Affirmative Action: Is it fair?

With origins dating back to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, affirmative action, as defined by the West Encyclopedia of American Law, currently “refers to both mandatory and voluntary programs intended to affirm the civil rights of designated classes of individuals by taking positive action to protect them [from discrimination].” Such laws and programs, usually instituted in higher education and the American workplace, generally have goals of promoting diversity and making up for past cases of discrimination. This, however, was not always the case.

December 14, 2017
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Investigating claims of carcinogenic turf

November 16, 2017

The San Mateo Civil Grand Jury has investigated the considerable health and safety concerns regarding recycled tire rubber, or “crumb rubber,” used for playground and athletic field surfaces. On July 10, the grand jury released a report urging school districts, including the San Mateo Union High School District, to stop the use of turf derived from rubber tires until an ongoing study by the Environmental Protection Agency provides further data on the health effects. Currently, the school’s football field is an artificial turf field, which has crumb rubber.

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Master of None: The Jack of all Trades

May 22, 2017

A year and a half after the premiere of the first season of “Master of None,” Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang finally released the long awaited second season of the show on May 12, 2017. Much of the season was filmed in Italy, where Ansari was working, so the second season of the show featured a cultural twist. The creators, Ansari and Yang, did extensive research in order to accurately…

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September 2016 Centerspread Sources

General/Infographics: http://www.payscale.com/data-packages/gender-pay-gap http://www.fastcompany.com/3053226/strong-female-lead/what-the-gender-pay-gap-looks-like-by-industry http://www.iwpr.org/initiatives/pay-equity-and-discrimination Sports: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2015/sep/11/how-women-in-tennis-achieved-equal-pay-us-open https://www.womenssportsfoundation.org/home/research/articles-and-reports/equity-issues/pay-inequity https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/basketballs-gender-wage-gap-is-even-worse-than-you-think U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Refuses to Play on Turf Hollywood: http://www.forbes.com/sites/natalierobehmed/2015/10/13/jennifer-lawrence-speaks-out-on-making-less-than-male-co-stars/#7684f4c27095 http://www.salon.com/2016/07/12/the_growing_gender_divide_over_ghostbusters_why_movies_starring_women_get_slimed_by_male_critics/ http://chicago.suntimes.com/entertainment/ghostbusters-reboot-a-horrifying-mess/ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/ghostbusters-film-review-909313 http://www.forbes.com/sites/natalierobehmed/2016/08/25/the-worlds-highest-paid-actors-2016-the-rock-leads-with-knockout-64-5-million-year/#52b96c4845da http://www.forbes.com/sites/natalierobehmed/2016/08/23/the-worlds-highest-paid-actresses-2016-jennifer-lawrence-banks-46-million-payday-ahead-of-melissa-mccarthy/#359773ff44d6 https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2016/sep/02/amy-schumer-throws-sexist-heckler-out-of-stockholm-show http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/anne-hathaway-to-moms-there-is-no-shame-in-gaining-weight-during-pregnancy_us_57a9d5b9e4b0b770b1a43e87 There is no shame in gaining weight during pregnancy (or ever). There is no shame if it takes longer than you think it will to lose the weight (if you want to lose it at all). There is no shame in finally breaking down…

September 15, 2016
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Aragon responds to minimum wage increase

By Richard Yu and Langston Swiecki One of the few economic issues that affect high schoolers is the minimum wage, as students who work often work at or around this limit. Per a measure that the State Senate and State Assembly passed on March 31 and that California Gov. Jerry Brown signed on April 4, the California minimum wage will increase gradually over six years to $15 an hour by 2022….

May 26, 2016
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