The Orion

When good nicknames go bad

Zachary Phillips

March 28, 2014


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

Flash. Spark. Ace. Tank. Nicknames are an inevitable part of developing one's identity. While most nicknames are relatively playful jabs at some memory or achievement, others can fall far short of flattery. Chunk. Squirt. Fruit-Dump. Doody-Butt. For those whose existences are marred by an embarrassing nick...

Reaping rewards of rallying roommates

Reaping rewards of rallying roommates

Zachary Phillips

March 23, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

When I tell people that I have four roommates, they look at me like I'm an alien. "How do you do it?" "Is your house a war zone?" "You can crash on my couch whenever you need. Whenever." Having multiple roommates is not a huge burden. I'm a college guy, not "Octomom." For those who...

Contemplating definitions of coexistence

Contemplating definitions of coexistence

Zachary Phillips

March 15, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

As I was driving North on the Esplanade a few weeks ago, I was hit. Not by a car, but a question. What does it truly mean to coexist with one another? Preoccupied with this mystery, I failed to notice that my stoplight had turned green. As the woman behind me blared her horn and sped past in a cloud...

Tired of ‘stranger danger’ mentality

Zachary Phillips

March 12, 2014


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

  As the train came to a screeching halt, hoards of men rose to meet it like ocean-tide on rocks. No one had told me that riding a train in Kolkata required a pair of brass knuckles, but I was quickly learning it the hard way.   This was my stop, and missing it meant an extra hour of shoulder-to-sh...

Government surveillance stranger than fiction.

Zachary Phillips

March 5, 2014


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

A world ravaged by nuclear war. A totalitarian government that monitors thoughts. TV screens that watch people as much as people watch the screens. All of these make up the setting of George Orwell's "1984," the only novel students ever enjoy reading in High School English classes. Despite having a ...

Six reasons for a six-state split

Six reasons for a six-state split

Zachary Phillips

March 1, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

With its sunny beaches, fertile farmland and bustling cities, California is nothing if not newsworthy. The most recent story hovering over the state involves Silicon Valley businessman Tim Draper and his proposition to split California into six different states. Draper’s new boundaries have...

Fighting temptation to speed towards success.

Zachary Phillips

February 27, 2014


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

Everyone has that one Facebook friend that applies for their dream job the day after graduation. With young ambition, a diamond-studded resume and the proper star alignment on their side, they manage to land the perfect gig before last night's celebratory hangover has even worn off. Even the most grounded of...

Questioning common collegiate dreams

Questioning common collegiate dreams

Zachary Phillips

February 20, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Have you ever had one of those days where nothing seems to go your way? Your bike gets a flat, you brought the wrong notebook to school and all of your teeth fall out. I have those days all the time, in my dreams, of course. For those who are novices to the dream world, our sleepy-time fabrications are...

English’s strangest speech trends

Zachary Phillips

February 19, 2014


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

  The English language is full of bizarre trends that are better off forgotten. Whether it was an ecstatic "Booya!" after scoring a soccer goal, or ending an argument with the ever-sassy "Talk to the hand," English speakers have had their fair share of dark days in regards to speech trends. ...

Focusing on personal growth in college

Zachary Phillips

February 17, 2014


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

As a Freshman in 2011, I came to Chico with a few suitcases full of clothes, a pillowcase stuffed with goodbye cards and well wishes, and a brain burning with ambition. Barring the occasional breakdown when Adele's "Someone Like You" came on the radio, I entered my first year with a confidence ...

A user-friendly guide to the WREC

A user-friendly guide to the WREC

Zachary Phillips

January 29, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Recent graduates are always full of regrets.Whether college seemed to disappear in a flash, or drag on well past its welcome, human nature tends to prompt graduates to look back on their time at Chico State and wish they had experienced more. One of the most common “carpe diem” fails that I tend to h...

A conversation about conservation

Zachary Phillips

January 23, 2014


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

Unless you've been under a rock for the past few weeks, you've most likely heard that California is in a bit of a water crisis. According to the US Drought Monitor, about 99 percent of California is "abnormally dry" or worse. However, that statistic really doesn't do the drought justice as abou...

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