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Wanted: One good candidate

Wanted: One good candidate
Kevin Garrity, Editor in Chief California must be in really bad shape. Every day I read something that highlights that point, but the Golden State’s deep problems might be indicative of the group of politicians running for governor this year. And if you don’t know the cast of characters then you haven’t been watching much TV, because Meg Whitman’s ads are on almost more than “Friends” reruns.... 

New president, hear our calls

In his 26 years of faithful service to the University of La Verne, President Stephen Morgan has provided dedicated leadership and has accomplished many things. As we look to new leadership, here are a few things we’d like to see atop the new president’s agenda. 1. Fundraising: The University should fundraise more instead of relying so heavily on tuition to bring in revenue and support programs.... 

A whale of a problem

A whale of a problem
Kevin Garrity, Editor in Chief It was terribly sad to hear the news about Dawn Brancheau, the SeaWorld whale trainer who was drowned by one of the show’s orcas last week. It’s hard to imagine what her family is going through at this moment. But how surprising did the news come for people? The irregularity of such events might be astonishing given that these whales are habitually wild who don’t... 

Commentary: Scientology survivors retell stories of hell

Commentary: Scientology survivors retell stories of hell
Natalie Veissalov, LV Life Editor A couple of weeks ago, I was assigned to attend a news conference and create a story out of it for my Advanced News Reporting class. But in no way did I think my first news conference would be so dramatic. The news conference I covered was a talk given by six ex-Scientologists telling their horrifying stories full of claims that the Church of Scientology physically... 

Don't cut back on Cal Grants

When attending college there are two major headaches that plague the enjoyable experience – passing classes and paying for them. For more than half a century Cal Grants have successfully funded students through college within our state, making it one of the best programs that aid students in pursuing higher education. With tough times hurting many Americans, there is no better time for this program... 

Be skeptical of new credit laws

Be skeptical of new credit laws
Editorial Cartoon by Michael Escañuelas You see what happens when you let the free market dictate how it treats its consumers? Not only are people taken advantage of, they know they are and yet they usually can’t do much about it. However on Feb. 22, the Obama administration finally took steps to rein in predatory practices by banks and credit card companies. Did they go far enough? Probably not,... 

CPAC auditions as a comedy show

CPAC auditions as a comedy show
Kevin Garrity, Editor in Chief No “30 Rock”? No “Office”? The Winter Olympics might have prevented your usual NBC laughs last week (and this week) but there was something on C-SPAN that could have just as easily filled your comedic void. C-SPAN isn’t usually synonymous with laugh out loud comedy, despite what Jon Stewart is able to do with it, but the annual Conservative Political Action... 

Don't let local banks tank

The economic woes of our country seep into the most curious of trends. Like many Americans, we understand that the protection of our finances protects the American Dream. Keeping this precaution in mind, it’s easy to see how many citizens might want to avoid the idea of community banks. But the taboo of small, inconvenient and unknown local banks and credit unions will soon disappear with the rising... 
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Texting while driving is still bad

Texting while driving is still bad
Editorial Cartoon by Michael Escañuelas You know it’s wrong. You know it’s illegal. And yet you still probably do it. Texting while driving has become an American ritual in recent years, one that many feel guilty about but refuse to discontinue. For many the connection between texting while driving and causing a car accident is not very clear or not very important. On a rainy day in January, a... 

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... 
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