By Josh Adamson |Staff Writer| I am celebrating CSUSB's imminent switch over from quarters to semesters. The change cannot happen soon enough. The quarter system is an archaic, compressive and needlessly dense approach to the organization of higher education. Quarters represent a dying way of scheduling the academic year. Only 14.7 percent of universities use the quarter system, while 71.2 percent use semesters, according to an article by Inside Higher Ed. The same article also notes that the number of colleges that utilize the semester system increased from 62 percent to 70 percent between 1990 and 2001. Such findings are not surprising in light of the benefits of … [Read more...] about Quarters are going away. It’s about time.
By Marlyn Rodriguez |Managing Editor| The controversial ALS ice bucket challenge is the newest social media trend. July of this year, Pete Frates, former Boston College baseball player, announced he suffers from ALS and challenged some friends (NFL players Tom Brady and Matt Ryan) to the ice bucket challenge. That challenge inspired the ALS ice bucket challenge and soon it went viral. The way it works is that a person is challenged to dump ice cold water on themselves (which in theory is supposed to give a person an idea of what it feels like to have ALS). You can either accept the challenge and dump iced water on yourself or refuse to participate and donate money to the fund … [Read more...] about Ice bucket critics
By Daniel DeMarco |Assistant Features Editor| President Barack Obama announced a pledge list signed by more than 300 companies to agree to no longer discriminate against potential applicants who have been long-term unemployed. “Twenty-one of the nation’s 50 largest companies and 47 of the top 200” were among the companies involved in this agreement, according to The New York Times. Notable names include: Apple, Wal-Mart, AT&T, General Motors, McDonald’s, eBay, Ford Motor Company, and Pepsi. Long-term unemployment is defined as a time of unemployment that has lasted six months or longer. Obama is attempting to put to rest the prejudice displayed by some companies against … [Read more...] about Obama convinces 300 companies to look past unemployment stigma
By Nicole Maldonado |Staff Writer| All workers should be protected under unions. Unions that support the interest of workers are essential because they fight for the worker’s rights to fair wages, benefits, retirement, and against disparity of treatment. A current issue involves the California Faculty Association which has a contract with the CSU system. This contract was in effect from July 1, 2007 until July 30, 2010. The CFA put in proposals and negotiated for their contract raises because they did not receive contractual raises the last two years of service. According to Marcia Marx, who is president of the CFA on our campus, Chancellor Charles B. Reed, who is a part of the Board … [Read more...] about CFA deserves raises