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Opinion: De-police: Do not call 911

Opinion: De-police: Do not call 911

Ryan Chen, Photo Editor

May 7, 2018


Filed under Opinions

Police presence is not necessary, and the police should not be called in non life-threatening situations. According to a story in the Mercury News, the First Congregational Church of Oakland is vowing not to call the police during resolvable confrontations with homeless or mentally handicapped indivi...

Public transportation: An inconvenient necessity

Lorie Anne Reyes, Staff Reporter

May 2, 2018


Filed under Opinions

Many are looking to public transportation to reduce traffic and commute times, but all public transportation does is waste time and cause stress. Nuisances such as delays, overcrowding, restricted hours, nauseating odors, no personal space, and fare increases are just a few of the downfalls of public transportation. Crime is also a risk when taking public transit. Theft, violence, and exposure to drug use are all unpleasant and alarming possibilities. And let’s not forget that on top of all that, you could still encounter traffic and be late!

Superhero films still going strong

Ethan Bennett, Staff Reporter

May 1, 2018


Filed under Opinions

Some can’t stand superhero movies anymore, but they still belong at the top of the box office, and I can’t wait see more. Recently, acclaimed director James Cameron openly criticized Marvel’s latest film, “Avengers: Infinity War,” and addressed what he calls “Avengers fatigue.” According ...

PREVIEW: De Anza’s website gets a much-needed update

PREVIEW: De Anza’s website gets a much-needed update

Genevieve Kolar, Editor in Chief

April 30, 2018


Filed under Campus Beat, Opinions

*Editor's note: a previous version of this article stated that Vice President of Student Services Rob Mieso is related to a member of our editorial staff, which is false.* De Anza College’s website has been an eyesore for years now. Despite our “heart of Silicon Valley” location and abundance...

Trump’s military tweets degrade presidential office

Trump’s military tweets degrade presidential office

Rebecca Arnone, Staff Reporter

April 25, 2018


Filed under Opinions

While President Donald Trump’s social media presence is informative, he should not use Twitter to command our military.   Trump has used Twitter to announce the “fake news awards,” to promote his favorite Fox News shows like “Justice with Judge Jeanine” and “Fox and Friends” and to announce military strikes in Syria. Pronouncing military strategy in the same manner as his demagoguery diminishes the importance of such an announcement.

Opinion: Dishonest administration endangers baseball players

Matt Risko, Staff Reporter

April 23, 2018


Filed under Opinions

De Anza College’s administration clearly demonstrated that student safety is not its top priority by placing Erich Raich, head coach of our baseball team, on administrative leave for trying to keep his team safe by fixing their mistake. When the team walked onto the field on February 24 for a game against Folsom Lake, they found that Robert Bothman’s construction company used clay for ceramic pots in the pitcher’s mound. This clay does not stay firm and sinks like mud, creating a serious injury risk.

Zuckerberg hearing not a joke

Zuckerberg hearing not a joke

Jeffrey Windham, Staff Reporter

April 23, 2018


Filed under Opinions

Our biggest takeaway from Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony on April 10 should not be memes about his robotic demeanor, but knowledge that Facebook has been spreading misinformation and protecting itself from liabilities while leaving its user’s information exposed. Until now, Facebook has been mostly self-regulated and operated with little transparency. Lawmakers should be acting on behalf of the people by holding Facebook accountable and working towards security.

Attention petitioners: Go away

Simone Clay, Staff Reporter

April 18, 2018


Filed under Debate, Opinions

Petitioners at De Anza College should leave our campus and never come back. Students at De Anza are constantly bombarded with petitions. Despite the mostly optimistic spirits on campus, some students just want to get to class without the distraction of intolerable petitioners. They don’t need your time or attention, nor do you owe them anything. They’re smart for coming on to campuses because they can easily pry on the naive, more approachable students and get signatures or a simple response.

Campus petitions essential to De Anza awareness

Ethan Maneja, Staff Reporter

April 16, 2018


Filed under Debate, Opinions

You are walking on campus to the cafeteria or an upcoming class when you see someone approach you and hear the words that you really don’t want to hear: “Would you like to sign a petition in support of this legislation?” Petitioners, donation collectors and the occasional inflammatory fire-and-brimstone preacher are common sights at De Anza College, yet among these visitors, petitioners play a particularly vital role in our local and federal governments’ political processes. They are an essential part of our campus, whether we like their presence or not.

Administration cannot limit free speech, for better or for worse

John Bricker, Opinions Editor

March 29, 2018


Filed under Opinions

De Anza College should not and could not impose limits on free speech to discourage white supremacists and hate preachers on campus. On Nov. 9, 2017, a man carrying a sign listing kinds of sinners hated by God, accompanied by two companions, preached his cruel version of Christianity to a crowd that...