Editorial: ‘Legitimate rape’
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Sept. 12, 2012

During an interview for The Jaco Report on Fox 2 (KTVI) on Aug. 19 in St. Louis Mo., Republican Congressman Todd Akin uttered one of the most ignorant and insensitive statements by a politician and set off a national media frenzy.

“First of all, from what I understand from doctors [rape related pregnancy] is really rare,” Akin said. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

What is most disheartening about Akin’s beliefs on rape is that his use of the word “legitimate” to characterize rape reveals that he, like many others, is quick to attack the victim and question the validity of their claim.

According to a study performed by the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology in 1996, an estimated 5 percent of rape victims, or 32,101 women, will end up pregnant as a result of being raped in the United States of America.

It is hard to decide which is more disgusting: that an estimated 32,201 women are victims of rape-related pregnancies each year, or that this number represents only 5 percent of the total number of women victimized by rape in the US annually.

Not only…» Read More

By | Guest Writer
May 4, 2012

A few points of contention regarding the May 1st editorial:  So, what this article is glossing over is the fact that since Obama took office, funding for education has decreased. There are no sharp barbs for the president and democrats who allowed this to happen while they held power with two out of three government branches for two years (2008-10). What was mentioned is that Republicans have a majority in the house of reps, which would lead me to believe that the GOP was complicit in the education cuts and that they forced Obama’s hand in making them. There is blame to go around for our government’s failing, to omit the Democrats while naming Republicans as part of this problem’s genesis is a little depressing to me. Its not hard to imagine why though, Republicans are such an easy target for California college students with leftist sympathies. In the same paragraph you say that its important for the less fortunate to obtain a higher education to compete in the workforce. This is true, however, how much would the value of higher education be worth if everyone took part? Its the exclusivity of the club that brings on the perks. I…» Read More

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May 2, 2012

City College students have seen fees almost double in the last two years while financial aid has become increasingly more difficult to obtain, forcing many more students to turn to student loans to struggle even more to pay their way through college.

According to Robert Applebaum, founder of ForgiveStudentLoanDebt.com, student loan debt has fi nally exceeded $1 trillion, while the cost of higher education has grown more than 800 percent since 1980 and continues to do so. This is why Applebaum is advocating for the government to pass legislation—HR 4170: Student Loan Forgiveness Act of 2012—to forgive student loan debt for qualified individuals and to cap interest rates at 3.4 percent.

Last week President Barack Obama went on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” to “slow jam the news” and inform the public that interest rates are set to double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent, burdening an already overextended portion of the populous.

“I’ve called on Congress to prevent this from happening,” slow-jammed Obama. “Now is not the time to make school more expensive for our young people.”

Why shouldn’t the government pass legislation that will put more money back in the hands of hardworking people struggling to pay back…» Read More

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March 28, 2012

Every year the NCAA hosts March Madness, when the best college basketball teams from each division one conference battle it out for champion status.

This is the time of year basketball lovers stay glued to television screens watching the tournament games for hours and choose who they think will win the NCAA championship.

The NCAA tournament was created in 1939 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

The tournament is a single elimination tournament that consists of 68 teams divided into four regions.

Thirty-one teams that won their conferences are automatically placed in the tournament. The tournament champion is usually considered the best team in college basketball for that year.

In March, the NBA games step aside as most basketball fans choose to watch the college games, which are more entertaining because the pace of college games is fast, and the action is unrelenting.

NBA games are usually entertaining only during the first and the fourth quarters.

In college games, teams still play full-court, one-on-one defense or run full-court defensive plays. NBA players wait until the opposing team crosses the half-court line to begin their defense. In the NBA full-court defense plays rarely happen.

Offensively, the NBA usually runs plays…» Read More

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March 14, 2012

On Feb. 10, President Obama announced a new U.S. Department of Health and Human Services policy that would require religious affiliated institutions to cover all birth control contraceptives for their employees. This policy created a public battle about how far government involvement should go and the role that religious freedom should play in health care.

After an outcry from the Catholic Church saying that this new mandate was a violation of religious freedom, Obama offered a compromise on Feb. 11, which would require insurers to provide contraception to female employees instead of their religious employers. While keeping religious liberty is essential to our democracy, so is the right for women to access contraception.

Providing contraception to women without a co-payment and a deductible can ensure that women are covered in the case of an unplanned pregnancy and other medical reasons, such as an ovarian cyst or menstrual cramps that would lessened by using birth control pills.

Employers shouldn’t judge whether women are acting morally or immorally because they take birth control for any reason. Rather, that’s a decision that women should make themselves.

Although this is an issue about women’s health, women have not recently been able to get their…» Read More

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Feb. 15, 2012

On Feb. 27, 2012, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment eliminating same-sex marriage, was unconstitutional, which could, supporters hope, open the door for same-sex couples to once again marry in California.

