The Orion

Deadline dread’s vicious circle

Alyssa Dunning // December 13, 2014

I've been writing for The Orion this entire semester, and still I waited until the last minute to write this article. I really do try to be on top of my assignments, but it just never seems to work...

Bizarre beauty fads boggle my mind

Alyssa Dunning // December 6, 2014

While searching on Pinterest for DIY projects I will never actually do, I came across a recipe for armpit bleaching lotion. I was completely baffled. When did I miss this trend? I started looking at my...

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How a lone fart set me free.

Alyssa Dunning // December 4, 2014

The other day I was asking my professor if I could use the word "dick" — meaning a jerk — in my final project because it rhymed. Someone overheard and yelled out to the rest of the class that I...

Feminism ruins everything

Alyssa Dunning // November 30, 2014

I've always considered myself a feminist, but it wasn't until my women's history class at Chico State that I really understood what that meant.Feminism taught me to think critically and scrutinize everything...

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Higher education is above cliques

Alyssa Dunning // November 24, 2014

I was never really popular in high school, except for the semesters I was homeschooled, and I beat out my twin for homecoming queen. In fact, when I attended high school, I avoided football games,...

Nostalgia is no longer just for the elderly

Alyssa Dunning // November 13, 2014

It seems like every time I log into a social media site some one is having a nostalgic overload.My generation's obsession with the past is a bit premature. While I understand students bonding over an old...

Family holidays aren’t worth fretting over

Alyssa Dunning // November 8, 2014

I love the holiday season, but sometimes I have to ditch out on family for my own health. Once someone reaches adulthood, holidays become a lot more difficult to navigate. Family gatherings are great,...

Illustration by Zach Phillips

Pamphlet protesters pushy, don’t persuade

Alyssa Dunning // November 3, 2014

It's the age old story: girl meets boy, boy hands girl pamphlet, girl changes entire belief because of it. This must be how religious groups, companies and causes view their literature. Why else...

Digital age reveals horrors of parenthood

Alyssa Dunning // October 30, 2014

Babies are adorable, but only when I can hand them back when they start to cry.I'm a married woman, about to be a college graduate. It is time to start thinking about my next steps in life. For a while...

Illustration by Zachary Phillips

How queer folk can best support allies

Alyssa Dunning // October 27, 2014

I've been fighting for LGBT+ rights my entire adult life. It isn't a choice for me, it is just the right thing to do. However, sometimes it feels like allies are treated more like enemies when they...

Students disagree over LGBT+ allyship

Alyssa Dunning // October 18, 2014

[View the story "What role should LGBT+ allies play?" on Storify]Leave comments or suggestions to keep the conversation going.Alyssa Dunning can be reached at [email protected] or @alyssadunning3...

Americans shouldn’t fear identity labels

Alyssa Dunning // October 18, 2014

While Raven-Symone may want to live in a colorless world, I don't.Raven-Symone made news headlines when she told Oprah in an interview that she doesn't like to label herself African-American or gay. While...

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