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The royal family matters

I know that many Americans, especially those of us who live on the West coast, don’t particularly care about “The Firm,” but as we approach the first wedding anniversary of Prince William of Wales and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, let me explain to you why the most famous family in the world is worth caring about (no matter which side of the pond you live on).

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Living within our means

I have four dollars in my wallet, just one dollar short of getting tofu at Panda Express. While this is a frustrating situation (because I am quite hungry as I’m writing this), I realize that I spent most of my money on Saturday when I was out with friends. And while I was spending this money, I knew that I might be a little hungry on Tuesday afternoon when I’m writing my next column. C’est la vie.

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The best and worst of the Oscars

There is one day out of the entire year I look forward to most. It’s not Christmas, not my birthday, not Arbor Day (you see, I’m vegan). My favorite day of the entire year is Oscar Day.

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Fan of The Firm? Watch these

Last year was a great year for the commonwealth. Since the nuptials between Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, last April, Americans have not been able to get enough of movies depicting the royal family.

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The Valley is not the culture club

Bridesmaids is a terrible movie. Despite my being an SNL fan, I thoroughly disliked Kristin Wiig’s screenplay — I thought it was one of the most obnoxious movies I’ve ever seen.

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Who’s the greatest of them all?

Let me ask you a question, Carrie Bradshaw-style: Is America the greatest country in the world? If someone were to ask me that question today, I wouldn’t be able to give them a straight answer. I don’t know if it is or not, simply because I haven’t been to every country in the world.

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Twilight had to happen

God help us Twilighters. If you think about it, Twilight is actually a screwed-up mess that, if you’re sensitive, can be interpreted to condone adultery, murder and illegal immigration. Besides the possibly political issues these books represent, some of the more off-topic ideas are surely things that we can all agree are really, really big no-nos.

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No room for bias in the press

As a columnist and a reporter, I’ve gotten a lot of backlash for things I’ve written. Dissent and criticism are always a part of writing, no matter what the medium is. I respect the criticism I’ve received from readers because it has helped me to understand the difference between an opinion column and a legitimate news story.

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Give us more control

A little over a month ago, Professor X, an education columnist for Newsweek magazine’s website dailybeast.com, evaluated a study recently released by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce.

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Let’s privatize the CSU system

Once upon a time, The San Francisco Board of Education established the first publically funded post-secondary school in the state. Weekly Normal School, as it was called at the time, was the first of its kind on the west coast, and was the first school that would eventually become the California State University.

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You don’t have to be human to be humane

Recently, I stumbled across a funny little YouTube video titled, “Jazz for Cows.” In this video, a small band of jazz musicians from the United States decided to play a few songs for a group of cows in the French countryside, where the band was touring.

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Part ways with the party

We college kids are generally regarded as a hard-core, drinking, partying bunch. Society has probably always thought kids in the 18-23 age range are a bunch of partiers anyway, but I can’t help but think that the party mentality has recently reached a fever pitch.

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Bring fashion back to the masses

Summer is the time of year to engage in absolutely mindless reading. And read mindlessly I did, mostly of the fashion magazine variety. And in all the summer fashion issues that publications like Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle and W magazine put out, I realized that most of the clothes that high-end fashion designers produce for any season are completely unwearable off the runway.

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Weekend of Movies

Puppets, triangle love stories and other worldy characters abound in the latest wave of movies released this weekend.

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Fashion Inc. parades style

Fashion, Inc., Fresno State’s only on-campus fashion club, hosted this year’s spring fashion show on Saturday in front of the school’s most avid fashion enthusiasts.

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What to borrow from Kate and Will

As most of the world knows, Prince William and Princess Catherine celebrated their wedding on Friday in London’s Westminster Abbey. More than 1 million people packed the streets of London to celebrate the new royal couple, and more than 2 billion people watched on TV and the Internet.

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Royal Style

Twenty years ago, Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer got married in a swirl of questions: “What will she wear?” and “Simple, or overstated?” Tastes have changed since then, but the questions haven’t. Since Prince William and Catherine Middleton announced their engagement to the press in November, the exact same questions have been asked.

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Weekend of Movies

Three movies coming out this weekend embody each of the three elements in a way that hasn’t quite been done before.

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