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We Need to Take the State Primaries Seriously

Alaric Foreman, Jr.
Staff Writer

June 7, 2012
Filed under Op-ed

With just six months separating Americans from the upcoming presidential election in November, California’s June 5 primary election provided a needed distraction for voters, and more importantly shifted the focus back to problems here at home. The early moments of California’s bi-annual mid-year...

Buy Local, Preserve Local Economy

Matthew Mattson
Staff Writer

June 7, 2012
Filed under Op-ed

In the past few years, CSU East Bay has seen a shift from independently branded food services toward nationwide chains. This pattern is not isolated to any college campus, but is the result of a problematic preference among many people for chain restaurants over locally operated establishments. Supporting...

Recording Industry Should Improve Value of Their Products

Matthew Mattson
Staff Writer
and Matthew Mattson
Staff Writer

May 31, 2012
Filed under Op-ed

The Recording Industry Association of America’s (RIAA) latest lawsuit made headlines last week after being rejected by a district court judge on grounds of absurdity. The suit called for as much as $150,000 in damages per file downloaded. If each copy of the 11,000 songs identified by the RIAA is...

LGBT Youth Need to be Empowered

Radhika Jit
Contributor
, Radhika Jit
Contributor
, and Radhika Jit
Contributor

May 31, 2012
Filed under Op-ed

Rutgers University student Dharun Ravi was convicted last month on all 15 charges and to 30 days in jail for using a webcam to spy on his roommate having sex with another man. In order to honor the anniversary of the unfortunate passing of his roommate Tyler Clementi, we must continue the conversation...

Worshipping Celebrities Is Normal, to a Certain Point

Terri Washington
Contributor
and Terri Washington
Contributor

May 31, 2012
Filed under Op-ed

Do you happen to know minor facts about your favorite celebrity? Do you happen to share an interest with your favorite celebrity? If you answered yes to both of these questions you are on level two of Celebrity Worship Syndrome (CWS). CWS is an obsessive-addictive disorder in which a person is obsessed...

Hyperconnected Millennials Face New Challenges

Rishi Khalsa
Staff Writer
and Rishi Khalsa
Staff Writer

May 24, 2012
Filed under Op-ed

No other generation has been as connected to the rest of the world through technology as the Millennial generation, but high levels of connectivity can have negative consequences. According to the Pew Research Center (PRC), since 1995 the percentage of Americans who use the Internet or email rose...

Pixar’s Next Protagonist Presents Stronger Role Model for Young Girls

Radhika Jit
Contributor
and Radhika Jit
Contributor

May 24, 2012
Filed under Op-ed

After a string of 12 male-dominated hits, Pixar’s “Brave” marks the first female protagonist for Disney/Pixar production. Unlike one of Disney’s first female protagonist ventures “Mulan,” whose main writers were all men, “Brave” is written and directed by mostly women, giving it a...

We Should Support LGBT Athletes to Come Out

Terri Washington
Contributor
and Terri Washington
Contributor

May 17, 2012
Filed under Op-ed

In a population of nearly 400 million people, the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Policy estimates there are 4 million openly gay people in the U.S. That breaks down to almost 2 percent of the American population who identify as gay. With such staggering numbers, I wonder why there...

Anxiety and Depression Issues Should be Taken Seriously

Radhika Jit
Contributor

May 17, 2012
Filed under Op-ed

Tongues were wagging when San Francisco Giants’ everyday first baseman Aubrey Huff disappeared during a series versus the New York Mets, leaving manager Bruce Bochy just a text message. However, when it was revealed his disappearance was due to an anxiety disorder, the reaction was anything but...

100-Block Initiative Is Not Effective

Matthew Mattson
Contributor

May 17, 2012
Filed under Op-ed

The 100-Block Community Initiative has generated some controversy among several Oakland city councilmembers and residents about whether or not it is actually doing any good. The anti-homicide campaign placed 22 new officers and relocated a few more to the five percent of Oakland streets where 90...

U.S. Must Veer Away from Nuclear Power

Matthew Mattson
Contributor
and Matthew Mattson
Contributor

May 10, 2012
Filed under Op-ed

Japan’s last operational nuclear reactor was shut down on May 5 to the jubilation of citizens left leery of atomic power since the Fukushima disaster last spring, BBC News reported. Since the tsunami and subsequent meltdown of the Fukushima-Daiici plant, every nuclear reactor in the country has...

Enact an Effective Soda Tax in California

Anne Bartlett
Copy Editor

May 3, 2012
Filed under Op-ed

Despite an overall aversion to taxes, today’s society has few qualms dealing with the taxes imposed upon certain harmful substances, such as cigarettes, or in fact most taxes that effectively benefit people. As we fight the latest epidemic, however, states across the country are unable to m...

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