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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... 

Commentary: Real feminism involves intersectionality

<i>Commentary</i>: Real feminism involves intersectionality
Kristina Bugante, Editorial Director Lately I’ve been noticing that feminism is being gradually (albeit very slowly) accepted by more and more people. I applaud that. In my ideal world, we’re all feminists, tolerant of each other and fighting for the rights of marginalized people. However, feminism is complicated. There are many misconceptions that surround the label and there are even more misconceptions... 

Cultures are not mascots

The California state assembly’s education committee unanimously approved legislation that would finally ban schools from using or continuing to use the offensive term Redskins as their mascot last week. Assemblyman Luis Alejo, D-Salinas, initiated the legislation in December 2014 after the legislature criticized Washington for continuing to use the term as a name for its NFL team and four of its... 

Miss Japan faces racism

Ariana Miyamoto is the first-ever mixed-race Miss Universe Japan that will represent Japan in the 2015 Miss Universe pageant in January. Miyamoto is half Japanese and half African American, born and raised in Nagasaki and speaks fluent Japanese. However when she entered Japan’s Miss Universe qualification pageant, she was scared that her multiracial looks would disqualify her from the competition. Instead... 

Human trafficking prevalent locally

Human trafficking prevalent locally
Editorial cartoon by Jacob Bogdanoff Human trafficking is an international issue with a $32 billion industry worldwide. Sex trafficking in part, is often presented as a problem in countries outside the United States. However, the issue of sex trafficking has crossed borders and takes place in our very own surrounding cities, and citizens need to be aware of the local problem that plagues their own... 

Clinton’s scandal is extraneous

Hillary Clinton’s email scandal has put her under the public’s scrutiny even more so than usual. It was revealed earlier this month that Clinton, during her stint as Secretary of State, used her private email address as opposed to her work-related one to conduct government business. In a press conference, Clinton said that she used her personal email, which is not forbidden by the State Department,... 
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