OPINION: Student loan forgiveness deserves more attention

December 8, 2018

Only 26 people have been approved out of nearly 34,000 borrowers who have applied to a popular student loan forgiveness plan. These figures were released at a conference held by the Education Department last week. CNBC reports that so far more than 20,000 applications for a popular student loan forgiveness plan are pending.

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OPINION: Cal Grant requires aid increase

California Community Colleges should expand the Cal Grant program that gives to more than 300,000 students a year. The California Community Colleges’ Board of Governors voted to formally ask the next Legislature and governor to expand the Cal Grant in their 2019-2020 Budget and Legislative Request published in September.

November 10, 2018
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Test strips bring awareness to fentanyl-laced drugs

October 21, 2018

By Miguel Barragan The public should be aware of the lethal substance fentanyl that is found in drug batches all across the globe. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is estimated to be 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine even in tiny doses. Two milligrams of the substance is enough to kill most people. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there were nearly 30,000 overdose deaths in…

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Clean energy moves forward

By Miguel Barragan  Much-needed clean energy initiatives were signed into law following Governor Jerry Brown’s Executive Order to achieve carbon neutrality by 2045. Brown signed SB-100 on Sept. 10, the same day he signed the EO. Like the EO, the bill establishes that 100 percent of all electricity in California by the end of 2045 must be achieved through renewable and zero-carbon energy resources. The end goal of the bill…

October 15, 2018
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Mental health services offer help to students

By Miguel Barragan Mental health services are more important than ever, after new international survey revealed one third of college freshman suffer from mental health symptoms. The World Health Organization’s World Mental Health International College Student Initiative, published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology on Sept. 13, had over 13,000 students from nineteen colleges in eight countries, including Mexico and the U.S., participate. Researchers found 35 percent of students reported…

October 7, 2018
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