There are always two sides to every argument, but in the case of Proposition 8, one of those sides was decidedly wrong.

The overturning of Proposition 8 isn’t just a win for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, but a win for all Americans who believe in the fundamental idea that all people are created equal.

“The more recognition the LGBT community can get from mainstream culture is a win for them as well as a win for everyone,” said City College psychology Professor Dr. Gayle Pitman.

According to Pitman, typically when civil rights legislation is in the forefront of media attention, public opinion tends to follow.

Proposition 8, which California voters approved as a ballot initiative in 2008, attempted to deny a minority of citizens, the LGBT community, the right to happiness and to place them on a tier beneath traditional married couples, which is an affront to all those who cherish the constitution.

The government should be encouraging…» Read More

The price is NEVER right
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Feb. 1, 2012

One of the most difficult monetary challenges that college students face each semester is having to buy expensive required textbooks—an average of $1,137 during 2010-2011, according to the College Board. Recent estimations by the Government Accountability Office reported that textbooks cost a quarter of the average tuition for state universities and three-fourths the average tuition at community colleges.

Paying more than $100 for each textbook is a tall order, especially if professors require two or more books for a class. Last year, according to The Huffington Post, seven out of 10 undergraduates at 13 college campuses did not purchase textbooks for their classes due to high prices.

There really is no way to avoid required textbooks. However, there are many alternatives to buying expensive required textbooks that students can consider if they wish to keep some money in their wallet without jeopardizing the quality of their education.

Through services like Chegg, Amazon and Barnes and Noble, students can rent or buy e-books, which are books in digital form that are accessed through any electronic devices. Apple Inc. said e-books will be made available to schools for $15 or less. According to web, mobile and tablet ePublishing specialist YUDU media and…» Read More

Lost in translation
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Dec. 8, 2011

History textbooks have long been respected as closest to the truth and based on fact. Scholars and historians spend much time and effort in the research and fact checking of these publications. Yet approximately every two years history books get rewritten or updated.

“Battles over what to put in science and history books have taken place for years in the 20 states where state boards must adopt textbooks, most notably in California and Texas. But rarely in recent history has a group of conservative board members left such a mark on a social studies curriculum,” wrote James C. McKinley in The New York Times.

For example, the state of Texas buys a large enough percentage of textbooks so that what the Texas Board of Education decides to use sets the stage for how history is taught in elementary and high schools across the country.

How much of the original history has been lost in translation? How much of history is being rewritten?

City College History Professor Carl Sjovold says the rewriting of history textbooks is common practice, and it is the choice of the textbook that makes the difference. As the History Department chair, Sjovold says the challenge is no…» Read More

Greedy growers emerge from billion dollar industry
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Nov. 22, 2011

The recent crackdown on medicinal marijuana has rattled many cages, but it doesn’t mean the end of the industry. An estimated $14 billion a year industry, according to CNNmoney.com, is sure to tempt greed and catch the attention of the money-hungry. The California government should be taking steps to prevent corruption instead of giving the impression that the marijuana industry has free reign in California.

Four U.S attorneys are currently prosecuting marijuana dispensaries accused of abusing the system by pocketing cash and drug trafficking. The feds say California is the country’s largest supplier of marijuana, according to npr.org, using state laws to conceal interstate drug trafficking. States that do not have laws allowing medicinal marijuana use receive pounds of marijuana that was grown legally in California and exported on the black market.

A dispensary in North Hollywood is accused of shipping up to 600 pounds of marijuana a month to the East Cost, according to The Sacramento Bee.

Federal prosecutors in Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego sent warning letters to property owners whose tenants are targeted medicinal marijuana growers and dispensaries threatening to seize their property if the operations were not closed within 45 days, according to…» Read More

Will the real sex offenders please stand up?
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Nov. 9, 2011

Labeling a friendly pitbull a killer can be just as senseless as feeling protected by the registries system from sex offenders, because statistically speaking the real threat lies closer to home. These registries also include a myriad of ‘criminals’ whose offenses include streaking and sexting.They should be labeled differently and included in a different registry.

“The creation of a pariah class of unemployable, uprooted criminal outcasts has drawn attention from human rights activists; even The Economist has decried our sex offender laws as harsh and ineffective,” wrote New York Times reporter Roger N. Lancaster in an Aug. 2011 article, “Sex Offenders: The Last Pariahs.”

Just like the pitbull stigma and fear of their locked jaws, the fear stigma follows a sex offender.

Online forums with comments from desperate mothers and academic journals in databases like LexisNexis claim that sex offender registries are ineffective for public safety and infringe on basic human rights.

Enacted in 1996, Megan’s Law is designed to punish sex offenders and to keep tabs on their whereabouts for the public’s safety according to the Office of the Attorney General’s webpage. However, it has proven ineffective in many studies.

The California Department of Justice’s webpage states that 80…» Read More