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Do not take their word for it

Believing in a cause is a great thing, and as citizens we should all do our part to help out some sort of non-profit organization. But when our beliefs begin to stem from the endorsements of celebrities, there is something very wrong with that picture. Lady Gaga decided to take to the web to plead with United States Senators to get them to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. The video ended up all over... 

Government should fund stem cell research

The recent ban on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research is one that should have never been put in place. Stem cell research, whether the stem cells come from embryos or adults, is far too precious a science to halt federal funding. United States District Judge for the District of Columbia Chief Judge Royce C. Lamberth recently issued an injunction that halted the ban on embryonic stem cell... 

Reality TV needs reality check

When reality television shows began in the 1940s with Allen Funt’s “Candid Camera,” the standard was to entertain the public with unscripted, humorous situations. However as time has passed, the values of reality television have evolved and taken a turn for the worse. With shows as “16 and Pregnant,” “Jersey Shore” and “Teen Mom,” MTV is targeting younger audiences, with a demographic... 

Commentary: The hot and cold of cellular phones

<i>Commentary</i>: The hot and cold of cellular phones
Michael Phillips, LV Life Editor When I think about how many cell phones I have had in my life I am reminded of the story “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” minus the porridge. So instead of being almost eaten I ended up with 12 cellular phones, some of which were not even worth the upgrade. As human beings we have come a long way with our cellular devices. From the 16-ounce brick phones, to the... 

Be aware of sexual harassment

The words “sexual harassment” are often thrown around in news stories and workplaces, while almost no one really understands what exactly entails sexual harassment. Some things that may seem normal can be sexual harassment, and some things that are not normal can be determined not sexual harassment. For example, the University of La Verne sexual harassment policy covers sexual harassment on and... 

Commentary: Unexpected overreaction to celebrities

<i>Commentary</i>: Unexpected overreaction to celebrities
Carly Hill, Arts Editor I am not one to get star struck. One of the first things you learn as a reporter is that everyone is equal, some people have different expertise. I have learned to treat everyone as a normal, average person on the street. Some people just have more bodyguards that you have to cross to get to them. Which has helped in a lot of situations, whether it was interviewing ULV President... 

Commentary: The end of an addiction

<i>Commentary</i>: The end of an addiction
Kristen Campbell, Editor in Chief Access to more than 500 million profiles of people around the world is just a click away on Facebook. From photos of family vacations and college parties to up-to-date statuses, almost anyone can view what Facebook users have to say. Of course, everyone knows the security and privacy issues an online social network presents, and a lot of users take the precautions... 

Times does not make the grade

The Los Angeles Times recently launched a series called “Grading the Teachers” that compiled the standardized test results of students and analyzed them to see which teachers’ tests scores continuously raised. The publication then ranked 6,000 third and fourth grade teachers on their scores. Although the Times feels it is a newsworthy series, many say that it is unfair for teachers as well as... 

Islam is not the enemy

Muslims have been the recipients of a multitude of hate in the last few weeks. Protesters have stormed the city of New York in opposition to the construction of a mosque two blocks away from the former World Trade Center. A minister in Florida gained headlines when he proposed a “Burning of Qu’ran” day coinciding with the commemoration of 9/11. Even shows like “South Park” and “American... 

Give parking gripes a brake

With the sudden increase in enrollment at the University of La Verne, a big concern among the student body has become parking, or the lack of parking. Students have complained that the parking situation needs to be fixed because they have spent so much time looking for parking that they have been late to class on several occasions. If the students would take the time to look for parking somewhere besides... 
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