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06 Jul 2020
Opinion

Pardon Our Overcrowded Prisons 

There are currently about 17,200 students attending UC Santa Cruz. If our university was representative of the total American population, 120 of our peers would currently be behind bars, as on average 1 out of every 143 Americans is currently incarcerated. The country that likes to refer to itself as “the home of the free” in fact currently houses more than 2.2 million inmates — a quarter of the world’s total prison population.

Opinion

Why the Monetization of Facebook is a Given 

If you open the Facebook login page, the first thing you see is the statement “Free. And Always Will Be” clearly below the spaces for your email and password. The catchphrase was meant to denounce rumors of Facebook creating a gold membership status for users who would be willing to pay for “extra” features in their social media experience. But now it’s seen as a broken promise to users who argue Facebook has done them wrong by monetizing pages outreach.

Opinion

A High-Minded Chair 

While returning students have likely come to expect annual public safety alerts about 4/20 from the UCSC police department around April 20, the university’s top student representative recently sent an unexpected email to the student body criticizing this event and urging students not to attend.