Author Archives: Amber Carpenter

A goodbye letter from the editor

When I started this job last fall, I had zero idea what to expect. There were a lot of things I didn’t know, but of three things I was positive – I knew that I was terrified, that this was ...

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Transferring from community college is underrated

When I think back to 2011 around this time, I am immediately brought back to overwhelming feelings in regards to where I was applying to college. At the time, my close friends were applying to juggernauts like UC Berkeley and ...

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Stop gaslighting survivors and believe them

Ever since Harvey Weinstein’s sexual misconduct accusations, alleged sexual abusers are being outed left and right. Little is being left behind in the wake of empowered survivors of sexual assault finally feeling able to admit the trespasses of their harassers. ...

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Group projects have got to go

It doesn’t matter if it’s the beginning, middle or end of the semester and it doesn’t matter if you’re in your freshman or senior year at Fresno State – at some point in your academic career, you will have to ...

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Coming out should be an act of bravery, not a way out

In the midst of dozens of women coming out against Harvey Weinstein with allegations of sexual assault or harassment, the hashtag #MeToo has prompted many more survivors of sexual assault to come out with their stories. One of those survivors ...

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Don’t let yourself get lost in the shuffle

With only a handful of weeks until the end of the semester, the final stretch of stress is real. At the beginning of every school year, it’s hard not to be optimistic. Campus is full of excitement, and there are ...

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Falling into the perfect season

Fall is a time for everyone. Everyone gets to eat all the pie they want, Fresno finally stops being the fiery inferno of hell it was over the summer and the leaves start to change colors everywhere on campus. With ...

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Why does it take a hashtag to validate female assault?

Why do women have to turn their painful experiences into hashtags in order to make them more believable or valid? In the wake of sexual assault allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, women have been sharing their experiences with sexual ...

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Keep your moral beliefs out of my reproductive rights

As the dystopian novel of the Donald Trump administration barrels on, irony layers upon itself as the president and his team move to roll back federal requirements issued by former President Barack Obama mandating insurance plans to cover birth control ...

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What our country needs is a leader, not whatever Trump is

Between the hurricanes, the Las Vegas mass shooting and continued tension with North Korea, President Donald Trump has shown his true colors as a leader, and none of them are commendable. It was an already known fact that Trump is ...

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Remedies for midterm madness

Because time flies when you’re stressed, it is almost halfway into the semester. For some students, this might be a time when the beginning of the semester flurry starts to die down but for most, the pressure of productivity is ...

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OPINION: Hustler Hollywood hate is about more than sex toys

After months of remodeling, Saturday will be the grand opening of the Hustler Hollywood store located on Shaw Avenue near the Fashion Fair Mall. The opening of the store comes after a legal battle with Hustler officials citing changes in ...

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‘Young Americans for Liberty’ are hosting a campus rally – here’s what you should know

On Friday, libertarian student group Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) will be holding a rally in the Free Speech Area at 9:30 a.m. according to a news release. Here are five things to know about the group: The YAL were ...

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No, really — the future IS Fresno

San Francisco is a hotbed of culture and art, and Los Angeles is the home of cinematic legends. And somewhere in between lies Fresno. It’s easy to discard the Central Valley and write it off as – literally – flat ...

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Become a parking expert in 3 easy steps

With the first month of the semester winding down, students are finally beginning to experience the end of the parking frenzy that comes during the first few weeks of school. However, unless you play the game strategically, even with less ...

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DACA decision puts more than 1,000 Fresno State students in danger

By ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, President Donald Trump is exercising his hate and xenophobia at the extreme, punishing children who did not choose to come here, but were brought across the border in pursuit of a ...

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White Americans, your silence is deafening

It has been easy to throw low blows at the Donald Trump presidency. His tweets alone make it impossible not to refer to his last few months in office as a dumpster fire. It takes little effort to jab at ...

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Did a “no” vote on the USU referendum matter?

Last week, the New Student Union Leadership Team sent out a campuswide survey to Fresno State students about the possibilities of, you guessed it, a new student union on campus. The survey is straightforward in its nature, and the student ...

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