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Water for residents: Why L.A. needs to replace its outdated water system

In July UCLA was flooded when more than 20 million gallons of water gushed from a 90-year-old city water line and last month the Sunset Strip was temporarily closed when 9,600 gallons of water per minute came spewing out of yet another broken pipe. With pipes losing so much water amid one of the worst droughts in California, it’s time to finally update L.A.’s ancient water system. Continue reading

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Editorial: Admin, Senate leaders must keep talking

Today’s news that the administration and Academic Senate have reached an agreement on full-time faculty hiring is a positive sign that collegial discussion may be beginning to mitigate the bitter division at PCC.

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Voting is a privilege not a chore citizens should have to go through

Midterm elections are well-over, but the projected voter turnout of only 40 percent has become a cause of concern for politicians. Discussions have formed over whether or not voting should become compulsory in the United States. Continue reading

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Choice to end life is an individual right

With the highly publicized death of Brittany Maynard, a 29-year old terminally ill California woman who moved to Oregon to end her life, the debate over physician-assisted death has once again become a controversial topic across the country. Continue reading

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Sorority hazing must stop

College fraternities may be rooted as part of college culture and part of the college experience to many. However, fraternities have been in the news for incidents regarding racism and sexual violence.

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Downloads and dollar signs

Pandora, Spotify, Grooveshark, Youtube, and about a hundred other sites are all easy ways for users to absorb content for free. All of these sites are driven by advertisements or by a small monthly subscription fee that takes the annoying … Continue reading

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OP-ED: Assign responsibility where it belongs

Months after CSU Northridge student Armando Villa was pronounced dead as the result of what was concluded to be a “hazing incident,” CSUN completely shut down pledge activity for not only Pi Kappa Phi, but the entire Greek system Continue reading

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Editorial: Cairo must sign agreement

PCC students stand to lose nearly $3 million in grant money if Academic Senate President Eduardo Cairo doesn’t sign a document authorizing it. The money would go toward the Student Success and Support Program (SSSP) plan, which is a plan … Continue reading

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Video Games, Death Threats, and Sexism: Why #Gamergate was never about the death of the gamer culture

Recently a number of people, mostly females and their supporters, have come under attack from “hardcore” gamers. This isn’t anything new; female gamers and those who work in the gaming industry have always been on the receiving end of hate mail and slurs. However, the #Gamergate scandal has opened the world of gaming communities to the wider media and it is apparent that sexism is still alive and well in gamer culture. Continue reading

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Blue Skies and Death

Originally, drones were a great idea. It provided the military with a convenient solution to both the safety of their pilots and their financial overhead. However, that convenience has its costs. Their rampant use has led to rampant civilian deaths, … Continue reading

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