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Water bottle ban more inconvenient than effective

Water bottle ban more inconvenient than effective

Sam Rios

April 30, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion

The recent Associated Students election featured one question: Should the Associated Students halt its sale of single-use bottled water as soon as contractually possible? A resounding number of students voted in favor of this ban with 2,896 agreeing with the statement. Only 1,212 students said no. Howeve...

Vegetarians: Follow the golden rule

Vegetarians: Follow the golden rule

Sam Rios and Dongyoung Won

April 21, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion

So you’ve made the decision to become a vegetarian?One minute you’re feeling high and mighty, the next you catch yourself in a Red Lobster reciting "Finding Nemo" in your head. “Fish are friends, not food.”Damn it, fish aren’t my friends. Ten minutes later you’re ...

The future is here with Tesla’s Model 3

The future is here with Tesla’s Model 3

Sam Rios

April 14, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion

The wet dream of Prius drivers is here: an environmentally-friendly car that doesn’t make you look like your diet consists of cupcakes and juice boxes.In recent years, electric and hybrid cars have gained momentum, being driven (no pun intended) toward the mainstream. Although they always seem...

Coachella is not worth it

Coachella is not worth it

Sam Rios

April 6, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Coachella kicks off April 15 in Indio, California, and the stress of not being able to attend this music-powered, euphoric drug-fest starts to set in. It may seem as though not going to Coachella is the end of all experience, but Coachella isn’t really that great anyways. Here’s how it goes. Fi...

Shame on the slut-shamers

Shame on the slut-shamers

Sam Rios

March 30, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion

In a world of nipples being flashed to and fro, nude photos being posted consensually online and relationships taking on less-traditional aspects, it’s natural to feel confused living amidst all the change.Values are shifting in a progressive direction and many people feel as if they are being drag...

Live naturally

Live naturally

Sam Rios

March 16, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion

You walk outside in the middle of the night and look at the ever-expanding sky. See the stars, these little balls of light billions of miles away, their light traveling light years just to twinkle for your eyes. Then your gaze moves down past the silhouette of trees to your hands. Your hands, mandibles...

Social media more powerful than you think

Social media more powerful than you think

Sam Rios

March 3, 2016


Filed under Blogs, Opinion, Showcase

Damn Daniel. Listen intently and you may hear these words spoken in the distance. Maybe yelled, maybe whispered. Either way, this phrase heard ‘round the web is a reference to the series of Snapchat videos that’s releasing its rage onto the internet. The short clips were composed into one vide...

Be hip, avoid the hipster lifestyle

Be hip, avoid the hipster lifestyle

Sam Rios

February 24, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion

They’re so complex that they’re simple. Or maybe they’re so simple that they’re complex? Either way, the hipster lifestyle has grown to become more than just a trend, drawing in young adults seeking individuality but ultimately categorizing themselves further.iPhone commercials...

Coffee high

Coffee high

Sam Rios

February 18, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Just take a look around campus on any given morning. Lattes, cold brews and iced coffees. Students line up like zombies just to get their morning fix. No matter how they are consumed, these drinks are feeding a bigger problem: outrageously high caffeine tolerances among college students. This is not just an ...

Redhead redemption

Redhead redemption

Sam Rios

February 12, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion

The concept of redheads becoming extinct seems to be a funny anecdote. However, there is proof that this is actually a serious issue.Researchers at ScotlandsDNA estimate that redheads could be extinct in a couple hundred years as a result of climate change.It is crucial to know that red hair is a hereditary ...

A case against autokorect

A case against autokorect

Sam Rios

February 5, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Languages have progressed along with changing cultures, adapting to new generations. With our generation, the millennials, we see a halt of adaptation. Instead, our language is being drowned out because of the simple style of communication through the smartphone.Whether you like it or not, you most l...

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