Author Archives: Anna Jacobsen

Backcountry needs tradition of diversity

Wilderness land and the backcountry teem with diversity: Flora, fauna and geographic formations show a striking array of beauty. But in one area of the outdoors, diversity is markedly absent: its visitors.

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Albums release to high, low acclaim

Three highly anticipated albums released this week received widespread critical acclaim-Kanye West’s latest album is listed as number one on Billboard’s top 200.

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Band Day rocks Bulldog Stadium

Saturday’s football game against Nevada had a special treat for halftime entertainment: Band Day, an annual event bringing high school marching bands from around California together to perform with Fresno State’s band.

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Fresno State student athletics fees 3rd lowest in WAC

Fresno State is the only school in the Western Athletic Conference to charge students for football games, and some students think they’re getting a bad deal.

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Four Loko should not be banned

On Wednesday, the state of joined the ranks of three other states banning drinks that contain alcohol and energy boosters. Four Loko, an alcoholic energy drink, was blamed for the alcohol poisoning of nine Washington college students a month ago. One student almost died.

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Lazy teaching makes profs popular

Some of the most popular professors are also some of the most mediocre. Professors who teach from the textbook, almost verbatim, or worse, those who parrot off every line of their PowerPoint slides give students a bevy of easy courses to choose from.

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Internet on Everest: The wilderness is not wild

Everest is the upper limit for exploration on earth, and now it has 3G Internet coverage. In some ways, this is a good thing: Since 1953, when Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay first summited the world’s highest peak, climbers have been on their own for communication. Some lugged heavy satellite equipment and others did without.

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Hybrid cars not so green or cheap

For all the hype, hybrid cars may not be the best option for the environment or for people on a budget. High gas prices and environmental concerns have made hybrids a popular choice. On a typical drive around Fresno, it’s not uncommon to spot a number of them.

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Weezer rarities hit, miss in ‘Death to False Metal’

“Death to False Metal” releases less than two months on the heels of Weezer’s “Hurley” and establishes the geek-rock band as an overachiever in the alternative music scene. The band has kept fans guessing with a history of side projects, near breakups and quirky unpredictability. With “Hurley” and the upcoming Nov. 2 release “Death to False Metal,” Weezer embarks on a new chapter, switching from their old label, Universal, to join the indie ranks at Epitaph.

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What a tangled web we weave

Lying. It’s what we do. We lie for justifiable reasons: We lie for convenience, to exaggerate, to cover up mistakes or to protect a friend. We lie to evade punishment and we lie to evade nagging.

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Frente preps for new season

Clubs and student organizations are a staple of many students’ collegiate experiences. Members of Frente, a colorguard group based on campus, put their own spin on extra curricular activities.

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Groupon’s edgy publicity stunt

Ah, publicity stunts. Some of the best play on a sense of humor to gain attention from a larger audience, usually to sell more products or create a reputation for a company. Some of the worst flirt with poor taste and turn off potential customers.

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Album review: “Flamingo”

Brandon Flowers, who is best known as the front man for The Killers, released his first solo album, “Flamingo,” earlier this month. While his band is taking what they call a “hiatus,” Flowers cracks his creative knuckles on his own.

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Living a new American Dream

What do you think of when you hear the prase “American dream?” A big house in the suburbs? A white picket fence? A family with three children?

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Make Facebook your friend

Chances are you’ve been given advice about what you shouldn’t put on your Facebook profile—namely, things you wouldn’t show your grandma, your mom or your future employer.

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Service without cynicism

Did anyone notice the Community Service Opportunities Fair in front of the bookstore on Wednesday? Dozens of nonprofit organizations set up camp under white canopies, attracting potential recruits with ice cream and eye-catching displays.

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Put the phone down!

It doesn’t matter which major you’re in. At least one of your instructors has addressed one topic in the first week of classes: Portable technology—namely, cell phones.

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Farm market corn delayed

Fresno State's Gibson Farm Market is delaying the sale of sweet corn until mid-June because of a late corn season.

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