Thursday, July 18, 2024
I didn’t expect much from my first year at college. Virtual freshmen orientation was enough of a deterrent, removing the clichéd first day I had spent years picturing in my head. While icebreakers, in general, are painful, something about an online introduction amidst a sea of unhappy faces peering through blurry screens had me quickly begging for reprieve. It was...
With student protests sweeping across universities nationwide, the 2023-2024 academic year has been characterized by youth activism as students advocate for important social justice issues. From the 1960s Vietnam War protests to the 1980s Anti-Apartheid Movement, college campuses have historically been spaces where youth-led civil disobedience occurs. However, there has been an undeniable growth in the scope and intensity...
James Anderson is a lecturer and freelance journalist who is from Illinois but now resides in Riverside, California. He has taught labor studies as well as media and cultural studies courses at University of California, Riverside (UCR). He is a member of the University Council-American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT) and the The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) Freelance...
On May 20, 2024 International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor, Karim Khan, applied for arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, his defense minister Yoav Gallant and three Hamas leaders for war crimes. The move marks the first time that the ICC has issued an arrest warrant for a leader who is a close ally of the United States....
Beginning with Columbia University, colleges across the nation have seen a dramatic wave of pro-Palestinian student protestors rallying together to push for university financial investment from corporation's complicity with Israel’s “apartheid, genocide, and military occupation of Palestine.” These anarchist actions, originating with student involvement in political matters, will change America for the worse by building off of a centuries-long...
Earlier this May, a California Legislature bill was introduced to end school district policies that require parents to be notified if a student attempts any gender-related social transition. This policy includes any attempt to change a child’s name or pronouns, and any “requests to use facilities” or “participate in any programs that don’t match the gender” listed on their...
A new report from the state Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) indicates that California Community College (CCC) students are experiencing higher rates of homelessness compared to University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) students. This has shed light on the limitations of the “rapid rehousing program,” a state initiative launched in 2019 to address the escalating issue of...
In a speech at Benedictine College, a private Catholic liberal arts college, Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker made a host of offensive remarks about women, the LGBTQIA+ community, women’s fertility issues and the modernization of the Catholic Church. The speech drew ire online and in the media as the remarks were labeled offensive and outdated. After spending the...
Various K-12 school districts throughout California have been accused of misusing government-directed funds meant to expand arts education in public and charter schools. Prop. 28, a ballot initiative approved in 2022, allocates up to 1% of the minimum state funding specifically for arts education. Recently, supporters of the initiative, including labor unions and former Los Angeles Unified School District...
In 2005, Steve Jobs bestowed upon the Stanford Class of 2005 a piece of advice: “Find what you love … And love what you do.” This piece of advice has been widely spread and accepted. However, it remains a bit controversial. Some say it is not great advice for the up-and-coming college-educated workforce as circumstances have changed plenty since...