Inflation of Theory, Deflation of Individual
Many economists will claim no one saw the 2008 recession coming. The housing bubble grew and grew right before their eyes and few expected it to pop when it did. Maybe it was because their noses were too deep in their books on theory and ideal worlds to realize that if they weren’t critical of their surroundings, thousands of families would end up in bank-owned homes and would be forced out of them. Including mine.
‘Yes Means Yes’ Changes Conversation About Sex
Gov. Jerry Brown signed the law on Sept. 28, making “yes” an important phrase at all colleges in the state. To receive state funding, colleges must implement policies that require sexual partners to seek explicit consent from each other — defined by the college as “affirmative, conscious and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity and in addition a lack of protest or resistance does not mean consent, nor does silence mean consent.”
An Injustice to Fix an ‘Injustice’
“I’ll keep being the best advocate I can for the UC,” UC President Janet Napolitano promised in her most recent newsletter on Sept. 24 — published just five days after the UC Regents awarded 20 percent pay increases for the three lowest-paid chancellors. UC Regent…
Affording an Unpaid Internship
With summer just around the quarter, students are in a mad rush for some sort of work experience. Unfortunately, some can’t afford it. Entry-level positions are being replaced by internships in almost every field from film production to accounting. This is more than just not ok — it’s illegal. Thousands of companies are labeling their employees as interns so they can either pay them very little, or nothing at all.
Not There Yet, Napolitano
UC President Janet Napolitano recently visited Mexico, but not for reasons you might expect. She spent a couple of days meeting with important figureheads from both Mexican universities as well as scientific and cultural organizations as a “testament to the strength of our relationship with…
Lethal Injections Lawsuit Demands Transparency
On the day Clayton Lockett was sentenced to be executed in Oklahoma, something went wrong. He should have died immediately, but instead he suffered for 43 minutes, writhing and convulsing in pain. Eventually, one of his veins ruptured, causing him to have a heart attack and die.
Recovering an Erased History
On the walkway from the bookstore to McHenry Library, in the wooded ravine below Hahn Student Services and the road, there’s a bell that reads, “El Camino Real,” or “The Royal Road.” This modest looking steel bell honors the pathway taken by Spanish missionaries as they traversed the California coast.