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Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, In response to last week’s editorial about the Spotted Pig on the Opinions page (“This little piggy has a problem,” Oct. 15), I would like to say that that campaign is not merely an effort to get your pocket change. It is about getting students to give back. It’s an endeavor to instill in us a practice of giving that can impact our world. I believe helping those around us who are... 

This little piggy has a problem

Recently many faculty members and students arrived to their offices, mailboxes and dorm rooms to discovered clear, plastic piggy banks with a note inside. The note explained the pig was from the University of La Verne Advancement department’s new Spotted Pig Campaign. The Spotted Pig Campaign was designed to encourage students and faculty to get into a habit of giving back to the University. At the... 

LV should pick up the Work-Study slack

Before the beginning of each school year, financial aid packages arrive in the mail for current and upcoming University of La Verne students. These show how much money they have to come up with to continue attending this institution, sometimes forcing them to take out loans. As years have passed, the government has slowly cut college students’ federal financial aid in an attempt to get out of debt. As... 

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, I was, frankly, shocked to read Cherlynn Clark’s comment in “ULV fills Cal Grant gap” (Oct. 1) that “It upsets me that …the state could have delayed my education.” The last time I looked, the United States is what it is because people do not expect the government to support them. Education is a privilege that we earn, not a right. I donate a lot of money to ULV and... 

ULV fills Cal Grant gap

Brittany Lawrence Staff Writer The University of La Verne came to its students’ rescue when Cal Grants were delayed due to the state budget stand still. ULV has advanced nearly $3.2 million to cover late Cal Grant payments needed by 700 new and returning undergraduate students for the fall semester. “We are a student-centered university and wanted to help,” Leatha Webster, director of financial... 

ULV steps up for students

While the state of California’s legislative branch has been irresponsible and has yet to pass a budget for this fiscal year, the University has been responsible and has decided to pay an advance for the 700 students who rely on the Cal Grant program to attend ULV. The California Student Aid Commission cannot release the Cal Grant awards until a state budget has been passed and signed by the governor. Therefore... 

Private college not so expensive

Years ago, choosing a state school was financially easier and more rational than attending a small, private university. Recently, however, the “typical” affordable college has shifted from public to private schools since the Cal State and UC systems have been devastated by financial woes. A private university such as the University of La Verne provides larger financial aid packages and more class... 

Tuition increase doesn’t add up

Tuition increase doesn’t add up
Editorial Cartoon by Michael Escañuelas If incoming freshmen back in fall 2007 knew that tuition would increase by more than $4,000 once they became seniors, it is likely some would have thought twice before taking the Leo plunge. Granted, if they also knew that the Cal State system would be devastated by financial woes, La Verne would probably have still been their best choice. Regardless, the fact... 

Making college loans affordable

Although most political talk in recent weeks has centered around the health care debate, Obama’s other piece of legislation may also have some helpful results, especially for college students. The new bill will eliminate middlemen in the student loan system, putting the responsibility of providing low interest loans on the government. The positives of this shift include an increase in Pell grants,... 

More students pay for college alone

Mark Vidal Editorial Director “Go to college” is what every student in America hears growing up. But with 9.7 percent of the U.S. population unemployed, more and more students are hearing “Go to college, and find a way to pay for it.” Seventy-six percent of a thousand parents surveyed in 2009 said they are worried about being able to pay for college, according to Public Agenda, a nonprofit... 
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