The Orion

Deadline dread’s vicious circle

Alyssa Dunning

December 13, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

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 out. I am typing this the day it is due. I have done the dishes, played with my cats and done la...

Bizarre beauty fads boggle my mind

Alyssa Dunning

December 6, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

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 armpits in a different light and began to hate them.I was a monster.I knew I had to try this DIY magic p...

How a lone fart set me free.

How a lone fart set me free.

Alyssa Dunning

December 4, 2014


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

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 was asking about dicks. I looked up and just nodded and laughed. I wasn't always this way. I used to c...

Feminism ruins everything

Alyssa Dunning

November 30, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

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 around me. It's empowering and eye-opening, but it also ruins everything. I started watching m...

Higher education is above cliques

Higher education is above cliques

Alyssa Dunning

November 23, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

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, most social events and most of all the associated students. I loved community college because while...

Nostalgia is no longer just for the elderly

Alyssa Dunning

November 13, 2014


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

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 television show that is no longer on, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" or "Daria" for example.College stud...

Family holidays aren’t worth fretting over

Alyssa Dunning

November 8, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

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, but I can't always make it to Thanksgiving or our big family Christmas. Being married means that I h...

Pamphlet protesters pushy, don’t persuade

Pamphlet protesters pushy, don’t persuade

Alyssa Dunning

November 3, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

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 would they spend so much time and money harassing our student body on a daily basis? Petitioners plagu...

Digital age reveals horrors of parenthood

Alyssa Dunning

October 30, 2014


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

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 I thought that I wanted kids, but lately it seems that no one is holding back any punches when talk...

How queer folk can best support allies

How queer folk can best support allies

Alyssa Dunning

October 27, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

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 speak out of turn. Most of the animosity I've seen comes from the idea of privilege and the ass...

Students disagree over LGBT+ allyship

Alyssa Dunning

October 18, 2014


Filed under Opinion, Tweet Talks

[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 on Twitter....

Americans shouldn’t fear identity labels

Alyssa Dunning

October 18, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

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 I understand her sentiments, getting rid of labels won't change anything. Labels will never be the actua...

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