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Could Better Mental Health Care Prevent More Tragedies?

Will Thompson

January 20, 2011


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It’s hard to say, but it’s worth improving regardless In the aftermath of the Tucson shooting, the adequacy of mental health services in the United States has come into question, especially as knowledge about alleged shooter Jared Lee Loughner’s mental state continues to come to light. Loughner’s friends recounted his strange obsession ...

The Tuscon Shooting Has Its Roots in a Violent Society

Will Thompson

January 13, 2011


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The tragic shooting rampage and attempted assassination of a congresswoman in Tucson that claimed the lives of six innocent people has sparked a series of debates regarding mental health issues, the need for gun control legislation, and the hateful, sometimes violent language that has become the patois of contemporary American politic...

Political Statement or Outbreak of Insanity?

Lauren Lola

January 13, 2011


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On Jan. 8th, already a week into the New Year, tragedy struck in Tucson, Arizona when Jared Lee Loughner, 22, shot several times at a crowd outside a local grocery store where Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was speaking. Six people were killed in that massacre, while 14 others were wounde...

The Pioneer Staff’s New Year’s Wishes

Will Thompson

January 8, 2011


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As the world rings in the new year, and CSUEB welcomes students back for Winter quarter, we at the Pioneer would like to express a few of our wishes for 2011¬—world peace, speedy economic recovery and lower tuition are included, but need not be elaborated upon for obvious reasons. Two thousand ten came ...

The Discovery Channel Shames The Dead For Profit

Ashley Matuszak

January 8, 2011


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The Discovery Channel, who is known for bringing interesting, scientific information to the forefront of entertainment media, has reached an all time low. The channel that brought us “Shark Week” was trying to reel us in to gawk at the loss of human life. The United Kingdom’s Discovery Channel s...

The Prop. 8 Hearing and the Future of Gay Marriage

William Thompson

December 9, 2010


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The California Marriage Protection Act, better known as Proposition 8, was passed in 2008, but it appears the two-year legal battle that ensued since then may be nearing an end--or, more likely, an appearance before the U.S. Supreme Court. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals began hearing arguments for and ...

WikiLeaks: Transparency and Government Accountability

Will Thompson

December 2, 2010


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The Obama administration’s condemnation of WikiLeaks’ release of classified State Department cables is understandable, given that the 250,000 or so documents released portray both our enemies and most of our allies in an unflattering light. What the WikiLeaks documents have done—besides cause the U.S. government a great deal of embarrassment and force them into diplomatic...

This Week’s Debate: Should Some Private Money Be Used For Public Universities?

December 2, 2010


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Con: Universities Need To Return To The Public by Tina Phillips Did you know the CSU System was once known as the “people’s university?” In California since 1960, the Master Plan for Higher Education promised every California student an initially free and later affordable education at a CSU...

Steve Li’s Case Highlights Greater Problems Within Immigration Reform

Will Thompson

November 18, 2010


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Steve Li, a 20-year-old former City College of San Francisco nursing student, is currently washing dishes in an Arizona detention facility for a dollar a day as he awaits deportation to his native Peru. The story of how Li got there highlights California’s—as well as the nation’s—inability to find an appropriate method of handling the status of 2 million U.S....

Tax The Rich

Tina Phillips

November 18, 2010


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Most people whine about having to pay taxes. Many believe that the government is stealing their hard earned money. In addition, many vote for candidates who support lowering taxes. However, did anyone stop and think about the consequences of such a stance and policy? Do people realize what taxes do?...

Taxes Won’t Get Us Closer To Fixing The Budget

Mark Laluan

November 18, 2010


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An early episode of the cartoon series “South Park” has the protagonists, who are doing research for a classroom report on different types of business practices, run into a group of “Underpants Gnomes,” who claim to possess a clever business strategy. The gnomes, who in the episode steal underpants from unwary children dur...

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

November 12, 2010


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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...

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