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Life lesson missed in ‘Harry Potter’

Takara Campbell, Connection Staff

November 16, 2011

Filed under Opinion

Ron Weasley, best friend of Harry Potter, was almost killed off by the series author, J.K. Rowling revealed in an interview conducted by Daniel Radcliffe. As someone who has followed the series since I was 9 years old, this news comes as a huge shock. Harry, Ron and Hermione are the main characters, so they have a certain...

Federal law cracks down on medical marijuana use

Tiffany De Leon, Connection Staff

November 14, 2011

Filed under Opinion

Rumors have been around for years that medical marijuana is legal, and although state law allows for it, it is still prohibited by federal law. The Controlled Substance Act defines marijuana as a drug with no accepted medical value in treatment. Yet since the 1970s, 34 states have enacted laws that recognize medical marijuana’s...

Editorial: Improving K-12 education will enhance community colleges

Editorial

November 2, 2011

Filed under Opinion

California Community Colleges Chancellor Jack Scott announced the creation of a Student Success Task Force in January that would assist in boosting college completion rates, according to a press release issued by the Chancellor’s office. The Task Force has met with college officials throughout the year and is in the process...

Degeneration of music: originality is dead

Zach Hannigan, Staff Writer

November 2, 2011

Filed under Opinion

It’s 1969 in Bethel, N.Y., 500,000 concert-goers are all singing along to the likes of Santana and Creedence Clearwater Revival. You can feel the passion, the love and the purpose in the air. Woodstock was not just about music, it was a rare time in our nation’s history where young people joined together for “3 days...

Split Decision: Pro – Colleges need to be held accountable

Split Decision: Pro – Colleges need to be held accountable

November 2, 2011

It is recommended that colleges be rewarded for reducing dropouts and penalized if they fail to do so,...

Split Decision: Con – Societal pressures lead to dropouts

Split Decision: Con – Societal pressures lead to dropouts

November 2, 2011

The idea that community colleges should be rewarded or punished for anything is outlandish. When talking...

Celebrity divorce overly sensationalized

Ashley Boucher, Connection Staff

November 2, 2011

Filed under Opinion

Celebrity marriage vows are considered to have shorter expiration dates than “till death do us part.” The public criticizes such celebrity commitment as the announcements of Hollywood stars break up, divorce and remarry are publicized. However, the commitments portrayed in Hollywood relationships are no different than...

Hawk Talk: Do you believe that K-12 are adequately prepared for college?

November 2, 2011

Do you believe that K-12 are adequately prepared for college?

Hawk Talk: How did you react to the death of Steve Jobs?

October 19, 2011

How did you react to the death of Steve Jobs?

Tactless ‘Sexy Anna Rexia’ Halloween costume mocks eating disorder

October 19, 2011

Every Halloween we all expect to see firemen, zombies, the occasional Sarah Palin and many other crazy...

Split Decision: Short term costs equal long term benefits

Split Decision: Short term costs equal long term benefits

October 19, 2011

After the DREAM Act was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, a wave of anger started to creep over many college...

Split Decision: Higher education in the wrong direction

Split Decision: Higher education in the wrong direction

October 19, 2011

A new bill will qualify immigrant students for California grants and community college fee waivers. Gov....

Offensive products ignored until holidays

Johny Garcia, Connection staff

October 19, 2011

Filed under Opinion

In today’s society, we openly question many politically incorrect Halloween costumes. This year it is the “Sexy Anna Rexia” costume, which makes light of a serious illness. Unfortunately, there are many items that continue to offend people on a year-round basis which are ignored or go unnoticed by the majority of...

Small markets equal small ratings

Small markets equal small ratings

October 19, 2011

Babe Ruth once said, “Every kid grows up and dreams of being a New York Yankee.” Here is the problem:...

Are Windows users ready for ‘Star Trek’ tech?

Are Windows users ready for ‘Star Trek’ tech?

October 6, 2011

With the steadily rising mobile computer market and popular online services, programs are planning to...

Editorial: Reaction to contentious bake sale misguided

Editorial Staff

October 6, 2011

Filed under Opinion

Seemingly, the function of satire has been inexplicably overlooked in regard to a recent event at the University of California, Berkeley. The “Increase Diversity Bake Sale,” hosted by the Berkeley College Republicans at Sproul Plaza, aimed to satirize SB185— proposed state legislation that enables California’s public...

Netflix losing appeal, subscribers

Johny Garcia, Connection Staff

October 6, 2011

Filed under Opinion

“It’s been great, but it’s over. It’s not us, it’s you. Enjoy the bankruptcy,” wrote an ex-customer named Adam Lundquist on Netflix’s blog. A few years ago, Netflix seemed to be an up-andcomer in the movie-rental industry. Now, with all of the changes the company has been forced to make, it would be a surprise...

Popular e-books can’t compare

Melanie Tran, Connection Staff

October 6, 2011

Filed under Opinion

While the economy is diving headfirst into recession, technology has continued to advance and thrive. Not only has it taken over social networking, but also the business of selling and buying back books. With competition from larger rivals, such as Barnes and Noble and Amazon, independent book stores don’t stand a chance. The...

United States Postal Service is on the brink of extinction

Imran Majid, Connection Staff

September 15, 2011

Filed under Opinion

The second largest employer in the U.S. is facing a default on their $9.2 billion deficit and the possible shutdown will leave 560,000 workers unemployed. The only way for the system to survive would be to transition into a five day delivery system, shut down thousands of postal offices and lay off 120,000 workers, said current...

Polygamy meets the TLC network

Tracy Gilkerson, Connection Staff

September 15, 2011

Filed under Opinion

Among the variety of reality shows hitting the airwaves, Sisters Wives on TLC brings a new twist to marriage. The cast consists of Kody Brown, his four wives and their 16 children participating in an unscripted show making people aware of polygamist families combating prejudices. He is legally married to one person and the...

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