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Victim statements compromise courtrooms

Victim statements compromise courtrooms

Matt Murphy

September 23, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I consider myself to be an expert on courtrooms. I’ve seen "A Few Good Men" more than once. "Franklin and Bash" is one of my favorite shows, and I have to assume being a lawyer is more or less exactly like it. Needless to say, I think I know what I’m talking about. Something happened i...

Turning 21 years old isn’t that important

Matt Murphy

September 18, 2014


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

I turned 21 years old on September 10th. I'm among the last of my grade to be able to legally purchase alcohol and I have to say, now that it's finally here, it's a bit surreal. I feel like I've become more of an adult by turning 21 than I did when I turned 18. And the ramifications for turning 18 are ...

People place too much value in possessions

People place too much value in possessions

Matt Murphy

September 16, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I have to get the new iPhone. I don't technically need to get it. My current iPhone is less than a year old and still functions perfectly. There is no logical reason for me to get a new phone. Yet here I am, feeling convinced that my quality of life will be vastly improved if I have a new pho...

Coping with adulthood is difficult

Matt Murphy

September 11, 2014


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

I dislike responsibility. Traditionally, I have done my best to shirk it wherever I can. It's scary and I've concluded that I would be much better off without it. It's quite unfortunate for me to report that at this point in time, given my status as a normal person who was not born with a trust fund, it's ...

Too much tech complicates classrooms

Too much tech complicates classrooms

Matt Murphy

September 9, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I tend to have a love-hate relationship with technology. 60-40 in favor of technology is the best I can do on any given day. Don't get me wrong, it has its upsides. "Clash of Clans," for example, is making it very difficult for me to focus on writing at the moment. I don't appreciate techno...

Fear of missing out plagues students

Fear of missing out plagues students

Matt Murphy

September 3, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Social media has done a lot of good in its short time as a nearly living and breathing entity. It has changed the face of journalism as well as contributed to enacting social change. I'll be the first to admit it. Ferguson, the Boston Marathon bombing and the revolution in Egypt were incre...

No shame in extra semesters

Matt Murphy

August 24, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

As a fourth year student at Chico State, I've become just about used to the general public's reaction to my school of choice. Everyone went through it, at the very least when they were freshmen. People would ask where you were attending school, you would answer Chico State and wait for the knowing e...

The price of cool in social media

Matt Murphy

May 12, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

The world has always been obsessed with mass communication. The more people who know about something, the better. In a time since passed, there was a necessity for this mothered invention. The printing press, the telephone and the internet are all forms of mass communication one could argue we cannot live...

Pro teams provide a welcome distraction

Matt Murphy

May 5, 2014


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

This is a glorious time of year in the sports world. Baseball is in full swing. The future of the NFL will soon be chosen with the Draft approaching. There's hockey, if you're into that sort of thing. Most compelling to me are the NBA playoffs, and this year's second season has gotten off to one of the be...

Old mindsets haunt modern progress

Matt Murphy

May 5, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I don't think about racism. That probably doesn't carry much weight coming from a white male, the least discriminated-against of any demographic. I do, however, think that it is the prevailing attitude of people my age. Overt racism isn't something I grew up with. The largest racially-charged event of my...

Divestment vote might be meaningless

Matt Murphy

April 28, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Of all the matters students could vote on in the recent Associated Students elections, divestment was undoubtedly the most high-profile. It received the most campus media attention, including the student action it took to get the measure, which suggests divestment of University Foundation funds from fossi...

Sports stars get off easy

Matt Murphy

April 22, 2014


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

A certain Bay Area athlete, perhaps you've heard of Colin Kaepernick, has been in a bit of hot water lately. Or maybe he's in no trouble at all. This is the nature of incident reports — something, or nothing, may be wrong. Kaepernick was named in along with two other NFL players. After a woman ...

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