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Students Are Not the Political Puppets of Their Professors

Students for Quality Education

May 5, 2011


Filed under Opinion

Campus Debate However much I would like to, I simply do not have enough space to refute Spearman’s numerous fallacious claims [in her article “Student Protests Should Be Student Run” April 21, 2011]. Nor do I wish to spend much time illuminating their total lack of investigation and fact-checkin...

Student Protests Should Be Student Run

Stephanie Spearman

April 21, 2011


Filed under Opinion

Students being used as the voice for faculty members raises ethical concerns. The April 13 “Class Action” protest targeted against Chancellor Reed was promoted as a statewide faculty protest. So why is it that students here at CSU East Bay were the ones standing on the frontline, so to speak, while members of the Califor...

Lake Merritt: A Diamond in the Rough Streets of Oakland

Cheyann Elmore

April 21, 2011


Filed under Features, Opinion

Oakland is the only city in the United States with a man-made lake in a downtown metropolitan area. “Lake Merritt is an icon for Oakland,” said Oakland Mayor Jean Quan. “Located in the heart of the city—near Chinatown, downtown and Grand Avenue/Lakeshore Shopping Districts—it conveys beauty,...

Being Sober In The City

Fauzia Arian / Chicago Tribune

April 14, 2011


Filed under Opinion

I've been happily sober for 10,668 days, which is to say...my entire life. For me, it's a personal choice informed by religion, and also one that surprises many people I meet. Why? Perhaps because I'm a naturally boisterous night owl — some insist, cheesily, that I'm "high on life" — or m...

Alcohol Use Too Socially Acceptable

Tina Phillips

April 14, 2011


Filed under Opinion

Why is drinking so socially acceptable? Alcohol is treated as if it is not a drug and has no negative consequences. Almost every social situation seems to involve alcohol. How many parties are thrown without alcohol being served? How many people go out after work or on a weekend and do not drink?...

California Can Legalize Marijuana By Owning It

Jon Michael

April 8, 2011


Filed under Opinion

I know how California can legalize marijuana—we could have state owned marijuana dispensaries stocked by local growers. Though Prop 19 fell short by 4% of the vote, marijuana has moved from a joke to a serious issue. A survey of voters who voted against Prop 19 found that “31% said they believe...

Fukushima Confirms Danger of Nuclear Power

Will Thompson

March 17, 2011


Filed under Opinion

The twin catastrophes wrought by Mother Nature on the nation of Japan last week—known as the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami—devastated the lives of millions of people in one of the world’s most developed nations. The earthquake that struck off the northeast coast of the island nation registe...

Humans Can Fly to the Moon, but Can’t Make Amends

Richard Duboc

March 17, 2011


Filed under Opinion

The Bible predicts that the last days will be met with “earthquakes in various places.” CNN has confirmed this to be true, just look where Anderson Cooper has reported from in the last few years. We all know from John Cusack’s surprisingly decent movie that the Mayan calendar inauspiciously e...

Nuclear Power Is Not Evil, It’s A Viable Alternative

Mark Laluan

March 17, 2011


Filed under Opinion

Nuclear power has always held the potential to alleviate our dependence on fossil fuels for our energy needs. Such potential has been routinely ignored, derided or at worst, stymied by an almost dogmatic belief held by certain interests that nuclear power is a destructive evil. These groups hold ...

Is Obama A Socialist? I Think Not.

Tina Phillips

March 11, 2011


Filed under Opinion

Some say our president is a socialist. However, President Obama is no socialist. Believe me; I would know, since I am one. No matter how much some may believe he is a socialist, his actions prove otherwise. Take his recent budget proposal, for instance. He made suggestions to cut non-defense spending, mo...

A Fine Line to Walk: The Libyan Conflict

Will Thompson

March 10, 2011


Filed under Layout, Opinion

Libya, on the heels of the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions, finds itself gripped in civil war, pitting the long-suffering Libyan people against pitiless dictator Muammar Qaddafi. International press coverage from the North African nation has brought us images of Qaddafi loyalists opening fire on ...

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...

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