Posts in Opinion
Homesickness: A club's remedy

During Club Awareness Day, which took place on main campus on March 28, the quad hosted much more than just clubs scouting new members. There were also small groups of international students concentrating for the purpose of letting other students like themselves know they are there to support each other while promoting a club.

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The Recent College Admissions Scandal Begs for a Change in the Overall Admissions Process

On Tuesday, March 12th, news broke of the discovery of an underground college admissions service run by William “Rick” Singer, who charged wealthy families hefty amounts of cash (from $200,000 to $6.5 million on a case-by-case basis, according to the Los Angeles Times) for his services in getting their children into elite universities. More than 50 people were implicated.

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SMC Should Offer Wine Appreciation Classes

Wine is ubiquitous in art and culture. It is found in Shakespeare’s poetry, Mozart’s operas and Picasso’s paintings. Yet, on many college campuses, wine’s dangers overshadow its place in the Humanities. Students have ample opportunities to learn about the dangers of alcohol—and rightly so—but focusing solely on the perils of alcohol is not only incomplete, it is dangerous.

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Social Credit Nightmares

On June 14, 2014, China’s State Council released an outline that detailed the plan to construct the world’s first comprehensive “social credit system” by 2020.  In function, this social credit system, or “social trust system,” as it has recently been relabeled, is meant to quantify each individual Chinese citizens’ or businesses’ trustworthiness by scoring them in “personal trustworthiness points.”

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Put Brakes on that Rape Train

Before my career as an Santa Monica College (SMC) student, I received my BA in the 1980s, around the same time as Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his alleged victims. Attending a women's college - Mt. Holyoke, a school that recruits SMC students every semester - helped insulate my friends and me from the dangerous behavior Kavanaugh’s victims described - but not completely.

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The Catch-22 of American News Consumption

If there's one thing I've learned in my time in the Corsair newspaper and journalism classes, it's that news stories, above everything else, need to make people care. Whether it's about a small neighborhood or a major national event, the first thing you need to do is make people want to read your story. However, we might've reached a point where our news consumption is doing more harm than good.

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Keep Afloat with Shailene Woodley in Adrift

Three years after Everest, Director Baltasar Kormakur’s latest movie is another real-life-based adventure tale. While the proceedings in Everest brings a team of six climbers to a fight for their lives, in Adrift, Tami Oldham (Shailene Woodley) gives hope for a better outcome when she successfully rebuilds mast and sail in a barely floating boat. All this effort is driven by the need to save her love, Richard Sharp (Sam Claflin).

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