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Beware: Social media blunders can sink career chances

Beware: Social media blunders can sink career chances

Joseph Rogers

April 4, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Graduation is just around the corner, job fairs are sprouting like the pollen-spewing plants that stuff up my nose and resumes are being written to entice employers into a job offer. But in the 21st century, we have advanced communication tools and employers know it. Facebook, Twitter and Google+ are...

Consent can still be sexy

Consent can still be sexy

Joseph Rogers

March 29, 2015


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

Consent has more to it than just a single “Want to have sex?” question. While consent needs to be taken seriously, it doesn’t mean it can’t be playful. I was in a class on human sexuality that had a unit on consent, in which we covered the legal definitions. In California, a person who’...

How to ease a friend’s coming out process

How to ease a friend’s coming out process

Joseph Rogers

March 29, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinion

For me, the early days of coming out were a nerve-wracking and stressful ordeal. There really are very few ways to know how any given person may react to the news. Here are a few things I wished would have, or not have, happened when I was coming out to people. 1. Say thank you. I just place...

Social media doesn’t make change

Social media doesn’t make change

Joseph Rogers

March 21, 2015


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

Social media is a wonderful way to spread the word around social issues but social change takes more than butts in seats – it takes feet on the streets. The world has seen the power of social media as a way to organize protesters in the 2011 Egyptian Revolution. However, clicking ‘like’ ...

Fostering diversity requires more than empty gestures

Fostering diversity requires more than empty gestures

Joseph Rogers

March 21, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Hung on lamp posts throughout the Chico State campus are a series of banners bearing statements on what qualities “Chico State values…” One of these values is excellence. That’s true — it looks good for the administration. Another is diversity, because it also … wait. Seriously? I ...

Class hasn’t been dismissed

Class hasn’t been dismissed

Joseph Rogers

March 14, 2015


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

Chico State students are busy. Next class, next club meeting, next advisor meeting, next group project meeting. But the time adds up. Think about packing up and leaving a Monday/Wednesday/Friday class five minutes early. That's 15 minutes a week. Times 16 instructional weeks that's 240 minut...

Closed minds threaten LGBTQ community again

Closed minds threaten LGBTQ community again

Joseph Rogers

March 14, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinion

So it looks like I may end up being a criminal again. The California Office of the Attorney General has received a proposed initiative that could make that happen. Matt McLaughlin, a southern California lawyer according to the state Bar Association, submitted the initiative titled “Sodomite Suppre...

Christian privilege leads to exclusion of other beliefs

Christian privilege leads to exclusion of other beliefs

Joseph Rogers

March 7, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Some declarations of identity come with reduced status: identity with the LGBTQ community, a mental illness, a stigmatized physical illness or kinkiness in sexuality. Some declarations grant increased status. Like doctors, professors, lawyers, marriage with kids and being Christian. It's the latter, the Christia...

Scoop the poop

Scoop the poop

Joseph Rogers

March 7, 2015


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

The fresh air is cool and crisp in the pre-dawn light. With the exception of the grounds keeping staff, the campus is silent and unpopulated. I enjoy the air on my early morning walk - when my nostrils are assaulted by the pungent scent of fresh dog shit. I would have thought that there woul...

The cost of graduation? Another university fee

The cost of graduation? Another university fee

Joseph Rogers

March 1, 2015


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

Spring is in the air and commencement is right around the corner. As a graduating senior, I was looking forward to it. There was another little shock waiting for me when I went to file for graduation: a fee of $48 if filing on time (one year out) or an additional $10 fee if filing late. According t...

Investigation into student’s homicide drags on, offers no answers

Investigation into student’s homicide drags on, offers no answers

Joseph Rogers

February 28, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinion

On Sept. 3, the body of Chico State student Marc Thompson was found in his burning Ford Taurus 25 miles northeast of Oroville. The death was ruled a homicide, but six months later investigators have not been able to unravel what happened. I first met Marc when he walked into the Butte College Inter-Club Council, a...

Blood is still thicker than water

Blood is still thicker than water

Joseph Rogers

February 21, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinion

While walking home earlier this semester, I had the dubious pleasure of listening to a young woman argue with her mother. Most of the people walking on that block of Warner Street shared that same pleasure. Apparently the mother had seen some social media posts of this young lady at a party and called her ab...

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