The Sundial

Swifter, higher, stronger with an unfair advantage

Pam Tapper

February 8, 2010

Pamela Tapper Contributing reporter In 1896, Baron Pierre de Coupertin initiated the motto, Swifter, Higher, Stronger for the Olympics. In his vision of the modern Olympics, I don’t think he had performance enhancing drugs in mind.  Unfortunately some athletes have chosen to use performance enhancing dru...

Secret Service blows it

Pam Tapper

December 9, 2009

At the first State party of the Obama Administration, a couple managed to get through the first security check point at the party. This is very terrifying to me. I remember when President Kennedy was shot and killed from a book depository in Dallas, Texas, more than 40 years ago. I would hope that with t...

Face the reality that death is a part of life

Pam Tapper

December 7, 2009

If a person is in a hospital or a nursing home, the last two months of life are the most expensive. Medicare paid $50 billion last year for the last two months of patients’ lives, more than the government spent on education or the Department of Homeland Security. It is also estimated that 20 to 30...

Face the reality that death is a part of life

Pam Tapper

December 7, 2009

If a person is in a hospital or a nursing home, the last two months of life are the most expensive. Medicare paid $50 billion last year for the last two months of patients’ lives, more than the government spent on education or the Department of Homeland Security. It is also estimated that 20 to 30...

A change of venue for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

Pam Tapper

December 1, 2009

United States Attorney General Eric Holder, Jr. was met with criticism from Republican senators when he announced recently, that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four alleged co-conspirators will be tried in a New York federal court. Some Republican senators fear that the trial could free some of t...

Priority of distribution is disturbing

Pam Tapper

November 18, 2009

On Nov. 5, Trish Regan, the anchor for CNBC’s ‘The Call,’ reported that some Wall Street firms had received significant doses of H1N1 vaccines. Goldman Sachs reportedly received 200 doses, and Citigroup received 1,200 doses. “I’m six weeks away from delivering twins, and I couldn’t get t...

Tseng College offers classes during the winter break

Pam Tapper

November 16, 2009

As most students are in a blur after the holidays, some motivated students are taking classes every day, including weekends, for the first two weeks of January. The Winter Term/Intersession 2010 is a short, highly concentrated session of classes offered by the Tseng College. A student may only take three to four units per session, because ea...

The results of discipline disorder

Pam Tapper

November 10, 2009

Two Northwest Airline pilots were recently suspended for missing their final destination by 150 miles. Their claim was that they were looking at their laptops and had the communications turned off. There were 144 passengers on the flight. The pilots distractions were risking the lives of those 144 p...

Obama’s control is a slippery slope

Pam Tapper

November 3, 2009

In an unprecedented move, it was announced recently that the Obama administration would cut the salaries of 25 top executives of the seven largest banking firms in the country. For a presidential administration to propose wage control on a major company is a slippery slope toward government control. It...

Snowe is the hope for the party of no

Pam Tapper

October 20, 2009

Senator Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, was the only Republican to vote for the Senate Finance Committee’s bill on health care. Could she be the hope for bipartisanship, and for the party of no? With its constant obstructionist votes, the Republican Party has become known as the party of no, rejecting eve...

Hate and the Internet

Pam Tapper

October 13, 2009

A few weeks ago, the Sundial published a story about the Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (MEChA), a student organization, which was the target of surveillance by the LAPD. The Sundial received over a hundred online responses to the story. Some were negative responses from critics of MEChA. Some...

Educational Opportunity Program cutbacks due to budget crisis

Pam Tapper

October 12, 2009

A freeway commute of 20 miles before 8 a.m. and working sometimes until 10 p.m. six days a week is the plight of an engineering student who has had his funds cut from the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) due to the California budget crisis. Nineteen-year-old Ernesto Ruiz’s life dramatically...

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