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CA plastic bag ban good for planet

CA plastic bag ban good for planet
editorial cartoon by Jacob Bogdanoff and Des Delgadillo California took the first step to prevent plastic from continuing to compromise the environment after Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB270, which bans the use of single-use plastic bags at convenience and grocery stores as well as pharmacies. “This bill is a step in the right direction – it reduces the torrent of plastic polluting our beaches,... 

Drought causes businesses to conserve water

Jennifer Jackson Staff Writer La Verne faces the distress of California’s three-year drought with newly introduced regulations on water use. According to the United States Geological Survey, in 119 years of recorded history, 2013 was the driest calendar year for California, prompting Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a drought state of emergency last January. At last month’s La Verne City Council meeting,... 

University takes on Green Challenge

Kristina Bugante Arts Editor The University of La Verne is one of the only two universities in California to commit to the Billion Dollar Green Challenge to focus on funding sustainable and environmentally sound projects around campus. The Billion Dollar Green Challenge, launched by the Sustainable Endowments Institute alongside 16 other organizations, encourages colleges, universities and other institutions... 

Tradition hits rock bottom

Tradition hits rock bottom
Editorial cartoon by Jacob Bogdanoff There is something different about the lawn in front of Founders Hall; it is not like the rest of the grass on campus, it is dead. If the dead grass was not a big enough eyesore there is also an abnormal sized rock on the grass that sits on top of a slab of concrete. The dead grass has nothing to do with maintenance, but it has everything to do with the Rock and... 

Sanders stresses conservation

Sanders stresses conservation
Cathy Irwin, associate professor of writing, introduces speaker Scott Russell Sanders, an award-winning author, as a part of the One Book, One University series sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences Oct. 10 in the Arts and Communications Building. Sanders discussed the importance of conservation over consumption, a topic that he covers in his book “A Conservationist Manifesto,” published... 

Panel discusses climate change

Panel discusses climate change
Aghop Der-Karabetian, professor of psychology; Kanya Godde, assistant professor of anthropology; and Kathleen Weaver, assistant dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, share their views of climate change at the Hot Spots faculty panel, “Climate Change: Now What?” Sept. 26 in the President’s Dining Room. The panel discussed how climate change has already begun to affect us and what changes we... 

Global warming debated

Alison Rodriguez Staff Writer The debate team celebrated the University’s “One Book, One University” program in the ACB Sept. 12, showcasing an open debate regarding the idea that humans are not responsible for global warming. Debaters argued the cause of global warming and concluded that it is a mixture of the normal fluctuation of earth’s temperatures and human destruction. “We have a choice... 

Community News: City surpasses recycling mandate

Des Delgadillo Staff Writer As California increases its waste diversion quota, La Verne’s business and residential community are emphasizing recycling. Passed in 2012, Assembly Bill 341 called for California to raise its waste diversion rate to 75 percent by the year 2020, a 25 percent increase from the past state quota established by AB 939 in 1989. One way to help meet that new goal is to encourage... 

Keystone pipe will cause XL issues

Keystone pipe will cause XL issues
Editorial cartoon by Jacob Bogdanoff After the damage from the Pegasus pipeline spill in Arkansas last month, it is surprising to hear the government is already considering another pipeline construction proposal for an Keystone XL pipeline to be constructed through the mid-west. The Keystone pipeline would require a budget of approximately $7 billion and would span 1,179 miles. The Keystone pipeline... 

Exxon needs transparency

Following a March 29 Pegasus pipeline spill that spewed an initial estimate of nearly 157,000 gallons of oil in Mayflower, Ark., Exxon Mobil seems to be doing a fair job in picking up its own mess, having collected more than 19,000 barrels of oil and water. Yet the company seems to be doing an even better job at keeping any news related to the spill, the cleanup or Exxon Mobil itself to a bare minimum,... 
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