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Trump’s Cabinet: now accepting applications

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Planned Parenthood: Not an abortion factory

When Planned Parenthood opened its doors in October 1916, it was originally called the American Birth Control League. One hundred years later, it remains a leading provider of birth control and sex education in the United States. While abortion and ...

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The four stages of procrastination

Now that midterms are over, students at Fresno State are in the final stretch of the fall semester. That dreaded final stretch means things like prepping for cumulative exams, presentations and group projects. Students are feeling the pressure now more ...

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Trump’s ‘locker room banter’ contributes to rape culture

Rape culture is an environment in which sexual violence against women is so normalized that it is excused by most of mainstream culture. Even if you’ve never heard the words rape culture before, you’ve probably seen it. Rape culture is ...

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Ask Amber

By Amber Carpenter @ambscarpenter Q: I’m newly single and haven’t been on the dating scene in 3 ½ years. However, the dating game is different now – there are now direct messages on social media, Tinder and tons of other ...

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Park it like it’s hot

More often than not, I roll into the parking lots at Fresno State with a “Hunger Games” type mentality. We’re all just vultures trying to survive as best as we possibly can, and that often means that we’re guilty of ...

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Mental illness: erase the stigma

The first week in October is commemorated as National Mental Health Awareness Week. Tomorrow, Oct 6, is National Depression Screening Day. On the surface, weeks or days like this seem relatively unimportant to most. With the recent passing of National ...

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Ask Amber

Q: Lately, I feel like I’m drowning. My schoolwork is never-ending, my boyfriend and I never see each other and I’m getting scheduled to work 40 hours a week at work. How do I manage to do all of those ...

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On kindness and the internet

I used to have a rear-view mirror ornament of a cartoon owl saying “Kindness Matters.” This is an embarrassing truth, but a truth nonetheless. No one used to be a bigger proponent for optimism, random acts of kindness and seeing ...

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An open letter to Trump supporters

To the people trying to “Make America Great Again”: As a gay, biracial woman, I’m sure it’s easy to understand why I’d take issue with some of the things that Donald Trump stands for. It’s not necessarily a surprise why ...

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Jimmy Kimmel? Again?

In a turn of events that shocks no one, yet another Emmys ceremony is being hosted by a man. This isn’t me being an angry feminist jumping at the chance to burn a guy at the stake, but there is ...

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How Carly Rae Jepsen saved my summer

When you hear the name Carly Rae Jepsen, you typically think of a song that took over the radio waves during the summer of 2012. Whether you like it or not, you know every single word to “Call Me Maybe” ...

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Review: Laneige Brightening Sparkling Water Capsule Mist

  My skincare routine is pretty direct: every day in the shower, I’ll rinse my face with a gentle face wash and then post-shower I’ll spritz a little bit of diluted tea tree oil to keep my face fresh throughout ...

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Let Kaepernick protest in peace

Before a preseason game last month, San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand during the national anthem. His decision to sit during “The Star-Spangled Banner” did not go unnoticed, but instead became media wildfire; lifelong fans of the ...

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How to become your barista’s BFF

I know what you’re all thinking: “I am the ideal Starbucks customer. There’s no way my barista passive aggressively hates me!” And to some extent, you could very well be right. You could be the dreamiest customer on the planet. ...

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