Robert Rivera was the one of the greatest educators of our lifetime [“La Verne mourns mentor,” Feb. 20]. I still think of him today as I practice law. Robert Rivera’s teaching transcended the classroom. He built character and contributed to University of La Verne’s reputation in the academic community more than probably anyone will ever realize.
Albert A. Zakarian
Class of 1985
What is the Campus Times thinking? Have they lost their focus?
In the past two weeks, I have read stories on the late breaking news that students are bringing home cell phones [“La Verne students bring cell phones home,” Feb. 27] and textbook prices are inflated [Feb. 20]. The appearance of these two articles makes me feel that the Times is severely out of touch with reality. In an informal survey in one of my classes last semester, 100 percent of the students had a cell phone, so it’s far from as “innovative” as the Times would like to portray it. I have had mine since I even applied to ULV four years ago. The choice of interviewing a UC Irvine student for the article was poor as well. As I mentioned, 100 percent of the students in one of my classes last semester had cell phones, I’m sure one of them would have been available for the article. The class was even in the same building as the Campus Times’ office!
The news that textbook prices are inflated was also not so “news” to me. This was something that I figured out in the fall of my freshman year. Yet here we are, almost halfway through the spring semester, and the Campus Times is just now informing us of this revelation.
Meanwhile, as I write this on election day, I fail to see my fellow students going to the polls to cast their votes in one of the most important elections that many students have been able to vote in. With some major bond issues on the ballot and a Presidential candidate to be chosen, I couldn’t imagine myself NOT voting for my future. Yet the Campus Times doesn’t feel that it would be newsworthy to remind the students at our school to get involved in the democratic process that we are so privileged to have here in the United States and vote for these issues and candidates.
I hope that the editors of the Campus Times will wake up sometime soon and finally be able to decipher newsworthy events from the crap that has been published lately.