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UC fundraising campaign should be emulated within CSU The fundraising campaign at the University of California just got a little stranger. Two weeks ago, the UC ended its six-week Promise for Education campaign, which aimed to raise scholarship money for UC students in need. During the six-week campaign, students, alumni and administrators raised $1.3 million for the UC by agreeing to perform unique tasks in exchange for donations. According to the Los Angeles Times, one UC student agreed to wear a fake horse head around campus for week in ur iew aexchange for a $200 donation. Another group of students offered to wash several cars for $1,230. Supporters of this campaign included celebrities David Spade, Jamie Foxx and Wilmer Valderrama. The top fundraiser in the campaign was UC Irvine Chancellor Michael Drake, according to the LA Times. In exchange for $21,443 in donations, Drake agreed to lead the top donors on a bike ride. With a need for scholarship funding in public higher education, we admire the UC’s unique fundraising campaign. With nearly 4,000 donors participating in the Promise for Education campaign, the campaign was clearly successful. Performing zany tasks to raise $1.3 million for students in need is something the Cal State University should consider emulating. We all know that money is hard to come by in these tough budgetary times. Last week, the CSU Board of Trustees showed that Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed state funding for the system in 2014-15 is $95.4 million less than what the CSU desires.



If the CSU was to launch a similar campaign for scholarship astonishing. Some critics of the UC campaign may say that performing funny or ridiculous tasks could undermine the prestige or credibility of the UC system. But when you need money, you need money. We don’t think UC students, professors, and alumni should

demean themselves for donations, but wearing a horse head around campus for $200 couldn’t hurt. The UC is looking to provide students with more scholarships. That alone shines a favorable light on the system. If these campaigns can bring public universities more money for students, then we’re all for it. We’d like to see a similar scholarship campaign in the CSU. Innovation like this campaign are needed to freshen things up.

Death penalty should be abolished for constitutional reasons Although it was the subject of intense national debate in the 1970s, the issue of whether the death penalty is constitutional has faded considerably in recent years. Discussions regarding the archaic form of punishment have seemingly disappeared from national headlines. In accordance with his dedication to human rights causes, former President Jimmy Carter recently spoke out about his view on the death penalty. “It’s time for the [U.S.] Supreme Court to look at the totality of the death penalty once again,” Carter said to The Guardian. “My preference would be for the court to rule that it is cruel and unusual punishment, which would make it prohibitive under the US Constitution.” Although the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled since 1976 that the death penalty is constitutional, it’s easy to see that the nation’s highest court

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should rethink its position on such a controversial form of punishment. If the Supreme Court hears a case on the constitutionality of the death penalty, an argument can be made to justify its repeal under the Sixth and Eighth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution. In the U.S. Constitution, the Sixth Amendment states that the achane cused have a right to trial by an impartial jury in all criminal prosecutions. The Sixth Amendment also gives the accused a right to “be confronted with the witnesses against [them].”


ceeding, including the sentencing portion. According to University of Richmond School of Law professor John G. Douglass, however, the the Sixth Amendment. In a 2005 article he wrote for the Columbia Law Review, Douglass said the Supreme Court has ruled that the accused have only the right to ewell counsel at sentencing proceedings. Why shouldn’t a jury be present at a capital sentencing proceeding? If the accused are denied such a fundamental right, it can be argued the death penalty is unconstitutional under the Sixth Amendment. Perhaps the most logical reason to abolish the death penalty is its apparent unconstitutionality under the Eighth Amendment.


sense, then it can be inferred that the accused have the right to confront the witnesses against them and a trial by jury in all steps of their pro-

The amendment bans the use of cruel and unusual punishment in any form. As to what exactly constitutes “cruel and unusual punishment,” no one knows exactly. What can be a more cruel and unusual form of punishment than death? If someone is given a death sentence, that person clearly does not have a chance to reform his or herself for the crime allegedly committed. Yes, there are people who should be punished severely for heinous crimes like murder and rape. Should they have to die for their crimes, though? Instead of trying to reform prisoners, it seems like those who support the death penalty are more concerned with playing God. Abolish the death penalty. We’re not living in Stone Age anymore. Shane Newell is a junior journalism major and the opinions editor at the Daily 49er.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Campus Voice What are your thoughts on the Promise for Education campaign? Should the CSU adopt a similar campaign? Why?

“There’s no harm in it. I’m up for raising [scholarship] funds. Why not?”

- Julamita Ortiz, junior sociology major

“I would support [a CSU fundraising campaign]. I would be down to participate in it.” - Monica Meas, senior healthcare administration major

“I’d support it. It’s for a good cause.”

“If they want to do it, go ahead. I’d wear a fake horse head [for donations].”

- Jesus Sanchez, junior human development major

- Monica Flores, sophomore human development major

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