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Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, Thank you, Jason Collins. The courage and dignity that it took to reveal your true identity is very inspiring. I watch a segment of our society continue to vilify gays and lesbians and I am struck by the fact that same-minded people were vilifying interracial marriage (“It will destroy the institution of marriage”) and equality for African-Americans (“The Bible says they should be... 

Stop trashing the parking lots

Stop trashing the parking lots
Editorial cartoon by Jacob Bogdanoff During the day, all anyone will see in the parking lot is the blank, black pavement as they circle the lot hunting for a spot, little does the driver know that the vehicles are hiding a dirty little secret. At night, when the sea of cars has subsided and only those that live on campus are left in the lot, it is obvious to see that something is wrong. Parking spots... 

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... 

Commentary: Media perpetuates rape culture

Kristina Bugante, Staff Writer Over a month has passed since Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond of the Steubenville rape case were found guilty for raping a 16-year-old girl while she was unconscious back in August, 2012. Mays and Richmond, both football players of Steubenville High School, were sentenced to juvenile detention until they turn 21. This has opened up discussion between many on numerous... 

Campaigns should address issues

The elections for the Associated Students of University of La Verne were in full swing last week, as the candidates were campaigning and telling the student body their plans on how to improve our campus. Oh wait – That did not happen. Instead of the nominees telling their peers what changes were going to be made if they were elected, students were met with “vote for me” statements with no platforms.... 

Integration, just 60 years late

Integration, just 60 years late
Editorial Cartoon by Jacob Bogdanoff History has been made in Wilcox County High School. It was challenge but this landmark has been accomplished, thanks to Stephanie Sinnot, Mareshia Rucker, Quanesha Wallace and Keela Bloodworth—they are all seniors. On April 27, Wilcox County High School will host its first integrated prom. It only took them 59 years to reach modern acceptance. These four students... 

Exxon needs transparency

Following a March 29 Pegasus pipeline spill that spewed an initial estimate of nearly 157,000 gallons of oil in Mayflower, Ark., Exxon Mobil seems to be doing a fair job in picking up its own mess, having collected more than 19,000 barrels of oil and water. Yet the company seems to be doing an even better job at keeping any news related to the spill, the cleanup or Exxon Mobil itself to a bare minimum,... 

Commentary: Now teens have a Plan B too

<i>Commentary</i>: Now teens have a Plan B too
Christian Orozco, Editor in Chief On April 5 federal judge Edward Korman ordered the Food and Drug Administration to allow emergency contraceptives, such as Plan B – the Morning After Pill, to be sold over the counter to woman of any age. Currently, a woman must be 17 or older and must show identification to retrieve the contraceptive but girls younger than 17 could get Plan B only with a prescription. Starting... 

Do not foul Griner for progress

Women have made great advances over the years. However, one of the areas that is lacking in progress for women ­­is professional sports. Female athletes continue to have difficulty gaining the same level of respect, adoration and consideration their male counterparts receive. Now, with the NBA draft approaching and the media’s spotlight in focus, all eyes have turned to 22-year-old Baylor Lady... 
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