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Oregon repeals religious clothing ban, amen to that.

Alexandra Brell

March 8, 2010

Oregon legislature recently repealed a law, dating back to the 1920’s, which banned public school teachers from wearing religious clothing while in the classroom. This is cause for celebration as it puts personal freedoms first in place of the silly notion that such garb was a subtle infiltration over...

Coffee competition crowns barista ‘Best in the West’

Alexandra Brell

March 3, 2010

Julie Mayer was lost in a daydream thinking about coffee. “Sorry I just spaced out there. I was thinking about seasonal espresso.” This is not the daydream of an average Joe, but coming from Mayer, it is no surprise. “I love coffee. I love making it. I love talking about it,” she ...

Peer educators teach students about the Blues

Alexandra Brell

February 25, 2010

[audio:|titles=The Blues Project by Alexandra Brell] Vaheh Hartoonian was running late for his geography class a year and a half ago. There was a special presentation that day, but the English and communications double major only c...

A little goes a long way, even without celebrity

Alexandra Brell

February 24, 2010

What do Hurricane Katrina, the tsunami of 2004, and the Haiti earthquake have in common? A celebrity-studded cry to raise money for victims followed each natural disaster. There is nothing like the worst of Mother Nature to bring out the best in a celebrity. There is nothing like the best of a celebrity...

This Tea Party could get out of hand

Alexandra Brell

February 16, 2010

There is a relatively new political movement mobilizing in the right wing and I’m apprehensive. The movement, like the Republican platform, protests “excessive government spending and taxation” and has a literal interpretation of the Constitution. They cite three core values they feel should guide...

Not so fresh French cuisine

Alexandra Brell

February 7, 2010

In a strip mall off the 134 highway, nestled between a nail salon and a dry cleaner, is Bistro Provence, a quaint restaurant that claims to specialize in the foods from the French Provence region. I have never been to the south of France, but I am confident the food does not taste like what is served at Bistro. If so, the Fren...

Associated Students has new chief of staff after two years

Alexandra Brell

February 3, 2010

Associated Students (A.S.) has a new chief of staff. James Pilkington, 20, a junior economics major was appointed by A.S. President Abel Pacheco. Pilkington is the first to hold this seat in the past two years as previous A.S. presidents chose not to fill the position, said Leanne Vincent, A.S. coordinator of student leadership. The chief of staff ...

Fan or casual spectator: There are no losers at a Super Bowl party

Alexandra Brell

February 2, 2010

One of the most anticipated sporting events of the year takes place on February 7. Either for the game or the commercials, most people are looking forward to the Super Bowl. It provides all the reason one needs to have a party. This can be a well thought out extravaganza, or it can be as simple as...

Even if marijuana was legalized in the state of California, strict child regulation and education is the responsibility of parents

Alexandra Brell

February 2, 2010

Last week, the Los Angeles City Council approved an ordinance that will shut down hundreds of medical marijuana dispensaries within the next few months. Medicinal marijuana use is legal, but any move around this subject spurns greater debate of the legalization of recreational marijuana use in the city and state. There is an enormous amount of in...

Athletes make mistakes, too. Is it so hard to say ‘I’m sorry?’

Alexandra Brell

January 26, 2010

Many baseball fans remember the weekend the Detroit Tigers lost their division lead last season. They were four games ahead and were playing a three-game series against the White Sox. First baseman, power slugger and American League MVP contender Miguel Cabrera went 0 for 11 that weekend and the Tiger...

One in 33,000: Graduating to a new career path

Alexandra Brell

January 24, 2010

Upon first meeting Elizabeth Jurgensen, a first-year grad student, most noticeable is the way she speaks with purpose and determination.  It is these specific characteristics that keep her on the path to a graduate degree and a new chapter of her life. Jurgensen was putting her business and fina...

Depression in a fantasy world

Alexandra Brell

January 18, 2010

Chances are most of you saw at least one movie over the semester break. Chances are you remained emotionally unscathed as a result. Chances are, though, some of you have fallen prey to the “Avatar" blues. When I first heard about this epidemic, I rolled my eyes so high and far back in my head it hurt. ...

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