Thursday, July 25, 2024
Inspired by Columbia University’s “Gaza Solidarity Encampment,” pro-Palestinian protests have spread nationwide at college campuses, including the University of California (UC) schools, in the past week. Setting up tents and leading protests, students are standing in solidarity with Palestinians, urging for a ceasefire and pushing the university administration to divest from firms doing business with Israel. The UC campuses...
The Riverside City Council has experienced several representational changes in the last few elections. Before 2019, the seven-person council was entirely made up of men, only one of whom was not white. After 2021, the council was made up of three Latinos and two members of the LGBTQ+ community. These changes were an important step in increasing representation in...
The University of California (UC) announced ambitious goals to achieve carbon neutrality benchmarks by 2030 with startling positivity and optimism. With air quality in California at a dangerous low and the state struggling to comply with new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) soot standards, efforts by the UC to minimize carbon emissions are essential. However, the promises associated with this...
Parents of UC Berkeley students recently launched a test run of private security patrols on campus-adjacent areas due to growing concern over students' safety. The parent organization, Safe Bears, has been advocating for improved campus safety measures, and this most recent action received a lot of attention and some backlash. The organization was founded after a shooting that left four...
A recent report by the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) using data collected in 2021 identifies four California National parks with the most unhealthy air: Sequoia and Kings Canyon, Joshua Tree, Mojave and Yosemite. This was cause for concern, given the increasingly noticeable destruction due to the effects of climate change. The harm being done to California’s national parks...
Financial literacy presents a huge challenge for college students, especially when its been painfully absent from required curricula for their entire educational career. However, California is growing closer to making these classes a part of the required coursework for at least one semester. This information is vital to student success as they graduate high school or college and go...
The California legislature is considering Assembly Bill 1780, which would withhold CalGrant funding to universities that favor legacy applicants. Donor and alumni connections present a hard-to-tamp issue for California legislators and universities as legacy admissions flourish at prominent institutions, including the University of Southern California (USC), Stanford and Santa Clara University. The issue of these legacy admissions and preferential...
The State of California is working to make state jobs more accessible by lifting some degree requirements. Many programs have also been trying to bridge the gap by uplifting career education for those who cannot afford college. While these programs are essential and could help, the state is failing to address the significant issues that make California as a...
After the height of the pandemic, there have been an increasing number of hurdles to returning to normalcy. The California government communications staff is no exception to this as concerns have been raised over their interactions with the press and accusations of diminishing transparency. In 2023, the Capitol Correspondents Association of California put out new guidelines for journalists on...
Cayla J. v. California, a case brought in 2020, was recently decided. The case, brought by 14 low-income students of color from Oakland and Los Angeles, landed on a settlement of two billion dollars, which will go towards California children whose education suffered during school shutdowns. The money will specifically be allocated to students whose education was most harmed...