The Orion

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Dating woes of a homosexual

Zachary Phillips // September 17, 2014

Boy meets girl. They date, then separate. Love can be a fickle fiend, but hope springs eternal. For many college students, the dating game is as simple as that. But for a gay man in a small town,...

Providing pertinent professor feedback

Zachary Phillips // May 13, 2014

College students like to know what they're getting in to before enrolling in a class. What if the teaching style clashes with my delicate attention span? What if the professor is a monster? What...

Trading in kids for canines

Zachary Phillips // May 4, 2014

I've always disliked babies.They whine too much. They poop too much. They eat things they aren't supposed to. Don't even try carrying an intelligent conversation with them. Although my anti-baby stance...

Powdered alcohol presents plenty of hazards

Zachary Phillips // April 29, 2014

From the mahogany liquor cabinets of New York's richest, to the dorm room mini fridges of Chico State's first-years, to the toilet tanks of inmates across the nation. Alcohol is the lifeblood that flows...

Justifying online piracy

Zachary Phillips // April 24, 2014

Internet piracy: everyone deals with it. Whether they terrorize the E-seas themselves, or have simply benefitted from knowing an torrent junky, no one's hands are clean when it comes to online piracy....

Draw Your Professor is fun and flattering

Zachary Phillips // April 17, 2014

Most college students have heard of Rate My Professors, the online sounding board for evaluating teachers. Less well known is Rate My Professors' younger and more artistic sibling, Draw Your Professor....

Vaccines are friends, not foes.

Zachary Phillips // April 16, 2014

In 1998, a study conducted by former surgeon Andrew Wakefield in the medical journal "The Lancet" claims that vaccines have a possible link to the development of autism. In 2010, 10-year-old Jeremiah Mitchell...

Warrior-princesses aren’t just for girls

Zachary Phillips // April 10, 2014

Anyone who still thinks that a woman's place is in the kitchen hasn't stepped into a movie theater lately. Battle-hardened heroines seem to be a growing trend in pop culture, which has me breathing a sigh...

Religiosity strangles generosity

Zachary Phillips // April 8, 2014

In the 1987 film "Wall Street," stock market cutthroat Gordon Gekko states that, "Greed, for lack of a better word, is good." After witnessing an army of evangelical Christians tear apart their...

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Study Break: “Game of Thrones” season four premiere does not disappoint.

Zachary Phillips // April 8, 2014

After much anticipation, season four of the hit HBO series “Game of Thrones” finally premiered on Sunday.Fans of the show were likely pleased with the premiere, as it stuck to all of the usual...

Binge-watching TV is for smart people

Zachary Phillips // April 3, 2014

Anyone who has ever gotten lost in a great novel knows how consuming it can be. As a beloved character mourns, real life tears are shed. As an unforeseen plot twist unfolds, coffee tables are flipped. Friends...

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Opposing inequality of objectification

Zachary Phillips // March 30, 2014

Commercial time. A swimsuit model saunters onto a sandy beach. It's a hot, sunny day — perfect weather for a cheeseburger. Dropping the Carl's Jr. bag on the sand, the model gets down on all fours...

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