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ULV journalists win major regional awards

Emily Lau Metro Editor Eight University of La Verne communications students and recent alumnae were recognized as winners and finalists in the Society of Professional Journalists 2014 Mark of Excellence Awards Saturday at the Region 11 spring conference in San Francisco. Senior journalism major Helen Arase’s photographs “Obama declares part of San Gabriel Mountains a national monument” and... 

Fraternity starts sexual assault conversation

Kellie Galentine Online Editor Kellie Galentine Online Editor Sexual assault became a conversation among students at Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s “Project Title IX: Where the Odds Become Even,” April 9 in the Campus Center Ballroom. More than 70 students, faculty and staff members filled the room and listened to a panel discussion hosted by the fraternity, which is known nationwide by the nickname... 

Pedophile deserves more jail time

A 20-year-old man from Orange County who raped a 3-year-old girl last summer will face a punishment that certainly does not fit the crime. Earlier this month, Orange County Superior Court judge M. Marc Kelly reduced Kevin Jonas Rojano-Nieto’s sentence from 25 years in prison to 10 years. Kelly felt the case was “unconstitutional” and that Rojano-Nieto did not “seek out or stalk the victim.”... 

Movie Review: ‘The Hunting Ground’ exposes campus sexual assault

Kellie Galentine Online Editor “The Hunting Ground,” directed by Kirby Dick, is a documentary that opens with videos of high school seniors excitedly opening their acceptance letters to universities. Screams and shouts of joy are soon paired with videos of move-in days and administrative speeches at convocation ceremonies. The irony of listening to administrators discuss their institution’s... 

Cosby allegations no revelation

Sexual assault accusations against Bill Cosby have suddenly come to the forefront of public discussion. However, the allegations against him are nothing new. In the past several years, five women have come forward publicly to share their stories of how Bill Cosby raped or molested them, while another six victims have accused the beloved comic anonymously. According to The Atlantic, all the way back... 

Affirmative consent now required

Mariela Patron Copy Chief Kristina Bugante Editor in Chief California colleges and universities are now required to adopt an affirmative consent standard when investigating sexual assault cases that take place on and off campus involving members of the academic community. On Sunday Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB 967, also known as the “Yes Means Yes” bill, which defines affirmative consent as... 

LVPD investigates sexual assault

The La Verne Police Department is currently investigating a sexual assault that occurred Sept. 24 in La Verne. On Monday Loretta Rahmani, dean of student affairs, sent an email to the University of La Verne community informing the campus of the assault and asking for any information. According to the email, the assault involved a former student attacking a current undergraduate student near the La... 

New Leopards ‘Think About It’

Kristina Bugante Editor in Chief The University of La Verne recently made it mandatory for all incoming students to complete “Think About It,” an online training course designed to educate new students about alcohol, drugs and sexual violence prevention. Think About It is one of the many programs the University has implemented to be in compliance with the federal law and the Campus SaVE Act (Campus... 

CA rape bill to shake status quo

Sexual assault is a horrifying and heinous act that happens far too often. On college campuses it’s epidemic, with one in five predominantly female students becoming victims, according to the Justice Department. Last month the California State Senate said “enough” by unanimously approving a bill to require California’s colleges and universities to establish an “affirmative consent” standard... 

CA Senate approves assault bill

The California State Senate last week unanimously approved a bill to require the state’s colleges and universities to implement an “affirmative consent” standard for dealing with sexual assault cases. Senate Bill 967, also called the “yes means yes” bill says that affirmative consent in sexual activity is an “affirmative, conscious and voluntary agreement” between the partners involved,... 
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