is getting harder for the registrar’s office to schedule classes. So starting in the fall some classes will begin at 7:40 a.m. instead of 8 a.m. While the groans and complaints of the student body are already being heard, it really is not such a bad thing. Students are continuously complaining that they cannot get the classes they need because they fill up... 

Background checks are needed

It appears that the future of gun control and gun violence in the United States is bound to remain the same for the time being. Despite having overwhelming support from the public, a bill proposing background checks for gun ownership failed to pass in the Senate. The background check bill, created by Senators Democrat Joe Manchin III from Virginia and Republican Patrick Toomey from Pennsylvania, was... 

Keystone pipe will cause XL issues

Keystone pipe will cause XL issues
Editorial cartoon by Jacob Bogdanoff After the damage from the Pegasus pipeline spill in Arkansas last month, it is surprising to hear the government is already considering another pipeline construction proposal for an Keystone XL pipeline to be constructed through the mid-west. The Keystone pipeline would require a budget of approximately $7 billion and would span 1,179 miles. The Keystone pipeline... 

Get it right the first time

In times of terror, such as last week when the Boston Marathon bombings erupted into random attacks of violence by two unidentified suspects, citizens drew conclusions from past events to assume the cultural background of criminals and the reason for their attacks. When it was confirmed that the bombings were in fact a terror attack, the automatic reaction from some Americans was to assume that Muslims... 

War on drugs is a waste of space

In 2011, Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 109 and 117. This legislation has attempted to close the revolving door of low-level inmates cycling in and out of California state prisons. According to the state Department of Corrections, AB 109 and 117 are California’s solution for reducing the number of inmates in California’s 33 prisons to 137.5 percent by June 27, 2013. “For too long, the... 
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