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‘Mad Men’ entertains and educates audiences, a rare feat in TV

Shane Newell, Opinions Editor

June 26, 2013

Filed under Columns, Opinions

For those who say that television only serves to numb children’s brains and present a farfetched depiction of reality, think again. A 15-time Emmy Award winner, AMC’s “Mad Men” is proof that a television show can entertain its audience while providing invaluable insight into the past. For those unfamiliar with the show, “Mad Men” is a drama based on a fictional advertising firm in 1960s New York City. The...

Syria’s civil war is unique and incomparable to previous conflicts

Nicolas Rodriguez, Assistant Opinions Editor

June 19, 2013

Filed under Columns, Opinions

Syria has been making big headlines as of late with news of its civil war worsening. Once thought of as an isolated, unique situation, the Syrian government have been subject to the ire of many countries that want to intervene in the ongoing humanitarian crisis. After the White House announced its arming of the Syrian rebels, it is clear that the previously internal civil war in Syria will now transform into a globally...

Minimum wage in California is too low for recent graduates

Jovanna Madrigal, Assistant Opinions Editor

June 19, 2013

Filed under Columns, Opinions

While attending a series of graduations recently, I had an epiphany. Through all the hustle and commotion, I realized that the number of graduates using their degrees toward careers will be fewer than the number who will work minimum wage jobs. As many know, minimum wage is currently $8.00 an hour in California. For $8.00 an hour, many young people are working even at ungodly hours of the day in order to make ends...

Pink Floyd’s signing with Spotify will revive its classic image

Shane Newell, Opinions Editor

June 19, 2013

Filed under Columns, Opinions

The wait is finally over. After fans streamed the 1975 hit “Wish You Were Here” more than one million times, longtime holdout Pink Floyd announced this week that their entire catalog of music would be available to fans on the online music-streaming service Spotify. While Pink Floyd’s announcement did not make as big of a headline as the Bonnaroo Arts and Music Festival or Kanye West has in recent weeks, its importance...

Edward Snowden’s NSA leak rivals Ellsberg’s Pentagon Papers

Shane Newell, Opinions Editor

June 12, 2013

Filed under Columns, Opinions

For the past week and a half, news about the National Security Agency collecting the phone records of millions of Verizon customers has dominated the narrative. In less than a fortnight, admitted NSA leaker Edward Snowden has become the most polarizing figure in America. To some, Snowden is a hero. To others, he is a traitor who should be jailed. As the nature of Snowden’s leak sparks nationwide debate about government...

Battle between PS4 and Xbox One has already begun at E3

Nicolas Rodriguez, Assistant Opinions Editor

June 12, 2013

Filed under Columns, Opinions

Every year, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, delivers the latest and greatest products from video game developers and publishers all over the world. With the upcoming releases of Sony’s Playstation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One, fans of both consoles are preparing for a console war. As it stands, though, there is no competition between the PS4 and Xbox One. Sony, with the PS4, will beat Microsoft in the console...

MLB needs to hand out steroid-related suspensions but can it?

Jason Clark, Sports Editor

June 12, 2013

Filed under Columns, Opinions

A lot has been said about the Biogenesis scandal, the latest steroid scandal to rock Major League Baseball. Rumors have flown around saying that the MLB will seek 100-game suspensions for the 20 players listed in Biogenesis documents. Columnists across the country have called this potentially the biggest drug bust in the history of professional baseball. But will it even happen? Consider the evidence that the MLB...

Bradley Manning should be viewed as a patriot, not a traitor

Shane Newell, Opinions Editor

June 5, 2013

Filed under Columns, Opinions

Bradley Manning may very well be America’s greatest patriot, though many people don’t know his name. Known to some as the U.S. Army soldier who leaked hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks, Manning’s heroic act of patriotism may land him in prison for life. Although his leak of classified documents was illegal under U.S. law, Manning’s moral decision to keep the American public informed about...