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Prosecution of ‘Irvine 11’ Misguided

Will Thompson

March 3, 2011


Filed under Opinion

Last February, UC Irvine (UCI) invited Michael Oren, Israeli Ambassador to the United States, to speak on the subject of US-Israeli relations. Students from the campus’ Muslim Student Union (MSU) protested the ambassador’s presence, heckling and disrupting his speech with cries of “Mich...

How Did We Get Here?

Lee Duboc Former Mayor/City Council Member, Menlo Park, Calif.

March 3, 2011


Filed under Opinion

A Taxpayer’s Response to Public-Sector Unions During the 2010 campaign season, union contributions to candidates were just as heavy as corporate contributions as four of the top ten, and half of the top 20 political action committees (PACs), were arms of unions. The three major government-sector unions s...

The Dramatization of Men’s Basketball Leaves Women’s Basketball Playing Catch Up

Cheyann Elmore

March 3, 2011


Filed under Opinion

Women’s basketball has been around for quite some time and there are many great players. So, why hasn’t it reached the status of men’s basketball? The United States Sports Academy found that there is a higher competitive balance in men’s basketball than in women’s. The academy also suggested...

Ending Public Worker’s Rights?

Will Thompson

February 24, 2011


Filed under Opinion

The union protests that have erupted in the capitals of three Midwestern states—Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana—are rooted in Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s push to bust public employee unions in the Badger State. Walker and his Republican backers claim that the governor’s proposed legislation,...

War on Planned Parenthood a Potential Blow to Women’s Reproductive Health Services

Will Thompson

February 17, 2011


Filed under Opinion

In their effort to implement cuts to the fiscal year 2011 budget, House Republicans have targeted Title X funding, which provides Planned Parenthood and 4,500 community-based reproductive health and family planning clinics nationwide with funds for their services. Legislation introduced by Rep. Mike P...

Zuckerberg Achieving What Bush Could Not

Richard Duboc

February 17, 2011


Filed under Layout, Opinion

When President George W. Bush initiated Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003, one of his key justifications for going to war was that a democratic Iraq would inspire positive change in other Middle Eastern nations. After almost eight years of continuous violence, the country has yet to come close to a...

The Paradox: Fat and Healthy

Tina Phillips

February 17, 2011


Filed under Opinion

If America truly wants to promote health, it should stop focusing on weight management. How many of us hear the message “lose weight” everywhere we go, whether it is on TV, in a magazine, or even at the doctor’s office? We are told to “go on a diet,” “restrict your calorie intake,” and ...

Budget Cuts: Reconsidering The American Military’s Role

Will Thompson

February 10, 2011


Filed under Opinion

With the extension of the Bush tax cuts effectively preventing any meaningful reduction of the federal deficit in the near term (at least until their 2012 expiration), new House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) stated that “everything is on the table” when it comes to congressional proposals to cut spending. While al...

In The Spirit of Just Discourse: Gun Guntrol

Mark Laluan

February 10, 2011


Filed under Opinion

The U.S. Constitution has served as a political football, tossed and kicked around ever since the dawn of the American Republic. How much of a political football the Constitution has become can be seen in interpolations of the Second Amendment. In response to Will Thompson’s editorial “Reasonable Gu...

STEM To CLASS: Get LOST

Richard Duboc

February 10, 2011


Filed under Opinion

After attending one of the University’s town hall discussions on becoming a STEM- (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) centered institution, I feel that the only thing cleared up was the writing on the wall. The question-no-answer format was slightly less than illuminating—however, th...

The U.S. “Kill Switch” Violates Freedoms

Lauren Lola

February 10, 2011


Filed under Opinion

Talk about dumb luck! A day prior to the nationwide Internet shutdown in Egypt, Senators Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), and Tom Carper (D-Del.) announced how they want to give President Barack Obama control over the Internet, in the case of a “national cyber emergency.” The legislati...

Think Before You Speak: There’s No Such Thing as a “Gay Lifestyle”

Tina Phillips

February 10, 2011


Filed under Opinion

I have heard the word “lifestyle” used with increased frequency lately. I have heard it used to describe a “healthy” lifestyle, a “bohemian” lifestyle, or a “hip hop” lifestyle. It is difficult for me to understand exactly what that is supposed to mean. I suppose “lifestyle” means a ...

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