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Employees deserve a raise

In an attempt to increase salary wages for classified and administrative professionals at the University of La Verne, the classified and administrative professional committees proposed a 4.8 percent increase to the Budget Advisory Task Force. The presentation outlined steps that would give classified employees a $3,000 raise annually and administrative/professional employees a $2,400 raise annually. Although... 

Haiti still needs our help

The earthquake that destroyed Haiti in the beginning of January is another reminder that people always come together in times of tragedy. Unfortunately it takes a grand-scale catastrophe like the 2004 tsunami, 2005 Hurricane Katrina and the recent quake in Haiti for people to feel inclined to help their fellow man. It usually isn’t enough that millions are dying of starvation in Africa or that the... 

TMZSports.com should never be

TMZSports.com should never be
Editorial Cartoon by Michael Escañuelas TMZ has gained considerable leverage ever since it broke the news of Michael Jackson’s death last June. Now with all the recent media coverage of the Tiger Woods sex scandal, it appears that TMZ’s next calling is to focus more on sports news: the good, the bad and of course, the private. Yes, TMZ will be expanding its coverage of celebrity gossip with... 

Allow gays to serve openly

Since 1993 the U.S. military has discharged more than 13,000 men and women from serving our country because they were gay. Able-bodied people who voluntarily wanted to make the ultimate sacrifice and protect our freedoms were sent home because of who they are. Under the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy enacted by President Clinton, our military has turned away people that are valuable, not only... 

Let 'em filibuster

Let 'em filibuster
Kevin Garrity, Editor in Chief In President Obama’s first State of the Union address he resembled the candidate who was swept into office last November. Unfortunately we have only seen glimpses of this president however through no fault of his own he has acquired one messy situation after another that understandably juxtaposes what was necessary and what his loyal base wanted. But in an effort to... 

ULV is the place to be

By now, the full-time student at the University of La Verne has paid or made arrangements for spring semester’s tuition of $14,125. It is a grim reminder to the student drowning in student loans that a year’s tuition has increased $1,340 for the 2009-10 academic year. Yet amid the rising costs of a private college education in this awful economic climate, we Leopards have it pretty darn good. Once... 

Media still imposes double standard

Media still imposes double standard
Natalie Veissalov, Editor in Chief If you watched the American Music Awards about three weeks ago, you may have seen Adam Lambert’s racy and provocative performance. The day after his performance, television, radio and online media sources were swarmed with criticism and commentary regarding some of his actions on stage. It seemed like that was all they were talking about that day, like there... 

System fails in Seattle shootings

System fails in Seattle shootings
Editorial Cartoon by Michael Escañuelas There is a lot to consider when looking over a list of potential pardons for convicted felons. There is their mental health, because you don’t necessarily want to send an unstable person with a criminal history back into society, if their behavior isn’t clearly under control. There is also the question of whether the person’s release will somehow benefit... 

Have yourself a very green Christmas

Have yourself a very green Christmas
Samantha Sincock, Editorial Director/Arts Editor Christmas time is here and so are the electricity bills from our treasured holiday delights. Walking or driving down the streets one becomes awed by the display of brightly colored Santa’s, decorative candy cans lining the walkway, or the hundreds of bright strands adorning every inch of the houses outer complexion. You enjoy the grandeur of the sparkling... 

Living in a fictional world

Living in a fictional world
Angie Marcos, LV Life Editor When I was 9 years old, I was introduced into the world of Harry Potter by a friend in my fourth grade class. Wizards, witches, spells, potions and wands were of great interest to me from the ages of 9 to 14. I dreamt of attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and having a giant like Hagrid as a friend to advise me through all of life’s difficulties. I yearned... 
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