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Legalizing recreational marijuana use will not help minorities, but decriminalizing it can

by Julie Cappiello, Staff Writer

April 18, 2018

Filed under Opinion

Marijuana is now legal for recreational use, yet people are sitting in jail for marijuana-related convictions. The legalization of recreational use in nine states and decriminalization in 13 is not enough to fight the racial ...

It’s about time students took a stand against gun violence

by Julie Cappiello, Staff Writer

March 14, 2018

Filed under Opinion

The Stoneman Douglas High School shooting sparked a movement across the nation advocating for gun reform. That movement hit San Diego State University with Wednesday’s SDSU Walkout for Gun Violence Prevention. Since the shooting ...

Tuition price hike will make out-of-state students pay the price

by Julie Cappiello, Staff Writer

February 21, 2018

Filed under Opinion

The California State University Board of Trustees postponed its vote on the fall 2018 tuition increase to May due to lack of funding for Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed budget. Brown’s budget includes millions of dollars less than ...

Why is hate speech still protected in 2018?

by Julie Cappiello, Staff Writer

February 7, 2018

Filed under Opinion

White supremacist groups are trying to recruit college students on campuses nationwide. These groups are notorious for their spread of hate speech, but the First Amendment still protects them in 2018. The Anti-Defemation Le...

Stronger action needed to stop mass shootings in U.S.

by Julie Cappiello, Staff Writer

November 15, 2017

Filed under Opinion

In 1996 San Diego State student, Frederick Martin Davidson, shot and killed three professors during master’s thesis defense. He was spared the death penalty and was sentenced to three consecutive life sentences without the possibility...

Sexual assault issue always swept under the rug, needs to be aired out

by Julie Cappiello, Contributor

October 18, 2017

Filed under Opinion

Harvey Weinstein’s recent sexual assault accusations bring to light the sexual assault conversation once again. The same conversations come up every month. Gun control, racism, sexual assault — the list goes on. Instead of...

Understand what #TakeAKnee really stands for

by Julie Cappiello, Contributor

October 4, 2017

Filed under Opinion

There are dark forces haunting America — a shadow of hate has fallen over the country. While it has always been there, it is now darker than ever. President Donald Trump’s comments in Huntsville, Alabama encouraging coaches...