| Nov 11, 2013
| 7:06 PM
As a freshman at Cal State San Marcos, Cipriano Vargas' grades were so low, his part-time job waiting tables so consuming and his home life with eight siblings so chaotic that he was on the verge of dropping out.
The first-generation college student and...
| Oct 24, 2013
| 5:14 PM
California has shared two conference football championships since 1960. Its basketball team has won one title during that time.
Now the Bears sit atop the Pac-12 Conference schools in the least desirable standings.
Golden Bears athletes have the worst...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 7:00 AM
A thick, unrelenting heat permeated the Louisiana sets of "12 Years a Slave" — 100-degree-plus temperatures so intense they stifled breath. The moment a scene wrapped, cast and crew would take refuge in air-conditioned cars parked nearby. One member...
| Oct 14, 2013
| 9:01 PM
California's community college system is considering a controversial effort to offer four-year degrees, a move designed to boost the number of students who graduate and are more prepared for the workforce.
The change would require legislation...
| Oct 14, 2013
| 6:59 PM
A state oversight agency Monday sent an urgent message to California’s higher education leaders and public officials: out with the old, in with the new.
In a report on the future of higher education, the Little Hoover Commission said that it&...
| Sep 26, 2013
Louis C.K., once merely a gifted comedian, is now a holy man.
Last week, C.K. told Conan O'Brien that he doesn't let his daughters have smartphones. Children who communicate primarily through social media, he explained, don't learn basic interpersonal...
| Sep 22, 2013
Five years ago, the future looked bright for Janet Barker and her family.
The eighth-grade English teacher had a secure job with annual raises. Her younger daughter was excited to be starting at UC Santa Cruz. Her divorce was about to be finalized,...
| Sep 20, 2013
| 5:00 AM
In a packed pub in midtown Manhattan, Ryan Flagherty is surrounded on three sides by people clamoring for his attention.
He spins one way and pours a shot of vodka into a glass, then turns around and wedges a lime into a bottle of Corona, pushing it...
| Sep 10, 2013
| 7:57 AM
UC Berkeley is again the highest-ranked public university in closely watched university rankings released Tuesday by U.S. News & World Report.
Berkeley tied with Georgetown for 20th among national universities overall, despite some scoring changes...
| Sep 9, 2013
| 9:05 PM
Crosstown rivals UCLA and USC are tied again in the closely watched university rankings by U.S. News & World Report, despite some scoring changes that give more weight to students’ graduation rates.
UCLA and USC shared the 23rd place among best...
| Sep 9, 2013
| 9:02 PM
Crosstown rivals UCLA and USC are tied again in the closely watched university rankings by U.S. News & World Report, despite some scoring changes that give more weight to students' graduation rates.
UCLA and USC shared the 23rd place among best national...