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Racism in sports is unacceptable

Good-natured teasing and ribbing is expected between sports teams as they compete, but when racism is used to attack or belittle an opponent it is socially and morally unacceptable. During a basketball game on Feb. 3, a rivalry between Pittsburgh’s Brentwood High School and Monessen High School reached a new level of unsportsmanlike conduct when two students from the predominantly white Brentwood... 

Commentary: PETA slaughters cause with antics

<i>Commentary</i>: PETA slaughters cause with antics
Allison Lavelle, LV Life Editor All publicity is not good publicity, especially when it comes to PETA’s tendency to create it by staging ridiculous stunts. PETA is an organization that stands up for animals’ rights and claims to have their best interests at heart, but the organization’s over-the-top actions tend to overshadow their good intentions. PETA filed a lawsuit against SeaWorld, accusing... 

Digital textbooks are the way to go

In a 21st century age of tablets, smartphones, smart cars and digital readers, the world of higher education still insists on using 500-page, printed textbooks for every course, each usually costing a pretty penny. It is time for college textbooks to catch up with the rest of the technology world. According to the College Board, the national average price for books and supplies at four-year public... 

Bill threatens Internet freedom

Blogging has become a lifestyle for many people. Some devote all their time, effort and credentials into running these blogging outlets. Used for an assortment of purposes on the Internet; Be it a personal interest, educational or professional outlet, blogging is very existent, and widely-used. Now with the introduction of a new act, the freedom that bloggers feel might be ripped away from them as... 

Safety should expand with campus

Anyone who has visited other college campuses has probably seen the towers with a bright blue light on top. These towers are emergency response systems put in place around the campus so students have a quick way of seeking help if put in any danger. Many college campuses have emergency response systems that include emergency response buttons or call boxes. As we expand, the University should begin... 

Commentary: Grammys should still award originality

<i>Commentary:</i> Grammys should still award originality
Lauren Creiman, News Editor For many artists, the five most nerve-wracking words are “And the Grammy goes to….” Sadly, many unique artists will no longer get the chance to even hope their names come at the end of that sentence. The Recording Academy unveiled a massive overhaul of its Grammy categories and voting processes in April that eliminated 31 categories, bringing the total to 78. The 2012... 

Military power goes too far

As United States citizens, we are often told about the horrors of the police state. Soldiers patrolling throughout cities, rifles at the ready to arrest and detain anyone engaging in suspicious behavior, with no one to answer to except for themselves. Most of us would like to believe that this type of atrocious action could never occur on home soil. However, thanks to the recent passing of the National... 

Rethinking priority registration

With registration for the next academic semester coming to a close, students have worked on organizing their necessary courses into a tight time schedule. Seniors have the first day to register and the other classes follow; however, ASULV and CAB students have the luxury of priority registration where they can sign up for classes on the first day. ASULV and CAB students are not the only ones to receive... 

Occupy L.A.’s carnival of the bizarre

Occupy L.A.’s carnival of the bizarre
Branden del Rio, Editor in Chief I turn into a giddy child whenever I get the chance to visit downtown Los Angeles. Even being sick as a dog I was buzzing with excitement, but my last visit was a completely different experience. On Nov. 23 I ventured into the city with a few friends. As I walked down Spring Street we noticed the now infamous Occupy L.A. camp on the south side of City Hall and decided... 

Consumer values trump family values

Consumer values trump family values
Editorial cartoon by Anthony Juarez Record-breaking sales on Black Friday were marred by pepper spray attacks, attempted robberies and shootings, displaying the ultimate contradiction that defines the day after Thanksgiving. A woman at the Porter Ranch Wal-Mart pepper sprayed 20 customers, including children, in an attempt to get more door buster merchandise. At a Wal-Mart in South Carolina, police... 
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