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HIV/AIDS: The next generation, part 2

HIV/AIDS: The next generation, part 2

Joseph Rogers

May 10, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I was born at the dawn of the HIV/AIDS crisis, and I ended up testing positive in 2006. Despite medical advances (part one), the social stigmatization of HIV/AIDS still occurs. Stigma and shame Stigma occurs in a dichotomous duo: 1. The desire by some gay men to become infected or to infect ot...

Reflections on Chico State

Reflections on Chico State

Joseph Rogers

May 9, 2015


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

It's been a interesting trip being a student at Chico State. I had come here initially as a cross-enrolled student from Butte College and learned that Chico State sets a higher standard for academic performance. I learned to go to office hours. It helps to form relationships with members of the fa...

HIV/AIDS: The next generation

HIV/AIDS: The next generation

Joseph Rogers

May 2, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I was born at the dawning of a plague. HIV/AIDS was always in the news growing up. I’d have figured things would get better and they do — sort of. Medical I’m not going to go into much detail on how HIV works in the body. You can click here to learn more from aids.gov. Medications have c...

A.S. computers gone bad

A.S. computers gone bad

Joseph Rogers

May 2, 2015


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

The Bell Memorial Union on Chico State’s campus features a basement computer lab for students – computers with a lot of issues. I had run down to the lab to do a quick and final glance of an assignment before printing it out and running to class. That didn’t turn out quite the way I&#...

Faculty members should stop co-opting personal student stories

Faculty members should stop co-opting personal student stories

Joseph Rogers

April 29, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I don’t know how the topic really came up at the smoking area between Butte and Plumas halls, but there was consensus among the three of us who were discussing it: Faculty members are not entitled to the personal stories of their students. One gentleman, a veteran of Afghanistan, shared that...

Practicing professionalism

Practicing professionalism

Joseph Rogers

April 25, 2015


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

How does a person become a good sports player? A good French hornist? A good writer? Practice. While it may not seem obvious, professionalism is also something that takes practice. For college students the time to start practicing is now. Professionalism is more than just watching social media profile...

Let’s move on: Legalize marijuana

Let’s move on: Legalize marijuana

Joseph Rogers

April 20, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Personally, I’m really sick of this debate. Marijuana (aka pot, Mary Jane, MJ, dope, etc.) has been in the spotlight for too many years. I’m tired of the back and forth. Four states, Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska, have legalized marijuana for recreational use. The world didn’t come to ...

On sagging

On sagging

Joseph Rogers

April 18, 2015


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

I’ve noticed a disturbing trend in men’s fashion – shirts are being pulled down, not pants being pulled up. What did the shirt do to deserve the sharp tugging towards the ground? Why not give the pants a hand up instead? I’ve never pretended to understand the trend in sagging pant...

Religious freedom is not a license to discriminate

Religious freedom is not a license to discriminate

Joseph Rogers

April 18, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I didn’t realize just how much would come up for me with the recent passing of Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act — some things I haven’t thought about in years. During my first year of college, in 1998, I joined Chester First United Methodist church in Plumas County. Soon after, my minister asked if I wanted to become a certified lay speaker, a layperson trained and author...

Bribing students to attend diversity events is pointless

Bribing students to attend diversity events is pointless

Joseph Rogers

April 12, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinion

There has been a rapid realization in higher education that learning experiences do not always occur in the classroom. This is particularly true with diversity issues. While this may cause a few of my peers to be angry with me, I don’t think faculty should be giving extra credit for attending diversit...

Finding time to destress

Finding time to destress

Joseph Rogers

April 11, 2015


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

Spring Break is over. Midterms are over, at least for me. Now it’s the downhill slide into finals week. It is during this time that I notice that “the change” comes over myself and some of my peers. It's like a twisted version of the zombie apocalypse is occurring. I turn into a littl...

Respect sidewalks, avoid mowing people down

Respect sidewalks, avoid mowing people down

Joseph Rogers

April 8, 2015


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

I’ve been rear-ended twice in my life. The first by, at that time, a Butte College peer. No damage. Not even paint transfer, let alone a dent. The second was more jarring and elicited from me a response of disbelief. It occurred on the eastside Warner Street sidewalk. That’s right — ...

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