Letter to the Editors: Alumni Urge SUA to Retain USSA Membership
Dear Student Union Assembly Officers and Representatives, As alumni of UCSC and the Student Union Assembly, we write to urge you to retain membership in the United States Student Association (USSA). USSA is the oldest and largest student-run, student-led association in the country and has…
Maintaining Avenues of Remedial Education
Many students attend community college with the intention of later transferring to a four-year university. Some students, however, have no plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree and instead attend community college simply to expand their knowledge and gain life skills. For the latter group, if…
Fracking Standards Hazardous to Health
More than 15 million Americans have lived within a mile of a fracked well since 2000. The Parr family are just three of those people, but with a recent landmark victory over Aruba Petroleum, they have set an important precedent for the problematic practice of fracking.
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.
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.
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.