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Students struggle to balance school and work

Cartoon by Michelle Phillips

College students are the Wallendas of our age. They have to find balance or plunge into failure. Many students need longer days and longer weeks to carve out enough time for classes, study and work. Most Southwestern College students fail, often because work overwhelms their lives. Students should not need to choose between school and work. The choice should be school every time. Too many feel they do not have a choice. They help support their families by chipping in for rent, buying groceries and paying bills. Transportation is costly and public transportation to SWC is weak. Full-time students with 12 units or more likely prefer college to working, but are forced to find a job. Twelve units equals 12…

Cartoon by Dan Cordero

Students know about Simpsons, Three Stooges, but not their rights

Curly, Larry and Moe are gone but not forgotten. Our three branches of government, unfortunately, have been. Only one out of l,000 young respondents, in a McCormick Tribune survey, could name all five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment, while 22 percent could name all five of The Simpsons. This may not be a sign of the Apocalypse, but the five horsemen can be heard galloping in the distance. America’s lack of understanding over its own system of government is …

Cartoon by Alan Luna

Social media has killed the nation’s attention span

Ebola is making millions of Americans sick though they will never contract it. More than 10,000 confirmed cases of Ebola have been reported in Africa, but only four cases in the United States. Social media is the real disease to fear. People have largely become desensitized to the fear, but Southwestern College’s Ebola scare shook people up because it became a (temporary) social media phenomenon. A touch of real fear breached the emotional walls people had erected around themselves. Social …

Cartoon by John Ryu

Time for Mia McClellan to Resign

  Here we go again. Dean Mia McClellan’s private war on the student news media rages on, and she has sucked the campus police and college president into the fray. What began as a routine grievance hearing soon escalated into another First Amendment violation by the Queen of Darkness and Shadows. Never one to pass up a chance to continue her long-running vendetta against The Sun, McClellan once again made a mountain out of a mole hill by using her …

Cartoon by Dan Cordero

The Sun endorses Jaime Mercado for Governing Board seat No. 1

  After historic elections in 2010 when the very existence of Southwestern College hung in the balance and the 2012 vote where a pair of anti-public education ultra-conservatives were on the ballot, the 2014 election is relatively sleepy. Incumbents Norma Hernandez, Tim Nader and Nora Vargas are running unopposed, our community’s way of saying that we think they are doing a great job. The Editorial Board of The Sun endorses all three and urges district voters to re-elect them on …

Nick Briceno/Staff

Political correctness should go

Political correctness—the dark art of avoiding any possibility of offending anyone—has transformed America from a land of free thinkers into a society of eggshell walkers. Meaning, like Alice, goes down the rabbit hole. “Say what you mean,” said the March Hare. “I do,” said Alice. “At least I mean what I say, that’s the same thing, you know.” “Not the same thing a bit!” said the Hatter. “You might as well say that ‘I see what I eat’ is the …

Journalism Study Abroad

Study abroad programs opens new global vistas

Savoring a macaroon in Paris, scaling the Great Wall of China and drifting in a gondola in the heart of Venice seem like distant and unattainable experiences to college students working for textbook money at the corner taco shop. No more. Southwestern College is part of a growing vanguard of high education institutions encouraging their students to study abroad. Too many, however, are hesitant to take the opportunity. Study abroad programs encourage a worldview and expand our awareness. Traveling American …

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: SWC Qatar Exchange Program

Re: June 9, 2014 Viewpoint article regarding Southwestern College’s relationship with Qatar, titled “Relationship with Qatar condones misogyny.” I would like to provide information that will correct some factual errors in the article and offer my perspective. First, I must state that this agreement was not made in secret. The Qatar International Program was posted on the Governing Board’s public agenda four different times. There was considerable open, public discussion of this program during the Board meetings, in particular when the agreement was being negotiated and then approved by the trustees in December. A second issue is one of information omission. Students accepted into the Qatar program are employees of the Qatari Coast Guard, which currently does not include women. …

Cartoon by Wendy Gracia

Weak administration needs to change

  Former Interim Vice President of Human Resources Lynn Solomita is a liar. Bold statement? Yes, but a true one. She was caught red handed when the Superior Court turned over a document she vehemently denied existed. In one of the more brazen acts of mendacious behavior this institution has seen since the criminal trio of Raj Chopra, Nick Alioto and Yolanda Salcido slithered among us, Solomita has once again embarrassed Southwestern College and forces us to wonder if it …

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Sex and the Sun: Fake orgasms can leave the wrong impression

Fake it until you make it, right? Wrong. According to the National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior, 85 percent of men said that their partner had an orgasm during the last time they had sex. Only 64 percent of the women reported actually having one. That is more than a few orgasms that are not being accounted for. These men think that women are having orgasms because that is what they are led to believe. Lying about having an …

By Christian Olivares

Males can be feminists, too

“For every girl who is tired of acting weak when she is strong, there is a boy tired of appearing strong when he feels vulnerable. For every boy who is burdened with the constant expectation of knowing everything, there is a girl tired of people not trusting her intelligence.” – Nancy R. Smith, Poet. There is much controversy with the F word. It is enough to make people cringe or turn away in disgust. Men think that it is highly …