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No on Prop 46

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Calvin Ratana

October 29, 2014

  Let’s put it this way, no one wants a professional healthcare worker to be drunk or high off drugs while on their shift. Also, in today’s society financial compensation for wrongdoings is commonplace, because money can somehow fix everything. Proposition 46 aims to address the pr...

Addiction to pills for depression needs to end

Illustration by Sarah Casscaden / Contributor

Calvin Ratana

September 16, 2014

  “I don’t know what I’m doing anymore. There’s no purpose to this, I just want to die.” I know, that’s such a cliche line to introduce the topic of depression. But everyday I come home, I hear my mother speak those lines. In fact, for as long as I remember, my mother has a...

Let’s end the cycle of student debt

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Calvin Ratana

August 27, 2014

    College is expensive. Well, no shit. By today, college is now being associated with rising tuition and an ever-increasing mountain of debt. The topic of student debt has become something that politicians are now using to sway favor from a growing voting population that is st...

Promise zones don’t seem to be much of a promise

The stark contrast between the affluent businessmen and those living in poverty in Los Angeles can be seen literally across the street from each other. Photo credit: David J. Hawkins/Photo Editor

Calvin Ratana

April 30, 2014

Remember back in February when President Barack Obama said in his State of the Union address that he would find a solution to the problem of poverty and homelessness in America? Well, Obama’s answer is the Promise Zone program. But what exactly is the Promise Zone program? The US Department of...

Race still matters in the college admissions process

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Calvin Ratana

April 16, 2014

“Affirmative action was the government’s first and only program that attempted to combat institutional racism.” Those words rang loud in my head, as my high school teacher taught my class the history of affirmative action and what the program is. And as the years progressed, I started to see why my...

AS presidential debate brings pretty words but no answers

Jesus Martinez Ramirez, president candidate for the

Calvin Ratana

March 25, 2014

One of the most remarkable ironies I see around the CSUN’s campus is Associated Students (AS). Bluntly put, we as students know that AS exists. We know they deal with the decision-making pertaining to the direction our school takes when it involves students. We also pay an AS fee of $172 per year (...

DACA is only a bandage for a gaping wound in America

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Calvin Ratana

March 19, 2014

Imagine being forced out of a place you have called home for the past several years of your life. Imagine that in order to stay in your home, you must apply to stay there every two years. Imagine feeling alienated from your own household because of a situation you had no choice in. That is the ble...

America should stop meddling in Venezuela’s affairs

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Calvin Ratana

February 25, 2014

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is anti-democratic and the protesters are facists. Those are the words being thrown around by both sides in the hazy situation that is happening in Venezuela. To put the situation into context, there are massive protests happening around Venezuela that were, un...

Apologies are needed from both sides of WWII in order to move forward

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Calvin Ratana

February 25, 2014

America Needs to Apologize War is never a pretty picture. As countries fight each other, atrocities are committed by both sides for the sake of achieving victory. These wars are then written in history by the victor. Recently, a board member of the Japan Broadcasting Corp. (NHK), Naoki Hyakuta, claimed A...

End the injustices in America, end the prison industrial complex

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Calvin Ratana

February 19, 2014

After years of violating human rights, California’s prison addiction has been called out by the United States Supreme Court. The Supreme Court found that California’s overcrowded prisons violated human rights and has ordered Governor Jerry Brown to reduce the prison population. Brown asked for an extensio...

Raise your voices: Ethnic studies needs students to stand up

Illustration by Julie Salvaterria/Contributor

Calvin Ratana

February 17, 2014

Cal State Los Angeles’s Academic Senate meeting last month must have had a tense atmosphere as over 100 students, community members and activists jammed the room. But why are so many people attending an academic meeting, something most students would try to avoid? Because these students and community members wanted to hav...

Obama calls 2014 a year of action, but will it be one?

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Calvin Ratana

January 29, 2014

As usual, Obama began his sixth State of the Union address with a bunch of uplifting and tear-jerking stories that will eventually connect to his main points in his speech. But like any major political event, we, the American public, can catch a glimpse of what the world of politics is all about: fake ...

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