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Matt Murphy

In support of a secular Christmas

Matt Murphy // December 18, 2014

This time of year is special to me for a couple of reasons. It's one of only two times a year that I do math. I calculate the minimum grade I need on my finals to maintain whatever grades I currently...

Chlamydia test rise warrants awareness

Matt Murphy // December 4, 2014

There are certain words that, when placed together, make one jump to conclusions. A word like "chlamydia," for instance, when placed in a sentence with "increase," will lead to conclusions like, "Oh my...

Illustration by Zachary Phillips

President Paul Zingg’s raise is a nonissue

Matt Murphy // November 18, 2014

I've learned a number of things in my three and a half years in Chico. Some are basic nuggets of know-how; for example, always, no matter what, check your school email before you go to class. You...

Illustration by Rachel Dugo

Safety walk is just public relations parade

Matt Murphy // November 1, 2014

"This is a terrible decision," I think to myself. One of those decisions I'll look back on later and wonder what I was thinking. It's dark — about 11:30 p.m. This seems to always be about the...

Illustration by Zachary Phillips

Picture controversy is full of hypocrisy

Matt Murphy // October 28, 2014

A picture is worth a thousand words, but in journalism, the cost at which that story comes is sometimes greater than the words are worth. It's a line the mainstream media has trouble walking during...

Professionalism comes at a steep price

Matt Murphy // October 24, 2014

I'm a sellout. At least, that's what it feels like. I have a professional Twitter account where I tweet about relevant newsworthy topics and retweet exciting tidbits about journalism and other tedious...

Illustration by Rachel Dugo

Teacher protest has deep roots of unrest

Matt Murphy // October 20, 2014

Imagine working at a job. If you've never had a job, ask yourself what you're doing with your life and then rifle through examples you've witnessed. Now imagine that there is no contract for this job,...

Commitment scares me to death

Matt Murphy // October 20, 2014

Nothing makes me feel light-years away from adulthood like hearing about young marriage. My parents met as undergrads, and if memory serves me right, I was born before my mom finished graduate school. I...

Illustration by Rachel Dugo

Men shouldn’t suffer over sins of forefathers

Matt Murphy // October 14, 2014

Men are in trouble. Serious trouble. To riff on a bit by the great Jerry Seinfeld, our organization has seen better days. Ever since Adam went rogue and ate that dumb piece of fruit, we've been...

Money management gets easier with age

Matt Murphy // October 8, 2014

Ah, it's that time of the month again. Bills and rent are due and it's time for me to find out just how much I've spent on my weekly Domino's Pizza binges. I dread opening the banking app on my...

Illustration by Zach Phillips

In defense of WREC ‘man cave’

Matt Murphy // October 7, 2014

There's a lot of great things about being a dude. I spend little to no time getting ready to go anywhere, and the only shoes I own with a heel are for power lifting. I never have to physically experience...

Illustration by Rachel Dugo

NFL malcontents are nothing new

Matt Murphy // September 30, 2014

I remember when I found out Matthew Perry was going through a pill addiction while on "Friends." I was shocked. I had been living under a veil of ignorance. I thought it was a little strange...

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