No guns on campus, please
Dec08

No guns on campus, please

As gun control has become a major political topic within the past few years and mass shootings have rocked the nation from movie theaters to elementary schools, college campuses are questioning whether individuals should be allowed to carry within school zones. For everyone’s safety, they shouldn’t. The Gun-Free School Zone Act of 1995, California Penal Code 626.9 PC, prohibits the possession of firearms within school zones, unless...

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Student voice not properly represented in choosing next president
Dec08

Student voice not properly represented in choosing next president

The committee to hire the next president of Palomar College was dropped from two student representatives down to one. We at the Telescope think this is irresponsible of both the Governing Board and the student government president. The last Presidential Search Committee in 2003 consisted of two student representatives. The Governing Board decided to decrease that student number without any good reason and add more faculty members for...

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Petroleum is used in almost everything
Dec08

Petroleum is used in almost everything

Finally, the price of gasoline is falling. That’s always a big relief and an effective way to stimulate the economy. We are too busy to stop and think about the daily consumption of oil and gas, but almost everything we use or do has been produced using petroleum. Our ordinary day-to-day products have been made using plastic or wax in some form. Some of these might be clothes (all permanent press), sports equipment, office supplies,...

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Water restrictions are a good idea to help conserve resources
Dec08

Water restrictions are a good idea to help conserve resources

The numbers are scary. This is California’s third driest year in 119 years on record. Students need to get serious about saving water. The California Department of Water Resources reported that the state’s major reservoirs collectively holds only 60 percent of average storage for the date, or about 41 percent of capacity. It is not much more water than in 1977, California’s driest calendar year on record, where the state had 16...

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The perils of parking at Palomar: a first-person account
Dec08

The perils of parking at Palomar: a first-person account

As we all know, finding parking at Palomar College is a daily struggle for students. We all seem to acquire infamous parking nightmare stories at one point or another in our careers here. This story is not only highly relatable, but also explanatory of the parking issue that needs to be addressed more seriously. 9:32 a.m.: You arrive on campus already two minutes late to your 9:30 a.m. class. You longingly reminisce about those...

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Students need to know about concealed weapons
Dec01

Students need to know about concealed weapons

Guns and college campuses. These are two things that have never married well. The political environment surrounding the gun control debate in this country is a hot one: mired in rhetoric, propaganda and neatly laid-out talking points on both sides of the issue. But whether you are pro, con or largely apathetic, this is definitely an issue you should at least be informed about. Let’s face it: getting a carry concealed weapon (CCW)...

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