California Secures Testing Waiver, Implements Field Tests in Lieu of CSTs

OLIVIA CHEUNG Editor in Chief For the many Californian students who have been accustomed to the annual California State Tests (CST), this year marks a transition with the elimination of state tests in favor of common-core-aligned field tests. “We appreciate the Obama Administration’s approval of this important request, which will allow far more California students to get a hands-on experience

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CSU to Impose ‘Success Fees’

CINDY LUO REBECCA ZENG Staff Writers Besides regular annual tuition and other campus-based enrollment fees, thousands of undergraduate California State University (CSU) students are facing an extra charge for higher education in the form of student “success fees.” According to the Southern California Public Radio (SCPR), since 2011, CSUs have started to rely on students to help pay for more

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Prom Debuts at the Wallis Annenberg Building

DIANA LI DENISE TIEU News Editors On the night of April 5, over five hundred students attended Junior Council’s Prom. Held at the nearby California Science Center’s Wallis Annenberg Building, the dance began at 7 p.m. and concluded at 12 a.m. The site offered 32,000 square feet of scenery, including several water fountains and a Japanese garden. “Our location definitely

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Student Success Fees or Failure Fees?

JACQUELYN LOI BRIANA THAI Staff Writers California budget cuts have been an ongoing problem that have caused class sizes to increase, courses to be cut and a rise in college tuition. As a result, many California State Universities (CSUs) have considered implementing student success fees that would provide financial support to places around the campus that have a significant impact

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Genetic Tests: Say No to PGD

DEBORAH CHEN Copy Editor If you had the chance to ensure that your child would never inherit a disease that results from a genetic mutation, would you take it? The genetic testing of embryos has been around for over a decade; however, its use has increased in recent years due to more efficient methods and the discovery of disease-causing genes.

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Attempts to Maximize on Minimum Prison Time Falls Short

JANET GUAN Copy Editor Attorney general Eric Holder voiced his approval for changes concerning drug-related sentences. If approved, the Sentencing Commission proposal would lower the base offense of punishment to acts associated with drugs of varying quantities, while leaving harsher minimum sentences for severe drug offenses. While one of the proposal’s purposes is to decrease prison spending, addressing life after

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Test Your Collegial Knowledge

JADE LIEU Staff Writer True or False: 35% of recent college graduates are the first in their family to earn a bachelor’s degree. (False) (20%) Which is the most popular college major? A. Psychology B. Business C. Science, technology, engineering and mathematics D. Nursing (B.) Did you know? A bachelor’s degree adds about $15,000 in earning potential to a recent

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Degrees for Dollars

JOSEPH NEY-JUN Staff Writer In the past decade, the U.S. unemployment rates have risen to their highest level since the recession of the 1980’s with an unemployment rate of 10.1 percent in Oct. 2009. As of February the current unemployment rate is 6.7 percent and slowly declining, but what caused it to reach that height in the first place? In

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