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HIV/AIDS: The next generation, part 2

Joseph Rogers // May 10, 2015

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...

Illustration by Miles Huffman

Reflections on Chico State

Joseph Rogers // May 9, 2015

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...

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HIV/AIDS: The next generation

Joseph Rogers // May 2, 2015

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...

Illustration by Miles Huffman

A.S. computers gone bad

Joseph Rogers // May 2, 2015

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...

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Faculty members should stop co-opting personal student stories

Joseph Rogers // April 29, 2015

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...

Illustration by Miles Huffman

Practicing professionalism

Joseph Rogers // April 25, 2015

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...

Let's move on: Legalize marijuana

Let’s move on: Legalize marijuana

Joseph Rogers // April 20, 2015

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,...

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On sagging

Joseph Rogers // April 18, 2015

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...

Religious freedom is not a license to discriminate

Religious freedom is not a license to discriminate

Joseph Rogers // April 18, 2015

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...

Illustration by Trevor Moore

Bribing students to attend diversity events is pointless

Joseph Rogers // April 12, 2015

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...

Illustration by Miles Huffman

Finding time to destress

Joseph Rogers // April 11, 2015

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...

Illustration by Miles Huffman

Respect sidewalks, avoid mowing people down

Joseph Rogers // April 8, 2015

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...

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