The Orion

Dating woes of a homosexual

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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, the pre-dating courtship phase is a time of worry and woe, with enough pitfalls to make even Lara Croft...

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 if they're a stone-cold fox? With all of these questions regarding one of next semester's professor...

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 has always raised a stink amongst friends, it appears that America's young women are starting to agree w...

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 through America's veins. Recently, however, the fiery liquid has formed a bit of a clot. Regulators ...

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. In spite of online piracy's prevalence, some thieves seem to have heavier hearts than others. For thos...

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. This new website has a similar purpose to its predecessor, but with an obvious twist. Instea...

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 learns to adapt to the life of a quadruple amputee. Four years earlier, he lost all four limbs...

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 of relief. With characters like Katniss from "The Hunger Games" and Merida from Disney Pixar's "...

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 own nonprofit charity, I'd argue that Gekko's words were a tad meek. Greed is God. For those wh...

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

Photograph by Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia

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 themes that make “Game of Thrones” so intriguing: sex, wine and warfare. While I was...

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 and family admire the bookworm for his or her devotion and intellectual stamina, am...

Opposing inequality of objectification

Zachary Phillips

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 and spreads out a beach towel. Arching his back like an alley cat, he takes a slow bite of his semi-gourmet ...

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