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What we can learn from the death of Oscar Grant and the trial of Johannes Mehserle

November 12, 2010
Filed under Opinion

The trial, verdict and recent sentencing of Johannes Mehserle for the New Years’ Day 2009 shooting of Oscar Grant were bound to disappoint some. The shooting of the unarmed Grant by the former BART policeofficer was a tragedy that evoked bitter memories of police brutality, inflamed emotions regarding...

In the Wake of the Williams’ Firing, Only the Public Stands to Lose

Will Thompson
November 12, 2010
Filed under Opinion

When Juan Williams, former NPR news analyst, was fired by the organization for his comments on FOX News’ “The O’Reilly Factor,” neither he nor the media could have expected the outcry from both sides. The spectacle that evolved from the entire affair has threatened both NPR’s federal funding and the oppo...

Voting is Useless without a True Democracy

Tina Phillips
November 12, 2010
Filed under Opinion

How many times do we hear that the election system is broken? The system was set up by two mainstream and capitalist parties, the Democrats and Republicans, as a way to keep voters from voting for who they truly want to see in office— and that is just one way they maintain a monopoly when it comes...

Don’t Ask Don’t Tell a relic best relegated to the history books

Will Thompson
October 28, 2010
Filed under Opinion

Among American institutions, the military has a long, storied tradition equaling that of the church, Congress, the Supreme Court and the White House. The armed services (Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps) have a unique culture and code of rules and behavior that is instilled in each of its memb...

Hayward’s New Ban on Styrofoam: Good or Bad?

Kenneth Robinson
October 28, 2010
Filed under Opinion

The Hayward City Council voted unanimously in favor of passing an ordinance to eliminate polystyrene foam, also known as Styrofoam, from restaurants on October 19, The ban came as city officials were under pressure from local environmental groups while the California Restaurant Association and Chamber...

One Student’s Opinion: Professors

Cheyann Elmore
October 28, 2010
Filed under Opinion

College is an exciting time in a student’s life, but it can also be stressful learning how to balance classes, homework, family, work, friends, relationships and personal issues. Having a bad professor can make a difficult situation even worse. “A good professor can make all the differ...

Prop. 25 won’t solve California’s budget problems, but it’s a step in the right direction

William Thompson
October 22, 2010
Filed under Opinion

California legislators recently passed the state’s 2010-2011 budget—101 days past the June 15 deadline, when lawmakers are supposed to present the governor with a working model for the coming fiscal year. If this sounds outrageous, take into account the fact that since 1980, the legislature has...

Caring For Someone With Dementia

Phillip Davis
October 22, 2010
Filed under Features, Opinion

When I moved in with my 86 year-old grandmother 5 years ago, it was to primarily keep her company since my grandfather had just passed away. Mildred Stradford, or Mrs. Strad, as she is called by to those that know her, has lived in the same home in Richmond, CA since 1968. After receiving a degree fr...

Hallowed Hue

Ellen Warren
October 22, 2010
Filed under Features, Opinion

Orange you glad we can treat you with expert advice on this tricky color? Maybe it’s the miles of aisles of Halloween decorations in stores everywhere. Or those bountiful bins of pumpkins at grocery stores, farm stands and green markets. Whatever the reason, around this time of year, a lot of u...

CSUEB Students Feel Islam Is Misinterpreted In the United States

October 14, 2010
Filed under Opinion

Since September 11, 2001, Islam has been defined as violent and the face behind terrorist acts for many Americans, but Muslims at CSUEB hope to change that. Mohamed Algahtani, a CSUEB student from Saudi Arabia, can sense the hostile atmosphere when it comes to Islam in the United States. “I have...

The First Amendment and the Right Of Hate Speech

Will Thompson
October 14, 2010
Filed under Opinion

Albert Snyder, father of fallen Marine Lance Corporal Matthew Snyder, became “violently ill” after reading and seeing coverage of the Westboro Baptist Church’s protest of his son’s March 2006 funeral, where members of the WBC’s congregation picketed with signs reading “God Loves Dead Soldiers”...

Peruvian Paradise

Stephanie Spearmen
October 7, 2010
Filed under Opinion

After a brief conversation about how I wish I could travel more, fellow CSUEB student Ylva Sandberg and I booked a trip to Peru and hoped it would fit into our college student budgets. Olyn Riega-Diaz, a CSUEB business major who was born in LIma, agreed to coordinate her annual summer trip home wi...

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