Pro-Marriage President

By now I’m sure you’ve heard the news: Barack Obama became the first president in the history of the United States to openly endorse gay marriage. Since the POTUS voiced his support for marriage equality via interview with ABC on May 9, he has received an earful from both supporters and opponents.

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UC Local Governance

In the last few months, a push for individual UC schools to have more autonomy has increased, with UCSF calling for more independence and the Center for Studies in Higher Education at Berkeley releasing a memo in favor of local governance.

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Rise of the Young Voter

As the upcoming election approaches, all eyes and ears are centered on the candidates, but who is watching and hearing us? Every four years, presidential candidates stretch the horizons of their campaign to cover as many demographics as possible in hopes of attaining a multifaceted base of supporters. Amongst the many minorities that politicians lobby for, the vote of the youth continues to get overlooked.

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The Fight for the Future of the Internet: What’s Next?

In the last few months, Internet privacy bills such as SOPA/PIPA and CISPA have been introduced in Congress, posing various threats to the freedom of the World Wide Web. Though SOPA/PIPA were defeated earlier in the year, attention has arrived to another piece of legislation called the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA). This bill is aimed at limiting the amount of “cyber threats” and sharing of “private intellectual property.”

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Stem Cell Research

In 2009, President Obama overturned a policy enacted by the Bush administration that put limits on stem cell research. With the lift of several restrictions and a change in political climate, scientists felt that a breakthrough in treatments using stem cells was inevitable. Fast-forward three years. Here we are in 2012; any monumental achievement? No. Unfortunately, a dearth of economic investments in this field of science are to blame for the lack of discoveries made with stem cell research in the United States.

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Rihanna and Chris For-never

To the dismay of many of her fans and the general public, singer Rihanna released a remix of her song “Birthday Cake” with ex-boyfriend and former abuser, Chris Brown. The release of her song stirred outrage from the media and the public, especially those on social networking websites. These new developments put into question whether or not Rihanna’s public actions in dealing with this situation are respectable.

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Gay Rights Beyond the Courtroom

With news of LGBT victories such as the recent overturning of California Proposition 8 and the nearly ratified gay marriage bill in the state of Washington, it is easy to forget that there are still strides to be made and issues to address on behalf of the gay community nationwide. For several years, the focus of gay rights has been primarily centered on adults; whether it is pushing for marriage laws, healthcare protections or adoption rules. Though these legal decrees in regards to the LGBT community are of the utmost importance on a political scale — as they should be — the protection of the younger gay population deserves national attention.

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