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Religiosity strangles generosity

Zachary Phillips

April 8, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

In the 1987 film "Wall Street," stock market cutthroat Gordon Gekko states that, "Greed, for lack of a better word, is good." After witnessing an army of evangelical Christians tear apart their own nonprofit charity, I'd argue that Gekko's words were a tad meek. Greed is God. For those wh...

Psychedelics offer prescription value

Psychedelics offer prescription value

Kevin Crittenden

April 8, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Psychedelics are on the way into the arsenal of pills psychiatrists use to quell restless minds.MDMA and LSD are being used in research studies to determine their effectiveness in relieving mental disorders like post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic anxiety. It’s about time. This is a ste...

Sexist messaging app misleads relationships

Sexist messaging app misleads relationships

April 7, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

What do fireworks, hand grenades and gender-specific apps have in common? All three are pieces of technology that, when put in the hands of stupid people, will blow up in their faces. Thanks to BroApp, an Android app for guys that automatically sends prewritten text messages to girlfriends, my faith...

Being honest about being green

April 7, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

The battle to be green in today's consumer marketplace is an increasingly tough one. It's even tougher to be green in our everyday lives. I recycle, but a stray wrapper or bottle sometimes finds its way into the wrong receptacle. I turn off lights when I leave rooms , but I have no less than four obj...

Learning changes stem from technology

April 5, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

There are times when I'm doing my homework and think, "Thank God for the Internet." Actually I’m thankful for the Internet all the time, whether I’m doing my homework or not. As millennials, we have grown up around social media. First Myspace then Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, the list g...

Intelligence isn’t limited to IQ

Intelligence isn’t limited to IQ

Valerie Teegardin

April 4, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Hot-cold, up-down, left-right, there's already enough dichotomies in society; smart-stupid shouldn't be one of them. Yet that's exactly how the education system views intelligence, like it's some black and white concept in which you're either smart, or you're not. What better way to figure out which c...

‘Ugly confidence’ shows hidden strength

‘Ugly confidence’ shows hidden strength

Prin Mayowa

April 3, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

It all started with a joke.I wasn’t sure if I was going to pull it off. This guy was standing across from me at a party. I thought he was really cute, and I wasn’t sure if he felt the same. But why would he? I’m not exactly a ten, and he totally was. By this point in the night I had deve...

Cesar Chavez day parties lack reverence

Yessenia Funes

April 1, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

The celebrations began Friday afternoon. As soon as students finished classes, cars began blasting the J.Rabbit remix to The Champs’ “Tequila” with passengers wearing sombreros. “Hmm, so this is a glimpse into Cesar Chavez Day,” I thought. I’ve heard of him before, but N...

Age marks milestones, not maturity

Age marks milestones, not maturity

Julianna Eveland

April 1, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I was wearing a complimentary sombrero and eating free ice cream the day I turned 18.The joy and excitement that came from something as simple as free dessert and a cool-looking Chevys Fresh Mex sombrero made me question that I was legally an adult. When I think of being an adult, I think of my pare...

Shedding light on death in America

Shedding light on death in America

Kevin Crittenden

March 31, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Death in America has become nearly invisible. There was a time when it happened at home, in front of everyone. Now dead and dying bodies are stuffed away in retirement homes, mortuaries and hospitals.Accident victims are cloaked under tarps. Animals that die so we can eat them are slaughtered by professional...

Pathways put student priorities in peril

Pathways put student priorities in peril

Matt Murphy

March 30, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

The ideology that general education is built on is solid: a well-rounded education creates well-rounded individuals who will become well-rounded members of society. This is why everyone has to take a history class.But that wasn't enough for the administrators of the California State University sy...

Opposing inequality of objectification

Opposing inequality of objectification

Zachary Phillips

March 30, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Commercial time. A swimsuit model saunters onto a sandy beach. It's a hot, sunny day — perfect weather for a cheeseburger. Dropping the Carl's Jr. bag on the sand, the model gets down on all fours and spreads out a beach towel. Arching his back like an alley cat, he takes a slow bite of his semi-gourmet ...

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