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School debt leaves students cold

School debt leaves students cold
Editorial cartoon by Jason D. Cox Republicans in the Senate blocked the Democrats’ bill Tuesday that would prevent the interest rates of the Stafford Loan from doubling July 1. The interest rate that is currently 3.4 percent would double to 6.8 percent, a price that only adds to the thicket of debt students are fighting. Stafford Loans are federal education loans that were borrowed by about 7.4 billion... 

Cal Grants could be slashed

Jason D. Cox Senior Editor While a student at La Verne, student employment coordinator Robbyn Gibson received a Cal Grant for two years. Since then she has taken several opportunities to express her opposition to the Governor’s proposed cuts to Cal Grants, by attending the Association of Indepen­dent California Colleges and Universities’ Student Day rallies, held in Sacramento. Last month, Gibson... 

Leatha Webster remembered for kindness

Leatha Webster remembered for kindness
Leatha Webster, director of financial aid, died on Jan. 3 due to complications from multiple myeloma. She moved to Southern California with her only son in 2003 to accept the position at the University of La Verne. Webster continued to work at the University of La Verne until her death last month. Her ashes were sprinkled in the Pacific Ocean. /photo by Amy Babin Annunciata Williams Staff Writer Leatha... 

Economy, debt troubles complicate post-grad plans

Allison Lavelle Staff Writer In an ailing economy many college students find themselves trying to fund their education with loans, and when they graduate they end up thousands of dollars in debt with no job offers. According to The Project on Student Debt, an organization that collects debt data and works to make education more affordable, the class of 2010 graduated with an average of $25,250 of debt,... 

Raise endowment, not tuition

On Nov. 4 the Board of Trustees approved a 6.5 percent undergraduate tuition increase for the 2012-2013 academic year. Reasons for this increase range from a need to sustain education programs to improve the image of the University. For the 2011-2012 school year, tuition at the University of La Verne approximates $31,300. This is compared to Chapman at about $40,234, Pepperdine at about $40,752 and... 

Commentary: Cutting loan program would hurt, not help

<i>Commentary</i>: Cutting loan program would hurt, not help
Branden del Rio, Editor in Chief Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul promised that he would cut the federal budget by $1 trillion if he is elected president. He has promised to cut his own salary to approximately $40,000, a commendable effort on his part that sends a serious message about cutting back on government spending. Paul’s libertarian roots and strict adhesion to the Constitution... 

We are bursting at the seams

During this school year we have watched our class sizes increase, our financial aid decrease, our parking spots fill up and ours sports leave campus one-by-one. We have protested enrollment increases, and yet next fall our enrollment will be at an all-time high. What is more troublesome is that despite the increases in enrollment, little has been to done to create new classes to accommodate the influx... 

Cal Grant cuts are pending

Jason D. Cox Staff Writer The state legislature has not yet cut funding from the Cal Grants program, but with the legislature looking to trim public schools, California State Universities and other institutions in the state, it is certainly in danger. “We’re hoping that, as far as the governor is concerned, that education is a priority,” Director of Financial Aid Leatha Webster said. Last year... 

Scholarship recognizes performers

Scholarship recognizes performers
Freshman Sierra Taylor of Covina and sophomore Jordan Randall of Upland relax in Dailey Theatre. They share the distinction of being selected as the 2011 Performance Scholarship Theater Art recipients. Both aspire to be successful actors in the film industry. / photo by David Bess Karlie Bettencourt Associate Arts Editor While waiting in line for the theater performance scholarship audition last... 

State education budget cuts may not hurt La Verne

Jason D. Cox Staff Writer A recent budget proposal by California Gov. Jerry Brown includes a drastic $12 billion state spending cut. While virtually all state programs would be affected, things could be much worse for higher education. “From the University of La Verne’s standpoint, Gov. Brown is looking to leave the Cal Grants intact,” University President Steve Morgan said. “That piece... 
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