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Death of the American protest

Protesters march against President Trump Photo credit: Isaac Ramsour
September 13, 2017

2017 is one of the most politicized years in recent history, yet protest, one of the quintessential forms of American political participation, has shown to be utterly ineffective. Obviously, this wasn’t...

What is American Culture?

Jayme Rodriguez a third-year theater major Photo credit: Floritzel Salvador
March 21, 2017

Being American is often associated with having no culture, or is grouped into one large categorized group.There is no easy way to define a specific culture, but Chico State professor and Chair of Department...

American’s need to fight for the press

Photo credit: Jessica Johnson
March 9, 2017

President Donald Trump held a White House press briefing Feb. 16 but chose to excluded The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Politico, Buzzfeed, the BBC and the Guardian. All of these news corporations...

#DayWithoutImmigrants made no impact

A screenshot of the Twitter activity promoting #ADayWithoutImmigrants Photo credit: Roberto Fonseca
March 6, 2017

On Feb. 16, immigrants in the United States participated in a #DayWithoutImmigrants to demonstrate the importance of immigration and to protest the border wall that President Donald Trump plans to build.The...

Obama trumped the media

Photo credit: Nicole Henson
February 14, 2017

History seems to be forgotten rather quickly when it comes to American politics. When it comes to Barack Obama, America may have the fastest onset of short term memory loss. Obama may not have publicly...

Race relations are moving backward

Photo credit: David Molina
October 14, 2016

Race relations in the U.S. are starting to move backward. Sixty-three percent of Americans believe that race relations in the United States are generally bad and that a majority of Americans think that...

The resurgence of rednecks

Photo credit: David Molina
September 16, 2016

There was a photo on my Instagram feed the other day of one of my high school classmates holding a can of chew with a Confederate-themed manicure. Roughly four photos after that, other former peers...

Donald Chump on the rise

Illustration by Adriana Macias Photo credit: Adriana Macias
September 4, 2015

For months now, Trump has been entertaining America. Scratch that, he’s been entertaining the world. And I use the word “entertaining” very specifically. While this article...

Americans divided over use of labels

October 11, 2014

[View the story "Are labels harmful or helpful?" on Storify]Leave comments or suggestions to keep the conversation going.Alyssa Dunning can be reached at [email protected] or @Alyssadunning3 on...

Trading in kids for canines

May 4, 2014

I've always disliked babies.They whine too much. They poop too much. They eat things they aren't supposed to. Don't even try carrying an intelligent conversation with them. Although my anti-baby stance...

Everyday choices enable excess

Matt Murphy
April 18, 2014

I would imagine if someone came to America for the first time, they'd find no better cross-section of this country than at a Denny's. They'd learn a couple of things at America's Diner. One, Americans...

Shedding light on death in America

Kevin Crittenden
March 31, 2014

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...

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