The Orion

Social media forgets tragedies too fast

Matt Murphy

April 22, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Tragedy always seems to strike when it is least expected, as it did the week before last in Orland. For those who haven't used the Internet recently, a tour bus carrying 48 Los Angeles area high school students to Humboldt State for a visit collided with a semi-trailer when it crossed an Inte...

Everyday choices enable excess

Everyday choices enable excess

Matt Murphy

April 18, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I would imagine if someone came to America for the first time, they'd find no better cross-section of this country than at a Denny's. They'd learn a couple of things at America's Diner. One, Americans apparently can't read, because there are more pictures than words on Denny's menus. The second is that Ame...

Flight 370 instills fear

Matt Murphy

April 14, 2014


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

I've never been particularly comfortable with flying. Malaysian Airlines' Flight 370 has done nothing to assuage my fears. While new information has come about the whereabouts of the plane that will perhaps prevent this from happening again, I'm taking little solace. This will be front and center in ...

Losing TV show friends

Matt Murphy

April 7, 2014


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

I lost 5 friends on April 1st. Let me be more forthcoming. CBS' long-running sitcom "How I Met Your Mother" ended after nine seasons. I know it sounds weird but face it, everyone gets attached to TV shows and their characters. When a show is on for a long time, it's easy to end up experiencing ...

Being honest about being green

April 7, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

The battle to be green in today's consumer marketplace is an increasingly tough one. It's even tougher to be green in our everyday lives. I recycle, but a stray wrapper or bottle sometimes finds its way into the wrong receptacle. I turn off lights when I leave rooms , but I have no less than four obj...

Changing weather means changing clothes

Matt Murphy

April 4, 2014


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

Despite this week-long aberration from normal springtime weather, sunny days are just around the corner. That means shedding everyone's winter layers of clothing to deal with the dry Chico heat. For the benefit of all though, please follow a few rules. Most importantly, think about what you are reve...

Pathways put student priorities in peril

Pathways put student priorities in peril

Matt Murphy

March 30, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

The ideology that general education is built on is solid: a well-rounded education creates well-rounded individuals who will become well-rounded members of society. This is why everyone has to take a history class.But that wasn't enough for the administrators of the California State University sy...

Why men hate ‘The Bachelor’

Matt Murphy

March 26, 2014


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

Ah, hear that? It's the sound me yelling in celebration that yet another season of "The Bachelor" is over and I won't have to hear or see a commercial about it for months. Men almost universally cannot stand America's premier reality dating show. I think part of it has to do with the fact that, over t...

Financial aid leaves middle-class students behind

Financial aid leaves middle-class students behind

Matt Murphy

March 12, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

There was a time, in a galaxy far, far away, when the words "public education" meant more than they do now. Putting the word public next to an institution's name used to mean that it was accessible and affordable to the largest group of applicants, different from a private university.But at some poin...

Breaking the mid-semester slump

Matt Murphy

March 9, 2014


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

In college, trap games don't just apply to sports. The weeks leading up to spring break are easy to overlook with the promise of a week off hovering on the horizon. I'm a chief offender. It's hard not to take my foot off the gas pedal when I see there's only a week until the break and coast into it. Like p...

Genetically modified food damages diet

Genetically modified food damages diet

Matt Murphy

March 3, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

The average college student's diet may soon be forced to drastically change. The advent of genetically modified organisms and the health risks associated with them have led some consumers to reconsider how they shop at the grocery store. College students should follow their lead. A g...

Complaints about short winter break are easily solvable

Matt Murphy

March 2, 2014


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

Spring break is fast approaching and in the spirit of the season, I've been in touch with various friends who don't go to Chico about plans for everyone's week off. There's just one problem: no one has the same week off. Between private colleges, University of California schools, and State Universit...

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