The Orion

Every class should have an in-person section

Every class should have an in-person section

Joseph Rogers

February 21, 2015


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

My major in sociology has an online degree option. No doubt this is better for the department’s enrollment, but what about the students? It’s not that I’m Amish or anything, I’m online recreationally more than I should be, but online classes don’t make sense to me. Parti...

Student employees need more protections

Student employees need more protections

Joseph Rogers

February 16, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinion

What is the goal of a college education? To obtain professional work in a chosen field, right? That doesn’t always seem to be the case with student employees. Student employees need a union. Student assistants on campus are generally coded into one of four different ranks. Class-one studen...

Saint Valentine: more than a Hallmark holiday

Saint Valentine: more than a Hallmark holiday

Joseph Rogers

February 7, 2015


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching - so is Singles Awareness Day. Whichever people decide to celebrate I hope they know that Saint Valentine is rolling in his grave. Much of the history of the real saint is gone but there is some of it still around. History records that he was beaten, ston...

Guide to gay men’s body types

Guide to gay men’s body types

Joseph Rogers

February 7, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Lesbians and gay men have become normalized in pop culture to a point that terms we use to describe one another have become more commonplace. I was even asked by co-worker to define another staff member by these images. In an effort to explain some differences, here’s how body image types break down ...

Men could learn a lot by taking women’s studies classes

Men could learn a lot by taking women’s studies classes

Joseph Rogers

January 31, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I walked into the first session of my "Women’s Health" class this semester and again experienced disappointment. Besides me, there was one other guy in the room. I’ve taken four classes in women’s studies. The only class that had some balance between the number of men and women was a h...

Crossing the unit line

Crossing the unit line

Joseph Rogers

January 31, 2015


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

Danger, Will Robinson! Danger! Growing up in my house we definitely had rules. Don’t touch the wood stove. Don’t touch daddy’s rifle. Don’t throw lit firecrackers at cats. They all kind of made sense. At the university, there are a different set of rules. If you think you might ...

Prohibition on campuses doesn’t encourage safe drinking habits

Prohibition on campuses doesn’t encourage safe drinking habits

Joseph Rogers

January 24, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinion

If students at Sacramento State want to grab a pint of beer with lunch where do they go? To dining services. The Round Table Pizza there has beer on tap. Most colleges have problems with alcohol. This is not a Chico State phenomenon. Does anyone really think that students at UC Berkeley, Colu...

There’s more to grading than students think

There’s more to grading than students think

Joseph Rogers

January 24, 2015


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

I used to be one of those students who was quietly disappointed when a professor announced that our papers were not yet ready to be handed back. Sure, most professors have what we could call a "real life" outside of their class times and office hours, but I wanted to know what I got on that pape...

A tale of two schools

A tale of two schools

Joseph Rogers

January 21, 2015


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

It's not news that Chico State students have a bad reputation in the area. Holidays like Saint Patrick's Day, Labor Day and Memorial Day have been flooded with stories of students behaving badly.I guess we forgot that we have a sibling college nearby: Butte College.Over half of the Butte College bus rou...

Higher education mirrors fast food

Higher education mirrors fast food

Joseph Rogers

January 20, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Ever feel like you just sat down at the educational equivalent to Burger King or Taco Bell? It tastes great, but eat four years of it and you could end up as the next Goodyear blimp. That's what our public universities are now like — an unhealthy choice for the consumer. That’s us — ...

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