The Orion

Trump should go green

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Roberto Fonseca

April 21, 2017

Get your medical cards because Trump is aiming his focus at recreational marijuana, according to his press secretary Sean Spicer in his Feb. 24 speech. Trump has been staunch on his disapproval of the use of recreational marijuana and wants law enforcement to agents to enforce federal marijuana laws ...

A little marijuana goes a long way in bed

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Rachel Reyes

April 19, 2017

When combining the prevalent sex culture of college with drug and alcohol use, it might be safe to assume there is a causal relationship between the students and the drugs. According to UCSB, the use of marijuana can elevate mood and arousal for many people, as well as stimulate sexual activity. A s...

Off The Record | Episode 3 | Syria Strike and Higher Education

Off The Record | Episode 3 | Syria Strike and Higher Education

April 13, 2017

This revived series takes a look at what’s new in The Orion opinion section. Columnists discuss current events, local news and columns that can be found at This week opinion writers Susan Whaley, and Roberto Fonseca talk about the Syria missile strike and higher education. Link to story: ...

No support offered to the middle class

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Rachel Reyes

April 11, 2017

Going to college is going to get even harder for students who receive minimal financial aid benefits with governor Jerry Brown's plan to cut out the Middle-Class Scholarship.The scholarship helps families who earn under $155,00 pay for their child’s tuition. The scholarship ranges from about a coup...

Parents billed for children’s jail time

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Rachel Reyes

March 18, 2017

Although going to jail as a child seems like a harsh punishment, the actual burden is being placed on the parents who are forced to pay a bill for the incarceration. Parents must pay a nightly rate for the detention, as bills run up to $1,000 a month in places like Philadelphia, according to the Wa...

Political celebrities

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Rachel Reyes

February 12, 2017

In the realm of social media and fast access to the internet, there are two major topics millennials often discuss daily: celebrities and politics. With people aligning their views to their favorite celebrities, people are often criticized for being followers.There's nothing wrong to agree with cele...

Refining the art of sexting

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Joann Chevaillier

May 8, 2016

I think we are losing the art and ability to seduce our partners with words, wit and intellect. Yes, a nice body is fun to look at or take for a spin, but what is going to make me stay? How is this person going to communicate with me? When I am not near, how does this person keep me on the hook when I ...

Call of the contrarian

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William Rein

May 6, 2016

To be a contrarian is to disagree with the majority consensus on principle — no matter how criticized that position might be.When I began actively studying logic, I was amazed with its simplistic deductions and validity and how much stupid bullshit I had previously believed in. I came from a li...

It’s no longer a man’s world

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Emma Vidak-Benjamin

May 2, 2016

Over the past week, Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew has made a controversial announcement about our beloved $20 bill. It’s been decided that Harriet Tubman (former slave and abolitionist who was heavily involved in the Underground Railroad) will replace Andrew Jackson as the face of the $20 bill, while Jackson will be reduced to ...

Trusting friends with partners

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Joann Chevaillier

May 1, 2016

Many of us have no problem trusting our friends with anything that we see as ours: swimsuits, water bottles, cars and more. A question I often find myself asking is can I trust my friends with my partner?A while back I had a friend that would go after a guy even if I admitted that I liked him. She would...

Awareness month: The forgotten month?

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Emma Vidak-Benjamin

April 25, 2016

Whether you may or may not know, April is national Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a critical month in today’s college culture. Now more than ever, people are increasingly concerned with our nation’s rape, violence and assault culture of the 21st century. In efforts to stop this culture, s...

Absence makes the heart grow fonder

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Joann Chevaillier

April 23, 2016

Being in a new relationship is awesome, but I have a bad habit of wanting to spend too much time with my partner. As Debby Herbenick from Psychology Today says, “I like togetherness – most people do, especially in the beginning of a relationship because it gives you both a chance to get to ...

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