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Parking structure will open in 2016

Jennifer Jackson Staff Writer The building of a multi-leveled multi-million dollar parking structure was recently bumped to the top of the list for the Campus Master Plan. Construction is expected to begin in the summer of 2015. “This opens the ability for the Campus Plan to be approved by the city,” said Erin Gratz, president of the faculty senate, Web and instructional technology librarian and... 

‘Genetic Chile’ explores GMOs in pepper industry

Russell R. Silva Staff Writer Professor of Biology Jay Jones presented “Genetic Chile,” a documentary by Christopher Dudley where scientists and genetic engineers look at genetically modified foods through the eyes of the farmers from New Mexico protecting their iconic chile pepper. The presentation was part of the “In Context” series, where Jones shows videos about the progression of science... 

‘Soylent Green’ provides fictionalized insight for 2020 at ‘In Context’

Melissa Gasia Staff Writer The Students Engaged in Environmental Discussion and Service, or SEEDS Club and La Verne Community Roundtable for Sustainable Solutions presented a showing of the film “Soylent Green” for their “In Context” seminar series at La Fetra Auditorium Oct. 10. “Soylent Green” is a classic science fiction movie from 1973 that depicts what the world would... 

Plants support sustainability

Karla Rendon Editorial Director The University of La Verne has placed drought resistant plants around the north side of the campus in an effort to save an estimated 1.1 million gallons of water each year. Different types of grass, sage and dwarf bottlebrush plants have debuted their appearance near the Counseling and Psychological Services building, Stu-Han, Brandt and the Avenue of Trees. “The liquid... 

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,... 

Former chemistry professor dies at 89

Alison Rodriguez Staff Writer Long-time chemistry professor Dr. Ernest Ikenberry died in his home at Hillcrest retirement community on Oct. 30. He was 89. Dr. Ikenberry first came to La Verne in 1956 to teach chemistry and was joined by Dr. Bob Neher in 1958, who joined the faculty to teach biology. They created what would be the foundation for the natural sciences division. “He was an inspiring... 

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... 

La Verne could get bike-friendly moniker

Michael Saakyan Staff Writer The League of American Bicyclists is considering the University of La Verne for recognition as a “Bicycle Friendly University” for 2014. According to the League’s website, the applications are scored across the “Five E” categories, which are engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement and evaluation. Professor of Humanities Al Clark is optimistic about... 

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... 

The electric car’s time has come

Alex Forbess Staff Writer The U.S. thought it was dead, but Professor of Biology and Biochemistry Jay Jones assured 15 people that the electric car is back with a vengeance, Friday in La Fetra Auditorium. Jones explained the benefits of the electric car and showed, “In Context: Revenge of the Electric Car,” a movie that explains how this once dead technology has finally been embraced by the majority... 
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